The Weekend That Was
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest attempt to draw attention to the upstate tourism industry will take him to Finger Lakes wine country on Tuesday.
The NY Post re-reports a 2008 NY Sun story about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s habit of wracking up frequent flier miles on the taxpayers’ dime by taking roundabout plane trips from NYC through D.C. and Pennsylvania to Albany.
In all, Spitzer has spent just over $2.5 million since entering the primary race in early July, which includes more than $2 million in media buys. He dumped close to $3.7 million of his own money into his campaign account.
Spitzer’s comptroller primary opponent, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer, has reportedly purchased $2.2 million worth of television air time, and will hit the airwaves for the first time on Aug. 20.
The NYT sharply chastises Cuomo for failing to improve the state’s system of caring for the developmentally disabled and mentally ill, despite much talk of doing so.
The NY Post slams the governor for letting JCOPE give special treatment to NARAL Pro-Choice NY in granting it the only existing waiver from new donor disclosure rules.
The DN says: “The commission investigating Albany’s outrageous tax giveaway to five luxury condo towers in Manhattan must expand its inquiry to include large campaign donations to Gov. Cuomo.”
With four weeks left in the Democratic primary for mayor, and Council Speaker Chris Quinn leading the pack, her reticent political spouse, Kim Catullo, is about to take a more visible role in Quinn’s campaign — giving interviews and appearing at more events.
The state’s transition to a new billing and payment system for what’s called early intervention has been so bogged down that providers of those essential services have not gotten paid most of their fees since April 1, when the new system started.
NBC may find an unlikely partner in the proposed Hillary Clinton miniseries that has come under fire from the GOP: Fox Television Studios.
Donald Trump on Saturday made his first-ever political visit to Iowa, speaking to conservative Christians, stoking speculation about his political plans and warning Republicans about the “really tough” time they’ll have if Clinton runs in 2016.
The Hamptons home Bill and Hillary Clinton usually rent wasn’t available this summer, so they will instead vacation at an oceanside estate in Sagaponack, which brokers estimate at $100,000 a week during the August peak.
Candy Crowley says the documentary CNN Films has commissioned on Clinton would “make life more difficult” for her and the network’s other news reporters and anchors.
Unlike during her 2008 presidential campaign, when she waited until her concession speech to fully embrace the historic nature of her candidacy, Clinton these days talks freely about women breaking barriers.
After a month of review by good-government groups and news organizations, the new financial disclosures Albany elected officials were required to file with JCOPE mostly prompt more questions.
Because of a decline in inflation, the state’s property-tax cap in 2014 will be 1.66 percent – not 2 percent as it has been the past two years.
After years of inaction even as other states moved to reduce legislative paper consumption, New York lawmakers gave their final approval to a measure that would allow bills to be published electronically. Now the public must approve the measure, too.
NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner may have violated postal regulations by stuffing his own campaign lit into people’s mailboxes.
The TU supports the retrial of former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno.
NYC Comptroller and mayoral candidate John Liu took Hunter Walker’s skateboard for a spin in Brooklyn.
Cuomo calls his ’75 Corvette Stingray “Blue Angel.”
State sales tax revenue rose 5.7 percent in New York for the first half of 2013. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says it’s a promising sign of economic improvement, though some may have been fueled by the high cost of cleanup and rebuilding following Superstorm Sandy.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is playing second fiddle to Sen. Chuck Schumer no longer. With her fight to combat military sexual assault, Gillibrand has established that, win or lose, she has legislative chops.
NOW NYS President Sonia Ossorio calls on Silver to pass the elements of Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act already acted on by the Senate – including a measure to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
John Kerry has been setting a record-breaking travel pace in his first six months as secretary of state.
New York City was sued by a group representing city workers in an effort to block it from pursuing a request for proposals to change their health benefits.
A House committee alleges a New York pharmacy and nutrition company “got away with inappropriately billing the Medicaid program by millions of dollars” by using political connections, including former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, to influence the Cuomo administration.
Several candidates for mayor of New York City have visited Cincinnati to view its public school system and have since made its “community learning center” model a centerpiece of their campaigns.
Hospitals in New York have improved the quality of many of their services over the past several years, but patients are at increased risk of infections during their stay, according to a watchdog group that grades the state’s hospitals.
A court ruled Bronx Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo will be allowed to stay on the ballot for the November election, despite filing campaign petitions that were riddled with bogus signatures.
Work on historically aligned canals at the former Memorial Auditorium site in Buffalo is expected to resume by early September, with completion envisioned by next May, waterfront officials said.
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