Anyone get the feeling that the props are being knocked out from under the decaying old manse? I’m talking about Empire — the Empire State, that is. Bruno’s retirement was surprising, but also not. The old structures are falling, with nothing to replace them. The Ithaca Journal, in its editorial on how Upstate is now “losing its voice,” is pretending that Bruno really spoke for Upstate. He didn’t. The appearance that he did so, was part of his racket. As for Libous’ exclusion from power, this quote is telling about the lack of a vision for Upstate even among the natives:
“It would have been huge” for Binghamton if Libous, who has represented a Southern Tier district since 1989, had won, said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, D-Endicott, Broome County. “It certainly would have meant more state resources coming to the Southern Tier.”
In other words: “Plunder! Spoil! Slobber, slobber — Oh, darn.”
Now the Downstaters — perhaps the most self-referential, unimaginative, navel-gazing politicians on the planet — are fully in charge. What strange new political creatures will evolve in their vast, unweeded back yard? Now’s their chance…
Updated: Check it out! Our own Senator DeFrancisco is going to save us! (Well, not you down there in Binghamton or over in Geneseo; I mean, us here.) But how?
State Sen. John DeFrancisco said today that newly elected Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is one of his closest friends in the state Senate and that relationship will help Central New York. “It was good with Joe (Bruno), but I think it can be even better with Dean because we are friends,” said DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse.
Yes, it’s always good to be friends first.