Members of New York City’s Congressional delegation, long relegated to the sidelines of local politics, are increasingly filling the void left by the declining influence of political party apparatchiks.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Brooklyn, home to Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio and his GOP rival Joe Lhota, as well as public advocate runoff contenders Letitia James and Daniel Squadron. The latest trend from the borough of hipsters, Hasidim and Caribbean homelands is the toppling of incumbents with the help of U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velázquez.
Here’s video of Governor David Paterson’s question-and-answer session with Observer editor Kyle Pope and former councilman Ken Fisher, in which the governor talks about the state’s fiscal woes, what it will be like not to be standing for reelection, and how his resignation—at least as of yesterday—is completely off the table.
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This morning, in his first public remarks since ending his campaign for governor last week, Governor David Paterson said a combination of budget forces had created “a situation when a day of reckoning would eventually come, and that day of reckoning is here.”
That’s certainly true–given the state’s enormous budget deficit–and, of course, Read More
When asked by co-host Ken Fisher whether New York would lay off or furlough government workers as a way to help close the state’s enormous budget gap, Governor David Paterson said, “33 states have laid off or furloughed [employees].”
And, he added, “It could get to that. Delaying payments is a simpler way.” Read More
The Observer‘s 8 a.m. event with Governor David Paterson got off the ground around 8:45.
The Mr. Paterson made a quiet entrance into Club 101 in midtown for a one-on-one (or one-on-two, as it was) with former city councilman Ken Fisher and Observer editor Kyle Pope.
The flashbulbs went off as the governor emerged. The Read More
In this clip from Ken Fisher’s tv show, City Comptroller candidate Melinda Katz says before investing pension money in a company, she’ll look at how many jobs they created in New York.
Fisher asks if New York companies would somehow be hurt if other jurisdictions applied a similar standard.
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On Monday, Ken Fisher made his way to his first directors’ meeting for Governors Island. An attorney, former councilman and chairman of the advocacy group Governors Island Alliance, Mr. Fisher had never been to the board meetings of the island’s operating agency at the 41st Street state office building, preferring to stay more behind the Read More
The city’s Campaign Finance Board will be posting updated campaign finance numbers for 2009 candidates later today. But some numbers are available for campaigns that cross-filed with state Board of Elections, like City Comptroller candidate Melinda Katz.
Katz raised $582,756 and now has $1,078,196 on hand Read More
Consultant and former councilman Ken Fisher thinks there’s something familiar about Eliot Spitzer’s first-term troubles: “A travel office brouhaha, endless investigations of non-criminal scandals and a botched major policy initiative? Sounds like the beginning of Bill Clinton’s administration, which I seem to recall lasted two terms. The Governor has some work to do but he’s Read More