Here And Now
The Post is on McChrystal’s side.
Gov. David Paterson insists his June 28 deadline is firm, and is contemplating putting the soda tax, the sale of wine in grocery stores proposal and hospital taxes in the next extender bills if there’s no deal by Friday.
The governor is again raising the specter of a government shutdown.
Paterson unveiled a new property tax cap proposal that would impact local governments, but not school districts.
Legislative leaders did not embrace the new cap proposal.
A major sticking point in the budget negotiations: Paterson’s insistence that his proposal to overhaul the state university system be included in the final product. The Assembly Democrats are balking.
Suspended Paterson aide David Johnson reportedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right and is refusing to answer investigators questions about his alleged domestic violence incident and the governor’s involvement in the case.
The autism bill passed by the Legislature this week will require insurers to cover screenings, diagnoses and treatment, and is sure to increase premiums.
Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice unveiled her reform plan, modeled after the proposals of the man she hopes to replace, AG Andrew Cuomo, in City Hall News.
Sean Coffey again slammed Rice for her connection to Steve Pigeon.
Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. accused Sen. Kevin Parker of dropping the f-bomb on the Senate floor.
“Senator Parker was saying eff this, eff that. In front of the ladies. It’s uncalled for,” Diaz said. “If I want to vote no on something, nobody going to tell me to eff me. What are we, babies?”
Tom Ognibene on the $750,000 that got John Haggerty indicted: “John got this money funneled to him. That’s why there was no complaint filed. He never took a penny. He could’ve been making hundreds of thousands of dollars. This was John’s bonus.”
The Senate passed a bill that would void criminal penalties for teens who engage in “sexting” with each other.
In a 58-3 vote, the Senate approved the “Dignity for All Students Act,” which the Assembly has passed for nine years. (Three Republicans voted “no”: DeFrancisco, George Maziarz and Dale Volker).
A Republican effort to amend the bill to include a “cyber-bullying” provision failed.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio OpEds in favor of the soda tax.
Opinions are divided on whether Eliot Spitzer would make a good TV host.
Downstate population growth will likely guarantee Democratic control of the state Legislature in the next round of redistricting.
GOP congressional hopeful Chris Gibson (NY-20) held a fundraiser with Rep. Joe Barton – the congressman who called the Obama administration’s establishment of a claims fund for Gulf oil spill victims a “shakedown.”
The state Senate voted unanimously to ban using embalming fluid as a recreational drug.
Most of the 10,000 injured Ground Zero workers of their survivors will receive settlement payments of between $6,420 and $1.84 million.
Mayor Bloomberg and New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker were honored last night in Washington, D.C.
The Board of Regents voted to cut tests due to lack of state aid.
The Post does not approve.
As expected, Bloomberg tapped former Wall Streeter Robert Steel to be his next deputy mayor for economic development.
Both Cuomo and Rick Lazio smoked pot when they were young; Carl Paladino insists he always said “no” to illegal drugs. \
A van-sharing service will be tested in NYC to replace bus routes that were axed by the MTA.
Another special election victory for a Republican woman.
Experts worry a casino proposed for Springfield, Mass. could hurt Saratoga.
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