Comedian Lewis Black is back with another love letter to New York State–and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
In a new video, which debuted this morning at a press conference formally launching the state’s new START-UP NY tax-free zones, Mr. Black celebrates the governor’s efforts to make the state more business-friendly in his usual, sarcastic form.
dollar dollar bill y'all
Gov. Andrew Cuomo sounded the alarm bells over a potential federal default today, which he said would come with a price tag of as much as $2 billion in lost revenues for New York State alone.
shut up and drive
If you don’t exhibit the self control required not to send a text while driving, then the state of New York is going indulge your sick cravings. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today the installation of several dozen “texting zones” on the side of the state’s major highways, which will make it a safe place for drivers to Read More
The city’s powerful teachers’ union voted today to endorse Bill de Blasio for mayor–after snubbing him during the Democratic primary in favor of Bill Thompson.
“Mr. Thompson has asked us to support Mr. de Blasio because he knows–as well as Mr. de Blasio knows–the city can no longer afford to go in the direction which it has been going for way too long,” United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told reporters gathered tonight at the union’s Lower Manhattan headquarters after its delegate assembly had formerly voted for the second time this election season.
Exit Stage Right
Bill Thompson will concede the mayor’s race today and endorse front-runner Bill de Blasio, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Mr. Thompson is set to make the announcement at a 11 a.m. City Hall press conference, amid growing pressure from Democratic Party brass–and even some of his own backers—to bow out of the race to avoid a contentious runoff contest and unite the party ahead of November’s general election.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit the rapids today for the inaugural Adirondack white-water rafting challenge. While Team Bloomberg put in a valiant effort, Team Cuomo managed to eek out a victory, with a winning time of 18 minutes and 31 seconds–18 seconds faster than the mayor. To the left you can find some of our favorite images from the day.
New York Governance
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg are set to face each other in an historic white water rafting challenge in the Adirondacks on Monday–and Mr. Cuomo is already eying victory.
“Well, winning isn’t everything. But it’s very nice, Curtis,” Mr. Cuomo said wryly during an interview on the The Capitol Pressroom when asked by fill-in host Curtis Schick how important it was for him to beat the mayor.
The sorry state of upstate New York’s economy has defied the well-intentioned efforts of governors, legislatures and entrepreneurs for more than a generation. Some hoped that state spending—sadly, in the form of prison construction—would spur new development. Others have been waiting for the holy grail of casino gambling.
Now, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has come up with a creative and potentially game-changing partnership between the public and private sectors. Mr. Cuomo recently announced the creation of tax-free zones for businesses that set up shop on the campuses of the vast State University of New York system. In addition, the zones would be extended to private university and college campuses north of Westchester County. Qualifying businesses would be exempt from sales tax, property tax and state income tax for the first 10 years of operation.
Do state legislators have even the slightest idea of how they are perceived? Do they realize that the New York State government remains a world-class embarrassment, even after years of promises to clean up Albany?
Apparently not. Here’s the latest—you may recall that last year four women filed sexual-harassment allegations against Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez. Read More
up in smoke
Poor smokers! Forced to shiver outside with chilly, chapped fingers all winter long, and then when the weather finally improves, New York announces that it will be expanding its state park smoking ban.
The ban on smoking in some areas of state parks had a rocky start (the state suspended it temporarily after smokers’ rights groups threatened to sue) and the legal challenge is, in fact, ongoing, But apparently, New York State is feeling very cocky, not only moving forward with the ban, but extending it to even more parks. Now smokers will only be able to suck fresh air into their damaged lungs when they visit one of the city’s parks. Or, the skin particle-laden air that passes for fresh in New York City.