The fight over the budget in Albany is impossible to explain, and even if I tried to do so, it would just make you feel terrible about New York's wretched politics. So let's stick to the question of selling wine in grocery stores.
If being governor of New York was a normal job, David Paterson might have made a go of it. But in Albany, it's the legislature that rules. To have any influence on that clan of bozos, a governor has to be very able and very tough.