By Sen. Jim Tedisco
As we close each year and begin a new one, I often watch one of my favorite films, the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The film’s main character, George Bailey, played by the great Jimmy Stewart, gets to see what the world would be like if he never lived.
Thanks to guidance from his guardian angel, Clarence, Bailey comes to realize that if he never was born, his hometown of Bedford Falls would have been a much different and much darker place to live.
New York state, and in particular, Upstate New York, is about to have its “George Bailey moment” to see what our world will look like in a state government that has a singular voice, party, and region controlling our representative democracy. And it isn’t going to be pretty.
A Republican majority in the state Senate has been the last alternative voice for Upstate to act as a check on our chief executive and his band of merry progressives in the state Assembly.
That changed on Election Day, when our 32-31 one-seat Republican majority became a 23-40 downstate-driven Democratic majority. Now all levels of government in our state, the governor, attorney general, comptroller, Assembly and now Senate are firmly controlled by one party and one voice from predominantly one region of the state. One party rule emanating from one region is bad for any level of representative democracy.