ALBANY—Percy Sutton’s funeral, or State of the State?
That is the question, which officials have answered with either their presence or absence at the Capitol today–David Paterson, who will give the speech, is managing to do both by miracle of a State Police helicopter.
Michael Bloomberg is not here, but I ran into Read More
ALBANY—Michael Bloomberg has refused to involve himself directly in attempts to fix the broken-down State Senate—his track record in the Capitol is, well, bad—but he is publicly boosting David Paterson's efforts, and is now calling on the governor to do more.
"Tonight a proposal was put forth asking the Governor to help negotiate 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
ALBANY—I took this picture a few minutes ago: Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler talking with former Deputy Mayor Marc Shaw and Michelle Goldstein, New York City's lobbyist in Albany.
Skyler is going on Fred Dicker's show now. He made news last week for knocking down a mugger. I'm assured that he's just in Read More
ALBANY—It's not a great photo (apologies) but that's Kevin Sheekey, Michelle Goldstein and State Senator Andrew Lanza meeting in the Senate Democrats' lobby.
Sheekey said he was up for the day to lobby for more money for New York City in the budget, as well as for action on the M.T.A.'s deficit. Read More
With Eliot Spitzer getting ready to move into the governor’s office – I mean, campaigning hard and taking nothing for granted – it’s worth noting the staff changes that have taken place in the mayor’s legislative office in Albany.
The following hires were all made within the last two months:
– Director of the Office Read More