The Weekend That Was
Happy Memorial Day weekend, readers. While it’s a three-day break for many of you, I will be working tomorrow, putting together a Republican convention preview show before heading down to Manhattan in advance of the GOP free-for-all. And so…here are some headlines from the past two days:
“We’re going to make their convention look like a nunnery,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy said of his (erstwhile fellow) Democrats.
Levy still has no running mate, and some of his supporters are wondering if he’ll clear the 35 percent threshold at the convention.
New Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy could play a big role in back room wrangling at the Sheraton.
A former Fannie Mae official agrees with allegations from AG Andrew Cuomo’s critics that he had a hand in the mortgage meltdown.
The Star-Ledger says Cuomo sounds a lot like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The Democrat & Chronicle parses claims made by the Cuomo-Duffy ticket and finds them mostly accurate.
Would LG Duffy be a “co-pilot” or a “hood ornament”?
Disgraced celebrity financial adviser Kenneth Star gave a lot of campaign cash to Cuomo.
The Cuomo campaign set aside Starr’s money and consulted with federal prosecutors to see if they’ll move to reclaim his assets.
Alan Chartock believes the Cuomo-for-president talk, but also thinks the AG has a long, hard row to hoe to get there.
The Auburn Citizen calls Cuomo’s campaign “Obama-esque.”
Some pitfalls for Cuomo to watch out for.
Bloomberg’s newest deputy mayor, Stephen Goldsmith, officially starts work Tuesday, but he’s already making an impact.
Former Bloomberg adviser Ester Fuchs is defending the NYC public advocate’s office against the mayor and other critics.
The Post thinks Gov. David Paterson should have held firm on using park closures as a bargaining chip.
The DN pans the timing and the content of Paterson’s rent regulations proposal.
There are lots of ideas in Albany about how to provide property tax relief, but no consensus.
Public Integrity Commission Chairman Michael Cherkasky pushes for a full-time Legislature – and full-time salaries – over full disclosure of outside business interests for lawmakers.
Albany entrenchment is in the eye of the beholder.
Staten Island DA Dan Donovan misses his former boss, ex-SI BP James Molinaro, with whom the AG hopeful has had a falling out.
Chauffeuring former Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll paid off for one local police officer.
The $1 million entry fee payment for Aqueduct bidders is due Tuesday.
Some 100,000 state workers will be getting their raises in the next period after the Paterson administration lost its furlough battle in court.
Perks for municipal workers are varied and costly.
SUNY spent $1.46 million on lobbying the federal government last year.
The former president will be on Long Island this week to help Rep. Tim Bishop.
A banned pesticide was sprayed at an Albany playground.
Newsday columnist Ellis Henican floated the idea of Ashley Dupre hosting a TV show. Hey, if Eliot Spitzer can do it…
Spitzer lectured at his alma mater.
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