Archive for April, 2012
Apr 1st - 4:00 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spent the weekend in Albany, but made no public appearances.
Mayor Bloomberg participated in his 11th Inner Circle Show, responding to the reporters’ gridiron show with the Broadway cast of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” – including Nick Jonas.
Seen at the Hilton taking in the show: Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos – both sitting at Bloomberg’s table (wonder if redistricting came up…a little awkward), and former Gov. David Paterson (sitting at the DN table). No Cuomo and no Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, neither of whom usually attend.
Embattled NYC Comptroller and 2013 mayoral hopeful John Liu showed up and had to sit through a cringe-inducing song about his fundraising scandal entitled “Secret Asian Man.”
His fellow Bloomberg successors worked the crowd, including Council Speaker Christine Quinn, (depicted on stage as a bride in a nod to her upcoming nuptials), Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and City&State Publisher Tom Allon, who was seen deep in conversation with NYS GOP Chairman Ed Cox – perhaps about that party switch?
The NYT is not thrilled the 2012-13 budget gives Cuomo even more power than he already has, writing: “Governor Cuomo is a good governor. But even the best executive needs checks and balances. There are too few in this new system.”
The state’s highest-paid school superintendent has quietly re-inked a contract to make sure she doesn’t lose a dime if the governor decides to re-invigorate his push for a salary cap.
The WIGS lobby is basically dormant, until there’s a change in the executive’s office and/or legislative leadership.
The Syracuse Post-Standard wonders how long it will be before local governments are back in Albany crying poor, writing: “Union leaders should be congratulating each other, considering how Tier 6 was watered down.”
The paper also doesn’t think LG Bob Duffy is the best Tier 6 cheerleader since he’s “double-dipping” (collecting both his state salary and his pension).