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“Issue-grabber” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is among the women whose political futures are complicated by Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 run. Is there room for a two-woman ticket?

US Attorney Preet Bharara’s perfect record of 80 insider trading convictions without a single defeat, is on thin ice.

Former President Bill Clinton will endorse embattled Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel’s re-election to a 23rd term and work all-out to help him win.

Former LG Richard Ravitch was tapped by a federal judge to serve as a non-testifying consultant in the Detroit bankruptcy case. He won’t be paid.

De Blasio announced what his office called “the most sweeping update to New York City’s Air Pollution Control Code since 1975.”

Queens councilman Donovan Richards wants the mayor to appoint a permanent fire commissioner, and is calling for an investigation into NYC’s emergency medical system response time.

Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice picked up endorsements for her congressional campaign from some erstwhile contenders.

Members of the Broome County Democratic Caucus called on the AG’s office to investigate what they believe was a violation of state ethic laws by the county executive’s office.

Former Sen. Darrel Aubertine, now a special assistant to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, is involved in a controversy over a private water district in the North Country.

For the first time in his 12-term career, Assemblyman Bill Magee has lost the support of the Madison County Democrats.

The NY Observer’s “political power 80” is out.

IDC Leader Jeff Klein officially kicked off his re-election campaign, and has a campaign website.

The NYC Council’s proposed city budget, to be unveiled tomorrow, will include a $24 million universal school lunch program for all kids – regardless of how much money their  families make.

Dutchess County Comptroller Jim Coughlan, one of three GOP state Senate candidates in the 41st District, and the consulting/lobbying firm Park Strategies, have cut ties for the time being.

Five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders sued the Buffalo Bills, alleging the team has exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with the state’s minimum wage laws.

Fifty years after the 1964 World’s Fair opened, the New York State Pavilion was named a “National Treasure” on Tuesday by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Onondaga County Conservative Party has designated Democrat Toby Shelley as the party’s candidate for sheriff.

New York ranks in the bottom third of states with the worst taxpayer return on investment, a new report by WalletHub shows.

Mayor Stephanie Miner wants Syracuse residents to report potholes via Twitter, Facebook, email, or the city’s complaint website.

Here and Now

Happy Earth Day!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 10 a.m., Brooklyn BP Eric Adams will commemorate Earth Day by joining the Citizens Committee for New York City to announce the awarding of a total of $15,465 in grants to 25 Brooklyn composting projects, Brooklyn Borough Hall rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

Also at 10 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson attends a career fair at Columbia-Greene Community College, Route 23, Greenport.

At 10:45 a.m., Queens BP Melinda Katz and Assemblywoman Marge Markey join the National Trust for Historic Preservation to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

At 11 a.m. Former Mobil Oil executive vice president Lou Allstadt and local elected officials hold a press conference on hydrofracking, LCA Room (130), Legislative Office Building, Albany.

Also at 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will speak at Earth Day 2014 at Union Square, Manhattan.

At 12:15 p.m., Jim Halpert of DLA Piper discusses online privacy at a Business Council Technology Roundtable, The Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge St., Albany.

At 1 p.m., Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk hosts a public forum on job creation in the Mohawk Valley, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, 2805 Route 67, Johnstown.

At 2 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein launches his re-election campaign in Morris Park – the community where he grew up and currently resides, 1934 Yates Ave., the Bronx.

From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, Realogy Holdings Corp. President and CEO Richard A. Smith, discuss U.S. housing sales and proposals to change mortgage regulations; Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, second floor, NYU Wagner, Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St., Manhattan.

At 4 p.m., former LG Richard Ravitch will deliver a talk on “The Fiscal Challenges Facing Local Governments” for the 2014 Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law, and also sign copies of his new book, Albany Law School.

At 5 p.m., Arizona Sen. John McCain attends a fundraiser for congressional candidate and state Sen. Lee Zeldin at 10 East 70th St., Manhattan.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Gibson will hold his official campaign kickoff at his campaign HQ, 2532 State Route 9H, Kinderhook.

Headlines…

This morning’s Siena poll also found that New Yorkers overwhelmingly disagree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to shutter the corruption-busting Moreland Commission.

A contract agreement struck last week between the MTA and its largest union with Cuomo’s help contains a $2 million sweetener left unmentioned at a news conference announcing the deal.

A group of “outsiders” recommended curtailing the influence of the governors of New York and New Jersey in the Port Authority and operating it with less secrecy – tantamount to heresy for an agency board that has traditionally done little more in public than announce its decisions.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said the state is “in better fiscal shape thanks to an improving economy and difficult fiscal choices” in the new budget made by Cuomo and the state Legislature. But he also has some concerns about the spending plan.

Just weeks after New York signaled it would not send student information to inBloom, Inc., a nonprofit funded by philanthropists that aimed to build state-level databases, the company announced it would “wind down” its operations.

AG Eric Schneiderman, facing re-election this year, has hired former NYC Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn’s campaign manager Matt Tepper to fill the same role for him.

Sources tell the Daily News at least three top Cuomo administration officials, including Chief of Operations Howard Glaser, plan to leave this year.

The Assembly will continue to retain the firm Roemer, Wallens, Gold & Mineaux LLP for a fee of $80,000 to assist with “investigations pursuant to the Assembly sexual harassment/retaliation policy.”

The NYC Council has yet to pass a bill legalizing municipal identification cards, but that isn’t stopping Mayor Bill de Blasio from moving to enact the idea.

Phil Reisman notes Astorino’s team is hoping his 2009 come-from-behind win against entrenched Democratic Westchester County Executive Andy Spano is the template for his statewide run this year.

The Westchester Board of Legislators has turned down a request by Astorino to sue the federal government a second time over the loss of community development grants.

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A “mass exodus” from the Cuomo administration is expected after the November election due to a “miserable” and “micromanaged” working environment.

Josh Vlasto, who until recently served as Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s chief of staff before moving over the campaign, is heading for a private sector gig with JP Morgan Chase.

A clarification: The man behind the infamous “Dante’s Afro” ad,  John Del Cecato, is not working for Cuomo 2014. His partner, Michael Donilon, who didn’t work on that ad, is.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio presented “The View” co-host Barbara Walters with an official proclamation declaring May 16 – the day she is expected to retire from the show - “Barbara  Walters Day.”

De Blasio heaped praise on IDC Leader Jeff Klein at a joint appearance today, but stopped short of endorsing the senator outright.

A major Pennsylvania health-care system invited New York to participate in a long-term, extensive study of fracking’s human impacts, but a partnership never materialized.

Activist/comedian Randy Credico channels Popeye in web video promoting his gubernatorial campaign.

John Cahill, the likely Republican candidate for attorney general, is expected to form an exploratory committee this week.

The WFP endorsed Rep. Charlie Rangel quickly in 2010, but so far has declined to back him in this election cycle.

FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano is not sticking around in the de Blasio administration.

About 71 percent of NYC kids got their first choice for kindergarten.

State Budget Director Bob Megna called state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s concerns about the 2014-15 bduget “a bit stale.”

Citing “misunderstandings” and “misdirected criticism” in New York, inBloom’s CEO decides to “wind down” the organization in the coming months.

Hillary Clinton’s biographer Jonathan Allen says she is “campaigning for president right now; she’s just not an official candidate.”

De Blasio insists that businesses are not leaving NYC en masse.

Cuomo today urged the federal government to recall a toy known as “Clingy Darts,” which poses a significant danger to children.

In late 2012, activist and presidential candidate Ralph Nader sought a meeting with DEC commissioner Joseph Martens about fracking and got turned down.

The City of Niagara Falls is in danger of losing out on $2.2 million in guaranteed money used for things like demolition of blighted housing and youth programs.

National Grid is seeking regulatory approval to provide $4.2 million in emergency bill credits to low-income upstate customers hammered by high winter electric bills this year.

Klein to Announce Re-Elex Campaign

It’s probably not a huge surprise that Senator Jeff Klein of the Bronx is seeking re-election. But this is no ordinary year. Klein has been under the microscope lately and under threat of being primaried by Oliver Koppell who has represented the Riverdale section of the district on and off since 1970.

Senator Klein is expected to announce his re-election campaign tomorrow afternoon in the Morris Park section of the Bronx where he grew up, and currently resides. Expected are a number of Bronx elected officials including Bronx Borough Prez Ruben Diaz Jr, and Bronx Democratic Chairman Carl Heastie.

Klein was with Mayor de Blasio in Riverdale today. Asked if he cared to weigh-in on Klein’s potential primary, The Mayor ( standing next to klein ) deferred saying, “It’s just not time for me to get involved in that.” He then abruptly ended the press conference. Klein is eager to roll out his endorsements, not only of his fellow Bronx Democrats but also the labor support he is working to secure. Ken Lovett reported that he received the endorsement of the retail, wholesale and department store union.

The union support could be the key to deciding if Koppell will run. Without at least some labor backing, this race could be over pretty quickly. Sure, Riverdale may represent a decent share of the vote in a Democratic Primary, but Koppell would have to clean up there and make a solid showing in the rest of the district where he is not well known and where Klein has been building his support for more than 20 years. Koppell has said he will decide “after Easter” whether or not to mount a challenge. My understanding is that “after Easter” means “Thursday.”

 

 

 

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

At 9 a.m., Members of a special oversight committee of the Port Authority’s board of commissioners hold a “Reform Panel Discussion” in public session, 225 Park Ave. South, Manhattan.

At 10:30 a.m., Yolanda Garcia, the late-entry candidate in NY-13, protests the “machismo” of Sen. Adriano Espaillat for challenging her petition signatures. 210 Sherman Ave., Manhattan.

At 11 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray appear live on “The View,”

Also at 11 a.m., Espaillat, challenging incumbent Rep. Charlie Rangel in NY-13, accepts an endorsement from the Laundry, Distribution & Food Service Joint Board, Workers United SEIU; Ernest Winzer Cleaners LLC, 1828 Cedar Ave., Bronx.

At 12:10 p.m., de Blasio visits a pre-K classroom, Riverdale Neighborhood House, 5521 Mosholu Ave., the Bronx. (After the visit, he’ll hold a press conference to encourage families to apply for pre-K).

At 2 p.m., NYC Public Advocate Letitia James attends the New York City Board of Health Hearing, 42-09 28th St., Long Island City, Queens.

From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sen. Jose Peralta hosts a “small business forum” focused on the city’s new paid sick leave law, Langston Hughes branch, Queens Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Queens.

At 6:50 p.m., de Blasio speaks at the New York Times Cities For Tomorrow Conference, TimesCenter, 242 West 41st St., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has assembled his re-election team of consultants and advisors – including AKPD Message and Media – the firm that made a star in last year’s NYC mayor’s race of Dante de Blasio and his Afro.

Howard Glaser, the man widely considered Cuomo’s top deputy, is reportedly stepping down at the end of the legislative session in June, and some insiders put a high probability on his landing a lucrative slot in the real estate industry.

Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, is the first major union leader to back IDC Leader Jeff Klein as he faces a potential primary from former NYC Councilman Oliver Koppell.

Prominent- and anonymous – Democrats tell Fred Dicker they don’t believe party members will support Cuomo for president in 2016 if Hillary Clinton doesn’t run.

Former Gov. David Paterson’s papers at Columbia University reveal the backstory of how he picked former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand for Clinton’s US Senate seat when so many others – including Cuomo – were jockeying for it.

Nearly two-thirds of the city apartments recently listed on Airbnb were being offered in violation of the law, an analysis by the AG’s office has found.

Former LG Richard Ravitch is returning to Albany tomorrow to discuss the financial challenges facing local governments at Albany Law School.

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The Weekend That Was

The Common Core was introduced with the overwhelming support of Republican governors, but has since incited intense resistance on the right and prompted some in the party to reverse field and join colleagues who believe it will lead to a federal takeover of schools.

“At a time when many New Yorkers are confused or dismayed by the rapid pace of change in the public schools, (GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob) Astorino has a chance to shape an education platform that might appeal to diverse groups of Common Core critics.”

Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the Common Core tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement advertising. Education officials insist this isn’t the case.

The U.S. energy boom is blurring the traditional political battle lines across the country. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups, with the proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline a major wedge.

Federal officials are considering spending more than $1 billion of the remaining $3.6 billion of rebuilding aid on disasters other than superstorm Sandy – money that New York and New Jersey are banking on to finish repairs to thousands of homes and complete major infrastructure projects.

Self-professed gearhead Gov. Andrew Cuomo opened up the New York Auto Show to the public on Saturday.

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly will be fielding offers to join an ownership group for the Buffalo Bills while he continues his treatment for sinus cancer at a Buffalo hospital.

Much of the work that remains for the Legislature when it returns to Albany later this month falls in the so-called “progressive” category, and puts the focus on the bipartisan Senate leadership coalition.

Michael Hennessy, a primary challenger to veteran Assemblyman Bill Magee, said he has has gained new momentum in the race after landing the endorsement of Democrats from the incumbent’s home turf — Madison County.

Animal lovers rallied outside actor Liam Neeson’s Upper West Side apartment to oppose his loud support for the horse carriages in Central Park.

Bill O’Reilly doesn’t agree with the National Popular Vote bill that passed the Legislature and was signed into law by Cuomo.

Developer David Flaum once said a Catskills casino was the only gambling facility he planned to build in New York. It turns out this is not the case.

Some of the embattled Port Authority’s most formidable watchdogs were invited to its Manhattan headquarters on Monday to air their criticisms during a first-of-its-kind public discussion.

Bob McCarthy: “If Donald Trump’s “very serious” effort to buy the Buffalo Bills eventually succeeds, he might chalk it up to his not-so-serious flirtation with running for governor this year.”

A day after the MTA offered its workers a new contract with retroactive pay, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted the deal doesn’t set a precedent for the city’s ongoing negotiations with its unions.

Security is tight in Boston as the city prepares for the first marathon one year after the deadly finish line bombing.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams responded to the Toronto Raptors’ trash-talking with a little trash-talking of his own.

The Dante de Blasio college tour stayed local Saturday, with NYC’s first family checking out Columbia University.

The State Police kept secret an evidence-handling scandal that erupted in 2011 at a bustling barracks in Westchester County in which drugs and other evidence were lost, leading to botched prosecutions, the retirement of two senior investigators and the forced resignation of a trooper accused of lying to internal affairs investigators.

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The Obama administration says it is indefinitely extending its long-awaited  review of the Keystone XL pipeline.

Jennifer Rainville, a former TV news reporter who knows what it’s like to be at the center of a “media firestorm,” will be the IDC’s new spokeswoman.

Sen. James Sanders is open to the idea of IDC Leader Jeff Klein returning to the Democratic fold and assuming a leadership – though not THE leadership – post.

Klein reiterated that he has no plans to try to rejoin with the Senate Democratic conference. “I’m not looking to make any political deals,” he said.

The de Blasio administration employs more than 50 drivers who are responsible for chauffeuring top New York City government officials.

More ruminations on how being a grandmother will – or won’t – impact Hillary Clinton’s possible 2016 run.

Clinton’s soon-to-be-published memoir of her time as U.S. secretary of state now has a title, Hard Choices.

Clinton’s favorability rating has hit a six-year low, according to a new Fox  News poll.

The Clinton White House kept a dossier on what Hillary Clinton once called the “vast right-wing conspiracy.”

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino: “People think it’s New York City that determines this race. It’s not.”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, a frequent critic of tax credits, praised the state’s current system of film tax credits and vowed to grow the city’s production industry.

Bob McCarthy considers the political evolution of Sen. Mark Grisanti.

Basil Paterson’s death means Rep. Charlie Rangel needs to find a new campaign treasurer.

Eric Schneiderman’s little-noticed move this week to replace the head of his Conviction Review Bureau was not without some controversy.

Former Obama campaign staffer Michael Blake is running for the Bronx Assembly seat vacated by Eric Stevenson after he was found guilty of corruption charges.

Former LG Dick Ravitch was in Detroit today for a courtroom interview on the city’s bankruptcy.

Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk will host a forum Tuesday on leveraging the Albany nanocollege’s ties in Utica to boost economic development and job creation.

Motorists who repeatedly speed through New York toll booths without paying would see their vehicle registrations suspended under a bill being considered by state lawmakers.

We All Feel The Pressure Sometimes…

There are basically two stories in western literature – ‘A person goes on a journey,’ and ‘A stranger comes to town.’ Most of what we have read falls neatly into one of those two narratives. In the news business there are two types of people – those who lose their minds as deadline approaches, and those who actually get calmer. I like to think of myself as being in the latter category, although I have had my moments.

On the Flack side of the business, there are a handful of tactics one can employ to mitigate bad news coverage. Some believe that anger, threats and intimidation are the best approaches. And let’s be honest, sometimes that works, particularly with greener reporters. But the most effective flacks are those who can broaden your understanding of the story by explaining where they are coming from without using phrases like “inaccurate,” “the whole premise of your story is wrong” and my personal favorite “I’d be careful if I were you.” ( Um, you are not me. Thanks though ).

As first reported by Jimmy Vielkind, IDC Communications Director Eric Soufer will be leaving the post to take a job with Risa Heller’s growing public relations firm.  Seen here in Mike Groll’s photo where he looks a little bit like Michael Corleone after allowing Kaye to ask him about his business just this one time, Soufer brought a tremendous amount of dignity to what can sometimes be an unpleasant job. Soufer was not one to threaten death or destruction if he didn’t get his way. What he did ( better than most ) was make you want to rethink your story if he takes issues with certain facts and angles. That’s tough to do with reporters who often bathe in our own righteousness.

There is no doubt that Communications Directors and Spokespeople in general sometimes go under-appreciated in what is by design, a no glory job. The truth is it takes tremendous skill to hold these positions. And those who do it well are worthy of our recognition. Former NY1-er and author Jennifer Rainville steps into the IDC job and I have every confidence she will be great. The truth is, all of the com directors in Albany are very good, even if we don’t always see eye to eye. Mike Murphy with the Senate Dems is as smart as he is likable. The low key Mike Whyland with the Assembly, who occasionally reminds you with the depth of his knowledge that he might actually be a covert CIA operative. Melissa De Rosa of the esteemed Governor’s office who manages to keep a lid on the clamoring hysteria from reporters all over the state. And of course, Kelly Cummings with the Senate Repubs who has been doing this longer and better than just about anyone.

So let’s put down our arms every now and again and remember that hacks and flacks are merely two sides of the same coin. A coin that we are all sometimes tempted to toss off the Empire State Building in frustration.

 

Here and Now

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.

From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., NYU Steinhardt Panel Discussion on “Testing and Policy: What’s Best for Our City and Our Nation?”; NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor, at LaGuardia Place, Manhattan.

At 9 a.m., the state Department of Financial Services holds a daylong availability to assist homeowners facing foreclosure, Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave., Baldwin.

At noon, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tours the stage at at Steiner Studios, Steiner Studios – Stage 3, 15 Washington Ave., Brooklyn. A press conference will immediately follow at Stage 11.

Headlines…

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner insists she left her post as state Democratic Party co-chair on her own volition and wasn’t pushed out by the governor. “If he were going to push me out for speaking out against him, it could have happened a lot earlier than now.”

Miner’s formal resignation letter did not include her reasons for leaving the post to which she was appointed by Cuomo in 2012.

Rep. Dan Maffei said he believes Miner stepped down as co-chair of the state’s Democratic Party so she can focus on running Syracuse, saying he has no reason to think she was pushed out.

IDC spokesman Eric Soufer is leaving the public payroll to take a job with Risa Heller Communications, which draws its name from the former spokeswoman for US Sen. Chuck Schumer and former Gov. David Paterson.

With an assist from Cuomo, a contract agreement struck by the MTA and its largest union, the TWU, fell short of the agency’s stated goal of no net increases in labor costs, but officials said the pact won’t result in fare increases or alter plans for service or capital projects.

Asked why the transit workers merited raises, Cuomo pointed to the state’s improved finances compared with conditions when he took office in 2011.

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren remained hospitalized last night after being admitted for flu-like symptoms and dehydration late Wednesday.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio reportedly will appoint Cynthia Lopez to be commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting today.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, will appear on “The View” next week – their first joint TV sit down since the mayor took office in January.

De Blasio’s campaign will return more than $15,000 in cash raised by Sant Singh Chatwal, the hotel magnate and prolific national fund-raiser who pleaded guilty to federal campaign finance fraud.

A group of ministers, led by the Rev. Dennis Dillon of the Brooklyn Christian Center, took to City Hall’s steps to demand that de Blasio appoint more African-Americans to high-ranking positions.

Does the fact that Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child impact Hillary Clinton’s thinking on whether to run for president again in 2016?

UN Ambassador Samantha Power, a former advisor to President Obama who called Hillary Clinton a “monster” during the 2008 campaign, has had a change of heart about the ex-secretary of state.

Clinton has been focusing on women voters for months.

De Blasio’s effort to get rid of the city’s horse-drawn carriages in Central Park is stuck in neutral, hindered by opposition in the NYC Council.

Amid a pitched debate over the fate the carriages, a potential successor, known as the “Horseless eCarriage,” debuted at the New York International Auto Show.

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Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child.

Needless to say, Hillary Clinton is very happy.

President Obama and VP Joe Biden took a selfie, and the Internet has been going wild with the photoshopping ever since.

Thre well-known current or former Democratic spokesmen – Glen Caplin, Blake Zeff and Max Young – reportedly turned down a job as de Blasio’s communications director.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a tentative contract agreement between the MTA and TWU that gives subway and bus workers raises after five years and lays the groundwork for a similar deal for LIRR workers.

The governor’s race has divided John Catsimatidis, who’s backing Cuomo, and his son, who’s helping GOP candidate Rob Astorino raise money.

For the second time, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio held a Sandy-related event on Staten Island, and for the second time, Rep. Michael Grimm did not attend.

Another anti-Cuomo column by Harold Meyerson – this time arguing the governor has driven a wedge between himself and the Democratic primary electorate.

Former Mount Vernon Mayor Clinton Young is being summoned to court by creditors alleging that he has defaulted on at least $23,000 in loans.

In time for his third run in NY-21, Republican Matt Doheny has finally settled some old campaign debts.

AG Eric Schneiderman appointed Gail Heatherly to lead his Conviction Review Bureau.

New York ranks 33rd in the nation for the percentage of women holding state Legislature seats at 21 percent. The national average is 24 percent.

Mike Bloomberg’s new gun control push relies on getting women involved, but the ex-mayor’s bombastic approach might turn some of them off.

Beau Biden won’t seek a third term as Delaware’s attorney general in November, opting instead to focus on an election two years away for governor.

The NRCC bumped GOP NY-24 candidate John Katko to “On the Radar” status, the first of three tiers for its “Young Guns” program.

Days after a POLITICO report highlighted Sean Eldridge’s less-than-stellar relationship with the media, the NY-19 hopeful is looking to hire a communications director.

A hotel executive who has supported Hillary Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid and other top Democrats pleaded guilty to witness tampering and conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

An effort to revive the dormant Empire State Games through a non-profit group has fizzled out.

SCOTUSblog has been denied a US Senate press pass, which in turn means it cannot be issued a press credential for the Supreme Court

EJ McMahon parses today’s jobs numbers.