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Yeah I do I have a question about that. So , at the very end of the session . There’s a very abbreviated time frame here in which to get things done and these lawmakers are really busy and they’re usually I mean 1 in a row . So what did you do .
So these guys came in without a week left in session which it really is about 3 days actual work and in the assembly. It’s a little more difficult because they shut their committees down . So if you happen to be in a committee that’s closed down you are generally are out of luck . But one of the things that you can do that , you know , our sponsor is able to work out and convince the speaker to do so . Words to re-reference the very the bill to a committee that still operating . So we were able to do that and it was re-referenced it pass through their committee got to the floor and was passed in the Senate . It’s a little easier because I I believe the Senate has in many ways the rules from the Assembly from like 1946 they’re actually very similar its name . That’s all for us a long time ago . I think that whether you Assembly keen to love of their rules . In 1936 Watergate and the Senate really didn’t . But that’s a whole mother story . Just think how okay but the Senate . You know that of the bills go right into rules . And then can go onto the floor . So there’s an easier path and that’s like that , so we are , and our sponsor there was able to get through and then that worked well , even though he was a . He’s a 8 years a Democratic senator working in the minority , but was able to get the bill through so .
Is that , is that this person. I mean I can find out who it is , just by looking online . So can you just shared that with me , I’m Senator Breslin . Okay .
You had to local place in Troy and you are sponsors on this were incredibly helpful John McDonald in the Assembly and Breslin. In the Senate .
Things in politics are never really are rarely I should say a meritocracy. It’s always about who you know alliances relationships are payback and because of that a lot of people , a lot of my listeners and just regular folks think that the people riding up the bills don’t have the public’s best interests in mind . Can you address that .
Well , yeah , I mean I think that’s a , obviously a very broad statement and I don’t think it’s particularly accurate. You know the one in drafting a bill , and that’s something that we do quite frequently you know will do it for any number of reasons , one , because we do have the expertise to do it , both because of our backgrounds in government but also because we have the the knowledge base of the industry of whatever is being done , but that being said , it’s not like there is , you know , we write the bill it stays exactly that way all the way through , but other people weighing in other people weigh in staff ways in members way .
What’s called sausage making I thank you.
And it’s you know it’s how things get done nothing is ever just.
One thing you are 2/3 of this triumvirate. That was , that a larger firm Wilson elsewhere and that the person who was sort of your senator now what would you call Sunday shake mentor she was sort of the leader of the group she’d schenker person “>Cindy schenker passed away in March . What’s that been like and what was she like to you .
It’s been very difficult. I mean , Cindy was a mentor to me . I was with Cindy for 21 years so I started out as Cindy as a law clerk when I was in law school and I’ve worked with her for 21 years she’s taught me so much . And you know I think Doug eyeball every day . You know I think what would send you do in this situation , but I think that she gave us both the foundation to be able to move forward , one of the things she always preached was teamwork , we have a great team schenker resigned Clark . We have 19 look other people there with us to make it a team everybody has expertise in different areas . But we sit around and we tried to come up with ideas that are a team effort .
So you are taking which she taught you and continuing. This is not something that is stagnating .
Oh no , not at all. I mean in the last couple of weeks , we’ve even added some more folks to our roster . Since the last time that we spoke , and you know , we really are trying to keep her memory going through the firm and through the things that she taught us .
Again this is , there’s a lot going on in Albany that you might not know if you don’t sort of hang or out in in certain the circles , so the lobbying sector is a big deal and like Doug said nothing is all one thing , it’s a lot of nuance here and we’ve been speaking with 2 lobbyists both of them are also attorneys and partners in the firm schenker Russo and Clarke LLC. I want to thank you so much for joining me Theresa Russo and Douglas Park . Thank you .
Capitol press room a production of WC connected Syracuse Francis Joe the toll. It was a registered nurse from women’s looking to unseat incumbent Capital region .
Congressman Paul Tonko and he’s here in the studio. Welcome to the Capitol press Roman . Thank you for really busting your touch to get here you are . Thank you very much . So tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to throw your hat in the ring again .
Yes I am a husband , father of 6 and a grandfather of 16. I’m very concerned about the future of my grandchildren what America is going what America is going to be handed to them . So when I decided to run . 2 years ago , my main focus was basically on that , the future . Some things have changed for the better . Some things have not changed , so my biggest concern is the same concern at the founding fathers said they laid down their lives their fortunes and their sacred honor for the sake of their posterity their children and their grandchildren and that’s what I’ve chosen to do .
Alright , so you say that some things have gotten better and some things haven’t you didn’t say anything got worse and I would say probably a majority of Democrats in the 20th would say things have gotten worse and this there is a Democratic enrollment advantage in the 20th. So how do you deal with that .
Some Democrats believe it’s gotten worse. Not that many . As well as what people in at least the media would like it to believe I was up at the Irish festival in Saratoga , a couple of days ago and there is doing extremely large Democrat voting bloc . The Catholic Irish so middle class blue collar group and many of them have found it they’re getting more money in their paychecks . They are finding a little bit of relief in certain areas . They’re watching their retirements grow exponentially . And so there are a lot of things that are getting better and a lot of Democrats really believe that there are some who are hard-line who want to believe spurious unfounded statements that are not facts about things getting worse .
So the unsaid name here is president Rob president Trump has energized the Democratic base as we saw last week with the primaries the demo.
Well actually he he energized to if anything the Socialists base , not the Democratic base because air at almost every incumbent that was ousted by a new person in the primaries. The person who took their place was a socialist which is very disturbing when it comes to the future of America .
Let’s set that aside for a minute and you have said in the past that you supported candidate Trump , but you don’t agree with his entire platform. So now here we are 2 years later . Do you support the president and his policies now and if there is a difference . Can you tell us where that it .
There isn’t much of a difference at all. I believe in . Even in the past I supported his platform . Did I feel that he expressed himself . The best way that I feel that he responded . The best way , absolutely not . But on the same token , I believe that the platform that he of ran on and is continuing upon was a great platform and needs to be advanced . So yes , I agree with the president and his wife .
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