Mary Donohue, the Lieutenant Governor of New York, is delivering a speech and looking a bit too clean for the grittiness of downtown Brooklyn, what with her white pantsuit and ethereal light blond hair. Her voice, soft in ordinary circumstances, begins to trail off. “Can everyone hear me in the back? Can everyone hear me?” Read More
Is Andrew Cuomo a friend of labor unions, who figure to make up an important voting bloc in this year’s gubernatorial election? His campaign, not surprisingly, would answer that question with an unequivocal yes. Mr. Cuomo’s Web site includes the claim that he has been a strong union supporter, “helping teachers and other union members Read More
Governor George Pataki was exhausting his working knowledge of
Chinese as he worked a room of 300 senior citizens in Chinatown on Feb. 15. ” Gung hey fat choy ,” he said. “Happy
4700! Nihoma ! ” A bright red and yellow dragon, accompanied by loud drummers and
dancers dressed in green satin, followed the Read More
Eighteen inches of snow fell in Albany in the days before
Governor George Pataki’s State of the State address in mid-January. That’s a
lot, even for the gray, chilly city that inspired William Kennedy’s dark,
textured fiction. But while the hero of Mr. Kennedy’s latest Albany novel,
Roscoe Conway, is a man on his way Read More
Word came innocuously enough-via
the Associated Press wire. Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo had hired a
campaign manager named Josh Isay, best known for his work in Charles Schumer’s
victorious 1998 U.S. Senate campaign against Alfonse D’Amato. It seemed like
another bit of pre-campaign jockeying between Mr. Cuomo and State Comptroller
H. Carl McCall, the Democratic Read More
The Democratic primary for Governor began for the second time on Nov. 27. This time, it was neither a shoe-store party nor a stuffy fund-raiser, but a speech at New York University by State Comptroller H. Carl McCall, with stops at similarly weighty venues in Albany, Buffalo and Rochester.
A somewhat stiff-looking Mr. McCall took Read More
To paraphrase Tolstoy, happy political parties are all alike, but
every unhappy political party is unhappy in its own way. The Democratic Party
of New York is very unhappy, indeed.
The Democrats have just one year to drag Anna Karenina from under
the train and bring her back to life. That’s when the party Read More
Thirteen days before arguably one of the most contentious and important Mayoral elections in the city’s history, Governor George Pataki is expected to endorse Michael Bloomberg today, Oct. 24, finally putting the state party’s stamp of approval on its candidate.
There likely will be stirring words of support and warm encouragement from the titular head Read More
In the early 1970′s, Richard Levy was working on the equity
trading desk at Salomon Brothers, a subordinate to Michael Bloomberg, the
desk’s second in command. Mr. Levy’s grandfather had died, and the funeral was
the next day-the same day a large client was planning a heavy amount of
“Michael Bloomberg said, ‘Would Read More
Sometime around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, upstate New York Congressman John Sweeney got a phone call from Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was, said Mr. Sweeney’s spokesman, Kevin Madden, an 11th-hour heads-up about a story about to break in The New York Times the next day.
The E.P.A. had sent Read More