With Democrats closer than ever to the possibility of taking over the State Senate—and having total control of state government—there are signs that a fault line is emerging between two groups that have, so far, been working well together: the Democratic Party establishment and progressive activists.
One recent example that has received some attention is 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
That’s the answer to the question (question to the answer?) of “voted to take away $2.7M away from the Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center.”
It’s part of a new web site launched by the Republicans in the state Senate as part of a renewed offensive against Eliot Spitzer and the Democrats, who are two seats Read More
A bill authorizing congestion pricing passed the state Senate rules committee just now, with 13 votes in favor, 9 against and 6 abstentions.
Reporters are waiting outside Joe Bruno’s office right now to get reaction from him and the mayor. Read More
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. Read More
City Comptroller Bill Thompson is co-chairing a fund-raiser for state Senate Democrats tomorrow night with Randi Weingarten, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, which is one of the more vocal unions in the city and an organization whose help will be sought after by just about everyone in 2009.
(Thompson, as most Read More
Democratic Councilman Joe Addabbo is having a fund-raiser on May 24th for his not-yet-announced race for state Senate against Republican Serph Maltese.
Maltese is best known outside his Queens district for having one of the closest re-election campaigns last year. Democrats narrowly lost that race with candidate 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
This is odd.
All Democratic Senate staffers are being called to Albany for a meeting on May 1st about some kind of “staff development,“ according to two knowledgeable staffers.
As one source, who learned about the all-hands meeting in an email, told me, “I don’t think district people usually go up there. Very Read More
Here's what state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno's spokesperson Lisa Black just told me about Eliot Spitzer’s promise to barnstorm the state — in every Senate district — advocating campaign finance reform:
“He took his tour on the road during for the budget and look how well that worked Read More