The Queens Chronicle has a front-page story this week reporting that of all the state lawmakers representing that borough, only two support the mayor’s plan to introduce congestion pricing.
"Of the borough’s six state senators contacted, only two — George
Onorato (D-Astoria) and Minority Leader Malcolm Smith (D-St. Albans) Read More
Eliot Spitzer hasn't enjoyed particularly close relations with Assembly Democrats since arriving in Albany. But recently, he's had a number of Assembly Democrats over to the mansion for breakfasts and dinners. Extending an olive branch, perhaps?
This morning, Spitzer had breakfast with the Assembly Democrats – and Republicans – from Western New Read More
Speaking earlier today at a luncheon at the state Democratic Party spring meeting, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said that Democrats in New York need to focus on electing Hillary Clinton in 2008.
“As a leader of this state, we must deal with a reality that Washington deprives us of our fair share of federal support, Read More
Two cities. Two Democratic conference fund-raisers. One night.
Last night, the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee had a fund-raiser in Saratoga while the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee had a fund-raiser — with Eliot Spitzer — in Manhattan.
It just goes to show that being in the same party doesn’t necessarily mean working together on Read More
Jennifer Cunningham, the influential executive vice president from 1199 SEIU who was an integral part of Andrew Cuomo’s attorney general campaign, has just joined the Knickerbocker SKD consulting firm.
Cunningham will be working alongside Josh Isay, who worked on Cuomo’s 2002 gubernatorial race, as well as Micah Lasher and Stefan Friedman, among others.
The firm Read More
Here’s a novel reaction to today’s news from Albany:
Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera is going after U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia for his decision to announce more charges against Bronx state Senator Efrain Gonzalez, Jr. today — just as lawmakers were getting back to Albany to vote on their pay raises.
Rivera, who Read More
Just two days after Mayor Bloomberg made headlines with yet another initiative to fight illegal guns, Andrew Cuomo announced his own gun control plan this afternoon while receiving an endorsement from the NYC Sergeants Benevolent Association.
Cuomo said that he had not personally conferred with the mayor or reached out to Bloomberg’s staff at City Read More
Here’s something worth keeping an eye on: an announcement in the New York State Assembly of hearings on redistricting.
For good government types, redistricting would be a dream, wresting the reigns of power from the autocratic hands of legislative leaders and giving citizens a legitimate chance at unseating sinecured incumbents from their purposefully drawn Read More
Lord Richard Rogers–the architect who almost lost his job on the Javits Center expansion–is no Lenora Fulani Lenora Fulani. That’s one of her allies in the Independence Party, attorney Harry Kresky explained it during a party meeting on Saturday in midtown.
According to Kresky, Shelly Silver, the speaker of the Read More
The Web site of the New York State Assembly still lists Clarence Norman as the Assembly Member from Brooklyn’s 41st District, but the ex-boss’s bio has vanished.
And there’s apparently “no picture available.”