The Weekend That Was
Some details of President Obama’s immigration reform plan have emerged, and it would allow illegal immigrants to become legal permanent residents within eight years.
Sen. Marco Rubio called the plan “dead on arrival” if it resembles what has been leaked.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting the finishing touches on a bill that would guarantee women in New York the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger or the fetus is not viable.
The measure, which apparently is like the Reproductive Health Act, but not identical, is part of Cuomo’s 10-point Women’s Equality Act, unveiled during his State of the State address.
Mayor Bloomberg is the major player in the Illinois Democratic primary to replace former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., with his anti-illegal gun PAC poised to spend up to $2 million.
Bloomberg is targeting former one-term Illinois congresswoman Debbie Halvorson, who’s earned an “A” rating from the NRA and is seeking Jackson’s seat.
Former Rep. Gabby Giffords is carving out a new rule for herself in Washington as a gun control advocate – one in which she believes she might have even more impact than she did as a congresswoman.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan added his voice to the call for stricter gun control since the Newtown massacre.
When the Teachers Retirement System board voted to pull $13.5 million in investments it made in companies like Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger & Co., Bloomberg’s rep on the pension board cast the lone “no” vote.
Olympia, Wash.-based Olympic Arms has stopped selling guns in New York since Cuomo signed the SAFE Act into law.
House Democrats are counting on Obama to play an “unprecedented” role in the midterm elections, and keep the party’s successful 2012 coalition engaged in the off year.
Three New York House races topped $10 million last year, with outside groups leading in spending. (Subscription required).
NYC Councilman Domenic Recchia says he’ll definitely be challenging GOP Rep. Michael Grimm in 2014. (He may have to battle former Rep. Michael McMahon in a primary first).
The number of state employees earning more than $100,000 in 2012 increased 13 percent from 2011, while number making more than $200,000 jumped 37 percent – from 689 to 944 workers.
Former Bronx BP Adolfo Carrion unsuccessfully tried to pull strings in the Democratic Party to get his wife a judgeship before leaving the party altogether to pursue to the GOP and Independence lines to run for mayor.
Democratic Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who is also running for the NYC Council this fall, has introduced a bill that would pull the plug on pub crawls by yanking the liquor licenses of bars that promote the events.
Buffalo’s long-shot bet on biotech seeks to re-invent the nanotech model that worked so well for Albany.
Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner says she’s fighting Cuomo over pension smoothing because she doesn’t want her city to be the next Detroit.
Miner isn’t the only one pressuring Cuomo this year. He’s getting it from all sides.
Republican consultant Bill O’Reilly has a (professional) crush on Miner.
Cuomo’s budget includes some moves that would give his office added control over distribution of economic-development aid. Critics aren’t happy.
Town of Tonawanda Councilman Daniel J. Crangle was charged with second-degree harassment and third-degree stalking on Saturday, following a complaint by his wife.
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis, who’s under federal investigation, wept his way through a recent radio interview, and has likened the probe to “a lynching.”
Sen. Mark Grisanti and his advisors are trying to figure out how to continue his political streak. Options include switching parties.
The House Democrats are not happy about being on vacation, accusing the Republicans of willfully avoiding coming up with a plan to avert the sequester.
The much debated NY-SAFE Act allows schools to be reimbursed at a 10 percent higher rate than usual for building aid if it’s for security purchases, and also establishes “improvements teams” to review districts’ safety plans.
The increasingly contentious fracking debate is pitting neighbor against neighbor in Sullivan County.
An eight-candidate free-for-all to fill Sen. James Sanders’ vacant NYC Council seat in southern Queens will come down to the wire this Tuesday.
Brooklyn BP Marty Markowitz issued an invite to NRA chief Wayne LaPierre to see the neighborhoods he’s badmouthed — and even offered to be his “bodyguard.”
The DN takes Cuomo to task on fracking: “New York has two governors. There’s the Andrew Cuomo who speedily forced through gun controls, overhauled the tax code and jump-started reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. And then there’s Cuomo the ditherer.”
Sen. Chuck Fuschillo wants to see more road and bridge aid for local governments in the state budget.
A day after Bloomberg talked up his administration’s plan to build the world’s tallest Ferris wheel on Staten Island, Dubai revealed that it will build one that’s even bigger.
From 2000 to 2010, private higher education institutions in New York grew by 38 percent, or nearly 69,800 employees, while total private-sector jobs in the state decreased by 1.1 percent, or 134,600 workers. No other sector grew as much.
The late former NYC Mayor Ed Koch kept a diary from his early days in the US Army.
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle calls on Cuomo to unseal records closed to the public in 1976 by former Gov. Hugh Carey in issuing a blanket pardon for all involved in the Attica prison retaking that claimed 43 lives.
Rep. Pete King toured the Sandy-ravaged Breezy Point area with his former House colleague, Bob Turner, whose house there was destroyed.
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