Judging the Costs of Renovation

Normally it’s waste and fraud from the state legislature and/or governor that gets my blood boiling.  Let’s not forget the judiciary, though.

I stumbled across a story by Greg Floyd of CBS6 Albany providing details on the $23 million renovation of an Albany building.  The renovation will create a place for New York’s Court of Appeals judges to stay when they come to Albany.

We’re talking about rooms for seven judges who only spend about 60 days a year in Albany.  I guess the $125 in per diem to cover a room at the Crowne Plaza just isn’t good enough.

I’m betting that the new accommodations aren’t going to be minimalist in nature.  While I think Floyd did a decent job in his report for CBS6, I wish he would have asked more questions about just how plush the rooms will be.

According to the report, the reason for the renovations is to improve security and efficiency for the judges.

Pardon me?  I doubt that 99% of New Yorkers can name, let alone recognize, these seven judges.  I seriously doubt that there’s a significant security risk that couldn’t be handled at an Albany hotel.

Granted, this is not a new story.  The budget for the renovation was already approved, and the work is underway.

Over the past few years, we’ve heard about New York’s judges “needing” a pay raise.  Heck, this unnecessary and ridiculous renovation would cover the cost of a pay raise for New York’s judges for a year or two.  But, since we’re wasting money anyway, why don’t we just build every state judge a palatial estate.  You know, for security purposes.

New York’s runaway spending continues to astound and sicken me.

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