Those of us who are career civil servants are not surprised at the state government's impoverishment. We have been witness to a proliferation of political patronage, sweetheart contracting and administrative mismanagement that has wasted great amounts of public money.
On an individual basis our elected officials are highly regarded. However, a system that encourages legislators to strive for "pork and patronage" for themselves and their constituents is seriously flawed.
Government should serve, not burden, the populace. The people don't want discomfort or distress. They want greater financial accountability.
Until that time, let the wasters of the public treasury know the true legacy to their "family of New York": cities and roads that are unbuilt, honest labor that is unrewarded, an environment that is unclean, elderly that can't enjoy their senior years, the sick and infirm who will not have medical services and children whose future has been mortgaged.
STEPHEN J. MUSCARELLA
Region I, Political Action Committee
Public Employees Federation