Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election operation is getting ready to battle next year, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed him in 2010, isn’t jumping on the bandwagon yet.
Asked today at a press conference whether he would endorse Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his broad support for the governor’s record but was initially unsure even how long Mr. Cuomo has served.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio told reporters today that a substantial, organized campaign would soon be launched to ensure the State Legislature approves the centerpiece of his policy agenda: a tax hike on the city’s high income earners to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs.
It wasn’t enough for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to revel in being named the sexiest 55-year-old alive.
He had to rub it in his younger brother’s face.
Speaking in an Albany radio interview earlier today, Mr. Cuomo bragged about calling into 43-year-old Chris Cuomo’s New Day show on CNN to tout his sexiest-man award from People magazine.
Bringing Sexy Back
The Empire State can bring the sexiness, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says.
Asked today about being named “sexiest 55-year-old” by People magazine today, Mr. Cuomo humbly said it was more about New York than him personally.
The Garden State
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Hudson River isn’t quite facing a heated political rivalry just yet.
Mr. Cuomo said this afternoon that he spoke with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about today’s New York Post report detailing his alleged plans to unseat Mr. Cuomo in next year’s election.
No Strings Attached
Environmental activists opposed to fracking in upstate New York have never been shy about enlisting celebrities–Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono even have a song on the topic–and now former ‘N Sync heart-throb Lance Bass is joining the cause.
Americans Against Fracking is trying to up the pressure on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with video pleas from the ‘N Sync star, as well as actresses Marisa Tomei, Hayden Panettiere and Julie Bowen, among others.
Walk this way
Emboldened by Democrat Bill de Blasio’s decisive win in the mayor’s race, the state’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus today rolled out a new agenda and pushed Albany to “walk the walk” in passing progressive legislation.
Joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, the lawmakers pressed their case to nearly 250 elected officials, union members, and community activists seated in the auditorium of Baruch College.
The Winter Months
Bill de Blasio may have won the mayoral contest last night, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted today everyone needs to wait a little bit when it comes to whether he approves Mr. de Blasio’s signature proposal to tax the rich to fund universal pre-K and more after-school programs.
New York’s pretty political publicists are having a moment, as women who have previously been relegated to mouthpieces are now being toted as veritable lifestyle brands. The most obvious example is Audrey Gelman, Scott Stringer’s press secretary, who also happens to be Terry Richardson’s girlfriend, Lena Dunham’s bestie and the subject of a recent New York Times Sunday Styles profile. Also consider Lis Smith, the former director of the President Rapid Response team whose social media prowess and savagely snarky reputation in D.C. earned her a prime spot on Eliot Spitzer’s campaign.
Less than a week before New Yorkers will vote on whether to legalize select casinos in New York State, a large coalition with ties to the governor is blasting out two television ads supporting the referendum.