Eliot Spitzer drops this gem, in an interview with the West Side Spirit:
The first battle was over the choice of comptroller. And Tom DiNapoli is a fine guy. Like him, he’s a friend.
But I said, “You guys are putting institutional interest over public interest. He’s not the guy who should be running Read More
State Budget: Skelos and Silver offer some details. [Jimmy Vielkind]
Libya: “[T]he Democratic president echoed the language of his Republican predecessor.” [Michael Shear]
Libya: A Kos blogger ties Obama’s argument for action in Libya to the health care debate. [nyceve]
Obama in NYC: “Brilliant sun shone down on the baseball Read More
Libya: Obama’s speech. [WSJ]
Libya: “He declined to label the U.S.-led military campaign as a “war,” but made an expansive case for why he believed it was in the national interest of the United States and allies to use force.” [AP]
Libya: Obama didn’t say when we’re leaving. [Marc Ambinder]
Steve Levy: Actually spending more time with his family. [Sid Cassese]
Resignations: Rabbi quits six-figure salary job with state police; Hikind outraged. [Vos Iz Neias]
2013: Stringer returns tainted money; Markowitz doesn’t. [Gary Buiso]
State Budget: “So much for the conceptual agreement.” [Jimmy Vielkind]
State Budget: “If not today, tomorrow. Read More
Big Real Estate
Rent-regulation reformers could be poised for their first victory in decades.
Ninety-one state lawmakers wrote a letter to the governor this week, calling on him to include what proponents call rent-regulation reform in the budget due March 31. In a surprising turn, the governor agreed. He said at a March 17 press conference that he now Read More
Just when you thought that common sense might prevail in Albany, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is pushing a modified version of the so-called “millionaire’s tax” in an effort to avoid hard but necessary cuts in wasteful state spending. Mr. Silver’s gambit no doubt will please many members of his Democratic caucus, but the state’s top Read More
New York’s rent regulation laws are set to expire June 15, which affects over a million apartments in New York City. As the politically charged debate in Albany heats up, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has released a report with the snazzy title “The New Housing Emergency.”
The Assembly’s report seems primarily designed to create Read More
Cops: Two died in separate accidents. [WSJ]
Cops: Suspect pushed an officer over the railing of steps in a Brooklyn brownstone. [City Room]
Cops: MTA officer mistakenly fired a shot at a fellow officer. [AP]
Teacher Accountability: Jeff Klein talks to 60 Minutes. [CBS] Albany Ethics: “Moreland Act investigation could Read More
Some daylight is emerging between Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York Post State Editor Fred Dicker – undoubtedly one of the most important voices in Albany.
The critique arose in response to how Cuomo reacted to news that two Democratic lawmakers were swept up in a corruption and bribery probe from the US Read More
“We have virtual agreement on the issues in the ethics law with the governor.”
–Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, signaling what would be a major breakthrough on a key component of Governor Cuomo’s ambitious agenda.