Caught on Tape
Just before signing off his show today, New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker threw cold water on one of Andrew Cuomo’s stated goals for this legislative year.
After rattling of a list of Cuomo’s goals, Dicker said, “The governor is also committed to same-sex marriage, but there is little I think he can do Read More
With the governor taking a hard line on budget negotiations, no one would accuse Andrew Cuomo of being a wimp these days, least of all the real estate industry:
“If any of you know the history of the Cuomo family, it’s either my way or I’m going to screw you,” said Joseph Strasburg, head of Read More
Gustavo Rivera, the former Gillibrand aide who is trying to take out coup-instigating state Senator Pedro Espada up in the Bronx has sent a letter to the Civil Rights division at the Department of Justice calling on them to send federal election observers to the Bronx on Primary Day next week.
Writes Rivera: Read More
Gustavo Rivera, who is challenging the much-reviled Pedro Espada for his state senate seat in the Bronx, just scored a huge endorsement from El Diario, the city’s largest Spanish language daily.
From the editorial:
“The rising leader is an educator with years of experience in public service. He has worked for Read More
“For all of us that have worked so long for change, this is no longer a joke,” Bill Samuels told a group of Democratic donors gathered in the living room of cardboard magnate and former candidate for lieutenant governor Dennis Mehiel last Wednesday evening.
Resting on plush couches and standing with glasses Read More
Tenant advocates, who are in an uphill bid to pass expanded rent regulations this year lest the Democrats lose control of the Senate, unveiled a set of fliers and posters on Monday targeting a few key state senators in an attempt to round up votes.
On their list: State Senators Martin Dilan of Brooklyn, Jeff Klein Read More
Andrew Cuomo’s latest lawsuit against Pedro Espada Jr. alleges that Espada underpaid janitorial workers at his Soundview clinic, and gave them worthless training “certificates” instead.
Espada has said previous lawsuits filed by Cuomo–and federal prosecutors–were part of a payback for Espada’s role in the Senate coup. But that explanation is hard to square Read More
Andrew Cuomo has used the word “looting” to describe Pedro Espada’s compensation from the nonprofit health organization he runs in the Bronx.
But when asked to define the difference between looting and simply being well-compensated, Cuomo did not point to a specific threshold or dollar amount that would trigger an investigation. “It depends Read More
Pedro Espada responds to the charges levied against by him Andrew Cuomo, saying it’s “political payback.”
Best line: “I find it disingenuous to demonize my family simply for working for a business I founded. It is no more inappropriate than working for your dad if he happens to be governor of this great state.” Read More
In the world of tenant activists, 2009 was a year of tremendous optimism. And then it wasn’t.
Democratic control of the State Senate failed to provide any of the radical changes to rent laws that activists had long fought for—and that were expected once Republicans were booted from the majority. Deadlock dominated; the housing committee Read More