Sep 24th - 2:46 pm
CapTon viewers might have caught my discussion yesterday with Common Cause/NY’s Susan Lerner about her organization’s latest “Moreland Monday” report, which focused on the outsized political power of so-called “Big Telecom” (yes, that includes out parent company Time Warner Cable) achieved through the millions of dollars worth of campaign contributions it spreads throughout the Capitol.
During our interview, Lerner alleged that the cash the telecommunications industry has dropped on both sides of the aisle, but lavished particularly on legislative leaders, has helped block several bills that it finds onerous and speed the passage of others that are beneficial.
Lerner mentioned two or three specific pieces of legislation that have failed to move in the Legislature. However, according to Assembly Democratic spokesman Mike Whyland, the bills have actually been passed by the lower house, but are being bottled up in the Senate.
Needless to say, he did not take kindly to seeing the Democrat-led Assembly lumped in with whatever dysfunction might be taking place on the other side of the Capitol, and sent me the following statement:
“I find it hard to believe Ms. Lerner wouldn’t know that the Assembly passed the two bills concerning the telecommunications industry she mentioned last night.”
“So, either she is misinformed or she is intentionally misleading. Either way, if she wants to make a point she should try and get her facts right. She should also know that the Assembly also passed the 2013 Fair Elections Act, which Ms. Lerner stated was a priority, yet once again she failed to note this important fact.”
UPDATE: Lerner sent the following response:
“The Common Cause/NY report meticulously cites each piece of legislation and its history, noting in detail which bills have passed the Assembly and not the Senate. Comments on Capitol Tonight were targeted at the general problem of money in politics, and the fact that the two bills cited (A 7635-A / S5630-A, A/9809/S542)have failed to pass into law despite bipartisan support.”
“The Speaker’s spokesman should concern himself with real inconsistencies like the Senate and Assembly’s combined reluctance to provide the Moreland Commission with information about lawmakers’ potential conflicts of interest.”
Sep 24th - 2:26 pm
There has been much speculation as to whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose tax cuts in his 2014-15 executive budget – a pledge he reportedly made at a fundraiser on Long Island this summer at which Jon Bon Jovi entertained the crowd.
That was music to the ears of the Senate Republicans, who are all about tax cuts – especially during an election year (which 2014 just so happens to be). But it makes some Democrats, including former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, a little nervous, since they can think of any number of things they would prefer to see state cash spent on, like education, financially ailing municipalities and health care.
State Budget Director Bob Megna came into the CapTon studio last night to discuss the first meeting of the Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments, which he is chairing. I asked how the budget preparations are going, and he replied:
“We in the process of developing programs, working with the governor and his senior staff to develop priorities for the next budget. Our fiscal situtation, while it’s still very tough, the economy has been slowly improving.”
“I think through the governor’s prudent management we’re in a fairly good place with respect to our out-year gaps. So, you know, we’re at the beginning stages, and I think we’re probably in a better place than we’ve been in the past few years.”
“…The governor has been pretty clear about his priorities. One: That we continue to get timely budgets, you know, budgets passed on time. Two: That we keep spending within 2 percent on a state operating funds basis. And so, with those two parameters in place, that’s how we do our budget planning. And the Legislature is well aware of what those priorities are. So, we think we’re well positioned again to get a budget on time and one that will be fiscally responsible.”
As for tax cuts, Megna ruled them neither out nor in, though it sounded fairly likely that they will be included in the governor’s budget proposal.
“I think the governor has made it clear publicly that whenever he has the ability in a fiscally prudent way to reduce taxes he’s going to do that,” Megna told me. “So, as we put the budget together and determine that there are extra resources for tax cutting, I’m sure that will be under discussion.”
Sep 24th - 6:38 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Ulster County. At 4 p.m., he’ll attend a NY Rising Committee meeting at SUNY New Paltz’s Student Union Building, Multipurpose Room, 1 Hawk Dr., New Paltz.
At 7:30 a.m., Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears on PIX 11 Morning News.
From 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Independence Party mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion campaigns at the 168th St. and St. Nicholas subway stop in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
At 9 a.m., the three-day Clinton Global Initiative’s 2013 annual meeting starts at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel. All three Clintons will be on hand. President Obama meets with former President Clinton on healthcare at 4 p.m.
At 9:30 a.m., the Buffalo Niagara Partnership will announce its support of Unshackle Upstate’s New ERA (Economic Revitalization Agenda) for Upstate plan, Knox Room, Suite 200, 665 Main St., Buffalo.
At 10 a.m., the NYS White Collar Crime Task Force (including the DAs of Nassau, Erie and New York counties) will make recommendations for updating the state’s antiquated fraud and corruption laws, NYU’s Center for the Administration of Criminal Law, Kimmel Center, Room 914, 60 Washington Square Park South, Manhattan.
At 10:30 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota takes a walking tour of Flushing, Queens.
At 10:30 a.m., JCOPE meets, 540 Broadway, Albany.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sen. John Bonacic, Judiciary Committee chair, holds a hearing on whether spousal maintenance provisions under the New York divorce laws should be changed, Hearing Room A, LOB, Albany.
Also at 11 a.m., former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John R. Bolton, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, former RNC Chair Michael Steele and former Sen. Robert Torricelli speak during a rally to protest Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani; Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, First Avenue and 47th Street, Manhattan.
Also at 11 a.m., Albany Law School hosts a daylong conference on fracking, Dean Alexander Moot Courtroom, 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany.
At 11:30 a.m., AG Eric Schneiderman will outline a new initiative to crack down on early access to market-moving information during the annual Bloomberg Markets 50 Summit, New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Manhattan.
At noon, Lhota speaks at City and State’s “The New Agenda” Minority and Women Owned Businesses Forum, Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU, 60 Washington Square South, Manhattan. (Carrion will also be speaking).
At 1 p.m., 16 members of the NYC Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus will endorse their colleague, Tish James, for NYC public advocate, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 2 p.m., the state Republican Party holds its biennial reorganizational meeting, Desmond Hotel, Albany. NRCC Chairman Greg Walden will speak at the cocktail party at 5:30 p.m.
From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is hosting a forum on Quality of Life and Palliative Care, St. Sophia’s Church, 440 Whitehall Rd., Albany. (Rep. Paul Tonko will attend).
At 2:30 p.m., de Blasio attends a press conference to announce a new endorsement, Manhattan Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.
At 6 p.m., Lhota will attend Sukkah in the Sky, Fifth Avenue Synagogue, 5 East 62nd St., Manhattan.
Also at 6 p.m. (until 9 p.m.), Cuomo’s anti-corruption Moreland Commission holds a public hearing at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 6, Albany.
At 6:50 p.m., Lhota and his wife, Tamara, will tour the Bowery Mission and serve dinner, 227 Bowery, Manhattan.
From 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., Carrion attends the Clinton Global Initiative and the Varkey Gems Foundation Dinner, The Sea Grill, 19 W 49th St., Manhattan.
At 7 p.m., the CFB debate between NYC public advocate runoff candidates James and Daniel Squadron will air live on NY1.
Former Met Council Executive Director and CEO Willie Rapfogel is expected to face grand larceny and money laundering charges today. He will likely be accused to stealing $1 million from the organization.
De Blasio “was a big ACORN project,” according to a Democratic insider, who insists the liberal organization has been plotting since 2001 to make the public advocate mayor.
Bob McManus questions de Blasio’s name changes, noting he’s on his third set of legal names, adding: “…the changes certainly suggest a man having substantial difficulty defining himself — to himself.”
President Obama issued a statement endorsing de Blasio for mayor.
Michael Powell turns a critical eye on the state’s existing gambling operation and Cuomo’s effort to extend it.
Cuomo predicted that the November referendum to legalize non-Indian run casino gambling in New York will pass, but it will require a “sophisticated argument.”
The governor plans to promote a “yes” vote on the referendum in the coming weeks.
Sep 23rd - 5:27 pm
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Bill de Blasio’s campaign has hired former Obama rapid-response team member Lis Smith, who had worked on Eliot Spitzer’s failed NYC comptroller bid.
A source insists Gov. Andrew Cuomo will eventually endorse fellow Democrat Tom Suozzi’s comeback effort, despite a report to the contrary.
Both David Axelrod and David Plouffe think Hillary Clinton will be in a stronger position in 2016 than she was in 2008. If someone challenges her, they’ll have to run to her left.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she would be “disappointed” in the American electorate if Clinton becomes a serious presidential candidate again.
Fun facts about Joe Lhota. (Not surprising, given the subway kittens fiasco: He’s a dog person).
A quarter of Democrats who supported NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the primary election plan to vote for Lhota, a Republican, in the November general election.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner wouldn’t comment on a report that his wife, Huma Abedin, may have to choose between him and her boss, (Hillary Clinton).
The AG’s office set up a fake Brooklyn yogurt shop as part of a sting operation to net fake on-line reviewers.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the US Secretary of the Interior to designate the Albany Pine Bush Preserve as a National Natural Landmark.
NYC Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer spent $100,000 on polling in the final week of his primary battle against Eliot Spitzer.
De Blasio’s potential NYPD commissioner candidates don’t necessarily agree with him on policing policy – most notably stop-and-frisk.
Students looking to become teachers through SUNY colleges and universities will face higher admission requirements under a resolution approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees.
The Clinton family is mourning one of the victims of the Nairobi mall terrorist attacks.
Cuomo took the opportunity of last night’s Emmy wins by 16 New York-based productions to point out the role that the state’s Film Production Tax Credit played in four of those shows.
The Thruway Authority will move forward with the new Tappan Zee Bridge project regardless of whether its $1.5 billion federal loan comes through.
Sep 23rd - 12:51 pm
The NRCC gleefully pounced on the news that Democrat Sean Eldridge is now an official congressional candidate, issuing a statement that marked the continuation of the GOP’s quest to cast the Hudson Valley investor and activist as a rich carpetbagger who is out of touch with the values and needs of voters in NY-19.
“Sean Eldridge clearly thinks it’s worth his money to buy a seat at the dinner table with Nancy Pelosi or to fund the special interests and Super PACs that he thinks are worth,” said NRCC spokesman Ian Prior. “But if Eldridge thinks that voters in the 19th District are as easily bought as his Washington D.C. friends, he’s going to have a rude and costly awakening.”
Now that he is a bona fide candidate, the GOP has some questions for Eldridge – several of which actually have some merit and are not merely political rhetoric.
For instance, how can Eldridge portray himself as an independent – a claim he made in his oddly-timed announcement video – when he has contributed big money to Democratic candidates and is “close friends” (according to the GOP, anyway) with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi?
This is a tried-and-true GOP tactic: Trying to tie the liberal Pelosi to the Democratic hopeful in a swing district. It has worked in some cases – like, say, Dan Maffei, who has adjusted his voting habits accordingly now that he’s back in Congress – but not others, like Rep. Bill Owens, who has managed to retain his traditionally GOP-held seat in the North Country.
The NRCC also is curious how Eldridge is making sure the political efforts on his behalf by the Democratic consulting firm SKD Knickerbocker are being kept separate of the firm’s work on behalf of his investment firm, Hudson River Ventures.
The Republicans also hit Eldridge for claiming he wants to get the “special interest” cash out of politics, but then spending big money on the campaign finance reform effort – a standard knock on the wealthy donors who have been bankrolling the so-called fair elections effort – and for handing out money through his venture capital firm in the same district he wants to represent, which the GOP sees as trying to buy support for his congressional bid.
Sep 23rd - 6:34 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and Greene counties today. At 10 a.m., he’ll make an announcement at the New Baltimore Travel Plaza, Milepost 127, NYS Thruway, Hannacroix.
President Obama is in New York City today to attend the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sen. Bill Perkins will campaign with his Senate colleague and NYC public advocate candidate Daniel Squadron, Cathedral Parkway 1 Train Stop, 110th Street and Broadway, Manhattan.
At 8:15 a.m., Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears on AM 970′s The Answer with Curtis Sliwa.
At 9 a.m., Rep. Paul Tonko will sponsor the “Mighty Waters” conference at Hudson Valley Community College. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat, will deliver the keynote address.
At 10:15 a.m., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Special Master Birnbaum, labor leaders, advocates, and 9/11 first responders and survivors will urge all injured and sick 9/11 responders and survivors to register without delay before the Oct. 3rd deadline for economic compensation through the Zadroga Act, plaza in front of 7 World Trade Center, West Broadway, Manhattan.
At 11 a.m., de Blasio speaks at a press conference hosted by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Corner of East 43rd Street and Tudor City Place, Manhattan.
GOP mayoral candidate Joe Lhota will also attend the JCRC event, as will many members of Congress and state lawmakers, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Also at 11 a.m., the governor’s Tourism Advisory Council members hold a public meeting; boardroom, Empire State Development, 37th floor, 633 Third Ave., Manhattan.
At 1 p.m., Cuomo’s Financial Restructuring Board, created to help fiscally stressed municipalities, will meet for the first time at the state Capitol.
At 2 p.m., de Blasio receives the endorsement of the Queens County Democratic Party, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens.
At 4:30 p.m., Lhota meets with Pastor Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 1359 Broadway, Manhattan. (Closed press).
From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., former Mayor David N. Dinkins discusses his memoir titled “A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic”; Friars Club, 57 E. 55th St., Manhattan.
At 7:15 p.m., Lhota will attend the Brownstone Republican Club Meeting, Sam’s Restaurant, 238 Court St., Brooklyn.
At 7:30 p.m., the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund and Pace Law School host a candidate forum on sustainability with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and Noam Bramson. Pace Law School, Gerber Glass Law Center, 78 N. Broadway, White Plains.
As recently as Friday, Sean Eldridge, who announced his campaign against GOP Rep. Chris Gibson in a video posted last night, was telling reporters he had not yet set a date for officially entering the race.
Former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky thinks the heart of Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign will be tax cuts – a traditional GOP issue.
The trio of Obama advisors who will appear at UAlbany this coming Saturday night weighed in on 2016. David Axelrod, who worked on Cuomo’s 2006 AG bid, said the governor would be a “serious candidate” if he runs, adding: “being a sort of tough, no-nonsense manager…will be a marketable quality certainly in 2016 but also beyond.”
Cuomo has “secretly joined” with former US Sen. Alfonse D’Amato and other top Republicans to stop Democrat Tom Suozzi from recapturing his old job as Nassau County executive, Fred Dicker reports.
Common Cause/New York wants the Moreland Commission to investigate Big Telecom, which has donated nearly $12 million since 2005, most of which went to campaign committees controlled by the leadership in both legislative houses.
AG Eric Schneiderman will announce today the most comprehensive crackdown to date on deceptive reviews on the Internet. Agreements have been reached with 19 companies to cease their misleading practices and pay a total of $350,000 in penalties.
The Adirondack Council’s Willie Janeway and the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Neil Woodworth urge the APA to go with “wilderness with access” when classifying a 45,000-acre block of land newly acquired by the state in the North Country.
Sep 22nd - 8:04 pm
In her first extended interview since leaving the State Department, Hillary Clinton said the folllowing on whether she’ll run in 2016: “I’m not in any hurry. I think it’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon.”
She also said she’s being “pragmatic and realistic” while mulling another White House run.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Clinton is more prepared to be president than both the current occupant of the Oval Office and her husband.
While Clinton has not made an emphatic final decision to run for president, some internal conversations within her orbit are now premised on the assumption that she is likely to run, POLITICO reports.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been presented by supporters anxious about him being left on the sidelines as other potential candidates gear up with ideas to quietly prepare for 2016. His response: No.
Costs associated with Cuomo’s Moreland Commission are already piling up, but are not being made public.
Critics of former Erie County Democratic Party Chairman Steve Pigeon are trying to get the Moreland Commission to investigate an independent political committee he largely financed to support local candidates in this year’s elections.
Cuomo joined hundreds of local residents, including singer Billy Joel, and other elected officials Saturday to personally clean up the shoreline off Oyster Bay Harbor.
Accusations of lack of transparency continue to dog Cuomo, and will likely intensify when he runs for re-election next year.
Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has legally changed his name twice.
More than one-third of the $144,000 in contributions made to Republican Joe Lhota’s mayoral campaign in the days since his nomination came from donors working in finance, banking, insurance or real estate.
City taxpayers shelled out $736.6 million — the most paid in over a decade — on legal claims, lawsuit settlements and court awards last fiscal year, but NYC Comptroller John Liu left that figure out of his annual report on payouts in June.
A contract between Monroe County and a Buffalo law office confirms that the outside firm that employs former AG Dennis Vacco is providing legal advice to County Attorney Merideth Smith on “federal and state investigations and matters involving local development corporations.”
Huma Abedin lunched with former Daily Beast editor Tina Brown.
If Clinton does run in 2016, Abedin will have to choose, her friends say, between her boss and her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Sep 20th - 5:23 pm
Chelsea Clinton told Jon Stewart she’s purposely staying out of politics “for this point in my life.”
Mayor Bloomberg: “If we could get every billionaire around the world to move here, it would be a godsend that would create a much bigger income gap.”
Bill de Blasio had an “extremely helpful” meeting with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has emerged as the leading Republican contender to challenge Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei in 2014 in NY-24.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is the opposite of another potential 2016 contender, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, when it comes to interacting with the national Democratic Party.
Rep. Chris Gibson explains why he voted “yes” on the House GOP bill that defunds Obamacare or – in the absence of that – shuts down the government.
Bloomberg released his final mayor’s management report.
Joe Lhota to de Blasio: “Just because his children go to a public school doesn’t make you the expert in what you need to do.”
Some pro-casino amendment groups have started to materialize.
Several parents are reportedly considering lawsuits against former NFL star Brian Holloway after he posted their children’s names on a website created after the kids trashed his house on Labor Day.
Cuomo announced Andrew Nicklin, James Hendler, and Theresa Pardo, three experts in improving government transparency through technology, will join Open NY.
David Grandeau, former executive director of the now-defunct state Lobbying Commission, skirted controversy with a blog post that used an ethnic slur in alluding to the governor.
NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn’s loss in the NYC Democratical mayoral primary has paid-family leave advocates hopeful of their chances of moving their issue in Albany.
Conservative Staten Island BP James Molinaro backed Quinn (a Democrat) in the primary, but is now supporting Lhota.
With California and Illinois the latest to move foward on fracking, New York, North Carolina and Maryland are the only shale-bearing states that have what amounts to a moratorium in place.
Sep 20th - 5:07 pm
Posted by Josh Robin in [...]
It’s not that Mayor Bloomberg is lonely. It’s that he sees the whole city benefiting if even more rich people moved to new york.
He said on his radio show this morning: “If we could get every billionaire around the world to move here, it would be a godsend.”
Some beg to differ.
They think New York has become too rarified. And they found their disgust validated this week with word that of the biggest U-S cities, none has a wider income gap than New York.
Narrowing that gulf is at the center of Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor.
He told me this morning: “We want every kind of person in new york city. we certainly appreciate if people come here and help build our economy, but the mayor needs to understand that beyond his social circle are millions of new yorkers who are struggling.”
Even if Bloomberg may not ooze empathy, hizzoner says it’s his policies that matter: policies, he adds that help poor people through services funded by the high tax rates levied on the wealthy…hence his call for more of them to move here.
Republican candidate Joe Lhota says he hadn’t heard the mayor…but he’s criticizing de Blasio. he says the Democrat’s plan only aids those with a job…not those looking for work.
The former MTA chief said: “That’s how you deal with income inequality. you don’t deal with it around the margins. you’re talking about paid sick leave. paid sick leave helps the people who are employed today – what about the people who are at the core problem of income inequality who are unemployed. I want them all employed.”
De blasio was endorsed by senator charles schumer…no surprise considering they’re both Democrats.
The candidate says he also wants more jobs. he says a better city university, universal pre-k and afterschool programs advances the city’s workforce. He plans to fund it with higher taxes on those making upwards of half a million dollars a year.
Schumer wouldn’t take a position on de Blasio’s tax plan. But he did note that he did back a rise in federal income taxes.
Sep 20th - 6:34 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
Today is the deadline for state lawmakers to comply with the Moreland Commission’s request for information on their outside incomes if they earned more than $20,000 last year – including client lists for attorneys. (The original deadline was Sept. 12, but it was pushed back).
At 7:25 a.m., Democratic NYC mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio appears on The John Gambling Show on WOR Radio, 710 AM.
At 8:05 a.m., The John Gambling Show with Mayor Bloomberg airs on WOR Radio, 710 AM.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Senate Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship holds a hearing on the policy of computer and video game development, Pfizer Auditorium, Dibner Building, 5 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.
At 9:30 a.m., GOP NYC mayoral candidate Joe Lhota attends a fundraiser at the home of the Barkoffs, 138 East 92nd St., Manhattan.
At 10 a.m., former Gov. George Pataki endorses Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, Kingsland Point Park, end of Palmer Avenue, Sleepy Hollow.
Also at 10 a.m., Sens. Patrick Gallivan, David Valesky, Kathleen Marchione and David Carlucci hold a town hall on manufacturing regulatory reform, Common Council Chambers, Third Floor, Syracuse City Hall, 233 E. Washington St., Syracuse.
At 11 a.m., Parks & Trails Albany converts a parking space into a temporary public campground, parking space at 52 N. Pearl St., Albany.
At 11:45 a.m., de Blasio receives an endorsement from Sen. Chuck Schumer, City Hall steps, Manhattan.
At 12:30 p.m., Lhota meets with the NYC Presidents Co-ops and Condo Council, 60 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck.
At 1 p.m., Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and IDC Leader Jeff Klein announce a “fresh start” for a controversial project at 6469 Broadway in Riverdale.
At 1:30 p.m., de Blasio appears on WCBS 880 AM.
At 2:30 p.m., Lhota holds a press conference with Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, Borough Hall, 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island.
At 4 p.m., Bloomberg speaks at the TIME summit on higher education, Time Warner Center, 60 Columbus Circle, 10th Floor, Manhattan.
At 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., Diane Ravitch, education advocate and author of “Reign of Error”, will be a guest on NY1′s “Road to City Hall.”
After accusing the NYC mayoral frontrunners of ignoring terrorism, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed he met with Bill de Blasio and is scheduled to do the same with Joe Lhota.
De Blasio’s announcement that he would immediately seek to replace his former Council colleague, David Yassky, as taxi commissioner if he’s elected mayor caused an uproar. Lhota (through a spokeswoman) said he wouldn’t keep Yassky, either.
Lhota: “I’ve never met anybody who thinks I’m mean, I’ve never met anybody who thinks I’m not hug-able. I tend to hug a lot of people every day. That’s what I do.”
Lhota jumped to the defense of de Blasio’s family after a voter on his tele-town hall referred to his rival’s two children as “sickening.”
Bennett Liebman, Cuomo’s secretary for racing and gaming, was the state official whose July 19 email complaint to the NYRA resulted in the Wandering Dago lunch truck being bounced from the Saratoga Race Course the next morning.