Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Aravella Simotas on THE PEREZ NOTES


I had the opportunity, to interview New York State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, who represents the 36th AD. Here are some quotes from the interview, with the audio included below.

MTA

"We have to make sure that the MTA is responsible with how they spend their money. We have to make sure that the top executives are not making obscene salaries, and that they should be compensated the same way that everyone thinks teachers should be compensated based on merit. If they are doing a good job, managing their house, then fine let them be paid. But they should not be taking money away from the workers, and money away from vital services for communities like this in order to basically feed these large salaries."

Outer Borough Medallions

"I think the issue might be an issue of whether, or not it's constitutional, how it was done with respect to taking away the value of somebody's medallion. I know that there has been a lot of debate whether this legislation has hurt the value of medallions, but I think that it's a difficult legal issue that we are dealing with."

"We need to expand services."

"It was not done the normal way which was through the City Council. We didn't do home rule, and that's another legal issue."

"From my experience in viewing what the Governor does, he does every thing very methodically, and he does not want to sign a bill into law that can have constitutional challenges."

Con Edison

"You know Con Edison is a business, and it will try to turn a profit at my constituents expenses. I made it abundantly clear to them that I lived through the black out as well. I remember that many of our businesses are no longer here because they lost everything, and Con Edison was only reimbursing them 7,000 dollars, and that was unacceptable."

"Last week I remember when there was a spike in the temperature we were getting constant updates that there was going to be a spike, that there were going to be some black outs in certain neighborhoods, so it seems as though Con Edison is a little bit more sensitive to the issue, at least giving communities a heads up. But they have a long way to go in order to operate in a way that puts the consumer first."