If there were any lingering doubts that the Democratic-controlled State Assembly would get behind Bill de Blasio’s legislative agenda, they were dispelled today, according to the mayor-elect.
New York State of Mind
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is dismissing as “fiction” a report alleging she is leading a coup of female lawmakers to depose Shelly Silver as Assembly speaker.
The New York Post’s Fred Dicker reported this morning that Mr. Silver is facing a “serious leadership threat’’ from 30 Democratic Assemblywomen fed up after being forced to defend him in the wake of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.
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, Read More
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
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 Read More
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 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 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, 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 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 Read More