Sunday, March 15, 2009

Another Entitled Bureaucrat...Same Old Story, Part 2

As it happens, over and over again, the New York State government squeezes private enterprise, big and small, to pay for, among other nonsense, their on the job perks.

According to the NY Post exclusive: "...state employees buckle up in free cars provided to them by the state - paid for and gassed up with $86 million in taxpayer money this fiscal year alone..."

Offenders include:

"Housing Commissioner Deborah VanAmerongen, who is picked up from her Upper West Side apartment - less than one block from a subway station - and driven in a 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid to her downtown office or to meetings. Her driver earns $57,479 a year and has no other duties."

"State Banking Superintendent Richard Neiman, who lives just two miles from a Metro-North train station in Westchester, but is chauffeured daily from his home to a lower Manhattan office."

Apparently, we pay Neiman's driver $32,000 a year and also the $150 per diem parking garage bill. The Department defends the situation by claiming that Neiman needs to be available "around-the-clock." Isn't that what cabs are for? Not our pampered bureaucrat's though, they need chauffeured cars.

Don't worry bureaucrats, the boss has your backs.

"Gov. Paterson's office defended the use of the drivers, saying some commissioners were required to travel extensively and "use the car as a private workspace in order to maximize their time."

For NYS, this sort of behavior is old hat: "Former Health Commissioner Antonia Novello used state workers to shuttle her to shopping, according to the state inspector general."

"Former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi pleaded guilty to defrauding the government in 2006 and resigned for using state workers to drive his wife. "

Read the whole thing.

Again, I'll say it, our government is getting bigger and more centralized, i.e., socialism. We are surrendering more and more control of our own lives to these entitled asshats who only care about their own existence.

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