The Weekend That Was
Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist on the GOP’s chances in 2016: “We have a wealth of opportunity. You guys are stuck with Cuomo and that character from Maryland.”
The joint President Obama/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton interview aired on “60 Minutes” tonight.
“The unusual joint interview with Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” was noteworthy mainly because it happened.”
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly touted new technology to detect illegal guns on “Face the Nation,” while noting that handguns – not assault weapons – are responsible for most of the homicides and non-fatal shootings in New York City.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan believes the sequester – deep, automatic, across-the-board spending cuts – will happen because of Democratic opposition to GOP alternatives.
Cynthia Nixon endorsed de Blasio even though she, like his main rival, NYC Council Speaker Chris Quinn, is an openly gay woman
Speaking of Manhattan BP candidates, Julie Menin has changed her political party enrollment three times in the span of 17 months, going from Democrat to Independence to Republican to Democrat.
Mayor Bloomberg donated $350 million to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University for financial aid and research addressing “complex global challenges.”
…That was one of the largest-ever gifts to a university, and brings Bloomberg’s support of the Baltimore institution to more than $1.1 billion.
Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch was released from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. It was the third time he had been hospitalized in recent months.
Koch reportedly looked frail, but was “upbeat.”
Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, one of the Democratic Party’s most outspoken liberals, won’t seek re-election in 2014.
The race to succeed Harkin likely will be one of the most competitive Senate contests next year and key to either party’s chances of controlling the chamber.
Republicans need to win six seats to retake the majority. Harkin’s departure makes things easier for them, but it’s still an uphill climb.
Sen. John McCain says losing the Hispanic vote in 2012 will encourage Republicans to back a comprehensive immigration bill that provides a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the US.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to give 10,000 hard-pressed businesses statewide a break by arranging financing (in other words, borrowing) through the Dormitory Authority to cover $800 million in workers’ compensation liabilities.
Saving the Maid of the Mist was a big priority for Cuomo, but a California-based tour boat company says the state wouldn’t even entertain his bid on the lucrative business that was $100 million higher.
Fred LeBrun on Cuomo’s pension smoothing proposal: “Is it just a gimmick, as many fear, or is it creative fiscal management that brings relief? No one really knows yet.”
North country officials are taking a wait-and-see approach to the smoothing plan because of suspicions that any money saved in the short term would not be worth higher costs down the line.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse last week sent information to all of its parishes about its opposition to Cuomo’s plan for what the church calls a radical abortion-expansion bill in hopes priests would talk about it today.
A well-packed “bug-out bag” is becoming increasingly popular – if not necessary – in New York City after Sandy.
The $50.5 billion Sandy aid package, set for a vote in the Senate Monday, includes millions to protect the Long Beach shoreline, control beach erosion from Fire Island to Montauk Point and replace sand at two westerly Long Island beaches, according to Sen. Charles Schumer.
A 33-year-old Staten Island mom vacationing alone in Istanbul, Turkey, has gone missing.
The extra cash that enabled Sen. Malcolm Smith to give seven aides raises was a “reward” for his agreement to defect from the Democrats and join the IDC, Albany insiders say.
Local officials in WNY call Cuomo’s proposal to dramatically curtail the practice of letting drivers plead down their speeding tickets a “money grab by the state.”
Buried in Cuomo’s budget is a cost-cutting measure that would empower the state and health insurance companies to deny low-income mental patients the specific brand-name anti-psychotic drugs their doctors prescribe, in favor of less expensive versions.
Celebrity chef Mario Batali, fed up with overzealous NYC health inspections, plans to install a hidden alarm that alerts kitchen workers that an inspector has arrived so they can quickly trash any meals they’re cooking and scram.
The city of Buffalo is experiencing its biggest building boom in decades.
For the third consecutive year, an employee of the Rochester Psychiatric Center was among the top 20 state workers in overtime earned. Overall, overtime among state agencies grew 11 percent in 2012 compared with 2011, and five state employees earned more than $100,000 each in overtime alone last year.
Two WNY Assembly Democrats – Crystal Peoples-Stokes ($16,500) and Dennis Gabryszak ($12,500) – will be getting pay raises thanks to leadership and task force appointments that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver gave them.
Bob McCarthy welcomes Erie County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, a former TV reporter, to politics, which ain’t beanbag.
The Syracuse Post-Standard sees parallels between Obama’s second inauguration speech and Cuomo’s third State of the State.
Why Fox News dumped Sarah Palin.
The legal challenges over religious freedom and the birth control coverage requirement in Obama’s health care overhaul appear to be moving toward the U.S. Supreme Court.
Obama on the media.
The president expressed concern about violence and injuries in professional and intercollegiate football, saying he would “think long and hard” if he had a son before allowing him to play.
Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz is sitting on $546,046 worth of political cash. He doesn’t know how he’ll spend it when his term ends, but he does plan to spend it.
Alan Chartock is unhappy with two parts of the SAFE Act – the FOIL exemptions and reporting requirements for mental health professionals.
The Times Herald-Record says the SAFE Act wasn’t worth the rush.
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