Cara Matthews, a reporter in our Albany Bureau, joined the Editorial Board Tuesday afternoon to discuss the reporting she and her colleagues have undertaken for our Platinum Legislature series, which began Sunday, continues Aug. 29 and concludes on Sept. 5.
In this Sunday’s installment, Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau chief, explores how legislators earn and use per diems. On Sept. 5, reporter Nick Reisman examines legislators’ use of state-owned cars and officially-issued license plates.
In our conversation with Matthews, we dissected the $226 million it costs New York taxpayers to operate the state Legislature and reflected on how things have changed since we published our Solid Gold Legislature series in 1985.
Here’s a highlight reel:
Matthews on “Three Men in a Room” and per diems:
Matthews on legislative ‘lulus,” stipends given to legislators who hold leadership positions:
Matthews on legislative committees and their activity:
Matthews on legislators’ pay:
For a complete version of our conversation, go to lohud.com/editorialspotlight and select the video from the on-demand menu.