Immigration Help Is On The Way To New York State—Maybe

I can`t decide
if I am happier to have moved out of bankrupt,

—or that I no longer live in dysfunctional,
New York.

Since it is a
toss-up, today I`ll address the depths to which leaderless New
York has sunk and leave yet another of my

California postmortems
for next week.

What can save
New York

if it cannot find leadership at any level of government?
Conditions have deteriorated so dramatically that 85-year-old
former mayor

Ed Koch
put together a task force of powerful groups to encourage
citizens to vote out the worst of the State Legislature.

Summarized Koch,
“I don`t believe the good ones are good enough and the bad ones
are evil.”
Can Save Albany?
by Sam Roberts,
New York Times, March 4, 2010]

One pol that
Koch won`t have to worry about getting rid of:
David A. Paterson

Assuming the
possibility, if not the probability, that Paterson will be
forced out of office any day because of his involvement in a
pair of concurrent scandals, New York will have had two
consecutive governors (Eliot
is the first) resign in disgrace during the same
term. Despite exhaustive research, I can find no similar
circumstances in American history.

As far as New
York itself is concerned, you`d have to

go back to 1825
when the governorship
turned over three times in four years—-but for
legitimate reasons.
(When Governor DeWitt Clinton
died in office, he was replaced by Lt. Governor
Nathaniel Pitcher who in 1828
then lost in the general election to

Martin Van Buren.
The future

eighth president Van Buren
served only two months before
being named Secretary of State in the

Paterson, who
has already announced that he will not run for re-election, is
under fire for allegedly interfering in a domestic violence
dispute involving his

close aide and confidant David Johnson
as well as lying under oath
about his intention to pay for five


On top of that
Paterson, who

to multiple sexual indiscretions immediately after
being sworn in to replace Spitzer,

is reported
to have been recently seen
“neck kissing” a
woman not his wife and caught by a
state trooper
in the proverbial and always awkward
“compromising situation.” 

Factor in that

and Paterson are

admitted sex fiends
and you have to ask yourself what the
odds are that New York could be burdened with two such losers

The ongoing
Spitzer-Paterson circus does provide some desperately needed
laughs—but only if you don`t live in New York.

Spitzer, a
mere two years after having been outed for spending

$5,000 a pop
for a trysts with a sub-average, hard-as-nails
looking Washington D.C. hooker

Ashley Dupre
, is now an ethics (!) lecturer on the college

In November
2009, Spitzer

addressed his alma mater

on “ethics in
One month earlier, Spitzer accepted

a teaching position
at the
City College of New York. His
class is titled “Law and Public Policy”

If you missed Spitzer in
, you have time to

catch him
at the State University of New Paltz on March 11.

My advice to
campus administrators: lock up the coeds!

Unbelievable, considering that while in
office, Spitzer broke the law as many as 80 times according to
Kristin Davis, the madam who
managed the prostitution service he frequented.

Davis, you should know,
her candidacy for governor and will run on the pro-pot,
pro-prostitution platform.

My head is
spinning from the ludicrousness of it all!

The bright
side of the Spitzer/Paterson mess: it may open up, if only ever
so slightly, an opportunity for Republican challenger
who has occasionally demonstrated some common sense
about immigration.

Lazio, you may recall, is the former
Long Island Congressman who was
eaten alive by

during their raucous first
2000 debate when both were campaigning for U.S. Senator.

so dominated Lazio that the two remaining follow up
confrontations were tame imitations of the original.

If you watched
those debates, as I did, you would come away with the impression
that Lazio is not much of a candidate.

But that was
then and this is now. Ten years ago, Clinton ran partially but
not entirely as the Woman Scorned. When she was put on the
about Bill`s behavior
(not her own),
New York

voters of both genders rallied around her.

Post-Spitzer/Paterson, however, Lazio doesn`t have to do much to
look good.

Republican might be enough to carry him over the top. Who would
argue with Lazio`s battle cry that the time has come to clean up Albany?

Lately, Lazio

inched up in the polls
. He`s running
comfortably ahead in a projected match up against
, 46 to 39 percent.

Lazio does lag
the probable but yet unannounced Democratic challenger,
, 55 to 30 percent.

This is not to
despair, however. Cuomo has plenty of baggage that, given the
pathetic performance of recent Democrats, could harm him.

Among them are Cuomo`s pitiful 2002
gubernatorial campaign that ended in his withdrawal, his
questionable associations at Housing and Urban Development when
he was Secretary and his messy, high-profile divorce from
Kerry Kennedy, Bobby`s daughter.

Most damning
of all is that Cuomo is a Democrat in an increasingly
anti-Democrat electorate.

Lazio should
also take comfort in the unexpected 1994 success of another
Republican governor,

George Pataki
, who went up an incumbent

Cuomo (Mario)
and overcame long odds to win.

Like Lazio,
Pataki was a relative unknown who ran as a fiscal conservative.
Behind by as much a ten points in the polls leading up to
election day, Pataki came from behind in the final weeks to edge
out Cuomo.

Lazio is
preaching the same sermon that worked for Pataki—-smaller
government and lower taxes.


Mayor Rudy Giuliani
, who considered a run for both governor
and senator, recently endorsed Lazio.
Mitt Romney
is active in Lazio`s fund raising efforts.

As for

Lazio`s votes
during his four terms from 1993 to 2001 were
mixed. He consistently voted for increases in non-immigrant
worker visas but supported the use of troops on the border and
workplace verification.

Lazio`s record isn`t perfect but he would
be a far cry better than Cuomo.

Given its disastrous condition, the only
direction New York
can go in is up. A Republican who at least advocates a moderate
immigration position would be the first step in the right

Joe Guzzardi
him] is a California native
who recently fled the state because of over-immigration,
over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He
has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the
growth rate stable. A
long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School,
Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It
currently appears in the

Lodi News-Sentinel.