The Weekend That Was
Hillary Clinton’s next act after the State Department depends largely on whether she wants to run for president in 2016.
Michael Tomasky believes Clinton 2016 is a question of “must,” not “will.”
Before she leaves her current job, Clinton will testify in an open House hearing on the attacks in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.
A “Cuomo associate” called the Senate Democrats “crooks, plain and simple.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton is pledging to hold rallies in the home districts of four IDC members – Sens. Jeff Klein, Malcolm Smith, David Carlucci and Diane Savino – to protest their alliance with the Senate Republicans.
Sharpton said the power struggle in the Senate is “not a Cuomo story.”
The DN says Democrats should put Sen. Jeff Klein “to the test and stop leveling loose charges of racial victimization.”
The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle sees the IDC-GOP alliance as “cause for concern.”
State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long called on the Republicans to either reject Cuomo’s “litmus test” of liberal issues he wants the new Senate leadership team to push through or face widespread primaries in two years.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Robert Menendez want to make all Sandy repair expenses fully tax deductible, reducing the tax bite of victims in their returns covering the current year.
The MTA Long Island Rail Road will operate full morning and evening rush hour service beginning tomorrow morning.
Warnings of a superstorm like Sandy and a requirement in a 1978 law to create a regularly updated plan for the restoration of “vital services” after a storm went mostly unheeded by New York leaders.
The Staten Island Advance wants to know what happened to the post-Sandy rebuilding council promised by Bloomberg.
NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s Democratic opponents in the 2013 NYC mayor’s race decried the NY Post’s cartoon about his wife’s lesbian past.
Blake Zeff argues Mayor Bloomberg’s support may ultimately tank NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s chances of succeeding him in 2013.
Supermarket-oil mogul John Catsimatidis will file paperwork tomorrow for a 2013 NYC mayoral run.
Catsimatidis has Manhattan GOP Chairman Dan Isaacs’ “unqualified support,” but Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton remains solidly behind former Bronx BP (and former Democrat) Adolfo Carrion.
The number of Medicaid enrollees in New York has increased. (Subscription).
Senator-elect (and former Assemblyman) Phil Boyle is “probably the most experienced freshman there’s ever been in Albany,” said Long Island political consultant Michael Dawidziak.
Cuomo called the $60.4 billion in disaster aid the Obama administration is seeking from Congress a “good first step,” but warned New York will need more.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker will decide within two weeks whether to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie next year.
A federal hearing on whether the Indian Point nuclear power plant will continue making electricity for another 20 years resumes tomorrow.
New York regulators will begin taking public comments on revised gas-drilling rules this week.
New York’s electors will cast their votes for the 2012 presidential election in Albany
tomorrow Dec. 17.
A bill authorizing Catskill OTB to open off-track betting parlors in the Big Apple — and potentially employ hundreds of workers who lost their jobs when New York City OTB-run parlors were shuttered two years ago — is on Cuomo’s desk. He has until Dec. 17 to take action.
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