Applications for $50 million in federal funding, provided by the Federal Highway Administration via the New York State Department of Transportation, for an array of alternative transportation projects are now available, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today. Meant to complement the $67 million allocated last month to “help modernize and enhance” the state’s transportation infrastructure with 63 bicycle and pedestrian path enhancement initiatives, the newly-announced funding will support “recreational and tourism opportunities across the state,” Mr. Cuomo said in a release. “We are looking for projects that can grow local economies and create jobs, while also contributing to cleaner and more resilient communities for years to come.”
ALBANY—A reader sent along this list of the host committee for David Paterson's 55th Birthday fund-raiser, planned for June 11.
It's mostly a mix of lobbyists, but (at risk of overanalyzing) it's also a neat reflection of the base Paterson is hoping to build on as he works to revive his Read More
Kirsten Gillibrand is having a closed-door meet-and-greet with prominent members of the gay community in Manhattan tonight, and among the expected guests are, according to a knowledgeable source, Howard Koeppel and Mark Hsiao, the gay couple Rudy Giuliani lived with briefly during his divorce, but whose recent wedding Giuliani skipped.
The meeting, Read More
ALBANY—David Paterson just announced he is elevating a staffer to fill the post of first deputy secretary to the governor.
Valerie Grey, whose appointment will take effect Monday, fills a position left empty when Larry Schwartz was elevated to secretary to the governor after Bill Cunningham resigned. He was originally hired as first Read More
A former aide to Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, Sean Patrick Maloney, hopes some Albany Democrat will denounce Hiram Monserrate.
On Twitter, Maloney wrote:
“Some smart NY Democrat is going to denounce Hiram Monserrate and show NY women that Dems take violence more seriously than partisanship…”
The first meeting of Kirsten Gillibrand’s finance committee was yesterday at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis–home of Michael Garcia and Sean Patrick Maloney–according to two sources.
One source said there were about 300 people in attendance, and the goal is to raise $20 million for Gillibrand's 2010 campaign.
Gillibrand's fund-raising abilities Read More
Paterson aide Sean Patrick Maloney, a holdover from Eliot Spitzer’s administration, announced today he’s leaving at the end of the year to join Kirkland & Ellis, the law firm that hired the U.S. Attorney who brought down Spitzer.
Maloney, who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2006, didn’t come to Albany Read More
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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
So I just spoke with one of Eliot Spitzer's top aides, Sean Patrick Maloney, who, along with another staffer, was named “special counsel” right around the time when the attorney general’s investigations into the governor’s office began. According to this story in the New York Post, the appointments may have been intended Read More