Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos slips into town today, bearing a briefcase to rescue State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer from descent into a political miasma of his own making.
Skelos and State Senate Republicans dipped into their pockets (taxpayers’ pockets) and rustled up $2 million in 2011 budget earmarks to be re-assigned to the Western New York Science, Technology, Advanced Manufacturing Park.
The timing of Skelos’ visit to Genesee County is flawless. He will also be attending an Erie County soiree to benefit Senator Ranzehofer’s bid for re-election.
Ranzenhoffer is poised at the brink of an ethics investigation spurred by a former-staffer allegedly dismissed for conflicting political allegiance.
Local Assemblyman Steve Hawley, also on the guest list, will likely keep a low profile. He has consistently argued against budgetary earmarks as wasteful expenditure of public money.