Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Senate Democrats Face Stiff Staff Layoffs: But Klein Keeps Rolling
Chris Bragg at City Hall News reports on the upheaval in jobs facing Senate Democrats after losing the Senate. For example,State Sen. Shirley Huntley, of Queens lost 14 of her 23 staffers. That's correct, she had 23 staffers -- remember this is not a U.S. Senator but a NY State Senator! This is the same Shirley Huntley who steered $33,000 in pork to a not-for-profit run by her former chief of staff. Anyway, at least one Democrat has escaped the staff ax -- Jeff Klein of the Bronx -- his bi-weekly payroll has jumped by $1000 per month. Of course, it probably did not hurt that he formed a breakaway independent conference that has good relations with the Republicans.