On display last night were the limits of how far Michael Bloomberg will go to court Democrats during his re-election. It’s not insignificant, considering how much partisan labels still count (in polls, anyway).
When asked if Pedro Espada had been a better majority leader than his predecessor, Joe Bruno, a Republican, Bloomberg said Read More
Mark Green said he “personally likes Pedro Espada” and called him “an important figure in the State Senate.”
“If he endorsed me I would accept it,” said Green.
Green made his comments when he was asked about the controversial Bronx lawmaker during a press conference outside City Hall where Green announced the support Read More
You would have hoped that Albany’s lawmakers would have learned something from the debacle of a few weeks ago, when business in the State Capitol came to a halt while state senators acted like schoolchildren in a food fight. It’s clear, however, that this crowd seems incapable of understanding its own hubris.
The son of Read More
“We have reached an agreement,” said Senate Majority President Pedro Espada outside 250 Broadway this afternoon, which he explained, will “fully, fully include the Senate’s indelible imprint.”
He was talking about the legislation to renew mayoral control of city schools, which senators and the mayor have been wrangling about for some time. Read More
Here’s Daily News reporter Barbara Ross, who wrote about Pedro Espada’s unreported campaign activity today, trying to get some answers after a press conference at City Hall today.
Espada calls it “yellow journalism” and “disrespectful” and walks away.
He then chats with New York Post reporter Carl Campanile about mayoral control for a Read More
Former state senator Roy Goodman of Manhattan released a statement today saying he’d like the stalemate in the Senate to be broken by a bipartisan commission.
Goodman, one of the last of the Rockefeller Republican types, recommends the following “individuals of the highest caliber” to serve on it:
Former governors George E. Pataki, Mario Cuomo Read More
ALBANY–A massive meeting of Democrats, Republicans and Pedro Espada Jr. is going on on the fourth floor of the Capitol, ostensibly to work out a power-sharing agreement and some temporary resolution to the leadership struggle that has crippled the Senate for the last ten-plus days.
Democrats including Malcolm Smith, John Sampson, Carl Kruger, Jeff Klein Read More
I just got off the phone with Senator Hiram Monserrate, whose defection from and return to the Democratic caucus in the State Senate has brought Albany to a standstill.
Monserrate said he did what he did because he had an “obligation” to his constituents “to change Albany,” and he is on the Read More
What does Ed Koch think of the change in leadership in the State Senate?
“I have never seen anything as sickening than what’s taking place,” he told reporters during a press conference this afternoon where he announced his endorsement of Leslie Crocker Snyder for Manhattan district attorney.
Later, Koch said the worst part is Read More
Here’s Letitia James at a rally yesterday calling Pedro Espada and Hiram Monserrate “Democrats in Name Only.” Read More