Carolyn Maloney's decision to drop her noisy threat to challenge Kirsten Gillibrand marks yet another victory for Senator Chuck Schumer, who, by helping clear the field of viable primary opponents to Gillibrand, ensures that he will have a receptive, influence-multiplying partner in a Senate where he is playing an increasingly Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/07/09 3:43pm
Carolyn Maloney is officially abandoning her prospective Senate bid.
Here's a statement just going out now from Maloney:
In seriously assessing a Senate Campaign, I have been inspired by all the calls of support I have received from a broad array of people from all Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/06/09 4:17pm
"I am the attorney general of the State of New York. I'm focused on being attorney general of the State of New York."
-Andrew Cuomo, at a press conference in the Capitol on July 29
It's one of the most reliable dodges in politics, "focusing" on your current job to avoid discussing the job you Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/05/09 8:35pm
Michael Bloomberg said this afternoon that the relationship between him and Councilman Simcha Felder is fine despite disagreeing with Felder's recollection that the mayor, illegally, initiated the process of directing city funds to organizations in the councilman's district.
"I haven't talked to Simcha since Sunday when we spent a good part of a Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/04/09 8:31pm
These days, on the subject of his own influence, Senator Chuck Schumer is unusually demure.
“I’m not going to assess my influence,” Mr. Schumer told The Observer at his weekly Sunday press conference. “I’m working hard on a whole lot of different things. God blessed me with a lot of energy and I try Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/03/09 5:12pm
At the moment, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is receiving lots of positive attention for being at the forefront of efforts in the Senate to do away with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a policy that has come to seem embarrassingly retrograde for most of her party.
"Our new senator has been proactive in reaching Read More
By Jason Horowitz 8/03/09 1:04pm
As Israeli complaints about the Obama administration grow louder, Representative Eliot Engel says that the slack he's cutting the president is about to run out.
"We have a new president and a new administration and we have to give them leeway to do the things that they think they need to do," Read More
By Jason Horowitz 7/31/09 4:27pm
As Thrush reports that Carolyn Maloney is leaning against the idea of challenging Kirsten Gillibrand in a Senate primary, one source in the New York delegation says that the members are getting more and more used to the idea that Gillibrand will indeed go unchallenged and be the state's junior senator for the Read More
By Jason Horowitz 7/28/09 11:26pm
For all those Democratic candidates counting on New York’s political-donor network for lots of easy money, a word of advice: Don’t.
“There’s a sort of perfect storm of contributing factors that not surprisingly, and probably not unhealthily, have changed things,” said Chris Deri, a prominent New York fund-raiser.
Some of the factors, Read More
By Jason Horowitz 7/22/09 5:45pm
In the minutes before the Senate barely voted down an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines, Chuck Schumer delivered an impassioned speech on the Senate floor urging his colleagues not to back the measure.
"This amendment will incite a dangerous race to the bottom in our Read More