Even as Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature were hard at work last week socking New Yorkers with a multibillion-dollar tax increase, the principal beneficiaries of the heist, er, hike were lazily sunning themselves in balmy Puerto Rico at the annual convention of the New York State Public Employee Conference.And, demonstrating definitively that poodles can indeed fly, Albany lawmaker made the trip as well.State Assemblyman Peter Abbate (D-CIO) jetted down from Brooklyn to collect a little union swag — He held a fund-raiser — before scooting back to Albany to vote for the tax hikes that should keep everybody on the gravy train for one more year.
A spokesman for Abbate swore his fund-raiser was no example of “pay-to-play politics.”No, of course not.T hing is, they think you are as stupid as he is venal and greedy — and maybe Abbate has a point, because He keeps doing it, and keeps getting away with it.
The unionists have their own gigs, of course — lush salaries, fat expense accounts and other accountrements of the high life.It’s a symbiotic relationship — with both the lawmakers and the unions feeding off the same host: New York taxpayers.Again, it was no accident that Abbate had to hurry back to Albany to vote “Aye” on Cuomo’s tax-hike package. Backs always must be scratched. Send him a message on Election Day.