The Weekend That Was
Some pre-game headlines for your perusal (a little early today, so as not to compete with the main event).
The Cuomo administration, frustrated with its long-standing financial dispute with the Seneca Nation and seeking more lucrative gambling revenues, will propose a new, non-Indian casino for downtown Niagara Falls.
The group pushing for Las Vegas-style casinos to be built at existing horse racing tracks collected $871,981 in dues and payments specifically for lobbying purposes last year, according to public records disclosed for the first time Friday.
The state agencies in charge of regulating New York’s horse racing industry and running its lotteries are now officially one department.
Former President Bill Clinton is cutting a trip to Japan short to speak at former NYC Mayor Ed Koch’s funeral in Manhattan tomorrow.
Mayor Bloomberg will deliver the eulogy.
A look at the softer side of the usually pugnacious Koch.
Koch was always a renter – right up to the end.
The weekly Saturday luncheon of Koch confidants convened in Chinatown yesterday, as usual, but with one glaring absence: The man who brought them all together in the first place.
Koch’s final days were filled with friends and family, but he was tired and ready to go, they said.
Another exit interview with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not run for the seat vacated by Clinton’s replacement, Secretary of State John Kerry.
The White House released a photo of the president skeet shooting at Camp David.
A bipartisan group of House members hopes to follow the US Senate’s lead and release its own immigration reform plan.
Assemblyman William F. Boyland Jr., a Brooklyn Democrat under federal indictment for bribery, falsified state travel forms to collect more than $67,000 in lodging, food and mileage reimbursements he was not entitled to get, according to a state comptroller’s report that has not been made public.
Rep. Charlie Rangel’s campaign committee ended the year with just $5,033 in the bank, according to its latest federal filing.
The Greene County administrator is “not impressed” with Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget.
The Kingston Freeman sides with state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli over Cuomo in the tussle over pension smoothing.
NYC Comptroller John Liu’s reputation and popularity may be at stake when his former campaign treasurer and a fundraiser go on trial this coming week on charges of conspiring to break campaign finance laws to raise ever more money for him.
The power-sharing Senate coalition will be tested on a host of thorny issues including whether to increase the minimum wage, expand abortion rights and decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.
Fred LeBrun blames the latest wave of Thruway layoffs on the Tappan Zee Bridge and Cuomo’s “edifice complex.”
Sen. John DeFrancisco will not run for mayor of Syracuse.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, is reserving judgment on the Obama administration’s contraception mandate compromise plan until the proposal has been thoroughly vetted.
Carl Paladino is back, and he’s a study in contrasts, Bob McCarthy finds.
Assemblywoman Addie Russell is reintroducing legislation to smooth out inequalities in the state’s school aid formula and break what she calls political manipulation that has unfairly favored wealthy downstate school districts over poorer upstate districts.
Yet another anti-fracking organization has launched – this time in the Southern Tier, which would be ground zero for drilling in the Marcellus if it’s approved.
Mayor Bloomberg ducked his old nemesis – Staten Island Chuck – on his final Groundhog Day in office.
This TV ad paid for by Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns group will air during the Superbowl tonight…
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