I couldn’t agree more. My limited experience covering the workings of Albany, as refracted through Queens, made it very clear that the political dysfunction in New York’s fair state capital is well beyond irredeemable. NYC, by contrast, has been a model of effective governance for years now (although it remains to be seen if the city’s good-government sense can survive a real recession led by the financial sector). But even so, I’m partly motivated by sheer spite. The completely daft faux-populism of the anti-congestion political hacks burns me up, and the era of the $4 MTA ride is nigh as a result of Albany’s bullshit antics.