The Holiday Weekend That Was
A Daily News review of the 25 Moreland Act Commission members found that five of them didn’t follow state election law when filing their own campaign finance disclosure forms.
The NY Post says an “excellent place” for the commission to start would be the package of reforms contained in the Public Officers Accountability Act – proposed by the Assembly GOP.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reached into Republican ranks with his appointment of Jeremiah J. Moriarty III, a Court of Claims judge and former Cattaraugus County Republican chairman, to a vacancy in State Supreme Court.
Cuomo and his girlfriend, Sandra Lee, spent some time in the Hamptons this weekend.
The Democrat & Chronicle: “Unlike his first two years, in which the Democratic governor dependably worked much of his agenda through the Legislature, the 2013 session saw Cuomo vexed as often as victorious.”
The DN calls on Mayor Bloomberg to “dump” NYCHA Chairman John Rhea, and if he won’t, then says the next mayor should do so “immediately.”
The NYT sets an education agenda for Bloomberg’s replacement.
NYC Comptroller John Liu is campaigning for mayor like an ultra-marathoner – even as his numbers lag in the polls.
Ten years after NYC Councilman James E. Davis was gunned down inside City Hall, his 30-year-old son has finally proved Davis was his biological dad after a years-long court fight.
Written off by election experts and shunned by the political establishment, former Rep. Anthony Weiner has once again upended popular conceptions about him, vaulting to the front of the race for mayor – in part due to his celebrity and aggressive manner.
The Daily Freeman is skeptical of Cuomo’s motives in forming a Moreland Act Commission to investigate corruption, saying: “we’re not yet ready to throw him a testimonial dinner for this initiative.”
The Glens Falls Post-Star takes Cuomo to task for using messages of necessity to get the casino amendment passed by the Legislature.
A Chicago Tribune writer wants Bloomberg to butt out of the Illinois governor’s race.
A new round of financial disclosure forms released last week has resparked a decadeslong debate over whether state lawmakers should be constitutionally recognized as full time and if they should be able to hold other jobs.
Several industry sources told POLITICO that New York’s banking community is bothered by what they perceive as the governor’s attempts to use DFS’s recent settlements wrangled by his former top aide, Ben Lawsky, for his own political gain.
Huma Abedin, the wife Democratic NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, has refused to reply to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s letter seeking details on her unusual employment deal last year.
NYC Councilman James Gennaro, one of Council Speaker/mayoral contender Chris Quinn’s most loyal allies and attack dogs, stepped forward to defend her against the most recent salvo from her rival, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Basio.
De Blasio used to have a mullet.
“New York City is facing a potential disaster if, accidentally, a rank amateur Democrat or Republican gets elected mayor,” former Ambassador Bruce Gelb said in the e-mail solicitation to supporters of GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota.
Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk earned between $5,000 and $20,000 in 2012 from raising sheep, shearing their wool and spinning it into yarn.
The state Board of Elections has declined to investigate Onondaga County Republican Chairman Tom Dadey’s allegation that Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner made illegal campaign contributions to local political candidates in the 2011 elections.
Natural gas production in New York decreased 15 percent in 2012, according to new state data, marking the sixth year in a row the state’s natural gas yield has decreased.
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill are fighting over Hein’s attempt to raise the local sales tax levy.
Three years after Senate Democrats nearly went broke futilely trying to retain control of the state Senate, more than half their members are still personally on the hook for the campaign’s red ink.
Cuomo dispatched a mobile command center from the state’s Department of Financial Services to help the survivors of upstate New York’s recent flooding handle their insurance claims.
We’re starting to see some hints about Bloomberg’s next act.
Chelsea and Hillary Clinton are heading down South to Little Rock, Ark., with luminaries from the fashion world to honor Oscar de la Renta as the “ultimate statesman of American fashion.”
Even Republicans acknowledge that Sen. Chuck Schumer was a key driving force behind the immigration bill last week by a 68-32 margin. But now the measure is headed toward possible defeat thanks to GOP House members like Tom Reed and Chris Collins.
New smart phone apps that make it easier to spy on your loved ones should be banned because they can also help stalkers and abusers track their victims, according to Assemblyman Micah Kellner.
A slew of bills passed by the Legislature this year are awaiting a decision by Cuomo.
As the state’s unemployment rate slowly declines, workforce development agencies are struggling to match unemployed New Yorkers with businesses’ available positions.
The TU does not approve of the exemption given to NARAL Pro-Choice NY from the new donor disclosure rules.
They talked of “shared sacrifice” and “leading by example,” but few of the Suffolk County legislators who approved a voluntary wage freeze for elected officials actually ended up declining raises, records show.
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