Here And Now
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has launched an effort to expand executive powers far beyond that of his predecessors. “It’s quite possible that (the governor) will send down one extender and that extender will be his budget,” said Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, a Cuomo ally.
Hank Morris’ wife cried after a judge rejected his plea for an extra week of freedom and he was marched off to serve his prison sentence of up to four years.
“The evil effect is obvious,” state Supreme Court Justice Lewis Bart Stone said of Morris’ pay-to-play pension fund scheme.
Senate Democrats applauded Cuomo’s redistricting reform legislation.
The majority legislative leaders are reviewing the governor’s program bill.
As of Thursday, no Republicans had signed on to co-sponsor Sen. Mike Gianaris’ redistricting reform bill.
The Manhattan DA has sued the state Independence Party for failing to return Bloomberg’s cash that was allegedly stolen by John Haggerty.
“There is ample evidence to believe all of the defendants made attempts to hide the evidence of the crimes and conceal the fact that the funds contributed by the mayor had not been used as originally intended,” the DA’s Office asserted.
Mayor Bloomberg’s preliminary budget relies on the state coming through with $600 million in additional aid.
The mayor is calling for cuts to senior centers and city-run daycare.
Former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr. had a 50-person staff that cost taxpayers $1 million.
All told, taxpayers spent some $1.2 million on Espada during his last six months in office.
Members of VOCAL and Community Voices Heard protested with a “bake sale” outside Cuomo’s $15,000-a-head fundraiser last night at the Top of the Rock.
Sen. Liz Krueger is pushing a ban on so-called lulus.
An impasse over spending in Washington, D.C. has raised the possibility of a government shutdown.
The spending cuts the Republicans are pushing in Congress would hurt WNY in particular.
The annual school district report cards were released by the state Education Department two months earlier than last year.
School districts are already planning for the education aid cuts expected in the final state budget.
The Poughkeepsie Journal says school districts need more certainty from the state on spending reductions and mandate relief.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle calls for teachers to be open to wage concessions.
The Adirondack Daily Enterprise wants the state to “stop picking on the North Country” when it comes to prison closings.
Sen. Mike Nozzolio would like to see cuts at the Corrections Department before prisons close.
Once-and-future Assemblyman Tom Kirawn won in the 100th AD, breaking the Democrats’ super-majority.
Donald Trump might be touting his conservative credentials now, but he has contributed campaign cash to Democrats in the past.
McSorley’s has no hard feelings over Bloomberg’s anti-Irish quip.
In its largest Albany effort to date, the grassroots group Marriage Equality New York (MENY) organized roughly 300 activists for its annual legislative lobby day on Feb. 8.
NYC school principals are furious over the Education Department’s effort to swipe half their rainy day savings.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly is urging banks to beef up their security against the so-called “Holiday Bandit.”
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman insists there’s no tension between himself and Cuomo.
A Brooklyn man who sent a threatening e-mail to former Gov. David Paterson had been suffering from “psychoticlike symptoms.”
Former Rep. Mike McMahon praised the stimulus bill that his successful opponent, Rep. Michael Grimm, called “wasteful” spending during the 2010 campaign.
Newsday thinks Palin is an “engaging entertainer.”
The UFT’s Paul Egan isn’t pleased with the DN’s portrayal of him as fat.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn was in the front row at the Elie Tahari show.
Standard & Poors improved Buffalo’s credit rating.
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