You pay for N.Y. Parks Commissioner’s weekend placeBy student_bee_reporter ( June 1, 2009 at 5:34 pm) · Filed under NY Politics, student bee reporter
We can hope that New York State’s fiscal crisis helps flush out more news about wasteful spending such as this. The N.Y. Parks Commissioner occupies in a state-owned mansion on public land, and doesn’t even live in it full time.
Carol Ash pays $713 a month for the mansion, which is located on an eight-acre section of Tallman Mountain State Park in Rockland County and is inaccessible to the public, The Post has learned.
The house, in Sparkill, could fetch $2.5 million on the open market or bring in $4,500 to $7,500 in monthly rent to help fill state coffers, according to a local broker.
Ash, commissioner since 2007, kept the mansion despite working in Albany and living outside the capital in Rensselaerville. Her husband, Joshua Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who works at Columbia University, has an 18-mile car ride from the house in the park.
Ash stays in the park mansion a few days a month, and her husband uses it as well…
She is one of over 1200 state employees who receive cut-rate housing. The Comptroller’s Office says none of them pay more than $902 a month. No doubt some of them must live on-premises for their work…. but come on, let’s get real. The state is cutting back and laying off workers, so let’s reset our priorities.