For most of the country, news of the involvement of Barack Obama's recently named car czar in an alleged pay-to-play scandal has merely been surprising.
For New York's Democratic fund-raisers and bundlers, it was the day their rarified world fell off its axis.
"We are stunned," Read More
City Council candidate Michael Cohen, whose departure from the New York State Assembly came up in Andrew Cuomo's investigation into alleged abuses of the state pension fund by aides to the former state comptroller, released a statement over the weekend saying he did nothing wrong.
Cohen, who has not been accused of Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson says he would support looking at reforming the way the Office of the State Comptroller oversees the state pension fund, given news yesterday of a massive pay-to-play indictment.
"That type of indictment is so disturbing in its nature that we would have to take a look at the fact that we're Read More
Andrew Cuomo is out with his lengthy indictment against political consultant Hank Morris, and a colleague, David Loglisci, for allegedly orchestrating a kick-back scheme with people doing business with former State Comptroller Alan Hevesi.
I’m reading the indictment now, and came across this quirky detail:
Defendant LOGLISCI also solicited from Read More
ALBANY—Comptroller Alan Hevesi's top lieutenants have been indicted on 123 counts including enterprise corruption, securities fraud, money laundering and grand larceny, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo just announced on a conference call.
"The indictment charges crimes that go beyond the grossest manifestations of pay-to-play," Cuomo said. He, along with S.E.C. Chair Mary Schapiro and Albany County Read More
Chuck Schumer defended Eliot Spitzer and said everyone should move forward and "point to the future."
Someone at New York 1 News sent over a clip of the yet-to-be-aired interview with Schumer. In it, Schumer said:
I find him to be hands on, I find him to be smart. People make mistakes. No question Read More
Here’s a significant story I missed in my morning round-up.
A financial company with ties to former comptroller Alan Hevesi’s closest adviser quietly amended its federal filings to show they got paid about $6 million more in fees than they had originally stated.
Sources said investigators are seeking to Read More
A survey of state and local government in New York does not always leave observers inspired, uplifted and generally giddy about the joys and virtues of democracy.
Begin, if you dare, with our part-time legislators in the frozen wastelands of Albany. Oh, some of them are fine and even admirable, as one might expect in Read More
A year ago, Alan Hevesi’s career was over. A year ago, he was the man who came in a distant fourth in the Democratic Mayoral race-after being the early favorite. A year ago, he was supposed to do what losing political candidates do, which is take a lucrative private-sector job that traded on his 30 Read More
Since you ask, I’ve spent the last several weeks pursuing a
project that will manifest itself between two hard covers sometime in late
November. As this sort of work requires a certain intensity and focus, I’ve
been following Henry David Thoreau’s short guide to a happy life-I’ve been
skimping on newspapers, periodicals and other chronicles Read More