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.
Newspaper editorial boards have not been especially kind to ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer or his return to politics.
The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News all endorsed rival Scott Stringer for comptroller last week, with the two tabloids using extensive editorial space–including their covers- to excoriate Mr. Spitzer over his gubernatorial record and infamous prostitution scandal.
But one Queens weekly, at least, is reversing the trend.
Former Gov. David Paterson campaigned with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer this morning outside a subway stop in Harlem, but the appearance quickly turned awkward as the former governor refused to criticize Mr. Spitzer’s opponent: his former boss
Mr. Paterson, who served under Eliot Spitzer as lieutenant governor and took over when he resigned, repeatedly refused to answer a simple question: why voters should choose the little-known Stringer over Mr. Spitzer, who is leading the polls in the comptroller’s race.
“I’m not going to answer the question of why they should choose Scott over Eliot. That’s your question. I didn’t ask that question and I’m not answering it,” said Mr. Paterson, who had endorsed Mr. Stringer long before Mr. Spitzer entered the race.
PATH to Ruin
The Port Authority used to set records in good ways. The George Washington Bridge was a marvel of engineering in its day, the world’s longest bridge when it was built, and still the busiest. The Port Authority Bus Terminal, opened in 1950, is to this day the largest on earth by passenger volume.
But today, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey doesn’t brag about the records it sets. One World Trade Center, born the Freedom Tower and taken over by the Port in 2006, will be the most expensive office building in the world. The “Vehicle Security Center,” an underground tour bus garage and road network serving the World Trade Center complex, may very well be the most expensive parking garage in history.
And then there’s the PATH station to New Jersey, the most troubled project at one of the world’s most troubled construction sites. At $3.74 billion, plus another $200 million in contingencies, the “Transportation Hub” at the World Trade Center—not even the busiest station in the Financial District—will be far and away the most expensive train station built in modern history.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
Governor Andrew Cuomo is not the only person praising his latest appointment to the MTA Board, his predecessor David Paterson. As the Daily News‘ Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett reported earlier today, Governor Paterson will be replacing trucker girl Nancy Shevell (whom The Observer wrote perhaps the definitive profile of last year). Read More
Gov. David Paterson is slated to deliver the commencement address at Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks next month, and he told The Politicker that he hopes to warn the grads not to get discouraged in the unforgiving real world they are about to enter.
“What I want to convey to them is, unfortunately, Read More
Executive Pay: New York tops the list. [Stateline.org]
Police Scandal: “Police Headquarters and City Hall, where officials are preparing for a police scandal the likes of which the city has not felt in decades.” [Murray Weiss]
2012: Trump “is making a fundamental miscalculation about what we can get away Read More
The Lunch CROWD
Monday was extremely busy–but don’t worry, everyone was safe; Commissioner Kelly presided at one of the central tables in the Grill! Across the room, Governor Paterson was eating fruit salad with Bill White.
Peter Brandt was also here, looking very sharp in a gray pinstriped double-breasted suit–no wonder he’s back with his gorgeous wife! The Read More
In this morning’s Observer, I wrote about David Paterson’s budget extender brinksmanship and the lasting impact it might have on how business is conducted at the state Capitol.
While most Albany observers seem to consider the new tool to be his administration’s lasting legacy, the former governor said he was most proud of his Read More
Buried in the New York Post‘s exultant coverage of Andrew Cuomo’s on-time budget agreement with the Legislature in Albany was a remarkable, easily missable tribute to a governor whom the Post, in general, likes somewhat less.
Despite a “dismal” record in office, David Paterson (along with another predecessor, George Pataki) “helped blaze the path that Read More