Lobby Day draws a crowd to the Capitol
Mar 01, 2011 4:32 pm
The Times Union's Capitol Confidential reports that large crowds descended on the state capitol in Albany Tuesday afternoon, March 1, for the state budget process' annual Lobby Day, albeit worse than usual because of changed security precautions implemented by the Cuomo Administration in the Concourse area from which one enters legislative offices and the Capitol itself. Amongst those on hand: budget-anxious librarians, AFSCME, UFT, tourism professionals and members of the New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Human Services Network, all trying to get into the building to press their case with lawmakers. The State Street entrance to the Legislative Office Building has been closed this year, funneling more people through the Concourse. Although results of the lobbying efforts won't be known, besides surface sentiments of support, until the actual budget gets voted on and passed after negotiations, we do know that former Mayor Ed Koch of New York, "Hizzoner," as most know him, was on hand to call out politicians who signed his pledge for nonpartisan redistricting this year, something that State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his party have made an about face on. To hear Mr. Koch, check out the below embed from YouTube...