In Hollywood, they say, it can take a lifetime to become an overnight success. In Albany, it can take a lifetime to become an overnight failure.
Governor David Paterson has spent a lifetime in Albany.
Before his six-day-old campaign came to a halt last week—and long before he became Topic A for the New York Read More
The latest round of campaign-finance numbers will come out later this week, and the debate about how much money embattled Governor David Paterson needs to stave off a challenge from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is well underway.
The question is how much Paterson needs to raise his poll numbers in an effort prevent Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson has announced that director of communications Risa Heller is leaving his administration to "pursue other opportunities."
Heller's last day is not yet set. Nor, Paterson just told reporters at a press conference, is her replacement.
"We really imposed a little bit on Risa from the very beginning, because it was a Read More
Here’s a look at some of where two top aides to David Paterson donated money in the last filing (January 12-July 11):
Risa Heller, Paterson’s well-paid director of communications, donated $250 to Scott Stringer in January.
Sean Patrick Maloney, a top aide to Paterson who previously ran for attorney general, Read More
Democratic consultant Bill Lynch, who has been giving advice to incoming Governor David Paterson, was hanging out this morning outside the executive chambers on the second floor of the Capitol.
I asked Lynch about reports that people are coming out of the woodwork to ask Paterson for favors and jobs.
Lynch said he Read More
Dan Squadron is 28 years old, has never held a public office, and has already raised $205,153.33 in his bid to challenge 30-year incumbent Marty Connor for a state Senate seat, according to the most recent campaign filings.
Connor’s numbers haven’t been posted online yet, but I’m told he’s raised less Read More
After two and a half years in the hardest job in New York politics, Risa Heller is leaving government to work for Pollock, Silvan and company at the Global Strategy Group.
Which should give her a decent opportunity to put the skills she learned from her Read More
Here’s an interesting little sidelight to the DOT bid-rigging story:
Santo Petrocelli and Santo Petrocelli Jr., both listed as employees of Petrocelli Electric (the company accused of defraudnig the Department of Transportation) contributed a total of $4000 to Chuck Schumer, the husband of the commissioner of that department, in December, 2002.
He returned Read More
Instant messaging has become the preferred message of communication among a segment of the political and media class that just barely missed the phenomenon in high school.
And there’s a Web site, AIM Fight, that allows you to track who has the largest network of instant-messaging “buddies” — depending on your interpretation, that’s Read More
One Risa Heller.
Heller, now Rep. Jane Harman‘s communications director, will be playing the same role in Chuck Schumer‘s office, taking over for Stu Loeser.
She is, we see from this little bio, perfectly qualified for handling her new boss and the New York press. Her degree from Read More