"If it exists, it will encourage legislators to be more responsible knowing they can be used at any time," said Zimmerman. "I view them as standby devices, that they would not be used often but they would be available when the people get upset enough."
And how upset are New Yorkers today? A Siena Research Institute poll released on Monday, July 20, indicates that voters are deeply unsettled by the protracted row in Senate, with the body's approval rating plummeting to 20 percent. 62 percent of those polled said they believe voters will remember the incident come Election Day in 2010.
State lawmakers are elected to two-year terms.
Of course, the very people whom the law most directly affects would be required to pass it. Zimmerman said this fact kills almost any chance of seeing a recall make its way into state law.
"The elected officers do not like these devices in general," he said. "If you were in office, you probably would not like to be threatened daily with the possibility of a recall.""