Is Ronk overworked or is Bernardo controlling the Legislative Committees?Yess is asking why Ronk sould have five committee assignments when there are three legislators who have only one. Well, all you can do in such circumstances is ask whether such control of certain committees would be beneficial to the friends of those doing the controlling. According to Yess, Ronk currently sits on Environmental, Energy & Technology; Health & Personnel; Law Enforcement & Public Safety; Law & Rules, Governmental Services; and Social Services. It appears that these committees constitute the bulk of spending here in Ulster -- other than Public Works & Capital Projects.
Then Yess gets a little snarky:
It seems unfair and unreasonable for Ronk to have five committees while three other Legislators have only one. After all, you didn’t elect your Legislator to hold the title, but not work on behalf of your district, did you? To solve this problem of inequity, take three committees away from Ronk and give one extra each to Aiello, Bartels and Gerentine. Then every Legislator would have at least two committees, which is fair. The added bonus to taxpayers is that we’d have at least one committee not being controlled by Bernardo. That would be the one that Bartels gets.I get the feeling Ronk isn't on these committees because he's a workaholic. It also might be worth asking Bartels why she has just one committee assignment. I can't imagine it's because she's too busy. Was she shut out by the Bernardo/Independence cabal because she's a vocal member of the opposition? Stranger things have happened. Of course, the other two members with just one committee assignment were also endorsed by the Independence Party, so there doesn't appear to be a clear pattern here.
Still, it bears watching. Just what are they up to, anyway?