The Weekend That Was
Tomorrow, former Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno will return to U.S. District Court in Albany to face trial for the second time. The charges center on hundreds of thousands of dollars in “consulting fees” Bruno received from businessman Jared Abbruzzese, or companies controlled by him, between 2004 and 2006.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to lay out his affordable housing plan tomorrow.
The MTA is aiming to restore normal subway service from Queens into Manhattan by tomorrow morning along the four lines — the E, F, M, and R — affected by the derailment of an F train on Friday near the 65th Street Station in Queens, officials said.
President Obama made jokes about FOX News and Hillary Clinton at the White House Correspondents Dinner.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the VP on TV, teamed up with real life VP Joe Biden for a Correspondents Dinner video that features several VIP cameos.
Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia announced his support for Clinton in 2016 – if she runs.
Political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin will join Bloomberg in the coming days to start a new site that will focus on American politics and policy.
The Post-Standard writes: “Cheers to Sen. Charles Schumer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo for pushing hard for full disclosure and improved oversight of crude oil transport trains that send up to 300 cars a day through the heart of Syracuse.”
A lot of speculation and intrigue continues to surround the potential sale of the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills could identify a new owner within three months, leading Cuomo to step up the state’s efforts to secure the franchise’s long-term future in the region.
LG Bob Duffy on the sale of the Bills: “My sense is that there are people putting their hats and names in the ring right now, perhaps from around the country. And we’re cheering for anyone with connections to western New York.”
Sam Roberts recommends former LG Richard Ravitch’s new memoir.
A former NYPD cop was arrested for spray painting anti-Semitic graffiti throughout the orthodox community of Borough Park.
The 22 entities vying to build casinos in New York appear to have one thing in common: a willingness to use whatever political, financial and public-relations muscle they can to win a casino license in a process that is moving at a speedy pace.
Supporters of Scaffold Law reform are pushing forward despite the governor’s recent comments that the issue isn’t likely to move this year.
Michelle Rhee says the reforms in the deal struck by de Blasio with the UFT aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Crain’s says the 2014-15 budget “isn’t perfect,” but the governor “on balanace…kept the Legislature heading in the right direction.”
The Working Families Party is reportedly putting “enormous” pressure on Cuomo to reject the state Independence Party’s endorsement.
Fired Buffalo school administrators Yamilette Williams and Faith Morrison Alexander intend to sue district administrators and board members for what they describe as falsehoods, fraud and “selfish political purposes” associated with their termination early last month.
FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano has abused his power to obtain firefighters’ private phone records, according to Ron Kuby, an attorney who represents the United Firefighters Association.
New studies from the Center for American Progress and the National Education Association are calling attention to this “diversity gap” at elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who had been invited to give the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey this month, said on Saturday that she would no longer give the speech.
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