White knight trades in his armorCongratulations to Blair Horner. The then-legislative director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) has been named as a special advisor to state attorney general Andrew Cuomo to oversee Cuomo's plan for an Internet database tracking campaign donors, lobbyists, state contractors and their connections to elected officials.
Non-partisan good government organizations like NYPIRG, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters constitute the only group in Albany that advocates the interests of citizens, rather than those of lobbyists and campaign donors. Horner is seen as the dean of Albany watchdogs and has been a spokesman for ethical and transparent government for a quarter century.
If the attorney general is serious about governmental transparency and is willing to give Horner all the support required to make it happen, then he certainly picked the right man for the job.