The Weekend That Was
On “Face the Nation,” Mayor Bloomberg said NYC’s new ban on large sugary drinks, which takes effect Tuesday, “is the country’s interest.” He also insisted it’s not a ban, but merely “portion control.”
NYC Department of Health officials say their inspectors will use specially ordered cups that can hold 17 ounces.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry called on Bloomberg to stop “shaming” teen parents.
Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro not only likes Bloomberg’s anti-pregnancy campaign, but also says NYC should kick teen moms off welfare.
Quinn touted her record of “action” in the council and pledged to focus on making the city livable for the middle class.
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is raising campaign cash for his former deputy, GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota.
“If you don’t think the city can slip back to its unmanageable, ungovernable ways, just listen to Joe’s democratic opponents,” Giuliani wrote in an email appeal to potential Lhota donors.
In hindsight, Spitzer believes resignation was the right decision, even though his wife reportedly tried to prevent him from stepping down. (Subscription).
Sharpton was joined by elected officials, labor leaders and several likely mayoral candidates at his National Action Network headquarters in Harlem to call on the state Senate to hike the hourly minimum wage.
Quinn vowed the NYC Council will pass a resolution this week urging Albany to raise the minimum wage. (Other Democratic mayoral candidates are on board, too).
A source says Quinn is Quinn is so worried about losing the endorsement of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a prominent gay-rights group, that she’s stacking it with new members
Cuomo’s top environmental advisor, Robert Hallman, a key decision maker on whether the state accepts the controversial natural gas drilling technique known as fracking, is stepping down after a year.
Whether New York ultimately allows fracking may hinge on the outcome of a Pennsylvania study, the results of which are likely years off.
A Pennsylvania public health toxicologist shares lessons learned about fracking in the Keystone State.
Sen. Chuck Schumer wants the TSA to reverse its newly announced plan to allow passengers to bring small knives and other items, like golf clubs and hockey sticks, onto planes.
New York’s lottery revenue has soared in recent years and reached a record $9 billion last year. But the percentage of education aid that comes from the lottery hasn’t budged.
Cuomo took the incoming NYT Albany bureau chief, Jesse McKinley, for a walking tour of the state Capitol.
Former Assemblyman-turned-Buffalo Comptroller Mark Schroeder: “If I’m not afraid of Shelly Silver, there’s nobody in City Hall – including the mayor – I’m afraid of.”
A WNY shooting range owner says the SAFE Act has been a business boon. “Andy has been one of my best salesmen.”
Thousands of people in Dutchess and Ulster counties took advantage of a provision in the SAFE Act allowing them to keep their status as pistol permit holders out of the public eye.
Franklin County has joined a growing chorus of upstate counties that have gone on record opposing the SAFE Act.
Despite concerns that the SAFE Act might drive it out of New York, a group of lawmakers says they’ve been told by Remington Arms that the company plans to spend $20 million upgrading its gun manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley.
The Buffalo News uses Sunshine Week to highlight the need for better access to public information in Albany.
The Journal News’ decision to publish an interactive map of handgun permit holders has changed the open-records landscape across the country. Since then, 10 states have passed new laws restricting access to that data.
Privacy has trumped disclosure in recent court decisions. (Subscription).
State Independence Party Vice Chair Tom Connolly was hired by GOP Sen. Philip Boyle soon after he was elected in a tight race last November with support from both the Independence and Conservative parties.
Senate Republicans want to cut tax for small businesses while the Assembly’s Democratic majority is calling for a $25 million “Dream Act” to help immigrant children and young adults.
The state Assembly’s proposed budget for 2013-2014 also includes a boost to municipal aid, including $1 million more for Rome.
Neither house will be taking up the controversial matter of casino expansion when they approve their separate budget measures next week, sending a signal to Cuomo that the issue should be set aside if he wants an on-time budget this year.
The Staten Island Advance is surprised – but pleased – that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, “not usually seen as a friend to Staten Island, agreed to support legislation to allow a $5.50 toll for Staten Island residents on the Verrazano.”
Franklin County may take out a short-term loan to pay its bills and make payroll due to what county officials are calling a “cash flow issue.”
State Medicaid Director Jason Helgerson pushes back against what he deemed “a highly biased report that alleged to describe New York’s Medicaid program.”
The indiscriminate carving knife of the federal budget sequester will cut a huge swath through the University of Rochester, slashing everything from support for scientists to student aid, university officials say.
Lawyers for the Ultimate Fighting Championship say they will continue their federal lawsuit seeking MMA legalization in New York.
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