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State Capital BuildingLieutenant Governor Robert Duffy came in last place in a newspaper’s ranking of Albany power brokers.

City & State ranked Duffy 100th in its “Albany Power 100” list. Here’s what it said:

The former mayor of Rochester is in a largely symbolic role now, standing in for the governor at ribbon-cutting ceremonies and serving as Cuomo’s personal cheerleader. But he could be the next David Paterson. You never know.

Ouch. Mayor Tom Richards said the characterization is not fair, as Duffy has steered the Regional Economic Development Councils. Richards also said Duffy is very involved in helping Rochester in any way he can.

Guess who is near the top of the City & State list? Assemblyman Joe Morelle, now the assembly’s second-in-command:

He doesn’t seek the spotlight, but he’s become a favorite of the governor and Assembly members on both sides of the aisle. If Shelly ever calls it quits, Morelle would be the clear choice to be the next Speaker if he weren’t from upstate New York. Chair of the Monroe County Democratic Party, he is a juggernaut in his area, even recently electing his son Joe Jr. to the county legislature.

Links of the Day:

The state is threatening to close a Buffalo charter school. This is the downside of experimenting with children’s education. When it doesn’t work, it’s very disruptive.

– When the president of the Auburn Teachers Association killed herself, the union found $808,000 missing.

-The Syracuse city school district wants to open a school for gifted students.

Remembering the days of the Kodak bonuses.

10 Responses to Morelle Beats Duffy in Power Poll

  1. April 25, 2013 at 9:22 am Louis T. Amico responds:

    I guess he’s made as much of an impact in Albany as he did here in Rochacha. He came very close to not making the list at all.

    My impression of him has always been that he is a “feel good” politician without much substance behind him, making lots of promises and not delivering on anything. I guess Albany feels the same about him.

  2. It was a little disturbing reading that list. The amount of lobbyists and special interests advocates on that list is scary. The major problem with them is that have a narrow focus on their own cause and not for the state as a whole. I admit I am one of those people who believe the doors to government should be locked to lobbyists but apparently they are only gathering more power in Albany and not less. That is disturbing.

  3. April 25, 2013 at 12:24 pm theodore kumlander responds:

    charter schools have always been a hustle,just another way to get public money into private pockets with no accountability. that is the Republican way.

  4. April 25, 2013 at 9:43 pm Orielly responds:

    theodore kumlander

    “charter schools have always been a hustle,just another way to get public money into private pockets with no accountability. that is the Republican way”

    Yea you know you’re right. I would just keep on doing what you’re doing in the RCSD were less than 50% graduate, less than 10% AA males graduate and less than 6% over all are deemed college ready. Thats working well.

    Yea why change to charters? Things in the RCSD are doing so GREAT! …

    Ah but it’s the Republicans fault.

    What are you afraid of? AA males graduation rates might jump to 18% with charters?

  5. April 26, 2013 at 12:14 pm Derek Sanderson responds:

    O’reilley: the low graduation rate in the RCSD is largely due to factors outside of the schools. To deny that is to deny reality. Take your tinfoil hat off and go get a teaching position and then you might know what the Hell you’re talking about.

  6. April 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm TechnologyProfessional responds:

    Actually, the fact that the state threatens to close a charter school is an example of the upside of charter schools. The state can, in fact, enforce standards with them in a way that it cannot with public schools.

    The government works best when it is in an oversight role. Government typically fails in oversight of itself. This is why separation of duties works best. Let schools all be private, and let the government hold them accountable.

    • April 27, 2013 at 10:43 am Rachel Barnhart responds:

      There’s no question bad charter schools shouldn’t be allowed to continue. However, just as in the rush to close failing public schools, the disruption takes a toll on children, families, neighborhoods and school districts.

  7. May 20, 2013 at 2:18 pm Andreas Rau responds:

    How, exactly IS Duffy “helping Rochester in any way he can?”
    Those words are from Duffy’s hand-picked successor, Tom Richards. After all, Richards OWES Duffy something!
    A pity that none of Duffy’s cheerleaders can explain how Duffy serving as lieutenant governor has benefitted anyone other than himself, his friends and his old city administration, which Richards took over to a man.

  8. Wait. Why is there a story here about Morelle and Duffy and Richards and a poll????

    The last story about a poll and a mayor of Rochester is was deemed to be hooey.

    This is sooooo confusing.

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