Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009 | 2:01 a.m.
Most of you probably have never heard of Mark Stevens or Gary Ghiggeri. They are not high-profile political figures but have had immense influence. As they retire from state government after decades of service, it is no exaggeration to say they have been as powerful as almost any legislator over the past 25 years. As the Legislature’s top fiscal analysts, they were shadow chairmen of the Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees, telling the likes of Marvin Sedway and Bill Raggio what could and could not be done — or, occasionally, how the impossible could be done. They had impeccable reputations. If Stevens or Ghiggeri spoke, people listened. Their voices in committee rooms will be missed.