Wednesday, June 16, was a typical day in Albany. After arguing about ancient gladiators, senators approved a bill legalizing mixed martial arts in New York; the comptroller promoted a Web video scolding lawmakers for wasting time on the delayed state budget; and gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino asked supporters to vote on names-Give Me Liberty, Joe Read More
Debate and Switch
This morning, Assemblyman Richard Brodsky challenged his four Democratic rivals in the attorney general’s race to a series of 13 debates, to be held across the state.
Not surprisingly, all of the candidates said they are anxious and eager to debate the issues with their fellow candidates–though enthusiasm for debates often wanes when Read More
When Kathleen Rice was endorsed by the RWDSU, it’s union leader said she had demographic and regional appeal that would help balance out the Democratic ticket.
Plus, he said, it’s “useful” to have a candidate that is not coming from the legislature, since much of the electorate has a low opinion of that legislative Read More
Serving in Albany in a year when most people want to change Albany, if not “throw the bums out” may not be an ideal position for candidates running for statewide office. But it does offer one obvious benefit: getting endorsements from colleagues who can vouch for a candidate’s record.
In the Read More
If there’s one word most candidates want to avoid in this current political climate, it‘s probably “incumbent.”
Richard Brodsky, who served in the Assembly for 28 years and is running for attorney general, said he’s been hearing that some of his opponents may bring up his long Read More
Eric Dinallo, who was nominated and then confirmed as Superintendent of Insurance for New York State under Eliot Spitzer, then resigned to become a professor at N.Y.U., emailed supporters to say he raised $1.75 million for a prospective run for attorney general. Dinallo said that includes “$1.3 million in just the past six weeks.”
$1.3 Read More
ALBANY—Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says pushing for a Constitutional Convention is going to be his next big thing.
“We did something no one thought we could do. We successfully reformed state institutions where there was a lot going on. If you use hospitals, the roads, or the subways in this state, you are deeply involved in Read More
ALBANY—Assemblyman Richard Brodsky just swung by to announce an agreement between legislative leaders and David Paterson to increase oversight of public authorities.
“It’s an idea that is about the control of rogue institutions. I’ve called them Soviet-style bureaucracies. This is the end of that era,” Brodsky said. “For people worried about debt reform or Read More
On Wednesday evening, July 15, a day after David Paterson nominated former London transit chief Jay Walder to head the Metropolitan Transit Authority, a panel was convened at the Museum of the City of New York to discuss the future of the beleaguered agency.
But much of the conversation, which was moderated by Henry Stern—a Read More
ALBANY—In a legally questionable move that is likely to bring a challenge, David Paterson named former M.T.A. chairman Richard Ravitch as his lieutenant governor in a live address Wednesday evening, hoping to break the deadlock in the State Senate.
"The Senate is paralyzed, there is no presiding officer," Paterson said. "I Read More