Josh Benson explains why the latest corruption scandal to rock New York politics isn’t good for Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmine: “I am asking the community not to prejudge me, rather to keep me in your prayers for my good name to restore.”

The subject line of a WFP email launching an on-line campaign finance reform petition reads: “This Isn’t House of Cards.”

Rep. Carolyn Maloney says death threats won’t stop her from continuing to sponsor gun-control bills.

Sen. Malcolm Smith and NYC Councilman Dan Halloran appear to have some straw donors in common.

NYC Public Advocate/mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio used Halloran’s arrest to criticize his rival, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and the member item system.

Quinn: “I do not think this is a reason to conclude that member items should not be given.”

GOP NYC mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis says he’s not a “fancy-schmancy” person.

Another GOP mayoral contender, Joe Lhota, called on the NYC Council to appoint an inspector general to monitor corruption among lawmakers.

Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-illegal gun PAC has a new TV ad up in Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Republican Tony Jordan, now in his third term in the Assembly, has announced his intention to run for Washington County DA.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly talked about ending gun violence before a wary audience at the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network conference.

The New York Observer has hired Jill Colvin, a politics reporter at DNAinfo.com, to contribute both to its print publication and the Politicker blog.

Campaign finance reform advocates kicked off a mailing campaign this week, targeting specific districts as they ratchet up their efforts in support of a public financing system.

The largest union representing Long Island Rail Road employees has endorsed Democrat Tom Suozzi in his quest to win back the Nassau County executive’s office.

AG Eric Schneiderman and his Massachusetts counterpart, Martha Coakley, make a case for the president to Obama to replace Edward DeMarco, the acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Opposition from packaging manufacturers and the foodservice sector is growing in response to Bloomberg’s proposed ban on polystyrene food packaging in NYC.

The president plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

A new NYPIRG study shows New York ranks 37th in the nation for mercury recycling.