AG Debate Outtakes

Four of the five Democratic AG candidates participated in a debate yesterday hosted by the Dutchess County Democratic Committee (the lone non-participant was Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice, who, as evidenced by this story, needs to work on her Hudson Valley name recognition).

YNN’s Lori Chung covered the event, which was billed as a candidate forum, and sent the following quotes:
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Budget Extenders

…Have arrived.

Here’s the bill, and here’s the accompanying memo. The breakdown:

- $151 million in mental health mental hygiene.
- $176 million in human services.

Of note: Included are some $20 million worth of cuts proposed by the Senate Republicans, which, theoretically speaking, means they should be able to provide some “yes” votes come monday. There are no taxes or controversial revenue generators.

The state payroll is covered only through June 20. State Budget Director Bob Megna said a decision was made not to go a full week out because the administration is trying to conserve cash and push the process along.

According to Megna, (as per CapTon’s Kaitlyn Ross), the plan is that only people who need to get paid this week will receive checks.


Mayor Bloomberg paid more than $500,000 in personal income tax last year.

The mayor made more money on his investments in 2009 than in 2008.

Sen. Eric Schneiderman has hired election attorney Stanley Schlein, who has also worked for Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.

Bloomberg declined to weigh in on the Mother Teresa-Empire State Building fight, but did say the skyscraper’s owner should “be consistent.”

State agencies are preparing for a shutdown.

Mitt Romney penned a nice OpEd about Rudy Giuliani, which Maggie Haberman interprets as a sign Romney doesn’t believe his old foe will run in 2012.

A spoof interview with AG Andrew Cuomo.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be the guest ringmaster at the Big Apple Circus.

The NYC Pride March has a new route.

Rep. Anthony Weiner’s fiancée, Huma Abedin, was not amused by his goat incident.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, union leaders and transit workers rallied for more federal funding for the cash-strapped MTA.

Bloomberg defended the CEO of BP, Tony Hayward, saying he didn’t “exactly go down there and blow up the well.”

The Albany Project wonders if Assemblyman Greg Ball would be the next amigo if he’s elected to the Senate.

As an associate White House counsel, Elena Kagan took a broad view of a religious freedom law that was later struck down by the very court she is now trying to join.

The Municipal Labor Council is advertising its June 16 “Save Our City” rally on the radio.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is pressuring Cuomo over his position on transgender rights.

Consumer confidence is creeping upwards in NYS.

Indy Party Sought To Quash Grand Jury Subpoenas

State Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay might try taking a little of his own advice.

MacKay told me earlier today that he would recommend the Oneida County Independence Party “cooperate however they can” with a local DA’s inquiry.

But his own party’s lawyer filed a motion to quash a grand jury subpoena connected with Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr.’s investigation into the $750,000 funneled through MacKay’s organization to longtime GOP operative John Haggerty.

The motion, filed by Vincent Messina, who argued that he should not be required to testify before the grand jury because it would violate attorney-client privilege and force him to disclose “secrets,” was rejected in court today. As a result, Messina is expected to appear before the grand jury sometime next week.

The subpoena was the fourth issued in connection with Vance’s investigation and called for Messina’s personal appearance on May 27 before the grand jury. But he did not comply.
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GOP Links DiNapoli To Silver, Cuomo

The state GOP is acting as an attack dog surrogate for the party’s state comptroller designee, Harry Wilson, slamming Democratic Comptroller Tom DiNapoli today for ending his self-imposed campaign contribution limits.

Party spokesman Alex Carey released a statement saying DiNapoli “can’t be serious,” and accusing him of “trying out a new belief system just in time to attempt to save his own job.”

“In the midst of a crippling budget crisis that he has done nothing to avoid, Tom DiNapoli’s sudden transformation into a reform-minded fiscal watchdog is utterly preposterous,” the statement continues.

“In fact, it would be laughable if the situation weren’t so dire for New York, its businesses and families. A faithful apostle of Sheldon Silver, Mr. DiNapoli has contributed more than most to Albany’s chorus of dysfunction and our bloated, unsustainable government throughout his career.”

“Year after year, vote after vote, he has consistently supported the high spending, high tax culture that is driving jobs and our people out of this state. Unfortunately for Mr. DiNapoli, New Yorkers know a leopard doesn’t change its spots.”

“Throughout the course of this campaign, Tom DiNapoli, like Andrew Cuomo, is going to be exposed for exactly what he is – part of the problem.”

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Gov Won’t Be ‘Transactional’ In Budget Process

Gov. David Paterson said he’s considering the additional cuts proposed by Senate Minority Leader Dean Skelos, but warned he won’t be “intimated or threatened” by the Long Island Republican – or anyone else, for that matter – when it comes to the budget extenders.

“We are looking at some of the proposals that we think are good,” Paterson said at a Q&A today that followed a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Lake Champlain Bridge.

“I hope he isn’t saying that we have to accept all of his proposals,” the governor said. “But he does have some good issues on the table, and we’ll respond to him.”

“However, I am not going to be intimidated or threatened by: ‘Do this or we’re going to do that.’ I’m not going to be transactional in this process I’m doing what’s right for the people of New York…I’m following the law.”

Paterson went on to note that the Legislature could, at any time, pass a two-way budget or even give an up or down vote to his full budget proposal.

DiNapoli Re-Arms

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has abandoned his self-imposed fundraising limits in the face of a challenge from former hedge fund manager Harry Wilson, who has personal wealth, but has yet to say how much of that he might spend on his campaign.

DiNapoli, who had been limited his individual contributions to $20,000 (down from the $55,920 max), announced his decision though a statement released early this afternoon.

“Comprehensive campaign finance reform continues to be an urgent need in New York State,” the comptroller said.

“In contrast to the restrictions I have imposed on my campaign, my opponent, who made millions in the unregulated hedge fund industry, clearly is not bound by limits or constraints on his fundraising.

“I have voluntarily held contributions to my campaign well below the legal limits and I have instituted a ban on pay to play contributions as proposed by the SEC,” DiNapoli continued. “However, I will not unilaterally disarm and allow my opponent to pour unlimited contributions into his campaign while mine continues to accept less than half of what is permitted under current law.”

“My campaign committee will now accept contributions up to the legal limit, just like every other statewide candidate.”

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More For Moya

On the heels of yesterday’s news that expelled ex-Sen. Hiram Monserrate is circulating petitions to run against him, Queens Assembly hopeful Francisco Moya announced today he has landed the support of three Democratic elected officials expected to run for mayor in 2013.

NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former city Comptroller Bill Thompson and Manhattan BP Scott Stringer endorsed Moya, leading his campaign to declare that he has “Moya-mentum.”

Here’s what the trio had to say about their preferred candidate, as per the Moya campaign….

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Greenfield Raising

The NYC Council’s newest member, Brooklyn Democrat David Greenfield, is focused on fundraising as he faces as possible challenge from a self-funding candidate this fall.

A reader forwarded this invite to a $1,000-a-head event being held this Sunday in Borough Park at a glatt kosher establishment (Greenfield is an observant Jew). Among the hosts is Coney Island developer Joe Sitt and Michael Fragin, who served as an executive assistant to ex-Gov. George Pataki.

With the support of heavyweights like Mayor Bloomberg and former Mayor Ed Koch, Greenfield won a contentious special election in March for the seat vacated by Simcha Felder, who left not long after being sworn in for his third term to take a job with NYC Comptroller John Liu.

Greenfield has to defend his seat this fall, and, according to City Hall news, might have a fight on his hands from Yussi Rieder, a wealthy community activist.

As of his last financial filing, which came about a month after the special election, Greenfield had $37,933 on hand.

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Caputo Gets Buzzed

Campaign manager video wars!

Love it.

Upon seeing the strategy video posted by Rick Lazio’s campaign manager, Kevin Fullington; Carl Paladino’s campaign manager Michael Caputo, fowarded me his own version, along with the following comment: “So campaign manager videos are news? I never knew. Guess I’ll have to get my hair cut more often.”

In this clip, dated May 10, Caputo is getting a haircut and engaging in a heated conversation with his barber, Jack, (whose hobby appears to be enaging his customers in political debates while cutting their hair) about the current budget battle in Albany.

Caputo has some harsh words for Gov. David Paterson, saying he and his predecessors have “treated the Legislature like a bunch of spoiled children.”

“The fact is the rotten apples are in the leadership,” Caputo continues.

“We look at Sheldon Silver. We look at John Sampson. All these other characters. You know, they’re rotten apples, and the best way to tell they’re rotten apples is if you look who their real job is with…Both of them work for personal injury lawfirms.”

“Both of them are blocking real reform. And both of them are keeping the cost of doing business for every small businessman – for you, Jack – and for every small, medium-sized business in this state. They’re keeping the cost terribly high. Just to protect their own personal million-dollar high.”