ALBANY—Assemblyman Denny Farrell, the long-time Harlem legislator who first won his current seat with the backing of Percy Sutton, remembered him today as “a wonderful human being, a wonderful politician, a humanist.”
“He was superb,” Farrell told me by phone this morning. Sutton, a former assemblyman, Manhattan borough president and political dean in Harlem Read More
Mark Green said he “personally likes Pedro Espada” and called him “an important figure in the State Senate.”
“If he endorsed me I would accept it,” said Green.
Green made his comments when he was asked about the controversial Bronx lawmaker during a press conference outside City Hall where Green announced the support Read More
ALBANY—The Assembly is officially in session, and right now Ways and Means Committee Chair Denny Farrell is presenting the budget.
On the other side of the Capitol, after wrapping up a session, a few Democratic state senators lingered in their chamber and discussed the Spanish word for shoes. The chamber does not have Read More
ALBANY—The taxes and fees David Paterson proposed in his budget, the type he has described as a "nuisance" and "regressive," are gone.
He announced with Democratic legislative leaders that he would use federal stimulus money for health care to roll back proposed taxes on "movie tickets, haircuts, health club memberships and digital downloads." Read More
ALBANY—Not so fast.
Here are the answers of three key people whose support would be needed if a bill requiring a term-limits referendum is to be approved by state government, when they were asked after Jonathan Lippman's swearing in ceremony.
"When it's on my desk, you'll know how I feel about it. I'm not Read More
ALBANY—Of course Joel Klein can't come to Albany without getting asked about mayoral control, which is up for legislative reauthorization this year.
In a budget hearing this afternoon, Assemblyman Denny Farrell asked the question quite pointedly, saying Klein has done a good job representing the mayor but that he felt "tension" was needed Read More
ALBANY—Today was the first of many legislative budget hearings to come, and the first day in a new rule for the Krueger-Kruger era of the Senate Finance Committee
That's State Senator Liz Krueger, vice chair, and State Senator Carl Kruger, chair, sitting next to Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, the longtime chair of the Read More
ALBANY—The chairman of the State Assembly Ways and Means Committee took a strong stance against David Paterson's proposed cuts to education.
Assemblyman Denny Farrell, a longtime associate and ally of the governor’s father, made his comments while questioning Brian McMahon, executive director of the New York State Economic Development Council at Read More
"She is no stranger here," said Calvin Butts, the Pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where a "homecoming" rally was held for Hillary Clinton on Saturday.
In a very specific way, at least, the origins of Clinton’s Senate career can be traced back to the 125th Street offices of Charlie Rangel, who, Clinton Read More
Bill Thomson and Adolfo Carrion had a friendly chat during last night’s dinner for the Bronx Democratic County Organization at the Marina Del Rey.
At one point, I and two other reporters ran into Denny Farrell, who was hanging out with his daughter. He cheerily noted that earlier in the day he’d gotten Read More