The Best of NYC POLITICS

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08/05/2009 4:00 AM |

BEST EXAMPLE OF CELLPHONE-OBSESSED IDIOCY: Malcolm Smith
We hate people always playing with their stupid phones (on the subway, in the bar, and… well, that’s where we usually are). Malcolm Smith may go down in history as late-capitalist America’s biggest cellphone jerk: unable to take a meeting without checking his email (or playing solitaire?), Smith sent billionaire powerbroker Tom Golisano into a paroxysm, inspiring him to shut down Albany for weeks. Which sounds like goofy politics as usual, until you remember state government actually does things, like allocate money to organizations that desperately need it.

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  • Best name of a politician in The L Magazine’s Best Of NYC 2009– Anthony Weiner.

  • Your writer should get his facts straight before putting pen to paper. golisano is a NY resident, and has lived in upstate (do you even knbow where that is) for many, many years. He created a successful company that has created thousand of paying jobs in the Rochester area, and he regularly donates money to charity such as adding a children’s wing to a local hospital and buying computers for all the students in a Catholic high school. He has said he will move to Florida from NY, not to avoid his “fair share”, but because the writer’s friends implemented a tax increase just for people in his tax bracket.

  • According to every media source I can find, Golisano definitely moved to Florida; the Times calls it a “highly public move”. Google “Golisano florida” and you get lots of news stories:

    http://gothamist.com/2009/05/15/tom_golisa…
    http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/stor…
    http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/200…

    etc. etc.

    Golisano WAS a NY State resident, as I’m well aware; I once voted for him for governor. No one is denying Golisano hasn’t given charitably, but the man is wealthy enough to pay taxes, donate, and live quite comfortably. (Maybe public schools could have computers if people like Golisano paid their taxes??) And so far, he’s used the money he saved in taxes by moving to shut down our government (not by doing good), EVEN THOUGH HE NO LONGER LIVES HERE. The guy’s a narcissist first, a philanthropist later.

  • What evidence do you have that he did not pay his taxes? He seems to think he paid $13k/day. And in May and June, when he was behind the “coup”? in Albany, some newspapers seemed to think he was from upstate. If you note the last article, he has donated considerably more over many years in NYS than he ever paid in income taxes here. I would expect that in the future, he will find it more interesting to donate in Florida rather than upstate.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/06102009/news/…

    http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/stor…

    http://www.rbj.net/index.cfm?da={ts+%272002-04-08+11%3A47%3A21%27}

    http://www.answers.com/topic/tom-golisano