The Weekend That Was
The NYT takes Cuomo to task for his lack of transparency, saying his “extraordinary sensitivity” and desire to control everything reported about him “will not serve him well in the long run.”
Fred LeBrun minces no words in deeming Cuomo’s editing of his AG archives “wrong,” and says we’ll have to wait for Fred Dicker’s biography of the governor to find out what really happened behind the scenes in Troopergate.
Nine weeks after the AP FOILed for Cuomo’s LCA show video response (in which yours truly made a cameo appearance), the administration says it’s performing a “diligent search” for the recording, but can’t locate it.
The Kingston Daily Freeman says Cuomo “has managed the fabulous sleight of hand of appearing transparent while, in practice, being energetically opaque.”
When Cuomo flew into Buffalo in May to collect a few hundred thousand dollars from campaign supporters, he did so aboard a private jet owned by a Cleveland firm that has accused Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown of running a corrupt, pay-to-play administration.
Cuomo’s involvement in ending the ConEd lockout may further bolster his image as a get-it-done presidential contender in contrast to the dysfunctional and often gridlocked situation down in D.C.
The Buffalo News suggests the City of Niagara Falls stop warring with Nik Wallenda over $25,000 worth of police and fire overtime costs and find a way to write it off as a marketing expense.
The mysterious James Robert Williams, a Queens resident, major political donor and VIP in NY GOP circles, disappeared when the NYT started asking questions about where his money comes from.
Mayor Bloomberg is pushing hospitals to hide their baby formula behind locked doors so more new mothers will breast-feed.
Assemblyman Tony Jordan wants Cuomo to rethink changes to the Home Energy Assistance Program that Washington County officials believe could leave the local poor and elderly waiting in the cold this winter.
Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle’s ability to get re-elected rests largely on whether the Tea Partiers who put her in office in 2010 come out for her again this fall. But the movement seems unenthusiastic these days.
Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is credited with uniting the GOP conference after the loss of his powerhouse predecessor Joe Bruno, who is still fighting federal corruption charges.
Albany County Legislature Chairman Shawn Morse, who’s challenging Sen. Neil Breslin in a primary this September, opened a Troy campaign office over the weekend.
Federal investigators are reportedly scrutinizing millions in taxpayer dollars that Rep. Gregory Meeks steered to a Queens nonprofit, the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., which counts Meeks’ mentor, the Rev. Floyd Flake, among its board members.
Some House candidates are perfectly content with their sacrificial lamb status while running against entrenched, well-funded and popular incumbents unlikely to be defeated.
Last summer’s same-sex marriage vote still figures heavily into the race between Sen. Mark Grisanti and his leading Democratic donor, former Erie County Legislator Charles Swanick, with the bulk of contributions to both men coming from outside the district.
The DN “nominates” NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan for the nonexistent post of secretary for secrecy in the Obama administration.
Despite all the attention paid to fracking, New Yorkers remain almost evenly split on the controversial drilling technique.
Brooklyn Democratic boss/Assemblyman Vito Lopez spent some $3,000 worth of campaign cash to dine at the Peter Luger Steakhouse over the past three years.
Elmira’s mayor vowed to rebuild after a tornado touched down in the city and caused considerable damage.
The Village of Owego is in line to become the second Southern Tier municipality with a local ban on natural gas drilling within its borders.
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has returned $25,000 in donations from the law firm Hiscock & Barclay and one of its attorneys after the firm was selected as county bond counsel.
Congrats to Marina Vranich (Cuomo’s liaison between the administration and organized labor) and (WNY Democratic operative/lobbyist) Jack O’Donnell, who were married in Buffalo Saturday night.
Congrats also to NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and his longtime partner, NYLCV spokesman Dan Hendrick, who got married in Queens on Saturday. Former Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, the Queens county clerk, officiated.
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