Geraldine Ferraro: “All of us thought new thoughts and imagined new possibilities because of Gerry,” said Hillary Clinton. [Robin Pogrebin]
Bloomberg’s Approval Rating: New ads haven’t helped; 40 percent say his performance is excellent or good. [NY1]
Bloomberg’s Approval Rating: “Falling fast.” [Erin Einhorn]
Carl Kruger: Former Read More
Obama’s Donors: Jay Jacobs and his wife; Rangel was there but didn’t pay. [Page Six]
State Budget: “[H]istoric and transformational” says Cuomo. [AP]
State Budget: “[P]andemonium.” “At times, legislators did not seem entirely sure about what they were voting on.” [Thomas Kaplan]
State Budget: “[T]he most secretive Read More
Here’s the testimony from Michael Bloomberg’s director of state legislative affairs, Micah Lasher. He defends the current laws giving the mayor and the Commission on Charter Revision near total power over the process, and argued against any delay in posting their proposals on the ballot later this year.
In the Assembly hearing Read More
In his second and final campaign event of the evening of July 20, Michael Bloomberg visited a steaming hot volunteer headquarters in Riverdale, where he talked about his attempts to narrow the achievement gap between minority and white students.
He was troubled.
“People said you couldn’t do anything about it in the last Read More
ALBANY–New York City's lobbying power increased today, with deputy mayors Kevin Sheekey and Dennis Walcott joining city education-department lobbyists Micah Lasher and Michelle Goldstein up here, presumably to talk to senators about mayoral control of schools. Walcott told me he was pushing to have the Assembly's version of school governance reauthorization passed by Read More
ALBANY—After singling him out for attack last week, Democrats are saying that they would be open to a power-sharing arrangement that prominently involves Pedro Espada Jr.
They emerged from a closed-door strategy session to announce that they were seeking to postpone the special session David Paterson has called for tomorrow.
Senator Read More
At the mayor’s state of the city speech earlier this month, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz referred to Michael Bloomberg’s reelection campaign as a “job creation program.”
For New York’s most prominent Democratic consultants and operatives, it’s been nothing less—an acquisition project so far-reaching that it actually threatens to dry up the market in experienced Read More
Micah Lasher, the former City Council candidate whose candidacy got derailed by the term-limits extension, is now going to work for Michael Bloomberg.
Lasher emailed friends and supporters over the weekend to say he’s accepted a position at the Department of Education as executive director of public affairs.
Lasher had Read More
In a notable bit of reverse-migration from private political work to the public sector, Micah Lasher — the recently departed co-founder of Knickerbocker SKD is joining the staff of Representative Jerry Nadler.
Lasher, 25, co-founded Knickerbocker in September 2002 at the ripe old age of 20, along with another veteran of the Read More
Ben predicted a while back that the primary for Sylvia Friedman’s Assembly seat could be one of the hardest-fought races of the year.
That’s because of Brian Kavanagh, the who finished second in a crowded City Council race last year, and who is now challenging Friedman. He’ll be formidable, with a considerable warchest and Read More