Eliot Spitzer and state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced a plan today for reforming the management of the $154 billion state pension fund.
But they did not recommend putting the fund under the control of a board of trustees. (Currently, the state comptroller’s office manages it alone). After DiNapoli’s predecesssor, Read More
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wants public financing for all comptroller candidates, he said this morning.
He has not opened a campaign account, nor begun fund-raising, and has returned all checks he has received in support of his re-election. The filing in January will show his account has no money.
At a Read More
At his big fund-raiser last night, Eliot Spitzer sounded almost like his old self.
“Inspiration is hearing someone say, ‘No it can’t be done, it won’t be done’ and then, proving them wrong,” the governor said. “Look around this room. Look around this state. There is inspiration everywhere.”
Afterwards, I asked him Read More
State Senator Malcolm Smith, who had some trouble explaining his position on same-sex marriage earlier, came out strongly in support of it today, in response to a court ruling on the issue. From a statement:
“Today's State Supreme Court Decision upholding the rights of gay marriages to benefit from the state pension Read More
When Charie Rangel blew out his birthday cake last year, he had two wishes: "That we win back the House and I become Chairman of the Ways and Means committee."
That's according to an early invitation obtained by The Observer to his 77th birthday gala, set for August 8 at Tavern on the Green. Read More
Just as Eliot Spitzer was reaching the low-point of his largely highlight-free time as governor, two readers called me to describe a sight that would have been unthinkable a few months ago:
At Eliot Spitzer’s fund-raiser in Manhattan yesterday, he was introduced by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. That’s the same guy Read More
There are some ongoing tech issues at City Hall contributing to today's slow rate of posting, in addition to the inconvenient fact that all the (ongoing!)negotiations about congestion pricing are happening behind closed doors.
In the meantime, though, there’s this: state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli delivering a measure of unadulterated praise for Michael Bloomberg and the Read More
Bill Thomson and Adolfo Carrion had a friendly chat during last night’s dinner for the Bronx Democratic County Organization at the Marina Del Rey.
At one point, I and two other reporters ran into Denny Farrell, who was hanging out with his daughter. He cheerily noted that earlier in the day he’d gotten Read More
Siena Research Institute has a new poll out today about voter attitudes towards some of the biggest legislative initiatives under consideration in Albany.
62 to 32 percent, voters oppose pay raises for lawmakers;
52 to 42 percent, voters support reinstating the death penalty for cop killers;
51 to Read More
State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has the highest approval rating, 53-17 percent, of anybody in Albany, according to today’s Quinnipiac poll of more than 1,500 state voters.
Eliot Spitzer’s post-budget approval rating is 48-27 percent, down from 61-11 in February, the poll.
47 percent say “the steamroller tactic contributes to legislative gridlock,” according Read More