Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he’s now open to a Las Vegas-style casino in some parts of New York City – like, say, Coney Island or Willets Point – but not Manhattan.
In a meeting with the Crain’s editorial board, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said there will be no casinos in the five boroughs “for the foreseeable future.”
Cuomo also said his pitch for a 20 percent hike in the state’s minimum wage was a “starting point” for negotiations with the Legislature.
Rep. Pete King explains the philosophy behind his “no” vote on the three-month debt ceiling bill. (He thinks “no budget, no pay” violates the spirit of the Constitution).
Advocates of overhauling New York’s campaign fund-raising laws met with 40 philanthropists in Manhattan today in an effort to enlist additional supporters as they ramp up their lobbying efforts.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan is calling on the “Ultrasound Generation” to get involved in the abortion rights battle.
IOGA is pushing back against the state’s proposed rules for large-scale hydrofracking, saying they would make it “extremely difficult, if not impossible, to site a well pad in New York State.”
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner is unapologetic about her criticism of Cuomo’s budget, but says she’s working with the administration to avoid focusing on “personalities.”
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer thinks Wall Street should pay for schools through a financial-transfer tax at the federal level.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy made a personal plea for a new federal assault weapons ban.
VP Joe Biden to doomsday preppers: “You know, it’s harder to use an assault weapon and hit something than it is to use a shotgun, OK? So if you want to keep people away in an earthquake, buy some shotgun shells.”
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was scheduled to meet with secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel today. UPDATE: Gillibrand did meet with the former Nebraska senator for what she called a “frank and expansive conversation.” She released the following statement:
“As a member of the (Senate Armed Services) Committee, I will reserve final judgment until the hearing process is complete and Senator Hagel has provided his full testimony.”
“However, based on our two personal conversations, I believe that Senator Hagel will faithfully and aggressively carry out the policies of the Obama administration, wants to be held accountable in working with me and my colleagues in implementing those policies in the future, and is well qualified to become the next Secretary of Defense.”
Suffern Mayor and Rockland County executive candidate Dagan LaCorte got caught sending a damaging text.
US Senate leaders agreed on a grand deal to reform filibusters that does little to end the practices that got the filibuster reform movement started in the first place.
The DCCC is trying to collect 100,000 signatures on a “thank you” petition for departing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Former Democratic Nassau legislator Dave Mejias said he would consider running for county comptroller in November, but only if former County Executive Tom Suozzi is at the top of the ticket.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich encouraged Republicans to “be a happy party.”
NYC GOP mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis will host a fund-raiser at his home for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, who voted against the $60 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package.
Greg Kelly will be reunited with Rosanna Scotto starting Friday morning as the host team on Ch. 5/WNYW’s “Good Day New York.”
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