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John McLoughlin is a veteran Capital Region journalist, now at NewsChannel 13. Reach him by email at JMcLoughlin@WNYT.com.

McLoughlin Take 2: Still excited by Albany’s reforms?

Friday, March 23, 2012
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John McLoughlin is a veteran Capital Region journalist, now at NewsChannel 13. Reach him by email at JMcLoughlin@WNYT.com.


Let me ask you something …

• Whaddya think, are you still gaga over Albany having reformed itself after seeing that all-night session where lawmakers cast some of the most important votes ever in their careers without fully reading the bills, causing even the Senate Democrats to walk out in disgust, a group not especially noted for being turned off by disgusting situations?

• Possible lookalikes? Steven Tyler and actress Kyra Sedgwick of “The Closer.”

• What about that local TV station (thankfully, not mine) that completely blew the Troy voter fraud mistrial proceedings — missed the story altogether — but then sent a “live truck” and a reporter to the courthouse so they could go live at five and six o’clock? Were they scamming their own viewers into thinking they did cover the event or is this just another example of how low TV “journalism” has, in some cases, sunk?

• Could it be that Quintin Cross, the Hudson alderman who is suspected in the break-in at City Hall and the theft of petty cash, might simply be trying to gather the cash to get current on the $16,000 in restitution owed back in ’07 for using city-issued credit cards to scam thousands?

• Please, please, please, can we just go one game during March Madness without hearing the following: “They punched their ticket,” “from way downtown,” or “he buried the 3?”

• Can you believe that 56-year-old Thomas McMartin, the Hoosick Falls guy charged with placing a camera in the women’s locker room at RPI, when Jessica Layton, anchor-reporter at my place, goes to his door for a comment, he tells her she is “invading my privacy?” Did you hear me, the alleged camera-concealer tells Jessica that SHE is invading HIS privacy … HIS privacy?

• Of all those thousands of folks wearin’ the green and singin’ the rebel songs over the St. Pat’s holiday weekend, how many of them do you think ever have read a book about Ireland, its history and its culture?

• Now that New York lawmakers have ceded their legislative powers to the public employee unions — Speaker Silver and others announcing that Gov. Cuomo would have to bargain with the unions, not with the lawmakers, if he hoped to make a deal on Tier VI — will they at least allow us citizen-types to vote to elect the leaders of CSEA, PEF, et. al. and, more importantly, to attend the union picnics every summer?

• Someone please tell me, did Christine Quinn, president of the New York City Council, lose more weight in anticipation of running for Bloomberg’s job, than did Kirsten Gillibrand (an impressive 55 pounds, one staffer told me) when she ran for Hillary’s Senate seat, winding up on a list of Capitol Hill “hotties” composed by a Washington, D.C., publication?

• Look, it’s not at all surprising that the freakishly warm weather has got a lot of privately owned golf courses opening prematurely, but can you imagine the munis, the publicly owned courses, actually opening this early without Elin putting a nine iron to someone’s head?

• And before you go castigating that Hudson alderman, you tell me which is worse, making off with petty cash of less than 100 bucks, or the members of the Troy City Council allegedly targeting residents of public housing to steal their absentee ballots because they knew those folks would be too afraid, too scared of losing their apartments, if they made a stink?

 
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