Lame duck Gov. George Pataki intends to influence state government long after his term expires on Dec. 31. Since Jan. 1 of this year, he has appointed more than 300 people to positions on various state boards, commissions and authorities.
Most recently, he sent the reappointment of Ellen Paprocki to the Senate for confirmation for a new term on the State Workers' Compensation Board. Paprocki's term was set to expire on New Year's Day, but waiting until then would mean a successor appointed by the next governor. If confirmed, her new term will end in 2011.
In addition, former Pataki aide and long-time state government official Eileen Long-Chelales has been named to the State Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.