Condemning the Council from the high moral ground of the State Senate

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The problems began immediately with a Republican-held hearing in the State Senate on the prospect, proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, of adopting New York City's system of public campaign financing for state elections.

The room in the Capitol chosen for the hearing was small, and activists likely to favor finance reform were blocked from attending, while a room that could have accommodated many more people was unused.

The first witness, David Keating of the Virginia-based, anti-regulatory Center for Competitive Politics, testified colorfully, and unseriously, that public financing was dangerous because it could, among other things, wind up going to candidates who are Nazis.

He also suggested that the New York City Council was a poor advertisement for public financing, which sounds reasonable, and that the legislature hold hearings on the ethics of councilmembers. Which, coming amid a flurry of federal indictments of state lawmakers, does not.

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