Guess who is staffing up? Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, that’s who! Hochul who recently broke her arm on the ski slopes of Lake Placid, inadvertently becoming the biggest news item to materialize out of Governor Cuomo’s Winter-sports-in-the-Adirondacks-are-great promotion, hired former IDC staffer Jason Elan, which my fine bureau-mate and colleague Nick Reisman was first to report. Now, she has her sights on someone else, and it is…drum roll…Jeffrey Pearlman who is currently Chief of Staff to the NYS Democratic Conference.

Pearlman is an Andrea Stewart-Cousins loyalist dating back to the 2000’s when she ran against Nicholas Spano. According to a source, Pearlman was not totally thrilled with his current job ( being in the minority can be frustrating, I suppose ) which might explain the less than glamorous move to COS for Hochul. Pearlman is however, a very capable guy who knows election law inside and out. The Senate’s loss is the Cuomo Admin’s gain. He is expected to transfer out after budget.


Coupla other little tidbits that may or may not be of interest to those of you who work in the Capitol. Former Assembly Speaker is moving his seat. After losing the Speakership, Silver was given a desk on the north side of the Assembly chamber, where he took some time on day one to examine his drawer. Now, he will move to a new seat currently occupied by Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner of Saratoga Springs. According to a source, freshman like Woerner “don’t usually get” those coveted aisle seats. No news yet on where she will be moving. Silver has also officially joined the Education Committee in the Assembly. I’d tell you where they meet, but I can’t because the meetings aren’t well publicized.


Finally, Governor Cuomo has been meeting with the various Assembly delegations. He had breakfast with Manhattan members yesterday, and dinner with the Bronx last night. Yep, Not all that interesting in and of itself, so sorry about that.