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David Paterson knows things are bad.
On the afternoon of Feb. 19—the day the
Asked at an event at the Harvard Club whether he agreed with the premise of the editorial, that his administration was in such disarray that it called for a measure as drastic as the return of a man who Read More
David Paterson just named a guy from Long Island—William Cunningham—to be his top aide. Will that pave the road to Albany for another Long Islander, Tom Suozzi?
Suozzi, the Nassau county executive, has openly declared an interest in running as Paterson’s lieutenant governor, should he be asked. Cunningham is Suozzi’s Read More
A couple of interesting observations I heard on today’s Siena poll of key State Senate races.
The first has to do with Republican incumbent Serf Maltese, who is currently running even with his Democratic challenger, Joe Addabbo. Consultant Joe Mercurio said he found that “surprising,” since that’s basically how Maltese’s 2006 race ended Read More
A top aide to Mayor Michael Bloomberg has accused arts executives who depend on city funding of political disloyalty because they gave money to one of the Mayor’s would-be opponents, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, The Observer_ has learned.
According to three sources, Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris rebuked the arts and cultural executives in recent Read More
From a perch 30 floors above City Hall, a small group of thirtysomethings is plotting to take over the city.
The chief of the Ferris Bueller brigade is City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, 34, who has quietly created what one staffer labeled a “war room” atop an office building across Broadway from City Hall. The Read More
As he seeks to resuscitate the political fortunes of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, William Cunningham, the Mayor’s communications director, has been thinking a lot about another of his bosses, Hugh Carey-whose political career was nearly destroyed by a fiscal crisis a generation ago.
Mr. Cunningham worked for the formerGovernor throughoutthe 1970′s,aperiod when dire economic times came Read More
Only a year ago, few New York Democrats would have relished the thought of challenging Michael Bloomberg in the 2005 Mayoral election.
Although he was elected by the slimmest margin in city history, Mr. Bloomberg seemed to have hit upon a winning formula, garnering extensive praise as a post-partisan Mayor who got the city’s Read More
In other news ….
If hard times and trying circumstances reveal character, then there is much to recommend Mayor Bloomberg in these days of fiscal peril. Faced with budget deficits and fiscal projections that have inspired memories of the city’s brush with bankruptcy in the 1970′s, the Mayor is resisting an easy, politically painless Read More
Michael Bloomberg is a Mayor in search of a narrative.
In the year that has passed since he took office, Mr. Bloomberg has managed, against very long odds, to gain direct control of the schools, ban smoking in bars and restaurants, unveil an ambitious plan to redevelop lower Manhattan and maintain the city’s reductionin crime. Read More