At some point, and I have no idea when, we New Yorkers gave up.
Another state senator arrested?
Another governor in a major scandal?
The (insert name) Authority immersed in corruption?
Ho ho ho HUM.
Sure. We are “outraged” and stamp our feet and whine every time we hear of another New York politician’s ugly downfall.
Some of us even write “letters to the editor” oh my!
And then ... Silence.
When the next election comes, we dutifully head to the polls, well, a small percentage of us, and mindlessly enter our ballot for whatever political party we belong to.
Even if it means voting for the same people over and over and over again.
Lesser of two evils, every damn time.
It is the definition of insanity. We continue to do the same thing over and over and expect different results and all we get is a bunch of legal bills paid for by us taxpayers in sometimes vain attempts to keep a wealthy, corrupt politician out of prison.
Quick! Who was the last governor of New York to NOT resign amidst a scandal?
Yeah. I didn’t think so.
It was George Pataki and, yes, I had to look it up.
The latest, of course, was Andrew Cuomo, who I desperately miss already. Just kidding.
We now have our first woman governor, although she was not elected.
We could give her the benefit of the doubt.
Since she took office, we have read countless puff stories on how great she is, how she is “different” than most politicians and how New York’s future is bright.
Kathy Hochul is still in her honeymoon period with the media and the public.
She seems nice enough.
Then again, don’t they all?
Regardless of what Hochul is or isn’t, it is time for a change.
This is our chance.
We need new leadership. Something else. Anything else.
Already you have people like Rob Astorino and Andrew Giuliani frothing at the bit.
Everyone is frothing. It’s chaos.
Who will stab who in the back? Who will stab who in the front?
Who has the most money and is the most vile?
I can just imagine the campaign ads.
We need change. We need to get this right this time.
We don’t need another career politician.
We need a complete sweep of every high office in the state.
Get rid of them all.
Just look at our local leaders, those in the Assembly and Senate.
Once you are appointed, you are in for life or until scandal derails the train.
For the most part, small-town members of the Assembly and Senate have meaningless positions.
Every press release is dictated to them by the puppet masters.
Think I’m wrong?
We receive emails from every politician in WNY and almost verbatim they are all the same.
The message? Do not dare go against THE PARTY.
Yes, we like some of our local leaders. They are personable and show up for every fair and ribbon cutting and parade.
Some are able to lick enough boots to get us some funding here and there.
That’s all fine.
They do not, however, have any power to change our state.
Only we can do that and the time to change is now.
We need a new governor, new leadership that will actually do something for us.
We need someone who will completely revamp the way our state is governed.
Someone who can, and I’m swallowing hard here, make New York great.
Change the nation’s perception of us as the most corrupt government in the country. High taxes. Unfathomable poverty. Struggling people. An out-of-control health care system. A prison system that is an utter disaster. A welfare system that is a complete failure.
Name any government agency, from mental health to public health to Child Protective Services, from state police to public schools, that isn’t in dire need of change.
Maybe there is someone out there who has the will and the power to make it happen and who does not succumb to the pervasive greed and corruption that looms over our state.
Think of New York as its own sovereign nation.
“Wow. Look at what New York did! They have low taxes and low health care costs and low unemployment and low crime! They take care of their elderly and their poor and sick and mentally ill.”
We need someone who will say “The heck with Washington. This is New York and we are going to show you how it’s done.”
You get the idea.
(Scott DeSmit is a general assignment reporter for The Daily News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)