Planes Trains & Automobiles
The first thing on my platform is that the next M.T.A. chief need not be a train buff. He or she—or me specifically, since I’m hereby throwing my name out there—has to appreciate the economic essentiality of the authority, which moves the equivalent of New Jersey’s population (8.5 million, give or take) every weekday. But this is not a Lionel set; this is dollars and nonsense.
The next chief should know more about transit financing, particularly the warren navigated in simply keeping the four-pronged monster afloat. As it stands now, it’s a ready-made punch line, with the nation’s largest transit system held hostage to a dysfunctional Albany.
On Monday evening to celebrate an at long last sunny afternoon, New Yorkers gathered at MoMA for the premiere of Robert Redford’s historical courtroom drama, The Conspirator, starring James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn. Freshly shaven legs and flirty skirts prevailed as guests glided down the escalators towards the subterranean theater. All the stars in Read More
Education: 10th best middle school in NYC is in the Bronx and it’s not a charter school. [Jonathan Mahler]
Mario on Andrew: “I asked Cuomo whether Andrew was a different kind of Democrat from his father. He paused for a long moment. ‘I think . . .,’ he began, then stopped. Read More
New York Post state editor Fred Dicker doesn’t think much of public radio host and newspaper publisher Alan Chartock, who yesterday accused Dicker of having an unholy alliance with the governor in some kind of agreement that included Dicker’s publisher, Rupert Murdoch.
“Chartock laid out a conspiracy theory so far-fetched it makes Read More
THE PEOPLE SPEAK
A new Quinnipiac University poll confirms that a soaring budget deficit is the most important issue to most New Yorkers, but also registers resistance to most budget-cutting measures other than freezing wages for state workers.
77% of respondents said New York State has “very serious” budget problems, and 70% were “dissatisfied” or “very Read More
Here’s a graph that shows the shift in poll numbers between Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson in a hypothetical gubernatorial race.
There are actually two new polls today, both showing Cuomo leading Paterson among Democrats.
Marist has Cuomo leading 70 to 23 among registered Democrats. Quinnipiac has Cuomo leading 55 Read More
Mario Cuomo, father of Chris and Andrew, welcomed his latest grandchild into the world yesterday.
Chris is the the youngest son of the former governor, and his wife, Christina, had a baby girl, according to the governor’s secretary.
The governor, according to this secretary, said the baby is healthy, and he’s happy the Read More
Mario Cuomo endorsed fellow Democrat Kevin Kim in Bayside, who, if elected, would be the first Korean-American in the City Council. Cuomo referenced what he said was an ethnically motivated attack by unnamed critics, and called it “the worst kind of politics.”
Kim has accused opponent Dan Halloran of stoking racial fears. Read More
Health care advocates are trying to use the passing of Ted Kennedy to help galvanize support for the stalled health care legislation in Washington.
One conservative pundit told me today that the effort to associate the "liberal lion" with a bill that is already giving Republicans and moderate Democrats pause Read More
Here’s video of Mario Cuomo endorsing Councilman and former Andrew Cuomo deputy Bill de Blasio for public advocate today “because he’s the best available.”
“This is a good field,” but de Blasio is the best choice, says Cuomo.