After the Albany Times-Union reported today that one of State Senator Greg Ball’s legislative memos stole language from a 17-year-old student’s essay, Mr. Ball’s office says they terminated the employment of the unnamed staffer responsible.
Birthers: Pushback from Obama’s half-sister. [Michael Sheridan]
Praising Cuomo: Legislative leaders pay lip service. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo’s Popularity: “Sky High.” [Taegan Goddard]
Cuomo’s Popularity: Even tops Chris Christie. [Matt Robinson]
Cuomo’s Consolidation: “No Members, No Meetings for Cuomo’s Consolidation Taskforce.” “Ball and Corwin have heard Read More
Controversial writer Nonie Darwish is speaking live before State Senator Greg Ball’s controversial hearing. She is speaking about Sharia Law, even as some senators try to shut her down:
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The Council on American-Islamic Relations has announced that they are planning a protest tomorrow in advance of State Senator Greg Ball’s hearing on ”New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11.”
The hearing has attracted some controversy due to the presence of Nonie Darwish, a human rights activist and writer who has said that Read More
2012: Obama’s remarks at National Action Network tonight will be carried live. [NY1]
2012: “[T]he president is sending a signal that the reverend has become a key ally.” [Michael Saul]
2012: “Obama was very wary of the race issue and of being labeled as a ‘black candidate’,” said Larry Read More
Localizing the Story
Long Island Congressman Peter King heaped high praise on Hudson Valley State Senator Greg Ball’s plan to host a handful of controversial witnesses this week in Manhattan, calling the hearing on terrorism preparedness “absolutely essential.”
“This is a first rate hearing,” King said. “I hear some rumblings from people opposed to it. I just Read More
State Senate Democrats are out with a release today blasting Republican lawmaker Greg Ball for holding a hearing which they claim is designed to “isolate and villify Muslims.”
The hearing, called “Reviewing our Preparedness: An Examination of New York’s Public Protection Ten Years After September 11″ will be held Friday at 250 Broadway in Manhattan Read More
ALBANY—Add another group of lawmakers frustrated with the M.T.A.’s found-again deficit: Hudson Valley Republicans.
They’ve been decrying the bailout bill for the authority, which included the underperforming payroll tax, since it passed in May without their votes. One major complaint is that the legisation evenly distributes money across all counties in the Read More
ALBANY—Assembly Republicans are wishing Greg Ball the best in his bid for the State Senate.
“Is he? Oh, I thought he was running for Congress,” Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, a Cohoes Democrat, said, referencing an already-begun race against Representative John Hall that included robocalls and town halls on health care. “As long as he’s Read More
ALBANY—Some Democratic lawyers are complaining that the already-out-of-the-box Congressional campaign of Assemblyman Greg Ball violated federal election law.
The Democratic Lawyers Council filed the above complaint before the Federal Election Commission on Friday, alleging that Ball unlawfully solicited money from corporations and did not claim that a robocall unleashed in the congressional district Read More