Elsewhere: Member Items

The spokeswoman for Albany DA David Soares is leaving to work for Congresswoman-elect Kirsten Gillibrand.

Serph Maltese may have been approached to join Eliot Spitzer’s administration.

Cablevision is looking to hire a lobbyist who knows how to make political contributions.

State Senator Jose Serrano says it’s an “irony” that while some legislators are reluctant to make their member items public, they are unwilling to distribute the money evenly across the aisle.”

Kos prefers the word “escalate” rather than “surge” to describe the plan for changing the troop level in Iraq.

Greg Sargent is surprised to see Fox referring to Iraq War opposition as mainstream.

And drivers get free drinks for New Year’s.

– Azi Paybarah