Good Wednesday morning. Here’s a sampling of opinion content published today in The Journal News:
Greg Ball, Ed Koch and redistricting: Editorial
We comment on news that former New York City Mayor Ed Koch and his New York Uprising Group have created an “Enemies of Reform” roster of state Legislators who have backed away from pledges to back an independent commission on redistricting. Among Koch’s “enemies” is state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel. We write:
Voters, public interest groups, community groups, even editorial boards sometimes — they are so used to elected officials breaking promises, they barely notice the umpteen-hundredth time it happens. So many pledges and promises were put on the table in the last election cycle, it was a near certainty that disappointment would follow. The group New York Uprising, however, isn’t taking such slights sitting down, as state Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, is discovering. He’s even getting a taste of his own in-your-ear politics.
Ball, who went against the grain as a two-term member of the Democratic-controlled Assembly, is getting along fabulously in the GOP-led Senate, where he has toed the party line and opposed calls for independent redistricting of representative districts in time for the 2012 election . Ball is among 42 lawmakers — the only one in our immediate area — who have broken pledges to support independent redistricting, which would rely upon a bipartisan panel to redraw state Assembly, Senate and congressional districts. The boundaries must be redrawn every 10 years, to reflect Census changes. Without the reforms sought by Koch’s group, the task would fall to Albany’s political brokers — and all their mischief. …
Westchester’s retail environment: Commentary
Richard Hendey, a senior director at Houlihan-Parnes Realtors in White Plains, argues in a Community View that there remain numerous opportunities for growth in the Lower Hudson Valley’s retail sector.
Here’s a glance at what our colleagues at newspapers across New York are saying:
Robber-baron legislators trying to sweeten pension deals: Editorial, Daily News
Link tax cap to mandate relief: Editorial, Poughkeepsie Journal
New York state vegetable? Think cash crop: Editorial, Newsday
Pension nonsense: Editorial, Watertown Daily Times
State Senate Republicans should keep redistricting promise: Editorial, Utica Observer-Dispatch