Here And Now
“I’m so excited, I’m bubbling over,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after the US Senate cleared the way for New York to receive some $2.6 million worth of federal Medicaid funds and education aid.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she’ll cut her members’ August recess short so they can return to vote on the Senate bill.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani did not come to the station house after his daughter was busted for shoplifting, but a spokeswoman issued this statement: “This is a personal matter, and Mayor Giuliani asks the media to respect the privacy of his daughter at this time.”
The protracted battle over the finally-finished state budget does not bode well for the likely next governor, AG Andrew Cuomo, says the Times’ Danny Hakim.
“(A)fter months of strenuous exertion, legislators will have to do it all again next year,” the WSJ’s Jacob Gershman writes.
“I do not believe this was a legislative session to be proud of,” Cuomo said during an upstate swing.
EJ McMahon says the foundation of the 2010-2011 budget is “shaky”.
Retiring Sen. George Winner, who tried to beat back a moratorium on drilling in the Marcellus Shale, represents energy firms that want to drill.
The moratorium passed the Senate in spite of Winner’s opposition, which pleased drilling opponents.
Cuomo was questioned on his drilling position during a stop in Binghamton.
Budget winners: Liquor stores, out-of-state hedge-fund managers and beverage companies were among the big winners. Losers: Charities, smokers and homeowners.
Another winner: The TV and film industry.
The governor acknowledged low-income New Yorkers will be the most impacted by the restoration of the sales tax on clothing worth $110 or less, but insisted it had to be done.
“Four months after the deadline and THIS is what lawmakers come up with?” asked the incredulous Post.
Jimmy Vielkind makes a “prisoner’s dilemma” analogy while trying to explain the Senate Democrats.
There’s a new tax on hotel rooms booked on-line.
The Farm Bureau is pleased the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act failed in the Senate.
Some unpopular revenue raises are gone, but not forgotten.
Deneane Brown, a Paterson administration official who played a role in the David Johnson domestic violence mess, received a raise during former Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s probe.
NYC Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. says Albany is to blame for the uptick in crime in the city.
Former President George W. Bush and his wife were in the Adirondacks over the weekend.
The US Senate is set to confirm Elena Kagan as the fourth female US Supreme Court justice.
Former Sen. Serf Maltese may have unwittingly broken the stalemate at the NYC Board of Elections over a new executive director.
Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice isn’t the only AG contender who used drugs in her youth.
Tim Brown, a former firefighter who survived 9/11 and is suing over the mosque proposed for construction near Ground Zero, praised the architecture of the building that would be razed for the project.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch is a man on a mission.
Rick Lazio was in Frankfort and insisted he’ll be a better friend to business than his gubernatorial opponents.
Rep. Mike McMahon insists there will be no further firings from his campaign following the “Jewish money” flap.
Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy insists his push for control over the public schools isn’t dead even though the Legislature departed Albany without taking it up.
Cuomo is investigating a division of GE’s consumer finance unit.
NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams surprised Charter Revision Commission members by bringing up pension benefits while arguing in favor of keeping three, four-year terms for Council members.
Mayor Bloomberg’s mosque speech was not a spur-of-the-moment sort of thing.
The mayor joined more than three dozen fellow billionaires in joining a campaign launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett to covince the very rich to give away most of their cash.
Bloomberg said nearly all of his estimated $17.5 billion will be given away in the years ahead or left to his foundation.
NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez had his committee chairmanship yanked by the Ethics Committee.
Cuomo said he will look at the IG’s report about corruption at the State Fair.
Harry Wilson continued to slam state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for a “secretive borrowing scheme” he says will cost the average household an additional $1,300 in property taxes.
The Central Trades and Labor Council endorsed Sen. Darrel Aubertine, but the vote was not unanimous.
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