Last June, congressional candidate Carl Andrews held a fundraiser at a Maryland country club. One of the contributions from that event that showed up on an FEC filing was $1,000 from John P. Winburn, a Palmetto Group lobbyist.
The Center for Public Integrity listing for Palmetto shows their number Read More
He’s the Republican most New Yorkers love to hate (remember how fast we torpedoed that plan for the S.S. GOP before the convention) but Tom DeLay does have a few friends in the Empire State. The only New York legislator to contribute to the embattled pesticide salesman-turned-House-Majority-Leader’s legal defense fund was Syracuse’s Read More
It goes without saying that the peddlers of poison at Philip Morris know no shame. They sell death in packages of 20. They spend millions of dollars glorifying their product in ways drug pushers can only envy. They are in the tobacco business, and to stay in business, they must create new consumers. So it’s Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg likes to advertise himself as a consensus-builder who prefers compromise to combat. But when it comes to his war against smoking, Mr. Bloomberg is about as flexible as an iron lung.
The Mayor is privately threatening to retaliate against City Council members who fail to support his current proposal to ban smoking Read More
Despite its reputation for a tough board and apartments that owners are loath to relinquish, 770 Park Avenue, a Rosario Candela–designed building near 73rd Street, is seeing several units change hands. And the magic number that gets you into the co-op building seems to be $8 million.
David E.R. Dangoor, the Swedish executive vice president Read More
A platoon of elite lobbyists is preparing for political war with
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, crafting position papers, dreaming up telegenic images
and identifying legislators who may be easily swayed by well-honed arguments
and well-timed campaign contributions. The goal of all this activity is simple:
to block Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal to raise the state’s cigarette taxes Read More
It isn’t at all clear to me why Officer Joseph Gray, who was
drinking in a topless bar for hours before he killed four family members in a
drunk-driving accident, was engaging in a perfectly legal activity, while any
number of black mothers who, say, transported a package of coke from downtown
to uptown for Read More
The screed began landing in mailboxes just as winter was melting into spring. Warning darkly of a “radical feminist who…supports increased taxes and massive new government regulation,” the letter, from a group called Citizens for a Sound Economy, admonished readers to give generously to defeat you-know-who and “put an end to the Clinton era once Read More
Members of the State Legislature left the cocoons of their home districts on Jan. 5 to hear Gov. George Pataki’s State of the State speech and begin work on the first legislative session of the new century. The annual ritual seemed to offer something fresh and invigorating, for the turn of the calendar brought in Read More
The renaissance of Alfonse D’Amato should inspire every politician who senses the approach of the last hurrah. Unlike his pal Ed Koch, who spent years honing the razor repartee and comic timing of a Vegas headliner, Mr. D’Amato never seemed likely to achieve postpolitical celebrity. His voice was too shrill, his style too suburban, his Read More