ALBANY—The message was clear to anyone who was at the Capitol on April 28: the pro-same-sex marriage lobby is an organized force you don't want to reckon with.
More than 2,000 people packed the Empire State Convention center. Organizers communicated via radio head set. Advocates sat at tables marked by legislative district—the Senate Read More
ALBANY—The Commission on Public Integrity released its 2008 Annual Report, which shows, unsurprisingly that the amount of money spent on lobbying–and the number of lobbyists–has gone up again.
"There's no surprise here," said Blair Horner, a longtime good-government advocate with NYPIRG. "The number of legislators stays the same but the number of lobbyists Read More
I asked Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver about news that Patricia Lynch, once one of his top aides, has been subpoenaed in connection with Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's probe of the state pension fund system, and about whether that might affect the way his conference goes about its business.
"Let's be clear," Read More
ALBANY—Lobbying queen Patricia Lynch announced in an embossed postcard that her firm has opened a New York City office.
Lynch, a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was the second-highest grossing lobbyist in 2007. There are already offices in Albany, White Plains and Buffalo.
Next stop? Panama City, where, Read More
On the top of this invitation for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s June 5 fund-raiser is a name I haven’t seen associated with his campaign before: Patricia Lynch.
She’s a major Albany lobbyist who most recently was charged with getting congestion pricing passed in the capitol. Lynch is also an experienced fund-raiser–last year, Read More
Even as Darren Dopp prepares to take a job with Patricia Lynch Associates , he's still listed on the state government's web site as the governor's communications director.
Which prompted the question, during a discussion I had with another reporter last night, of who’s going to replace him. Read More
The fact that Darren Dopp now has a job at Patricia Lynch’s lobbying firm seems to demonstrate, among other things, that he’s viewed as a valuable commodity on the ground in Albany even after being named as a key figure in the biggest Read More
Hillary Clinton's campaign and supporters have said that there would be greater emphasis on small-dollar events in the second quarter of the race's fund-raising cycle.
Except, apparently, when Bill Clinton is headlining.
The invite for last night's event, organized by powerhouse lobbyist Patricia Lynch at the Westside home of Michael Read More
On a recent early-spring evening in Albany, as the sun set
in a flare of orange through a clear blue sky over the State Capitol, a
honey-blond lobbyist made her way up Washington Street toward the University
Club for a fund-raiser honoring the newest star of New York’s Republican Party,
U.S. Representative John Sweeney. She Read More