The Weekend That Was
Rep. Charlie Rangel’s margin of victory is down to 802 votes, but to win Sen. Adriano Espaillat would have to receive close to 70 percent of the 2,110 paper ballots yet to be counted – a tall order.
Espaillat’s campaign went to court to accuse the NYC Board of Elections of blocking access to the ballot-counting process. There will be a hearing tomorrow.
The beverage industry has launched an aggressive campaign to fight Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed restrictions on large sugary drinks, hoping to shift the conversation from obesity to personal freedom.
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle editorial page is running a “grading Cuomo” series, deeming Albany “still awash in special interests” and lacking mandate relief, while leadership has been shown on economic issues. (Subscription only).
The TU doesn’t think Cuomo should indulge in legislative victory laps until he has successfully pushed through campaign finance reform.
In what may be a record number, at least 25 Assembly members and at least four senators say they are retiring from the 212-seat Legislature – many motivated by frustration over the ongoing three-men-in-a-room method of decision making.
The issue of health care is troublesome for both Rep. Kathy Hochul and her GOP opponent, Chris Collins.
New details have emerged in the nanny probe that’s bedeviling Westchester County DA Janet DiFiore.
The struggle for political primacy among the Brooklyn Satmar sects rages on.
An ad running in seven battleground states attacks the president for lying about Mitt Romney’s record, using a clip of Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic presidential primary race to make the point.
Former Clinton advisor/Democratic pundit James Carville called the ad “more clever than effective.”
The Romney Olympics.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani stumped for Romney in Las Vegas.
Rep. Gary Ackerman is preparing for retirement, looking back fondly on the days when compromise in the House wasn’t an anathema.
ConEd closed walk-in centers, suspended meter readings and is limiting work on major construction projects after contract negotiations between the utility and its unionized workers broke down shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday.
NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn denied she plays favorites when doling out member item cash.
Cuomo says the project to replace the Tappan Zee Bridge could get a “huge boost” from a $105 billion transportation bill just passed by Congress and now awaiting the president’s signature.
The bill leaves funding for the state’s highways, bridges and transit programs largely unchanged, but Cuomo said it “keeps tens of thousands of New York construction workers employed and supports over 19 million New Yorkers who use our roads, bridges, and trains daily.”
An arbitrator blocked Bloomberg’s plan to close 24 low-performing public schools and reopen them with half of their original staff members.
Catherine Guerriero, a high-achieving student-athlete and former Staten Island Advance sportswriter, is eyeing a potential run for NYC Public Advocate if Bill de Blasio runs for mayor in 2013, as expected.
The NY Post thinks Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is overplaying the threat Wendy Long poses and hopes to hear more from Long’s vanquished primary foe, Rep. Bob Turner.
Democrat Mark Murphy’s campaign is touting an internal Global Strategy Group poll that shows GOP Rep. Michael Grimm in the lead but under the magic 50 percent threshold. Grimm’s camp dismissed the survey.
In January, two groups representing county health departments prepared separate reports on the burden natural-gas drilling could place on their operations, expressing concern about the state’s ongoing review of fracking. The reports were supposed to be given to the fracking advisory panel, but never were.
Staten Island Assemblyman Mike Cusick is having a good year.
The state has reached an agreement with Donald Trump, settling a series of lawsuits and clearing the way for construction of a restaurant and catering hall on Long Island’s Jones Beach that has been on hold since 2006.
As it nears its 10th anniversary in Niagara Falls, the Seneca Gaming Corp. is planning a series of upgrades to its Fourth Street casino.
Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter says direct payments from the Indian nation to the municipalities that host its casinos are not a solution to the dispute between the Senecas and the state.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas are now Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin.
NY-21 GOP hopeful Matt Doheny and Mary Reidy are now Mr. and Mrs. Doheny.
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