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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.

GOP Tries To Push Maffei Off the WFP Line

The incomparable Bill Carey reports that Democratic incumbent Rep. Dan Maffei could lose a key spot on the November ballot if Republican leaders win a new court battle.

Maffei has the endorsement of Democrats for his re-election bid in NY-24. He also has the support of the labor-backed Working Families Party – but the GOP is trying to change that.

The Republicans filed an order to show cause today that seeks to invalidate Maffei’s WFP petitions, claiming a staffer of the congressman who witnessed requirement signatures on the petitions is not properly registered to vote in New York.

The GOP claims William Miller is registered in two other states – North Carolina and Georgia – and they raise questions over the validity of his registration here. Of just over 170 signatures gathered for the petitions, Miller was the witness for 117.

Maffei’s Republican opponent, former prosecutor John Katko, has the GOP, Conservative and Independence Party lines. If this challenge to Maffei’s WFP line is successful, the congressman would only have one line in November – the Democrats’ Row A. (Theoretically, that is, unless he creates a new, independent line to run on).

WFP State Director Bill Lipton blasted Katko and his “Tea Party allies” for filing this suit, which he said “has no merit and is simply an effort to disenfranchise voters.”

“Maffei’s campaign has the endorsement of the Working Families Party and the qualifications necessary to circulate and collect Working Families Party signatures,” Lipton said.

Frank Hoare, an Albany-based Election Law attorney representing Maffei’s campaign, called the challenge “a political stunt” designed to “distract Central New Yorkers from the fact that Katko won’t take a position on tough issues and doesn’t have a plan to create jobs in Central New York.”

“Representatives from the Friends of Dan Maffei Campaign followed the letter and spirit of the law and had the proper qualifications to circulate and collect the requisite signatures to qualify and appear on the ballot,” Hoare said.

A state Supreme Court justice has ordered a show cause hearing on the matter for May 5th.

Republicans try to push Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei off the WFP line. by liz_benjamin6490

Mayor Miner Steps Down From Democratic Party Post (Updated)

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who has made headlines by publicly opposing Gov. Andrew Cuomo on a number of high-profile policy issues, today submitted her resignation from the position of state Democratic Party co-chair – a post for which Cuomo hand-selected her two years ago.

It has been speculated for some time that Cuomo would force Miner out of her political position, thanks to her criticisms of key elements of his agenda – especially where financially ailing upstate cities are concerned. But Miner insisted during a brief phone interview this afternoon that she was not pressured to depart.

“It’s time,” the mayor said. “I want to give them a chance to put somebody in there who can help them with a full slate of elections moving forward. It was my decision.”

But a Democratic source insisted that had Miner not resigned, she would not have received sufficient votes at the state party convention in Melville next month to be re-elected along with her fellow co-chair, Manhattan Assemblyman Keith Wright. UPDATE: Miner told Gannett’s Joe Spector that she won’t be attending the convention at all. Instead, she’ll attend a conference on cities in Boston.

UPDATE2: Miner spoke briefly with TWC’s Bill Carey, who told her about the Democratic source’s comment. Her response: “That’s laughable.”

Miner tendered her letter of resignation (which appears below) to Cuomo and members of the state Democratic Committee this afternoon. In it, she pledged to “do all I can to ensure Democrats continue to get elected to office this year and going forward.”

Miner and Wright were tapped by Cuomo to co-chair the party in May 2012. They replaced Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, who was a holdover from the era of former Gov. David Paterson. (Incidentally, Jacobs also insisted that he wasn’t forced to give up his state post, but rather had decided that the time was right after three years on the job for him to move on).

Miner was elected mayor of Syracuse – the first woman to hold the position – in 2009. She was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2013, and is barred by term limits from running again.

Last spring, Miner made headlines when she publicly questioned Cuomo’s plan – or lack thereof – to address the fiscal problems faced by cities like hers. She also penned an OpEd criticizing the governor’s proposal to let municipalities borrow to offset ballooning pension costs, calling that idea ”an acconuting gimmick.” A modified version of the plan did end up in the 2013-14 budget.

Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner’s resigns from NYS Democratic Party co-chairmanship. by liz_benjamin6490

Here and Now

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

At 8:50 a.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio appears on HOT 97.

At 9 a.m., SUNY hosts a green infrastructure summit, with representatives from the EPA and the DEC, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

At 10 a.m., NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC DOT Commissioner Trottenberg and others make a traffic safety announcement at East 183rd Street and Grand Concourse, the Bronx.

At 10:30 a.m., NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray reads to children at Kings County Hospital Pediatric Center, Kings County Hospital Center, Building E, 541 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn.

Also at 10:30 a.m., EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Deputy Commissioner Tom Alworth and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan host “#NatureSelfie” photo project demonstration, by tulip beds along Madison Avenue, Washington Park, Albany.

At 11 a.m., Sen. Tony Avella hosts press conference to announce a tax relief program for homeowners, renters, co-op and condo owners in the 2014-15 state budget, Glen Oaks Co-Op, 70-33 260th St., Queens.

At noon, Enck delivers a keynote address at SUNY’s green infrastructure summit, SUNY Plaza, 353 Broadway, Albany.

Also at noon, black clergy members call on de Blasio to appoint more members of color in his administration, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 12:45 p.m., de Blasio holds a press conference to make an announcement, Build It Back Center
1976 Hylan Blvd., Staten Island.

At 1 p.m., Assemblyman Karim Camara, foster care and workforce development agencies and foster youth hold a roundtable at The Children’s Aid Society, Next Generation Center, 1522 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.

At 1:30 p.m., Westchester County Executive and gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino will be a guest on the John Gomez Show, Long Island News Radio 103.9.

At 3 p.m., IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo unveil legislation to put the brakes on “boozy and out of control underage party buses,” Villa Barone Manor, 737 Throggs Neck Expressway, the Bronx.

At 6 p.m., de Blasio speaks at Speakers on the Square, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Pl., Manhattan.

Also at 6 p.m., Astorino will address the NYU College Republicans, Kimmel Center for University Life, 60 Washington Square S., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., AG Eric Schneiderman’s office and Assemblyman Brian Curran host a public forum on consumer protection from fraud, Malverne Public Library, 61 St. Thomas Place, Malverne.

At 7:30 p.m., Astorino will attend a fundraiser hosted by New York County GOP Chairman Dan Isaacs, Dorrian’s, 1616 Second Ave., Manhattan.

At 9 p.m., Astorino will attend another fundraiser hosted by Isaacs, Ricardo Steak House, 2145 Second Ave., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Basil Paterson, New York’s first black state secretary of state, a former senator, “Gang of Four” member and father of ex-Gov. David Paterson, has died at the age of 87 – 11 days shy of his 88th birthday.

The Paterson family released this statement shortly after midnight:

“Basil was well known throughout the community as a man of action, as someone who set his mind to accomplishment and always met those goals. He was a selfless leader and he dedicated his life to making sure others lives were better.”

“Throughout his life, he was known as a pillar of strength by so many throughout New York. For that, we know he was grateful.”

“While he dedicated his life to public service, his great love was his family. We will remember him most of all as a man of conviction, a man of courage and a man of integrity. He will be greatly missed.”

TWU Local 100 wants Cuomo to “personally intervene” in its contract negotiations with the MTA where “significant stumbling blocks remain.”

The NYT reports the TWU and MTA appear close to a contract deal two years after the last contract expired. Workers are expected to receive a sizable wage to avoid an election-year strike.

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee wants Cuomo to intervene in the East Ramapo School District dispute. She has been trying for years to get the state to take over the school board, which is mainly controlled by Orthodox and Hasidic Jews, despite the fact that their children predominantly attend private, religious schools.

The Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson finds Cuomo insufficiently liberal for New York’s Democrats, and asks “why on earth” they would want to re-elect him.

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NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and First Lady Chirlane McCray appear in a PSA encourging parents to sign up for pre-K. (Deadline: April 23).

The DCCC raised $10.3 million in March – a sizable haul due in part to President Obama’s help.

Ex-NYC Mayor Bloomberg on his $50 million battle with the NRA: “This is not a battle of dollars. This is a battle for the hearts and minds of  America so that we can protect our children, protect innocent people.”

A potential problem for Hillary Clinton in 2016: Much of what she labored on as secretary of state is either unfinished or has gone awry since she left.

The Syracuse Teachers Association sued the state Education Department over its teacher evaluation system, arguing that the system unfairly penalizes teachers of disadvantaged students.

Cheektowaga area Republicans have chosen Councilwoman Angela Wozniak to run this fall for former Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak’s seat.

Former NYC Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, who has avoided the public eye since leaving office last year, will appear on Bill Maher’s show on April 25.

Republicans in Buffalo’s North and Niagara districts have unanimously backed Sen. Mark J. Grisanti for re-election.

Sen. Daniel Squadron, Manhattan BP Gale Brewer and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic unveiled a new “fair wage” bill that would require large employers to pay far more than minimum wage.

State Department of Financial Services Ben Lawsky will attend a White House meeting tomorrow to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

AG Eric Schneiderman had to pay $9,620 to the federal government and $2,585 to the state in taxes, according to his 2013 returns.

The Green Party’s Ursula Rozum will not be a candidate in the NY-24 election again, and the party has no plans to challenge Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei in November.

Judging from his contributions, Denver software entrepreneur Tim Gill would like to see Clinton occupying the Oval Office.

The NYC Department of Education has wasted no time shedding a slew of top Bloomberg-era officials, offering signs of the school system’s new priorities under Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has terminated his federal campaign account.

Weiner doesn’t think Rep. Charlie Rangel will survive the June primary.

The campaign manager for Rich Funke, Republican candidate for the state Senate’s 55th District, posted potentially offensive tweets on his personal Twitter account.

GOP state Senate candidate Jim Coughlan has suspended a personal Twitter account because some of his retweets were considered inappropriate.

Activist, comedian and gubernatorial contender Randy Credico engaged in a little performance art at the Capitol today.

Cicero’s loss is Buffalo’s gain with Albany Molecular.

Here and Now

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

At 8 a.m., Rep. Chris Gibson tours UPS’ Kingston operations, UPS Customer Center, 300 Memorial Dr., Kingston.

At 8:30 a.m., NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council members hand out fliers encouraging parents to sign up their kids for pre-K, (the deadline for enrollment is 4/23), 116th Street and Third Avenue, Manhattan.

At 10 a.m., Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer joins a rally announcing Sen. Daniel Squadron’s fair wage bill, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

At 1 p.m., EPA regional administrator Judith Enck leads a discussion about women in environmental politics, Bush Memorial Center, Sage College, Troy.

Also at 1 p.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will hold an economic development roundtable, SUNY Adirondack, Scoville Learning Center, Bishop Conference Room, Room 305, 640 Bay Rd., Queensbury.

At 5:30 p.m., NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña delivers keynote speech at St. John’s University Carol Gresser Forum. The Great Hall, The Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St., Manhattan.

At 6:30 p.m., Capital Gaming LLC holds a public meeting to discuss a proposed casino, Giffen Memorial Elementary School, 274 South Pearl St., Albany.

At 8 p.m., GOP gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino speaks at the Northeast Queens Republican Club’s April general meeting, Clearview Golf Course Clubhouse, 202-12 Willets Point Blvd., Queens.

At 8:45 p.m., NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at 2014 Carwash Assembly, Guttman Community College – Auditorium, 50 West 40th St., Manhattan.

Headlines…

Former NYC Mayor Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots gun control network to rival the NRA.

Bloomberg: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

The Pine Bush schools chief told state officials that fundraising for her district’s summer enrichment program is down $30-$40,000 over last year — because of negative publicity over a still unproven lawsuit charging the district tolerated anti-Semitism.

Former LG Richard Ravitch’s memoir paints a picture of Albany that includes political back-stabbing that undermined the Paterson administration and then-AG Cuomo working behind the scenes on his way to becoming governor.

Cuomo nearly doubled his income in 2013 after receiving a $188,333 book advance, according to tax returns his office made available to reporters. The book, for which the governor has no ghost writer, is due out in August.

The publication date of the unauthorized biography of Cuomo that Vanity Fair scribe Michael Shnayerson is writing for the Hachette Book Group has been pushed back several months until after the November election. The tome also now has a new title.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made $165,047 last year, including $52,200 in rental income from property he owns in Brooklyn, according to his 2013 tax filings.

De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, gave over $5,500 to charity last year.

The de Blasios’ income is set to go up: Mr. de Blasio will be paid a $225,000 salary as mayor.

Cuomo signed legislation to enter New York in an interstate agreement to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the majority of the popular vote.

Juan Gonzalez: “Legendary Harlem Congressman Charles Rangel is nearing the end of his political career.” Also, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer is expected to join the Democrats abandoning Rangel for his primary opponent, Sen. Adriano Espaillat.

The $1 million sale of the Yonkers City Jail to a NYC couple well known in the art world is part of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano’s ambitious plans to develop the waterfront and make it a place where young people want to live.

The NYPD has abandoned its controversial and secretive surveillance program that sent plainclothes police officers into Muslim neighborhoods for the purposes of gathering information on possible terrorist plots. More here.

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Bill Samuels says the governor has lost many liberal supporters “permanently,” adding: “I don’t have one friend who is a Cuomo supporter.”

The New York Observer says Cuomo “clearly over promised” when he created the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption.

Oliver Koppell is still not quite ready to decide whether he’ll challenge IDC Leader Jeff Klein, but he says he’ll know for sure after Easter Sunday.

Former Gov. David Paterson will be director of community at iFunding – a real estate crowdfunding platform.

State Conservative Chairman Michael Long says his party is prepared to run its own candidate for state comptroller against incumbent Tom DiNapoli if the Republicans can’t find someone.

The NYS Commission on Judicial Conduct released its 2014 annual report.

Another Hillary Clinton book is in the works.

James Carville says the GOP will be “extinct” if it loses the 2016 presidential election against “presumptive” Democratic nominee Clinton.

Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy reported earnig $262,180 in 2013, including his $70,000 police pension.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, reported $52,000 in rental income.

Campaign finance filings show Rep. Charlie Rangel holds a slight edge over his Democratic primary challengers.

Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny says aspects of the Paul Ryan budget plan are “concerning.”

New Census figures show a population decline in the Southern Tier region.

New York collected $3.9 billion from tax scofflaws in the 2013-14 fiscal year.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says $6.7 million in funding is needed to restore the Troy seawall.