ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — For about 30 New York state legislators, the drawbacks that include being away from home, constant criticism, little individual recognition and no raise in 13 years have become too much.
In what may be a record, 25 Assembly members and four senators say they are retiring from the 212-seat Legislature. More could join them.
For some, the motivation is clear.
Assemblyman Joel Miller, a Poughkeepsie Republican and 18-year veteran, says the power structure in New York makes rank-and-file legislators feel like "highly paid rubber stamps."
New Yorkers who lose an incumbent will lack a senior representative who can influence policy and spending decisions.
For all New Yorkers, the result is a Legislature with fewer middle-aged lawmakers still trying to balance family budgets and dealing with other familiar issues.