Baruch College professor Doug Muzzio emailed me to make this prediction regarding Governor David Paterson:
“He’s gone within the week. My bet is that his call to Booker had less to do with domestic violence than her knowledge of Paterson’s illicit activities. My suggestion is that Paterson begin reading ‘Great Political Resignation Speeches.’ “ Read More
There’s a front-page story in the New York Times today about a poll they did with NY1 and Cornell University saying “a majority of New Yorkers say that [Michael Bloomberg] does not deserve another term in office and that they would like to give someone else a chance.”
Which struck me as one Read More
Nothing much is happening in the City Council today other than three-borough fight over who gets the city clerk’s job, one of the premier patronage gigs wholly controlled by this body.
Right now, Vito Lopez of Brooklyn wants it. Carl Heastie of the Bronx wants it too. Quinn may end up giving it to Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has returned to planet Earth. With a white-cheeked gibbon swinging from branch to branch and a Malayan Tapir drooping its head over a muddy puddle behind him at the Bronx Zoo, on Nov. 24, Mr. Bloomberg explained why, after all the talk over the last couple of years about the stratospheric national Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s tax policy is giving his political allies a headache.
At a breakfast in midtown last week, State Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos tried to send a clear anti-tax-increase message to business leaders.
“As I said before, the Senate is ready to do what’s appropriate to reduce spending, but we should not raise Read More
As Liz noted, some of the state’s leading unions have been eerily silent ever since Joe Bruno announced his retirement. (A spokeswoman for 1199 SEIU, for example, declined requests for comments for two days.)
Two people I spoke to downplayed how durable or partisan the unions’ allegiances might be.
“[The unions are] Read More
Here’s Doug Muzzio, so flustered during his unannounced visit to my desk at City Hall today that he gave an unusually short rant on what he’s thinking about today: the heat, Michael Bloomberg, and David Paterson’s rent-controlled apartment. Read More
Here’s Baruch College Professor Doug Muzzio at my desk in City Hall, talking about Michael Bloomberg as a possible vice-presidential candidate.
“It’s interesting because of his checkbook, but it ain’t gonna happen,” Muzzio says. Read More
Here’s political science professor Doug Muzzio, who says there may not be much to look at, literally, once Michael Bloomberg’s two terms as mayor are over. Read More
Doug Muzzio is putting his money on Christine Quinn and the congestion pricing supporters in the Council. According to Muzzio, a political science professor at Baruch College, it is less about the substantive pitch Quinn is making, and more about the strategic decision members make to avoid becoming one of her enemies. Read More