It was not that long ago that Michael Bloomberg and George Pataki seemed determined to protect their relationship from the tensions that invariably come between a New York Mayor and a New York Governor. The two Republicans looked extremely comfortable with each other in their many public appearances, and seemed to understand that their futures Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 8/25/03 12:00am
There is Fernando Mateo, standing with a crowd of demonstrators in Union City, N.J., protesting the death of a 17-year-old Latino boy killed by local police officers. There he is again, in front of New York City Hall, addressing a group of 2,000 livery cab drivers chanting and blocking the sidewalks, demanding that Mayor Michael Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 7/28/03 12:00am
When President George W. Bush arrived in New York on June 23, Governor George Pataki dispatched one of his closest advisers to meet him at the airport: Secretary of State Randy Daniels. These sorts of arrangements are almost invisible and surely meaningless to the public. But on the inside, they carry great weight. They confer Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 6/02/03 12:00am
Whatever happened to the George Pataki who made unlikely allies, won over opponents with quiet charm and made the status quo in Albany seem downright reasonable?
The last few weeks have been among the most difficult of the Governor’s tenure. He engaged the State Legislature-or rather, the Legislature’s all-powerful leaders-in a steel-cage match over the Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 5/12/03 12:00am
As headlines warned of record tax increases and bitter divisions among state Republicans, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor George Pataki-on opposite sides of the tax-hike debate-appeared together at two press conferences on May 5. Both occasions celebrated good news. First, they announced that Pfizer Inc. will create 2,000 jobs here. An hour later, they cut Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 4/14/03 12:00am
April is turning out to be cruel indeed for Governor George Pataki.
The first day of the new month-the day on which the budget is due, but never arrives-brought snow and tens of thousands of angry health-care workers to Albany. The Governor’s erstwhile best friend in the labor movement, Dennis Rivera, denounced state cuts in Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 3/31/03 12:00am
When Governor George Pataki really means something, his cheeks twitch. His mouth, a thin line that naturally droops at the corners, is pulled toward his ears, and a flush of red appears at the upper end of his cheekbones, just under his eyes. When Mr. Pataki speaks about “job-killing taxes,” the cheek twitch is unmistakable. Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 2/17/03 12:00am
Despite all the bad budget news you’ve been reading about in recent weeks, the state does have some good news for the equally embattled city. Recently, Albany joyously noted that it will deliver $650 million in new aid to the city.
It may surprise youtoknow, however, that the moneyactually willbecoming notfromAlbany’s treasury, but from Uncle Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 1/06/03 12:00am
When Governor George Pataki is sworn in for a third term on Jan. 1, it will be inside, underground, in the Empire State Plaza convention center-part of the vast warren of subterranean marble hallways that connect state office buildings to a collection of restaurants and other commercial establishments. It’s what makes it possible for residents Read More
By Andrea Bernstein 11/25/02 12:00am
The meeting of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on Nov. 14 began in the usual way. By 8 a.m., its members were arrayed around a U-shaped table, speaking in the mumbled tones of men who are not accustomed to speaking loudly, or even clearly, in order to be heard. There were a few jokes and Read More