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New York DREAM Act Introduced in State Senate

At this website

via As a Mom (look up there to your right):

State Senator Bill Perkins (D-30) introduced a version of the DREAM Act in the senate [last week] that would bring New York’s undocumented youth many more rights...

[....] While continuing to put pressure on members of Congress, young activists around the country have simultaneously been lobbying for more rights for undocumented youth to be granted at the state level. The New York State Dream Act would give undocumented youth under 35 who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and have resided in New York for at least two years with “good moral character” access to state funded financial aid programs including grants, loans and scholarships (New York is already one of 10 states in the union that grants undocumented immigrants in-state tuition to public colleges); ability to obtain a state drivers’ license; state work authorization; and the ability to enroll in state health insurance programs....

The text of the bill is here; NYT article is here.

What could go wrong?

This week's Captain Renault award

The headline at the Ithaca Journal: "Living a lavish lifestyle, New York politicians ensnared in corruption." 

Although in Albany there's always plenty of blame to go around, this week's corruption story focused on State Sen. Carl Kruger. From the Journal:

ALBANY -- They are supposed to be public servants, but some state lawmakers continue to try to live like they are wealthy millionaires on the public's dime -- and have been charged criminally for it.

Sen. Carl Kruger, D-Brooklyn, was charged this week for taking $1 million in bribes to fund a lavish lifestyle... 

[....] "The reason the legislature in Albany think they can actually get away with this is because there is no cop on the beat deterring it," said Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director for the League of Women Voters of New York State.

Ah, yes, the LWV. Pure as the driven snow.  No agenda there.

So while the cries for ethics reform increase in volume (again), and while no one is suggesting that corruption in Albany is a good thing, you have to be careful what you wish for where "good government" groups are concerned.  The indispensable Jazz Shaw at Hot Air:

...Progressive watchdog group Citizen Action was quick like a bunny on the story.

[....] The current mission of Citizen Action in New York is to push for public financing of elections. They were enraged by the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United and don’t want a bunch of well financed people, “stealing your democracy.”...

But despite some financial hanky-panky of its own in the past,

...at least Citizen Action is out there today, fighting the good fight to make sure nobody steals your democracy. Of course, there seems to be a limit on their concerns over what may or may not be stolen from you. When two consecutive governors tried to place a cap on the amount of taxes New Yorkers could have picked from their pockets, (did I mention these were both Democratic governors?) Citizen Action was right there leading the charge… to stop them.

[....] ’m not here to claim that Kruger is anything unusual or that New York Republicans haven’t had their fair share of scandals and corruption. This is the Empire State, after all, and I’ve lived here for a long time. But stories like this and the hand wringing over campaign financing by certain groups has to leave you shaking your head.

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