The Weekend That Was (Updated)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be in Lake Placid this afternoon.
UPDATE: Cuomo today announced the state has acquired 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn and other Nature Conservancy lands throughout the Adirondacks.
This acquisition is the largest single addition to the Adirondack State Forest Preserve in more than a century, according to the administration.
The New York Times endorses the concept of paid sick leave – an issue on the table in NYC – and would like to see it implemented at the state and federal levels.
The DN urges NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn to “stick to her guns” and continue to resist bringing the paid sick leave bill – or any of its many proposed modifications – to the floor for a vote.
There has reportedly been a “cooling off” between Bloomberg and Quinn might have to work harder than previously thought if she wants his endorsement for 2013.
Alan Chartock suggests Cuomo’s love of secrecy will be his undoing in the end.
Writes the Utica Observer-Dispatch: “Nurturing a culture of secrecy in dribs and drabs will fester, and that won’t be good for government or the people it is supposed to serve.”
Former NYC Councilwoman Melinda Katz is laying the groundwork for a run for Queens borough president in 2013.
Rep. Bill Owens was one of 19 Democrats to vote in favor of a Republican-backed bill to extend the full package of so-called Bush tax cuts, even though he has consistently said tax cuts for the wealthy should expire.
The new NY-27 is mostly a collection of small towns whose residents have vastly different issues and concerns.
President Obama turned 51 over the weekend. He celebrated with golf – and a little politicking.
The Albany tradition of spending campaign cash on restaurants, flowers, cigars etc. is alive and well.
Bloomberg, a billionaire who accepts only a $1 a year as his mayoral salary, thinks his successor should “give a decent percentage of their own money” to the city.
After House Speaker John Boehner appeared at a fund-raiser on her behalf, Monroe County Executive/congressional hopeful Maggie Brooks told reporters: “It’s absolutely critical that I have Washington’s support. Running against an incumbent is never easy.”
Boehner also attended a fund-raiser for Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, where protestors were kept far away from the main event.
Interesting connection: Cuomo’s new state Democratic Party Executive Director Rodney Capel once worked for Mercury Public Affairs, which is home to Committee to Save NY spokesman (and Pataki admin vet) Mike McKeon.
Strength in numbers: Ontario County’s 17 towns may work together to enact fracking moratoriums or to ban the controversial drilling practice altogether.
There was pork in the state budget after all.
After twice trying and failing with former Gov. David A. Paterson, the Hamburg Central School District now has seen its 7-year-old bid to keep more than $1.3 million in state transportation money rejected yet a third time by Cuomo.
The number of times NYPD officers stopped, questioned and frisked people on the streets of New York City has dropped by more than 34 percent in recent months.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez vs. Assemblyman/Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez, Round ?
Sen. Patty Ritchie has 18 employees on her payroll, which puts her near the top in the state Senate, though her office insists she’s $50,000 under budget.
Barring new legal challenges, former Assemblyman Pat Manning’s name will appear on the 105th AD GOP primary ballot next month.
David Nocenti, executive director of the Union Settlement Association and former Spitzer administration aide, penned an OpEd urging the Obama administration to recognize that “the abstinence-only education experiment has failed.”
This year’s mild winter may have been a boon for the pocketbooks of homeowners who saved big on heating costs, but it was a bust for small-city school districts that tax those consumers’ utility bills.
Former Bloomberg administration Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff: “I don’t know whether New York will ever host the Olympics, but I do know that no city has ever benefited so much from trying and that no city embodies the Olympic spirit more.”
At the age of 83, GOP power broker/former Staten Island BP Guy Molinari said it was “time to change my look after all these years,” and so he grew a goatee.
New York, the yogurt state.
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