New members of the state Senate and Assembly received some sage advice beyond where to eat and stay in Albany from reporters, professors and veteran politicians duringCity & Stateand the Baruch's School of Public Affairs's state legislator orientation this weekend.
Former Lieutenant GovernorRichard Ravitchtold several rookie pols to seek out the legislature's budget analysts to examine their new bills. AssemblywomanNicole Malliotakistold them to listen to their bodies in order to avoid burnout and know when to take a break. AssemblymanPhil Goldfedertold attendees to hire staff who share their intensity while complementing their own strengths and weaknesses. But some of the best advice was offered by Capital Tonight anchorLiz Benjamin,who told electeds to scoot into the member's lounge if they want to avoid journalists. And her biggest pearl of wisdom? "Don't have secret families in Albany.