Some daylight is emerging between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker – undoubtedly one of the most important voices in Albany.
The critique arose in response to how Cuomo reacted to news that two Democratic lawmakers were swept up in a corruption and bribery probe from the US Read More
Emily Atkin finds famous people who look like New York politicians. If there’s any good (awful?) celebrity-politician lookalike combos, stick it in the comments section. Read More
The reform movement paints a target on Dean Skelos’ back, with Ed Koch firing the opening salvo.
“The constitutional objections that he is making today were not made when he made the commitment and we believe it is simply an effort to derail the whole operation,” Koch said after meeting with Skelos. Read More
State legislators from across the aisle and both ends of the statehouse are responding to Andrew Cuomo’s proposed plans for independent redistricting legislation and their reactions should surprise no one: enthusiastic cheers from those in the minority, and wait-and-see from those who have the power to redraw the lines.
Democratic Leader John L. Sampson has released Read More
The Ungovernable State
On Monday afternoon, inside his office on the third floor of the State Capitol, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos, sat in a high-backed red leather chair and talked about the strangeness of being allied, at least in theory, with the Democratic Governor, Andrew Cuomo.
“We do have a unique situation, with a Democrat Read More
Governor Paterson had a long back and forth with Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos this morning at the legislative leaders meeting in the Capitol, as the two fought over the recent and future emergency budget extenders, which Skelos and his conference have repeatedly voted against.
The spat between the two—which mostly involved repeated pleas by Read More
State Senate Minority Leader, Dean Skelos, is criticizing the latest comments by Democratic State Senator Kevin Parker, who called another Republican state senator a “white supremacist” on a radio show this morning.
Fun stuff, even by Albany standards.
Where it gets more interesting, I think, is Parker’s impact on another colleague: Eric Schneiderman. Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson–Republican hero?
“It seems to me that there’s a question of conscience that’s bothering him, and that’s whether all of the taxes and fees that he’s supported not just in last year’s budget, but also when he was a senator in the minority,” Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said in a press conference after Read More
ALBANY—Here’s the Republican response to David Paterson’s State of the State address, as delivered by Senator Dean Skelos.
Skelos lauded Paterson’s focus on fiscal issues, but blamed him and Democrats for “an opportunity that was squandered” to use stimulus funds for investment.
Here’s the text, and YouTube clip, of the response.
In his Read More
ALBANY—Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said that he expects any vote in the chamber regarding Hiram Monserrate, the Queens Democrat who was convicted last year of recklessly injuring his girlfriend, to be for expulsion.
“I think if it came to the floor for a vote, the vote will be expulsion,” Skelos told Fred Read More