Good morning. Here’s a look at opinion content published today:
• While the newscycle has been dominated by Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, debate over financial reform in Washington and the massive oil spill off the Gulf Coast, we encourage our readers not to lose site of Albany, where we write in today’s editorial, “the Legislature continues to wallow in lunacy.”
“The Senate majority leader has been called a glutton and a crook in a civil lawsuit filed by the Attorney General’s Office, which all but promised that actual criminal charges would follow; the state budget is a month late, a condition that seems neither to shock nor embarrass anyone; and there is a still-growing budget deficit of $9.2 billion — making New York the envy of bailout-ready Greece.”
• In his column today, Phil Reisman talks with former New York City Mayor Ed Koch about his efforts to create an independent redistricting commission in 2012. A group lead by Koch has secured pledges from candidates for governor to do just that.
• In a Community View, Kimberly S. Blanchard, a tax attorney who lives in Pelham, responds to an April 21 letter to the editor from former White Plains Mayor Alfred Del Vecchio, who was critical of new efforts to update property assessments across Westchester.