New York State of Mind
It looks like UFC is fighting hard to make its way into the New York arena.
In an exclusive report, the Daily News found that Zuffa LLC—which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Extreme Cagefighting—has spent $1.6 million on lobbying in New York State since 2007. Of that $1.6 million, $594,200 Read More
Earlier this week, former mayor Ed Koch announced that he would begin to robo-call legislators who violated a pledge to back non-partisan redistricting.
Most of the renegers were Senate Republicans, and one, an Assembly Republican, reneged on his reneging decided to in fact support the reforms once Koch started calling his district.
But Read More
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
Will the 13th try be the charm at the SPURA?
After five decades, the latest plan for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area has been agreed upon, according to The Times. After much debate, a plan that sets half of the thousand or so planned apartments aside for affordable housing, as opposed to 70 percent of Read More
Democratic heavyweights came out for Tom DiNapoli this afternoon as he took his re-election campaign for state comptroller to Chinatown.
Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, New York City comptroller John Liu, state senator Daniel Squadron, assembly member Grace Meng, council member Margaret Chin were among supporters at a press conference at the Chinese Consolidated Business Association. Read More
Ed Koch joined Andrew Cuomo at a morning press conference for Cuomo’s government reform agenda (a topic about which we hope to have more later) but, perhaps unsurprisingly, in the Q & A with reporters afterwards, the former mayor stole the show.
Koch and Cuomo have a long, complicated, and well-documented history, that dates Read More
Now that the gay marriage bill passed the Assembly 85 to 61, what’s next?
“It goes to the senate,” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver told me on his way into the elevator behind the Assembly Chambers. “I’d like them to consider it. They might have the votes.” He went on to say, “There Read More
Eliot Spitzer has a message for Shelly Silver: pick a comptroller “from among the three.”
Errol Cockfield gets his hands on NARAL’s lit, which says that Republican Maureen O’Connell’s stances “changes with the weather.”
Chuck Schumer’s book got a nice review from Michiko Kakutani, who Norman Mailer swears “disdains white Read More
What’s going on with Shelly Silver and the independent comptroller screening panel?
In the Buffalo News, Silver said:
“They can give me whatever they want,” Silver said of the three-member panel. “We don’t have to listen to them, either.”
Asked if that meant the Legislature could deviate from the list the panel Read More
Here’s a picture to keep on the mantle: Andrew Cuomo, Joe Bruno and Shelly Silver chatting at Silver’s reception in the capitol after Eliot Spitzer’s speech.
– Azi Paybarah
Alan Hevesi is going to resign in order to stave off indictment.
The first word of Dicker’s story: “Disgraced.”
Liz Benjamin says he will plead guilty to a criminal charge, not higher than a Class E felony, whatever that is.
The Times, weirdly, seems to have missed the story. Correct me Read More