More Pigeon Droppings
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:00 am, June 30, 2009
I just noticed this post (written on Friday by Jimmy Vielkind) over at the PolitckerNY.com:
Pigeon, who was one of the principle architects of the coup that has hobbled the chamber, remains the executive director of billionaire Tom Golisano’s Reponsible New York P.A.C. When I asked, Pigeon said he was now serving as Espada’s private counsel, and expected to be formally put on the Senate payroll when the leadership struggle in the chamber is resolved. Whenever. That. Might. Be.
Liz reported this possibility a while ago, but Pigeon indicated it was all but set at this point. He did not say that would mean he was relinquishing any role at R.N.Y., noting, “If we were in a situation where there was independent expenditures happening, I would have to take some sort of a leave, and that wouldn’t be until elections.”
Yeah, I’m sure he’ll do that. The last time Pigeon worked in the New york State Senate, he was an aide to Byron Brown. As he prepared to run for mayor of Buffalo, Brown fired Pigeon because he found Pigeon’s political activities a liability. At the time, Brown told the Buffalo News, “Unfortunately, he has been unable to move beyond his attitudes toward those whom he believes have wronged him politically in the past…It was painfully obvious he just wasn’t a positive influence on my staff.” Obviously, the mayor and his chief political officer, Steve Casey, have long since reconciled with Pigeon, though Brown has refused to comment on the role Pigeon played in the Albany coup, so maybe things are strained again, who knows).
Meantime, in yesterday’s New York Daily News, Liz Benjamin reports that Senate Democrats believe Pigeon’s presence on the Senate floor is a violation of the chamber’s rules:
Pigeon said he is part of the “legal team” for Sen. Pedro Espada, one of the two turncoat Democrats whose defection to the Senate GOP led to the current 31-31 stalemate. Pigeon is an attorney, but he’s also a registered lobbyist.
Senate rules bar those “interested in pending or contemplated legislation” or “employed by, or receives compensation from any public or private source for influencing legislation.” In other words: no lobbyists.
Pigeon said he only registered to represent Golisano’s political action committee, Responsible New York, as a “volunteer” and wasn’t paid. He said he never lobbied the Legislature and has resigned his lobbying post in expectation of getting a job with Espada.
The state Public Integrity Commission Web site does not list Pigeon among lobbyists who have terminated their registration.
“I thought it was drawn up last week,” Pigeon said. “I might have beat it to the floor, but I resigned as lobbyist. It’s already done.”