Patient advocates blamed the state yesterday for the problem of growing medical-malpractice costs, saying government has failed to rein in costs associated with medical-malpractice insurance and failing to weed out poor-performing doctors from the system.
College professors from across the state came out against the state’s using the latest technology to replace its 20,000 decades-old mechanical voting machines.
The Committee for an Independent Public Defense System alleged yesterday that public defenders in some upstate counties are not providing adequate legal representation of the poor.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who is conducting an audit of the New York State Thruway, said yesterday he would recommend a “pathway” for the public authority to save money by shedding functions not related to running the 641-mile toll-road system.
Albany is abuzz with talk of Vanity Fair contributing editor David Margolick’s 8,000-word article on Gov. Eliot Spitzer titled “The Year of Governing Dangerously.”
Orange County Republican Howard Mills, a former state insurance superintendent who unsuccessfully ran for Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s seat in 2004, said he would not run against U.S. Rep. John Hall, D-Dover Plains, for the 19th Congressional District seat next year.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave a tongue-in-cheek plastic pigeon award to a councilman who has fought to control the messy birds in the city.