Is it just us, or do many of our elected officials remind you of someone else? Yes, Tom DiNapoli, we’re talking about you.
Seriously, New York’s halls of power are starting to resemble an old episode of “Night of 1,000 Stars!”
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Times like these should bring out the better instinct of our elected officials. Unfortunately, as we know, that’s not always the case. Some Republicans on Capitol Hill seem determined to shut down the federal government just to make a point. Some Democrats are demanding even higher taxes, especially on a group loosely defined as “rich.” Read More
Brooklyn's Back Bench
The emcee invoked Matthew 16:24. “Jesus said to his followers if anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to the things he wants. He must be willing to even die on the cross and he must follow me.”
Hundreds of parishioners had gathered in the basement of the 96-year-old Brown Memorial Church in Read More
The 1948 Marshall Plan for Europe was approved with a four-year, $13 billion appropriation by Congress.
Lower Manhattan’s four-year Marshall Plan, apparently, will need a refill.
In one of the few actions that both the State Assembly and the Senate managed to take in the last month, the length of a major subsidy package aimed Read More
While the State Senate dithers, the State Assembly passes, and among the bits of legislation approved in the lower house in recent days was a bill that would extend mayoral control over the city’s public schools. Credit Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of the Lower East Side for recognizing the importance of this measure and not Read More
From Downtown Express: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told Downtown Express Wednesday he is likely to support congestion pricing, but the Albany power broker also said passage is still in doubt.
Silver said he is hoping to make changes to the mayor’s plan to charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan south of 60th Read More
Michael Bloomberg will woo Assembly members at a dinner in Gracie Mansion Thursday.
An event for both the Assembly and the Senate is annual, but this year Bloomberg may have some specific goals in mind. Testifying in Albany today on Eliot Spitzer’s budget—which cuts $500 million in fund promised to the city—he made Read More
The Assembly and state Senate are heading back to Albany on Thursday, according to a knowledgeable source. And Liz too! (added)
Since there is an agreement (sort of) on congestion pricing, and on campaign finance reform, expect some of that legislation to sail through both houses.
And maybe Read More
New York City Congressman Gregory Meeks has been calling Hillary Clinton "Madame President" for some time now, but he is "very proud" of her closest competitor, Barack Obama, seeing him as a great choice for president — in 2016.
In a long-ish interview, Meeks also implied that he sees himself as a Read More
Here’s the crowded hallway behind the Assembly Chambers where (mostly) Democratic Assembly members are hanging out, grabbing food and beginning to file into the conference room now that Sheldon Silver has arrived.
They’re about to meet to try to reach consensus on how to approach the last four days of session. Read More