Senate Republicans will confab in Albany tomorrow for the first time since the Nov. 6 elections and the announcement of Skleinos.
Author Tony Kushner said any parallels to Albany today and the one depicted in his screenplay for the movie, “Lincoln,” were unintentional, but not unwelcome, saying: “(I)t was in the mid-19th century a boot camp for an unapologetically, um, pragmatic brand of politics.”
WFP leaders in New York City announced their support of Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s 2013 comptroller bid. He’s the first citywide candidate who has earned the labor-backed party’s backing in next year’s elections.
Cecilia Tkaczyk joined the Senate Democrats for a new-members orientation even though she’s still trailing Assemblyman George Amedore in the 46th SD paper ballot count.
Unlike his fellow 2016 Democratic presidential contender Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley was willing to say Hillary Clinton would make a “great president” if she “chose to do it.”
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, (who has had a rocky relationship with Cuomo over the years), said he “can’t think of anyone better prepared” to be president than Clinton.
Sens. Jeff Klein and Diane Savino, Albany’s more powerful power couple since the IDC-GOP alliance.
Klein insists he has a “great working relationship” with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
The TU’s Fred LeBrun says “destabilizing” Silver’s speakership through a JCOPE censure vote for his handling of Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal was “within the governor’s grasp,” but Hurricane Sandy got in the way.
After being scolded by Cuomo in his first budget address in 2011 for seeking a boost in spending, the state’s courts system has been more fiscally austere last year and again this year.
Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon penned an anti-fracking message to Cuomo in a full-page New York Times ad.
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton filed an amicus brief in the Norse v. Dryden case in support of local zoning control over oil and gas development.
Democratic Assemblymen Robert Sweeney, Charles Lavine and Richard Gottfried sent a letter to DEC chief Joseph Martens, asking him to retract the proposals until the state’s health review of fracking is complete.
They’ve also launched a “#DontFrackNY” video conference. The winning ad will be broadcast in New York and Albany.
David Grandeau tries his hand at a little anti-JCOPE poetry.
Greg David pens a memo to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota outlining eight reasons why he should run for mayor of NYC next year.
Lhota is pressing for a slate of fare hikes that would bump an unlimited monthly MetroCard up to $112, but preserve a small discount for riders who pay per-ride.
Queens Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will announce his bid for Queens Borough President tomorrow.
Former state Sen. Antoine Thompson has a new job.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch was released from the hospital after being treated for pneumonia and the flu.
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