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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.
Jun 12th - 1:39 pm
Sen. Lee Zeldin gave the Republican rebuttal at last night’s Legislative Correspondents Association Show last night, with a video package featuring a play on the viral videos of the last year.
The act also featured a live component of Zeldin, a Suffolk County Republican, dressed as New York Post political columnist Fred Dicker doing a parody of his radio show (which is the highest form of flatery!)
And ICYMI, here’s Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ Democratic response.
Jun 10th - 5:20 pm
Texas Gov. Rick has launched a $1 million TV advertising campaign promoting the Lone Star State’s pro-business approach and strong economy to New Yorkers.
Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services upgraded its outlook for the U.S. government’s long-term debt.
Sen. Liz Krueger can live with a little gridlock in the Senate if it means seeing the bills she supports come to the floor for a vote.
Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos says legislative leaders are “very close on everything” – except the abortion plank of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act.
To quote the indefatigable Maureen McManus: “She gets on the air through a combination of cat videos and vegan snacks.”
The former first lady had some fun with her Twitter profile and first tweet.
Ben Smith: “(T)he new Clinton brand will be painfully, ostentatiously hip.”
The Cuomo vs. Dicker battle continues.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has pushed for new equal pay legislation at the federal level, also supports Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act.
Potential congressional candidates are telling DCCC Chairman Steve Israel they’d rather sit out ’14 and wait to see if Hillary Clinton runs in 2016.
The Second Amendment Foundation launched a public education and awareness effort on more than 160 radio station websites and the Fox News Radio website in response to Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control campaign.
Sens. David Valesky, Cathy Young and Bill Larkin are tied for the worst environmental record of all state senators during this session in the EPL/Environmental Advocates annual voter’s guide.
Cuomo’s New York City mouthpiece Matt Wing has been promoted to press secretary.
A party for NYC mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis was attended by former Gov. George Pataki and the cowboy from the Village People.
Private colleges on Long Island would have a shot at participating in Cuomo’s Tax Free-NY program that was officially unveiled (in bill form) today.
Another TV ad hitting NYC mayoral contender/Council Speaker Chris Quinn from New York City is Not for Sale 2013 committee.
According to a new report from the Health Department, New Yorkers are more diabetic than ever – despite Bloomberg’s assault on sugary drinks.
Gun control advocates marked the six-month “anniversary” of the Newtown massacre with a renewed call for action in D.C.
May 29th - 5:00 pm
A letter addressed to Mayor Bloomberg that arrived late last week at a municipal building has tested positive for ricin, the NYPD confirmed.
“Ebenezer Weiner” boastfully recalled his days as a thorn in then-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s side.
Giuliani says he “wasn’t stunned” when Weiner got in trouble because he “always knew there was something wrong” with the former congressman.
NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan thinks the paper’s coverage of Weiner has “toughened up” since the soft magazine cover profile of the candidate and his wife.
Assemblyman Steve Katz, who was ticketed for marijuana possession earlier this year, voted to decriminalize small amounts of pot and appears to have been the only Republican to do so.
CSEA launched a radio ad panning Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY plan, which it deemed “another special giveaway to business.”
Joe Lhota’s spokeswoman on the Ray Kelly-for-NYC mayor poll: “I’m not going to comment on a poll about an undeclared candidate who has said he isn’t running.”
The Vito Lopez scandal has shined a spotlight on the “boys club” atmosphere at the Capitol.
A Bushwick coffee shop, Café La Mejor, has renamed its $11.50 Cuban sandwich (with double pork) after Lopez in honor of his NYC Council campaign.
In a last-ditch effort to avoid an electoral embarrassment, NYC is poised to go back in time: it is seeking to redeploy lever machines.
US Sen. Chuck Schumer supports Cuomo’s Tax-Free NY plan.
Sen. Joe Robach has introduced legislation that would make sharing a community gun a felony.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli today is filing a shareholder resolution with ExxonMobil to call on the company to explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, who’s facing an onslaught of ads from Bloomberg’s illegal gun-control group, has reportedly started buying TV airtime of his own.
Independent Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee intends to run for re-election as a Democrat.
Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James, a candidate for NYC public advocate, has failed to report rental income to the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board.
Actress Geena Davis “fervently” hopes Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.
The Empire State Pride Agenda has released two videos of trans New Yorkers and their family members advocating for GENDA. The first can be viewed here; the latest appears below.
Feb 21st - 5:44 pm
A White Plains man with a massive arsenal was charged after making death threats to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and others on Facebook.
The Erie County Legislature approved a resolution calling on the state to repeal and revise the SAFE Act of 2013 “in a manner that is respectful of the Second Amendment rights of New Yorkers.”
The little-noticed 31st CD special election in Queens produced a surprising result: An Orthodox Jewish candidate emerged with a chance to capture a district that is 71 percent black.
The state Department of Financial Services is investigating the claims practices of three insurers after Sandy: Narragansett Bay Insurance Company, Tower Insurance Company and Kingstone Insurance Company.
One of the pro-gay marriage videos recorded last year by Chelsea Clinton and scuttled by NBC News has surfaced.
Moody’s is keeping its outlook negative for U.S. local governments in 2013, as cities and counties must continue to contend with tight revenues, high demand for spending, and an “uneven economic recovery.”
Bloomberg doesn’t understand why the press is upset about being barred from watching the president golf with Tiger Woods.
VP Joe Biden took the administration’s gun control push to Connecticut – home of the Newtown massacre.
Is Cuomo a “a modern day LBJ“?
NYC’s first “green” food truck sells pizza.
Bloomberg weighed in on a contentious political race across the Hudson, endorsing the incumbent mayor of Jersey City, Jerramiah Healy, for re-election.
The Empire Center will ask the state’s highest court to hear an appeal of a court ruling today that would allow New York’s public pension funds to keep secret the names of pension recipients.
Republican NYC mayoral candidate Joseph Lhota may have spent a year running the MTA, but he won’t be attending a mayoral forum to debate transit issues tomorrow.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio sided with Alec Baldwin against the NY Post.
Kurt Colucci, an anti-tax writer, Tea Party activist and former teacher from New Rochelle, plans to challenge Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino this fall.
At New York’s request, FEMA has approved a 14-day extension to a program that allows eligible survivors from Sandy who cannot return to their homes to stay in participating hotels or motels.
The governor seems unconcerned that the state’s overtime costs are going up.
There’s such a thing as an “anti-fracking bail fund.”