The Republican redistricting plan just passed the Republican-controlled State Senate, 35-24, with the four Independent Democrats throwing their support behind the bill.
The bill’s sponsor, John Bonacic, said before the vote that he wasn’t “playing the blame game” but wanted to note “you guys [Democrats] had opportunities” to pass similar legislaiton when they controlled Read More
Malcolm Smith’s message of the week seems to capture the mood in Albany.
When Eliot Spitzer took the oath of office on the first day of January 2007, he promised a new day in New York politics. ”This election was not about electing one person as governor,” Mr. Spitzer said.
How right he was!
When Client Number Nine resigned in March of 2008, he ceded the state to Read More
I’m waiting for State Senator Bill Perkin’s press conference at 250 Broadway right now, and spotted this sign on State Senator Malcolm Smith’s door, saying the theme of the week is “strength through struggle.”
Wonder how that theme is going over on the second floor of the capitol in Albany right now.
Facing increasing criticism for selecting a politically-connected bidder to develop slot machines at the Aqueduct race track, Governor Paterson released a statement Thursday afternoon stressing that legislative leaders had agreed on the choice.
The statement appeared to be a riposte at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who Friday stated a list of conditions (and sent a Read More
ALBANY—John Sampson thinks, not unreasonably, that the State Senate needs a new look.
“We need to come out of the box in January and start to really pass some progressive and positive legislation because people have one characterization of us,” Sampson, the leader of the chamber’s Democratic conference, told reporters during an informal chat in Read More
ALBANY—The day after David Paterson gives his State of the State address, Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson will be in Manhattan for “cocktails and conversation” at a $5,000-a-head event.
That’s a pretty high dollar figure; for context, David Paterson and Andrew Cuomo each asked for $1,000 a head at their December events and Read More
There were 1,000 people in attendance at Andrew Cuomo’s birthday fund-raiser last night–even David Paterson, a prospective political adversary, dropped in–mingling with the attorney general and enjoying a dinner of cucumber salad, beef and vegetables.
Like David Paterson’s holiday fund-raiser last week, the stalwarts of Albany’s lobbying community showed up–Paul Tokasz, Brian Meara, Read More
ALBANY—A plan to double the number of charter schools is not getting a warm reception from two education groups that just sued David Paterson.
“There are ways of doing it, of raising the cap and also of raising some of the problems they’re having with charter schools. Any thing is discussable. We haven’t said, Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson just endorsed lifting the cap on the number of charter schools in the state—a move recommended yesterday by the State Board of Regents—to make New York more competitive for the “race to the top” pool of federal education funding.
“I can appreciate that people have ideological differences with some of the plans, Read More