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Aug 8th - 5:30 pm
Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign is calling on his rival, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, to release legal documents from the federal “slush fund” investigation five years ago.
Sydney Leathers is supporting Quinn.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rescheduled a boat show in New York City’s Jacob Javits Center, infuriating other businesses that claim his intervention will cost jobs and revenue.
Once upon a time, Cuomo wanted to raze the Javits Center, now he thinks it’s “vital” to the NYC economy.
Grandpagate continues, with George McDonald demanding that “punk” Anthony Weiner apologize to NYC seniors.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara (jokingly?) says he eats raw meat every day for breakfast. And when that’s not available, he settles for a chocolate chip Atkins bar and a Diet Coke.
Queens Councilman Daniel Halloran is seeking to dismiss federal charges that he quarterbacked a stunning scheme to rig the NYC mayor’s race.
MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell says most of the NBC News staff would consider the network’s planned miniseries on Hillary Clinton to be “a really bad idea given the timing.”
…That came after Chuck Todd called the miniseries “a total nightmare for NBC News.”
Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s name has vanished from the endorsement list on Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s NYC Council campaign lit.
Actor Matt Damon feels like President Obama broke up with him.
The state Teachers’ Retirement System this month quietly signed off on plans to increase pension costs for schools by 37 percent in 2014.
“Life-long feminist” Lynn Parramore writes: “Before dismissing a man who made a mistake five years ago, women should look at the total record and the whole person before deciding if Eliot Spitzer is a candidate worth supporting.”
Spitzer was endorsed by a number of prominent pastors, one of whom – the Rev. Johnny Ray Youngblood – compared him to MLK Jr.
The former governor believes it’s time to have a public conversation about privacy.
NYPA has raised costs for consumers while regularly bailing out the state budget, having a payroll with 35 percent of its staff making more than $100,000 a year and employing three full-time pilots and several travel services workers.
Preeminent doctor-turned-journalist and Emmy winner Sanjay Gupta of CNN apologized for his past opposition to legalizing marijuana for medical use.
Over 40 business leaders signed an “open letter” in support of Common Core, which supporters say emphasize creative learning and deductive thinking over simple answers and memorization.
The NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association endorsed John Catsimatidis in the Republican primary for NYC mayor.
RIP former SUNY Buffalo State President Aaron M. Podolefsky, who resigned last month in the midst of his battle with prostate cancer.
Aug 8th - 5:01 pm
The Democrats are again attacking one of their top congressional targets in 2014 – Republican Rep. Tom Reed – for profiting off his own constituents by engaging in medical debt collection work through his private law firm.
This afternoon, “concerned citizens” distributed apples and flyers paid for by the state Democratic Party (a copy of which appears below) outside Reed’s district office in Corning, accusing the congressman of making a “fortune” by suing residents of the 23rd Congressional District when they got sick.
From the Democrats’ press rlease from today’s event:
“Concerned citizens will alert their neighbors that ‘an apple a day keeps Tom Reed away’ and to be sure to stay healthy, because Tom Reed comes after his constituents in court when they get sick.”
“As the owner of a law firm that specializes in collecting medical debt, Reed has gone after thousands of his neighbors and constituents in court. Just in the last two years Reed’s firm has filed over 200 lawsuits – and that’s while he was a member of Congress. In total, Reed’s firm has filed more than 3,000 lawsuits against his own neighbors on behalf of health care companies.”
Shinagawa came closer than expected to ousting Reed last year, but he decided not to take a second crack at the congressman this year. Instead, Tompkins County Chairwoman Martha Robertson is running on the Democratic line.
Aug 8th - 4:21 pm
Here’s video of Gov. Andrew Cuomo touting the $1.8 billion New York fishing industry while kicking off the Bassmaster 2013 Elite Series and announcing that it will be back in the Empire State – in the Finger Lakes Region – in 2014.
Also, Cuomo – an avid sportsman and fierce competitor – “tacked on” the additional challenge of a governor’s fishing competition next year, much like the recently completed Adirondack Challenge whitewater race, which, naturally, Team Cuomo won.
The governor is in Waddington with his daughter, Mariah. He was feelign pretty confident this morning that he might have a shot at the Bassmaster trophy. No word yet on whether the fish were cooperating with him.
Aug 8th - 3:16 pm
Here’s something that will no doubt not sit well with Mayor Bloomberg, who already has taken issue with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s plan to take his Sheriff of Wall Street act to the NYC comptroller’s office.
During an interview with Larry King that will air tonight on RT America, Spitzer said he has “no regrets” about his targeting of the financial industry during his state attorney general days, save one: He wishes he had been even more aggressive that he was in taking bad actors to task.
“I wish in some contexts that we’d been harder – not on the people, but on structurally,” Spitzer told King. “Here’s what I mean by that: Between 2000 and 2006 when I was elected governor, we made a lot of what you refer to as the Wall Street cases. Did a lot of other stuff, but put that aside. The effort was to reform a capital structure that we saw taking us to disaster.”
“We began doing subprime lending cases in 1999. We did the analyst cases, which went to the very hear of how our investment banks were structured. Then the insurance cases. The mutual fund cases. What I said to the people in the industry was, ‘Look, guys, these are not isolated dots. You see the entire system, you see a system that is overleveraged, too much risk. You are taking advantage of a deregulatory system that will creat a crisis.”
“So, when I say I wish I’d been harder, I wish I’d been harder and more affirmative in saying: Guys, there’s a crisis brewing.”
Also during the interview, which will air at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and then will be available online at Ora.tv and Hulu, Spitzer again dodges the “do you have a girlfriend” question, saying he’s done talking about his personal life.
And, in a bit of a dig at Gov. Andrew Cuomo, with whom Spitzer has never really seen eye-to-eye, the former governor says Hillary Clinton is a lock for the Democratic nomination in 2016, but isn’t necessarily a sure thing to win it all in the general election.
For what it’s worth, Spitzer and Bloomberg are again disagreeing – this time over the mayor’s warning that NYC could very well go the way of Detroit if his successor fails to control the city’s rapidly rising health care and pension costs.
Aug 8th - 1:00 pm
Rochester Mayor Tom Richards, who is seeking his first full term this fall, has released his first TV ad of the campaign entitled “What It Takes.”
The ad will start airing on both network and cable stations this week. Richards served as deputy mayor to former Rochester Mayor Bob Duffy, and became interm mayor in January 2011 when Duffy officially departed to become Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lieutentant governor.
On Jan. 18, 2011, Richards resigned to ensure he could run in a special election without violating terms of the Hatch Act, which could have jeopardized federal funding. In short order, he was officially nominated by the Democratic committee of Rochester to be the party’s candidate in the special mayoral election scheduled for March 29.
Richards won the election with 48.48 percent of the vote to former Rochester Mayor Bill Johnson’s 41.72 percent. He is now facing a primary challenge from Rochester City Council President Lovely Warren.
Despite the fact that there is an intra-party battle in this race, Richards is again running with the support of the Monroe County Democratic Party, which is run by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle. The Richards campaign included the following statement from Morelle in the release announcing the new ad:
Two years ago, when we first introduced Tom Richards to voters in Rochester, we told the story of a man who had devoted his entire life to his community and was best fit to lead our City into a new era. Under Mayor Richards’ leadership, we are making progress and building a better future for Rochester. That is the story we will tell over the next several weeks.”
Here’s the ad script:
“What does it take to move a great city forward? It takes creating thousands of jobs with good benefits. I takes investing in our schools; summer job training for kids; new career opportunities for women and hundreds of millions for affordable housing. It takes anti-gun violence programs to make all our neighborhoods safer. It takes a leader like Mayor Tom Richards. That’s why Rochester is making progress. Mayor Tom Richards. Building Rochester’s future, together.”
Aug 8th - 6:35 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and St. Lawrence counties. At 10 a.m., he makes an announcement at Whitaker Park in Waddington.
At 7:10 a.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott appears live on “The John Gambling Show,” WWOR 710AM, to discuss the new English and math test scores.
At 8:15 a.m., Walcott appears live on “Good Day NY.”
At 9 a.m., NYC comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer will attend breakfast and meet with members of the clergy at First Baptist Church, 450 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn.
At 10 a.m., the NYC Council holds a hearing to examine the CBS-Time Warner Cable contract dispute. Rory Whelan, TWC’s regional vice president of government relations, will testify. Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
Also at 10 a.m., WABC hosts NYC comptroller & GOP mayoral candidate debates.
At 10:30 a.m., Walcott and state Education Commissioner John King attend a Common Core training session, Murry Bergtraum High School, 411 Pearl St., Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., NYC Councilman David Greenfield will endorse Brooklyn DA Joe Hynes for re-election, 4424 16th Ave., Brooklyn.
At 11:30 a.m., Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand, Rep. Nydia Velazquez and others urge congressional leaders to restore the Voting Rights Act, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.
At noon, HUD Secretary Donovan will deliver the keynote address at an energy technology workshop hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund and NYU’s law school; Faculty Club Room, 108 W. Third St., Manhattan.
Also at noon, Sen. David Carlucci promotes world renowned medical research initiative to study brain illnesses, Nathan S. Kline Institute, Auditorium B, 140 Old Orangeburg Road, Orangeburg.
Also at noon, NYC Council members Erik Dilan and Jumaane Williams join Make the Road NY to announcement their intentions to override Bloomberg’s veto of the Community Safety Act, Irving and Gates avenues, Brooklyn.
At 1 p.m., NYC Councilwoman Maria Del Carmen Arroyo’s election fraud case is in court, state Supreme Court, Rm 600, the Bronx.
At 1:45 p.m., Gillibrand, Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblyman Matthew Titone, and SIEDC will announce federal legislation to help revitalize inactive, contaminated brownfield sites on Staten Island, 160 Heberton Ave., Staten Island.
At 2 p.m., NYC Councilman Robert Jackson and supporters of the Restaurant Action Alliance NYC criticize Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed ban on polystyrene foam containers during a “Neighborhood Impact Tour” of four small restaurants; tour begins at the Bus Stop Restaurant, 3341 Broadway, Manhattan.
At 3 p.m., “concerned citizens” (organized by the DCCC) will distribute apples and warning notices outside Rep. Tom Reed’s Corning district office in an effort to alert neighbors to his community debt collection business, 89 W. Market St., Corning.
At 6 p.m., NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Chris Quinn speaks at the NYS Federation of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 2013 Business Awards Reception, 2710 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Manhattan. (Bloomberg and NYC mayoral candidates Joe Lhota, John Liu, Adolfo Carrion, Quinn and John Catsimatidis are also scheduled to attend).
At 7 p.m., NY1′s “Road to City Hall” will air a debate with the three Democratic candidates for Queens borough president.
Also at 7 p.m., mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will attend a rally with Gowanus residents to listen to their concerns about safety, schools, and transportation in their community, Carroll St. Bridge, Brooklyn.
Eliot Spitzer provided access to his complete tax returns from the last two years to the New York Times, which confirmed that he and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, are living apart, but still filed jointly in 2012.
The Spitzers’ charitable giving totaled $154,925 last year, “about 3.6 percent of their total income.” The former governor was paid $180,000 to run the family real estate business.
The NY Post, citing Anthony Weiner’s “grandpa” incident this week, and Spitzer’s “effing steamroller” tirade (among other things), says the two disgraced pols have “unhinged personalities” and are unfit for office.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s leadership faces new threats as JCOPE has opened an investigation into a sexual harassment complaint against Assemblyman Micah Kellner that was kept secret for four years.
Kellner, the only self-professed bisexual member of the Assembly, is accused of harassing at least two employees between 2009 and 2011. One was female, while the other was male.
Subpoenas in the latest inquiry were sent to several current and former Assembly officials, including Bill Collins, the majority’s top counsel, who was dismissed due to his role in the Kellner mess, as well as another top lawyer, Carolyn Kearns. Kellner’s former chief of staff, Eliyanna Kaiser, was received one.
Aug 7th - 5:19 pm
The number of real estate developers slapped with subpoenas by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission now stands at five.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is set to hit the airwaves tomorrow with the first ad buy of his mayoral race.
Kahr Firearms Group of Pearl River is the first gun manufacturer to announce it’s leaving New York because of the SAFE Act. (It is moving its HQ to Pennsylvania and plans to build a plant there, too).
Chelsea Clinton say she has given up on privacy and is now “attempting to lead a purposefully public life.”
Where would the former first daughter run for office – assuming she indeed is planning to do such a thing.
If the 2016 presidential New Hampshire primary were held today, 62 percent of likely Democratic voters would support Hillary Clinton.
According to the state Board of Elections’ website, actress Lena Dunham might not be able to vote for the NYC comptroller candidate she endorsed: Scott Stringer.
Stringer is “cool,” according to his well-connected campaign spokeswoman.
The ARRP called Weiner’s “grandpa” insult (lobbed at 69-year-old George McDonald) “unfortunate.”
House Speaker John Boehner dined in Binghamton last night, consuming pork Milanese and tipping well.
Assemblyman Al Graf plans to introduce a bill to repeal the recently signed LIPA reform act after revelations that the authority hiked rates 4 percent this month.
Onondaga County GOP Chair Tom Dadey disqualified himself from running for mayor of Syracuse when he officially changed his address to DeWitt on voter registration forms. The party has until Aug. 19 to find a replacement.
The NY Post’s bar for printable rumors about Eliot Spitzer’s personal life is very, very low.
The state Business Council is likely to partner with others to bankroll advertisements in favor of New York’s upcoming referendum on casinos.
Will East Greenbush and/or Newburgh be New York’s first Detroits?
Businesses hoping for a bite of the $760 million in grants, loans and tax credits the state has set aside this year to stimulate regional economic development have until 4 p.m. Monday to file their applications.
Feminist activist Sandra Fluke endorsed NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, saying she has the “policy chops” to be mayor.
NYC residents may well determine whether upstate can have non-Indian run casinos, but will they have sufficient information to make a decision?
Chesapeake Energy has given up a two-year legal fight to retain thousands of acres of natural gas drilling leases in New York state.
Aug 7th - 6:34 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Chris Quinn will campaign throughout the day with endorsement of women’s activist (of 2012 presidential race fame) Sandra Fluke.
At 7:05 a.m., Quinn will appear with Fluke on the PIX 11 Morning News. At 7:30 a.m., the duo will campaign at the 72nd and Broadway 2/3 Train Subway stop (Manhattan); at 11:30 a.m., Fluke will formally endorse Quinn (233 West 14th St., Manhattan).
At 7:15 a.m., NYC Comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu will be live on AM970′s “The Answer.”
At 7:30 a.m., mayoral candidate Bill Thompson will campaign with Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio, L train, Rockaway Parkway and Glenwood Road, Brooklyn.
At 8:00 a.m., Liu will be live on WWRL AM1600 radio’s “The Morning Show with Mark Riley.”
At 10 a.m., New Yorkers for Great Public Schools rally against the Department of Education’s “misuse” of tests as scores decline and call for the next mayor to conduct an audit, Department of Education steps, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., NYC Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio tours MILGO/BUFKIN and discusses New York City’s manufacturing economy, 68 Lombardy St., Brooklyn.
Also at 11 a.m., Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk honors a student author of a book on a local butterfly, Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission, 195 New Karner Road, Albany.
At 11:15 a.m., Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks will reveal the results of the lion-naming contest and make another “major announcement” about the Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St., Rochester.
At 12:30 p.m., Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and state Education Commissioner John King announces results of a new state exams, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
Also at 12:30 p.m., Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Assemblyman William Mangarelli announce new crime cameras, Butternut and Park streets, Syracuse.
Also at 12:30 p.m., Fluke and Quinn will be at NARAL’s TORCH Program brown bag lunch discussion, the New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd, the Bronx.
At 1 p.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Reps. Jose Serrano and Eliot Engel and others urge Congress to restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act the in wake of a US Supreme court decision, Bronx County Courthouse, Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 851 Grand Concourse.
At 2:15 p.m., Reps. Dan Maffei and Richard Hanna tour the Port of Oswego and announce efforts to bring resources to Central New York ports, Port of Oswego, East Dock, One E. Second St., Oswego.
At 4 p.m., Sen. James Sanders and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky discuss the current post-Sandy banking and insurance climate, Church of the Nazarene, 14-14 Central Ave., Queens.
At 6 p.m. Fluke and NARAL President Andrea Miller will campaign for Quinn at the 7th Avenue F/G Subway stop in Brooklyn.
At 7 p.m., there will be a mayoral forum hosted by Project Hope – the New Direction and Southeast Queens, York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Queens. Bill Thompson, Bill de Blasio and Liu will attend.
Also at 7 p.m., there will be a Canarsie clergy mayoral forum, Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Ave., Brooklyn. Thompson, de Blasio and Liu will be there.
At 7:30 p.m., LG BOb Duffy attends the PGA gala and awards ceremony, Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 East Main St., Rochester.
At 8:40 p.m., Fluke and Quinn will appear on Piers Morgan Live, CNN.
At 9:30 p.m., Thompson attends the Being Black in America town hall meeting with The Caribbean Voice, St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn.
Today, the New York City Campaign Finance Board will unveil NYC Votes, a mobile app meant to boost political participation via smartphones.
A federal appeals court has rejected former state Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno’s bid to avoid another trial on corruption charges. Bruno plans to explore all his legal options – including further appeals.
Kristin Davis, the former madam running for New York city comptroller against former call girl client Eliot Spitzer, has been charged by federal authorities with selling prescription drugs.
Davis’ campaign manager, Andrew Miller, said he was aware of the arrest but couldn’t provide any information.
Several of the candidates seeking to replace Mayor Bloomberg at City Hall have something the outgoing mayor does not: Relationships with Albany and Cuomo.
Moreland Commission co-chair Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, said the commission has issued its first subpoenas, but she would not say who received them.
The subpoena recipients reportedly were three high-profile New York City real-estate developers – Extell Development Co., Silverstein Properties Inc. and Thor Equities. The commission is seeking information related to valuable tax breaks they received in state legislation.
Aug 6th - 6:24 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in the Capital Region. At 9:30 a.m., he’ll attend a meeting of the New York State Building and Construction Trades Council, Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, (This event is closed to the press).
At 7:30 a.m., former Rep./mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner appears Live on PIX 11 Morning News, Channel 11.
At 8:30 a.m., Weiner speaks at the CUNY Institute of Education policy breakfast, Hunter College, Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, 47-49 East 65th St., Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., LG Bob Duffy speaks at the government relations breakfast for the PGA Championship, President’s Room, Oak Hill Country Club, 346 Kilbourn Rd., Rochester.
Also at 9 a.m., Assemblyman Karim Camara hosts a gun violence summit moderated by NY1′s Errol Louis, 524 West 59th St., Manhattan.
From 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rep. Charles B. Rangel, Assemblyman Keith Wright and city officials visit a “New York City Senior Citizens Day” event as part of “Harlem Week,” Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., various NYC candidates will attend the AARP/Univision candidate forum, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave., Manhattan. (Scheduled to be there: Bill Thompson, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, NYC Comptroller John Liu, Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis, George McDonald, Weiner).
Also at 10 a.m., Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr., Sen. Gustavo Rivera, NYC Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, and local residents endorse Ritchie Torres for NYC Council, Bronx Borough Hall, Concourse Steps, 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx.
At 10:30 a.m., Nassau County Legislator Carrie Solages delivers deflated soccer balls to the governor’s Manhattan office, to express opposition to a proposal to build a soccer stadium near Belmont Park racetrack; 633 Third Ave.
At 11:25 a.m., Thompson will address the release of the annual NYC test scores, outside Hunter College.
At noon, Weiner will discuss his proposal to reduce alternate side parking by 25 percent as part of his ongoing “Keys to the City” tour, East 68th Street and 3rd Avenue, Southeast Corner, Manhattan.
Also at noon, Manhattan BP Scott Stringer will bring his plan to a designated unit within the city comptroller’s office to track Sandy recovery funds to the Rockaways, Beach 25th & Seagirt Blvd, Far Rockaway, Queens.
At 1 p.m., NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Chris Quinn unveils a plan to reduce the amount of time students spend taking and preparing for standardized tests, outside P.S. 3, 490 Hudson St., Manhattan.
At 5 p.m., Duffy hosts a Taste NY media reception at the PGA Championship, Media Dining Facility, Oak Hill Country Club, 346 Kilbourn Rd., Rochester.
The National Night Out Against Crime is tonight. Communities cross the state will be marking the occasion with events at police stations, parks and block parties.
At 7 p.m., de Blasio will attend the National Action Network weekly Brooklyn action rally,
First AME Zion Church, 54 MacDonough St., Brooklyn
Also at 7 p.m., Stringer hosts Young New York Fundraiser in support of his campaign, Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Avenue at 17th Street, Manhattan.
At 7:30 p.m., online entrepreneur Jack Hidary, an independent candidate for mayor, speaks to representatives of Brazilian technology startups and venture capitalists attending a networking event sponsored by Acelertech and VentureOutNY; Greenhouse, 150 Varick St., Manhattan.
A U.S. congressional oversight committee has opened an investigation into whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office interfered with a Medicaid audit of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, the nation’s largest nonprofit home-health company.
Start-Up NY, Cuomo’s plan to extend tax-free benefits to certain businesses, caused the state to downgrade its revenue projections by $323 million through March 2017, according to new estimates from the state Budget Division.
When lawmakers passed the plan in June, it was touted as having no cost to the state budget by Cuomo and his cabinet members, though a memo accompanying the bill acknowledged a potential loss in revenue growth.
Regina Calcaterra, executive director of Cuomo’s Moreland Commission, wrote a memoir that’s out today about growing up homeless and abused by her wayward mother.
Aug 5th - 5:20 pm
The Washington Post will be sold to Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos, ending the Graham family’s stewardship of one of America’s leading news organizations after four generations.
A Monmouth University poll shows NJ Gov. Chris Christie is the GOP’s best hope of defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016 at the moment.
Christie and Clinton are the “hottest” politicians on the Q poll’s “thermometer” of voter attitudes.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is on par with President Barack Obama in that same assessment, with both at 47.6 degrees, though 75 percent of voters don’t know who she is.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus threatened to pull the group’s partnership with NBC and CNN for 2016 GOP presidential primary debates if the networks moved ahead with plans to air films on Clinton.
CNN called Priebus’ threat “a disservice to voters.”
Chelsea Clinton is still open to some day running for public office.
“Weinergate,” the porn video, now exists – starring Sydney Leathers, naturally.
New York has led the nation in job cuts this year, far outpacing other large states, a new report found.
Christie is a hot ticket right now, but maybe he’s too much like Rudy Giuliani to be successful in 2016?
Former Gov. David Paterson, who might run for Rep. Charlie Rangel’s seat next year, said Rangel’s comments likening Tea Partiers to “white crackers” were “out of line.”
How well do you kow Huma Abedin? Take this POLITICO quiz and find out.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will host a brunch on Oct. 19 for the Food Network’s Wine & Food Festival. (The network is home to his live-in girlfriend, Sandra Lee).
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick wishes people would stop asking her if she continues to support Speaker Sheldon Silver.
NYC Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign was blocked from receiving $3.5 million in matching funds by election officials, who said they received “substantial evidence of noncompliance” with fund-raising rules.
Liu’s campaign attorney, former Senate Minority Leader Marty Connor, said: “What the (CFB) staff is proposing is the death penalty for a minor transgression.”
Liu’s Democratic primary rival, Bill Thompson, thinks the CFB made a mistake.
Former Gov. George Pataki’s win in a lawsuit brought by six convicted sex offenders will cost state taxpayers up to $525 an hour in legal fees.
Frank Bruni says Weiner’s story is “a dark fable with dank truths about politics today.”
Sen. Chuck Schumer: “(T)he problem is, why aren’t there more John McCains?”
George Marlin sees “many potential Detroits” in upstate New York.
Cuomo has signed into law legislation that will require children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a horse.
The mayor of Walden in Orange County says Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns tried to “buy me off” with an offer of support from the billionaire mayor when he tried to quit the group.