Connecticut has the same law but in the Nutmeg state the hookers come cheaper

NY liquor spends $500,000 to buy a bill that will cost wine drinkers $7 a bottle 

State Sen. Jeff Klein’s campaign cup is spilling over with $33,000 in cash from a national wine distributor that would almost singularly benefit from a bill the Bronx lawmaker authored.

But Klein’s re-election war chest is growing at the expense of small merchants and wine-loving consumers in New York, who could end up paying an extra $7 per bottle, critics charge.

Empire Merchants LLC is pushing a measure that would require all wine to be warehoused in New York for at least one day before being sold in local stores.

Empire has poured more than $500,000 over the last eight years into the coffers of Gov. Cuomo, state Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver and other key lawmakers.

The wine bill — called an “at rest” proposal because it would require bottles to be “at rest” for one day in New York state — would also hurt the availability of small-batch wines, experts said.

Empire and two of its executives have given Cuomo $68,800 since 2009, records show.

Last week, feds arrested Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson for writing a bill for a campaign donor — a measure that would have staved off competitors to a chain of adult daycare centers.

“I just need to tell me what they want; we prepare the bill . . . you can write down the language, basically what you want,” Stevenson said in a conversation allegedly caught on wiretaps. Stevenson alleged received an illegal bribe, $20,000 in cash, for the legislation.

A Peralta spokesman defended the bill he’s co-sponsoring.

“By leveling the playing field with the 33 states that have At Rest laws, including New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, this bill would create jobs and generate tax revenue for New York,” he said.

A Cuomo spokesman said the governor is still studying the issue.

“No contribution of any size has any impact on this administration’s operation of state government,” the spokesman said.

Well it’s a relief to learn that Governor Cuomo can’t be bought. When a state seizes the power to control every aspect of everyday living, the temptation is there to pay the rule makers to shift things your way. I wonder how Connecticut came to have this same “at rest” law, and how much it cost? Given our history of scandal and the payments that have been exposed, not much. But they do add up to real money, I suppose.


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One response to “Connecticut has the same law but in the Nutmeg state the hookers come cheaper

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    I am working on the “Fountain of Truth™” interview schedule. I am thinking we should start with an easy one, so you don’t shit the bed right out of the box. How about Francis? The exposure will be good for him, and you can practice the questions with him during the week, when you are at “work”.

    Agreed? OK. Here are some questions for him:
    12% of the American Public gives Congress a positive approval rating. Did you realize mental retardation was this prevalent in America?

    Has it been difficult being born without a penis?

    Do you feel guilty for stealing from the blacks by running the lottery?

    Why do Libtards support taking guns from law abiding citizens, yet embrace commie radical murderers like Bill Ayers and this chick:

    Do you invest your bribe money in real estate or keep it offshore, to avoid the higher taxes you enact?

    Are you more opposed to free speech or gun ownership?

    Do you prefer self-prostrate stimulation to ordinary masturbation, and if so, why?

    Can you give us one example of how this new Connecticut gun legislation will prevent another Newtown, without making us laugh?

    Do you have a bigger problem with Barry being a commie or gay?

    Who would you rather bang, the Wookie or Nancy Pelosi? You can only pick one, you pervert.

    These are all softball questions, because I know you two are buddies. I may have you ask him some tough ones like “Have you stopped having sex with transsexual hookers? Yes or No?”.
    And where do you find cheap hookers in Connecticut Dude? I find the rates in New York to be about the same.

    Now start practicing, you loser.
    Your Pal,