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Feb 17th - 12:36 pm
A pro-charter schools group is launching a digital campaign over the next several weeks on social media and other websites opposing multiple de Blasio administration efforts, it announced Monday.
The campaign, which features 30-second videos on YouTube, is part of an effort from Families for Excellent Schools opposing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent reduction of $210 million in capital as well as a new charter rent policy.
“The de Blasio administration has said parent voices matter to them, but they seem to be discounting ours,” said Rafael Lois, the father of two Girls Prep Bronx scholars who is featured in one of the videos. “My daughters are receiving an excellent education, which is their moral and legal right, and I will do everything in my power to make sure they continue to have these opportunities.”
Families for Excellent Schools added in a news release they are also concerned about that the administration “also continues to hint at plans” that would roll back charter co-locations.
New York City has 185 charter schools, which the coalition points out serves students who live in poverty and are 93 percent black or Hispanic.
The push comes a day after de Blasio’s latest trip to Albany for caucus weekend, when he again reiterated his push for a universal pre-Kindergarten program that would be paid for by taxing those who earn $500,000 and more a year.
The mayor did not mention the tax increase in an event with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said he wants a statewide universal pre-K program without the tax increase for New York City.
The YouTube channel can be viewed here.
Feb 14th - 2:46 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office released the first of a series of web videos that act as a rosy week in review of positive news for the administration.
The weekly videos, which essentially are acting as a digital press release, are called “The State of New York” and will be released on Fridays.
The first edition touts the agreement from the federal government for a Medicaid waiver, the governor declaring a state of emergency for snow, private-sector job creation and a New Yorker winning at the Olympics.
Feb 4th - 7:36 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany, but has nothing public on his schedule at this point.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at 9 a.m. will hold a news conference in the Blue Room for an announcement.
At 8:15 a.m., the Fiscal Policy Institute will hold presentations on the state budget proposal. A breakfast buffet begins at 7:45. Albany Room, on the concourse level of the Empire State Plaza in Albany.
Also at 9 a.m., Comptroller Tom DiNapoli speaks at the Public Employee Conference Legislative Breakfast, Empire State Plaza, Hart Lounge, Albany.
At 9:30 a.m., the state Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee meets, Legislative Office Building, Room 510, 181 State St., Albany.
The joint Assembly-Senate budget hearing on housing, Legislative Office Building, Hearing Room B, 181 State St., Albany meets starting at 9:30 a.m.
The Senate Education Committee meets at 10 a.m. in Room 124 at the Capitol.
At 10:25, de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by Univision and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and Next Generation’s Too Small to Fail “Pequeños y Valiosos” launch. East Harlem Council for Human Services Head Start Program 440 East 116th St.
Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy will be delivering remarks at 11 a.m. for Charter School Advocacy Day at the Convention Center in the Empire State Plaza. At 1 p.m., Duffy will be delivering remarks at the state Association of Counties Convention at the Desmond Hotel, main ballroom, 660 Shaker Road in Albany.
At noon, Senate Deputy Republican Leader Tom Libous will urge the Assembly in a press conference to approve the Public Assistance Integrity Act, Room 332, State Capitol, Albany.
Today is also Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservations Rose Harvey’s turn to deliver the regional budget address. She will be at Wells College, Stratton Hall, Room 209 in Aurora to deliver the address at 12:30 p.m.
At 1 p.m., the Senate Democratic conference will hold a press conference on the state’s minimum wage, Capitol, Room 315.
A joint Assembly-Senate budget hearing will be held at 1 p.m. on the human services portion of the spending plan, LOB Hearing Room B. Albany.
The Business Council, along with the Public Policy Institute, will hold a panel dicussion on the business tax climate in the upstate region at 1 p.m. at the Albany Hilton.
Senate session convenes at 3 p.m.
Now your headlines:
An Assembly bill that had been aimed at curtailing boycotts of Israel was withdrawn over free speech concerns.
Trial number two for Assemblyman William Boyland began on Monday.
Boyland’s lawyer claims the lawmaker took bribes, but never did anything in return.
Two of the state’s largest insurers participating in the health exchange still do not have coverage.
New York became a top affiliate of the NRA last year following the passage of the SAFE Act.
A group of environmentalists are moving to block the Adirondack land swap deal approved by voters this past November.
State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento told members in Albany that tax cuts in the budget will come with cuts to services as well.
While on the clock, six Metro-North workers traveled out of state to buy cigarettes and fireworks.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was in a “jaunty mood” for his Daily Show appearance.
State lawmakers continue to disagree on when to hold a state primary date, with the Senate introducing an August date bill on Monday.
Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined the board of Athlete Ally, a non-profit organization that supports gay athletes.
Donald Trump aide Michael Cohen said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s exploratory committee governor doesn’t impact Trump’s plans in the slightest.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stumped for the minimum wage increase in Ithaca.
Schools in the Southern Tier aren’t abandoning teaching modules mid-year.
Advocates are calling on de Blasio to ban city uniforms at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City.
The usually sleepy process of picking Regents is going to be getting a lot more attention.
Chris Bombardier, the latest departure at Patricia Lynch Associates, is joining a rival firm.
State lawmakers are complaining that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s marijuana plan may not be all that robust.
A Niagara County greenhouse hopes the medical marijuana industry in New York will take off.
The death of Fairport native Philip Seymour Hoffman is putting a focus on the dangers of heroin addiction.
Outgoing Democratic Rep. Bill Owens has $547,000 in his campaign account as he retires from the North Country seat.
There is no timetable for the Tarrytown ramp closure in the ongoing construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge.
Here is part one of de Blasio’s Daily Show appearance. Watch the rest here.
Feb 2nd - 6:03 pm
Republican leaders came out on the Sunday morning talk shows in support of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, including Rep. Paul Ryan, who said the embattled governor deserves the “benefit of the doubt.”
Christie mounted an aggressive defense in response to claims about his involvement in the GWB scandal made by his former Port Authority appointee, David Wildstein, attacking The New York Times and Wildstein himself in an email to friends and allies obtained by POLITICO.
“Nothing yet implicates the governor directly,” said state Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who is co-chairing the investigation into the scandal. “We don’t have any proof right now that the governor said, go and close the lanes.”
The DNC is running an anti-Chrsitie ad during the Super Bowl tonight.
Christie was booed by a huge crowd gathered in Times Square for the ceremonial ‘handing off’ of the Super Bowl to Arizona – next year’s host state.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is attending the Super Bowl with Christie, but is paying his own way – to the tune of $2,000.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is Christie’s special guest in a luxury box at the game.
Christina Genovese Renna, a member of Christie’s administration who has been subpoenaed in an alleged political payback investigation, has resigned.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio accidentally dropped Staten Island Chuck, but at least he didn’t get bitten.
For the record, Chuck saw his shadow, which means six more weeks of winter are on tap.
Speaking at an East New York megachurch this morning, de Blasio further celebrated the decision he made last week to end the city’s appeal to a federal ruling on stop-and-frisk.
De Blasio has been underestimating his considerable height, which is presenting numerous challenges at City Hall. It turns out he’s closer to 6-foot-6 than 6-foot-5.
An angry letter writer targeted de Blasio while former Giuliani and several New Jersey hotels near the site of the Super Bowl received notes containing white powder last week, authorities said.
The letter de Blasio received was addressed to his Park Slope home and threatened a nuclear attack against New York City.
The powder was determined to be “not toxic.”
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and says that if he’s going to lay the groundwork for a national campaign, he can’t wait for Hillary Clinton to decide whether she is running.
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin says Clinton should “start getting out there” if she’s indeed interested in running in 2016.
Clinton would win Florida if she runs for president – even if the GOP nominee turns out to be someone from the Sunshine State, namely former Gov. Jeb Bush or Sen. Marco Rubio – according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
Wal-Mart scion Alice Walton, financiers George and Robert Soros and the law firm of liberal megadonors Steve and Amber Mostyn all cut $25,000 checks to Ready for Hillary last year, the super PAC said in a public filing.
Health insurance policies purchased through the New York state health exchange are allowing residents to get care at all hospitals in the Lower Hudson Valley except one: Westchester Medical Center.
Former Republican National Chairman Jim Nicholson says Clinton “will be a handful” for the GOP if she runs.
Rep. Charles Rangel’s attorney was barred from appealing his client’s congressional censure because he’s not a member of the bar where he filed the court papers.
Rangel raised $143,925 in the fourth quarter of 2013, and has $211,461 on hand for his re-election race this year.
George Will thinks the NY-19 battle between GOP Rep. Chris Gibson and Democratic activist Sean Eldridge might be this year’s most interesting congressional contest.
After a seven month investigation by his Charities Bureau, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is poised to clean house at the embattled Bronx nonprofit behind the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah will speak tomorrow when the state Legislature kicks off its second week of budget hearings.
Cuomo on Saturday launched the state’s new civilian disaster-preparedness training program.
For the moment, the Cuomo administration is not entertaining the idea of naming the new Tappan Zee Bridge for Pete Seeger.
Some local government officials – including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown – are asking Cuomo to rethink his property tax freeze proposal.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, who was thought to be the top GOP candidate for the Long Island seat of retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, has decided not to run.
A bill introduced by Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry would make it illegal for corrupt politicians to use campaign cash to pay legal bills.
Former Mayor Bloomberg has been appointed as UN special envoy for cities and climate change.
Congratulations to Chris Coffey and Adam Riff – two Bloomberg campaign veterans – who married over the weekend.
Sep 24th - 5:43 pm
The New York Times‘s Eleanor Randolph is writing a biography of Mayor Bloomberg.
Bloomberg is making plans for the day he’ll be “unemployed,” which is rapidly approaching.
President Obama will meet with Bill de Blasio tonight.
Bill Clinton thinks Hillary Clinton would prefer being a grandmother to being president.
…he also insists he has no idea if she’ll run in 2016, but adds: “You know if I did know, I wouldn’t tell you.”
Bono does a pretty good Bill Clinton imitation.
Hillary Clinton hopes America gets a woman president “someday” because that would send “a very strong statement.”
New York City, though, has had mayors with socialist ties before.
Gun control – specifically, Cuomo’s Safe Act – has become an issue in the Westchester County executive race.
Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh has released a copy of the FOIL request from an online data seller for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders and his denial of that request.
Though he was reportedly expected to plead guilty to federal corruption charges today, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. instead pleaded not guilty, setting up a trial date for December or possibly January.
AG Eric Schneiderman’s office is looking into combating the advantages won by securing early access to market-moving data.
Bloomberg is being asked to take the witness stand in the upcoming criminal trial over the CityTime scheme that bilked taxpayers out of more than $500 million.
Neil Young, Pete Seeger and Dave Matthews all spoke out against fracking at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid fundraiser.
Another music video from perennial NYC mayoral candidate Jimmy “the Rent is too Damn High” McMillan.
Three out of four of de Blasio’s main Democratic primary rivals have endorsed him. The latest was NYC Comptroller John Liu. Still outstanding: Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner.
De Blasio has the “smackdown” dance; Lhota does the Hora.
JCOPE has fine tuned its non-disclosure regulations on the sources of financial backers of non-profit organizations.
De Blasio has agreed to participate in three debates with Lhota. This is, unsurprisingly, not enough for Lhota.
Sandra Lee attended the Emmys (sans Cuomo), and wore a vintage Dior gown.
The Halfmoon moose is no longer on the loose.
Sep 23rd - 5:38 am
After months of mulling a potential challenge to Republican Rep. Chris Gibson, Democratic activist Sean Eldridge formally announced his campaign in NY-19 via an on-line video posted on his website late last night.
In the video, which is just under three minutes long, the Ohio-born Eldridge, 27, discusses his love for his adopted home – the Hudson Valley – and his efforts to invest there through a fund he created, Hudson River Ventures.
Eldridge also speaks of his participation in the push for campaign finance reform at the state level, in which he had other Democrats with deep pockets have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in hopes of “taking the big money out of politics,” as they like to say, by establishing a publicly funded system.
In the video, Eldridge outlines the shape of the campaign to come, talking about how the “special interests” are drowning out the voices of everyday New Yorkers and the need for an “independent” like himself to fight against the gridlock in Washington, D.C.
Eldridge plays up his blue collar roots, highlighting the fact that he attended public scools as a child, and speaks obliquely in the video about building his family in the Hudson Valley.
But Eldridge makes no mention of his well-known and very wealthy husband, Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, with whom he owns a loft in NYC, a $5 million home in Garrison (not in NY-19) and a $2 million home in Ulster County (in NY-19).
Republicans have been anticipating this move by Eldridge for some time, and have already started attacking Eldridge as a rich carpet-bagger who’s out of touch with the needs and values of NY-19 constituents.
NY-19 is a moderate, swing district that was redrawn in the last round of redistricting to skew further south, adding still more Democrats. Nevertheless, Gibson survived a challenge last year from Julian Schreibman, a former chairman of the Ulster County Democratic Party.
Democrats still believe Gibson is vulnerable, however, and are planning to come at him hard in 2014.
The full transcript of the video appears after the jump.
Aug 21st - 2:57 pm
They are channeling Charles Dickens.
The new site, “A Tale of Two De Blasios,” promises to post an anti-de Blasio “tale” every weekday. By my count, that makes 14 before the Democratic primary.
The first “tale” rips de Blasio for suggesting in a 2005 speaker debate that term limits should be changed via legislation.
At the time, Baruch’s Doug Muzzio posed this question: should members of the City Council serve longer than the mayor? It’s an argument some have made for years given the mayor’s office has significantly more power than the City Council. Giving council members another term, some argue, would help balance that out.
This is the exchange in full, courtesy of Gotham Gazette, part of which is cut off in the Quinn video:
Bill deBlasio: I think next year after extensive public discussion, after extensive hearings, I think we should move forward with an additional four-year term through the legislative process. I think that’s so important because council members must work across mayoral terms. The charter, I think, has not provided the proper balance between the mayor and the council. I think that something we also have to work on, but certainly as we’ve experienced term limits we’ve learned that in practice it further saps some of the councils ability to play the role of a strong legislature and a strong check and balance, and that’s why I think adding an additional four year term would really create greater balance and allow members to gain additional expertise and strengthen their role.
Doug Muzzio: How should it be accomplished?
Bill deBlasio: Through legislation, after a full, public debate.
And for context, Quinn’s answer really wasn’t very different. See below:
Doug Muzzio: Christine?
Christine Quinn: I also oppose term limits for some of the reasons David mentioned and others. I think it doesn’t allow elected officials enough time to become experts on the issues we need to be experts on in the legislature. And also, it does overly empower the staff…at city hall. I think we should make changes to term limitations legislatively. It is an issue I would want to discuss immediately with my colleagues if I were elected speaker. I’m inclined to think 12 years is the right timeframe, but I’m not committed to that because I think it really is a decision we all have to come to collectively in the new city council.
If there are 14 more of these, I wonder what is coming next.
Aug 13th - 5:18 pm
Another setback for Obamacare.
Eliot Spitzer says the first thing he’ll do if he’s elected NYC comptroller is audit the MTA.
The Cuomo administration says it has reached an agreement with Microsoft under which the multiple email platforms among various state agencies should be merged by the end of this year.
Councilman Leroy Comrie endorsed his one-time Queens borough president rival, Melinda Katz.
Putnam County’s top prosecutor is filing a $5 million defamation lawsuit accusing the sheriff of orchestrating a smear campaign against him by spreading lies about his ties with a rape suspect.
There’s a Weiner-adorned food truck in NYC.
Weiner insists he didn’t let the cat out of the bag on Clinton 2016.
Scott Stringer used to be a bit of a party guy - back when he owned a bar in NYC.
“NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD (to Mr. Spitzer): We heard what you were saying. You know nothing of our work.”
If you’re at the Altamont Fair at noon tomorrow, look for this impressive ram at the “Sheep Show,” owned by Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk.
Gov. William Sulzer was impeached 100 years ago today on campaign finance fraud charges.
NYC Councilwoman Tish James slammed her public advocate primary opponent, Sen. Daniel Squadron, calling him a “failed Albany politician.”
In defense of cat videos. Take THAT, Anthony Weiner.
US Sen. Charles Schumer joined local officials in Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo to call attention to railroad tanker cars that he says are prone to hazardous spills.
The senior senator essentially urged the president to eat his way across upstate next week.
As he gains ground in the polls, mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis continues to dole out cash to GOP county organizations that backed his mayoral candidacy.
First Lady Michelle Obama is releasing a Let’s Move! inspired rap album, on which she will not sing.
Reps. Jerry Nadler and Nydia Velazquez endorsed Ken Thompson for Brooklyn DA.
A Bronx community board manager, who doubles as the chair of the borough’s Puerto Rican Day parade, was fined $7,500 by the city for organizing the parade from his taxpayer-funded office.
Jul 22nd - 5:00 pm
Team Cuomo beat Team Bloomberg by 18 seconds in today’s Adirondack Challenge race.
The final times: 18 minutes and 49 seconds for the mayor’s team; 18 minutes and 31 seconds for the governor.
The mayor and the governor managed a sportsmanlike handshake for the cameras.
Cuomo says the comeback candidacies of disgraced New York politicians Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer are all part of New York’s “charm.”
Eliot Spitzer will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Spitzer signed his wife’s top aide from the 2006 campaign, Miriam Hess, to work on his NYC comptroller bid. Another returnee: Rich Dziepak, who was Spitzer’s ’06 advance man.
Bill Thompson suggests President Obama should think twice about tapping NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to be the next Homeland Sceurity czar.
The M.T.A. has released its proposed guidelines for selling the naming rights of subway stations to private companies.
Sen. Chuck Schumer has spoken to both Cuomo and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and counseled them to patch up their differences, but adds: “I can’t force them to do it.”
Bloomberg’s gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is finding it hard to keep its membership up, thanks to dozens of resignations and lost elections over the last few months.
Captured on film: The moment Larry Schwartz went into the drink.
The Justice Center for People with Special Needs has received more than 5,000 calls to their abuse hotline in the first three weeks.
Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are running neck-and-neck in a potential 2016 presidential match-up in Iowa, according to a new Q poll.
Christie might be compelled to resign his office during his second term if he’s going to seek the White House.
Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi pledged to be the unions’ “best friend” if he’s re-elected to his old job.
Republican Rep. Peter King, who has signaled interest in running for president, plans to go to the early primary state of New Hampshire for events in August and September.
Cuomo will be in Lockport tomorrow morning to discuss the state’s flood relief efforts for Lockport homeowners and businesses affected by last month’s storms.
Mike Allen on how The NYT lost Nate Silver to ESPN/ABC.
The NYT public editor takes a swipe at Silver as he heads for the door, saying he never fit in with the Gray Lady’s culture. “He was, in a word, disruptive.”
Silver maintains the “culture stuff was not a big factor” in his decision to depart.
Citing health concerns, SUNY Buffalo State President Aaron Podolefsky announced today that he is resigning effective July 31.
Jun 12th - 2:27 pm
As Albany heads into the final week of the legislative session, the coalition backing the public financing of political campaigns is unveiling a series of YouTube videos featuring actors Alec Baldwin, Jason Alexander, Kathleen Turner and Kathryn Erbe.
The message in the short videos is all the same: “Don’t come home without passing public financing.”
Baldwin is a fun choice to include in the campaign, given his rumored ambitions to run for public office one day, including New York City mayor. Baldwin also got into a famous Twitter spat with whoever was running the account of Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos over the millionaires tax debate.
This week Cuomo introduced his election law overhaul package which includes a public financing of campaigns provision based on the New York City system.
It is estimated to cost $41 million and is being paid for by a voluntary check-off box on income tax forms, the comptroller’s unclaimed funds pool and Wall Street fraud penalties.