Paladino's Plan

September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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September 27, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM EDT


Buffalo attorney and developer Carl Paladino has an ambitious agenda to reform Albany.

Paladino supports an across the board 20 percent cut in state spending, a legislative super majority to pass tax increases and eliminating legislators' pensions and lifetime health insurance.

He has been slim on details on exactly how he plans to get it done. But one thing is certain: Paladino will need help.

"Just about everything requires some sort of cooperation from somebody else," said Canisius College political science professor Michael Haselswerdt.

That help will presumably come from members of the State Senate and Assembly, the same people Paladino is ridiculing and taunting on the campaign trail.

"Sheldon Silver. We're going to shake him," Paladino told a group of about 100 voters at the historic Palace Theater in Syracuse Wednesday night.

"We're going to shake out some of the stuff that he stole and we're going to put him on a bus and send him to Attica," he said.

Haselswerdt says most voters will not respond to that kind of coarse language.

"It's tough for these reformers to come in and say, 'I'm going to be the white knight that comes in and slays this dragon,'" Haselswerdt said.

Before Paladino can take his sword to Albany for dragon slaying, he'll need to overcome to Republican challengers. And that could be the easy part considering Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is around the corner, presumably preparing to announce his Democratic candidacy.

"Right now it doesn't look like any Republican has a chance (to beat Cuomo)," said New York Post Albany reporter Fred Dicker. "But Carl Paladino certainly has a chance in a GOP primary and some believe he has a chance to become the Republican nominee."

Paladino has pledged to use $10 million of his own money for the race. That puts him just behind Cuomo, who is the cash leader, with $16 million on hand.

In Syracuse last night, Paladino said he would donate his salary to charity if elected.