There's some jockeying going on to be the lead advocate for same-sex marriage in New York.
On Friday, it was announced that Brian Ellner would lead the new Campaign for New York Marriage--a group associated with the Washington-based Human Rights Campaign.
Today (the first business day since Ellner's announcement) [spelling fixed] another group--Fight BackNY--announced they're targeting Democratic State Senator Bill Stachowski for defeat this fall.
The New School just released the transcript from its post-election discussion with consultants on the 2009 city elections. It’s a chance for top campaign operatives to be (more) honest about what they were doing behind the scenes to shape the race.
Cuomo says the fund-raising story about him in the Times does look bad.
A blogger posts vintage footage of Schumer, and asks "What if Sonia Sotomayor (hispanic) was treated the way Alberto Gonzales (hispanic) was treated?"
Rangel, a portrait of a powerbroker in decline.
Democrats will try removing Espada from the party.
Steele faces more heat from Republicans.
Savino says she didn't realize what was in the deficit reduction plan she voted for.
Chris Smith says Cuomo is now the fourth man in Albany's "three men in a room" game.
Kagan backs a judicial nominee Schumer blocked.
Gillibrand wears sunglasses at Byrd's funeral.
Cuomo supports the mosque at Ground Zero. Lazio opposes it.
NY Post: "[T]he overall budget grew 6 percent, even as fiscal doomsday still looms. Quinn and Bloomberg should've taken their cues from Gov. Paterson."
Seifman says some member items from last year still haven't been paid.
Kruger gets hit for campaign spending. "$180 for candy, $302 for online music from iTunes, and $513 for Russian language tapes. His flower bill was $2,060."
More legal trouble for Espada.
Here's a video of Gillibrand at a Gay Pride Shabbat.
Maloney: "Somehow the politically correct position on the deficit has become cut, cut, cut, irrespective of the economic consequences."
Vielkind: "So there is a tacit acceptance among lawmakers--mixed with equal measures of exasperation and hope--that they will be back. Besides the budget, major and minor bills remain unresolved."
Shinnecock Indians also have to get their land recognized before they can open a casino.
NYT: "The state’s politicians should also stop chasing gamblers."
Stachowski's opponent gets the Independence Party nod.
Levin and Lopez get hit for initially opposing the Domino development plan. DN says "no tweaks should have been necessary for a project that was brilliantly conceived from the get-go."
Weingarten may be a transformative leader, says an education columnist.
Gaskell asks what counts as success in Afghanistan.
And pictured above: Cuomo at a July 4th parade on Staten Island, with supporters Rep. Mike McMahon, Assemblyman Mike Cusick, and State Senator Diane Savino.
The Fourth of July fireworks show will give lots of people along the Hudson River a great free show.
The fact that some of those people will be New Jersey residents is angering Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, whose constituents had an eaiser time seeing the show when it was held on the East River. Moving the show back to the East River "should be our priority—not providing viewing pleasure to residents in New Jersey and excluding a large part of New York City, especially Brooklyn,” a "fired up" Markowitz said in a public statement.
But Sunday's fireworks show, organized by Macy's, will take place on the Hudson, for the second year in a row. And some New Jersey residents are openly cheering their good fortune.
"Take that Brooklyn!," wrote one reader on the blog Hoboken411.
(h/t Amy Eddings)
Bill Clinton on Byrd: “[M]aybe he did something he shouldn't have done and he spent the rest of his life making it up.”
The photo of Paterson vetoing bills is his legacy.
McGeveran basically agrees: “It's hard to imagine what was going through the Daily News editors' minds when they chose a big Mel Gibson cover after seeing this museum-ready historical-moment picture of Paterson.”
Levy clears his throat.
Cuomo and Chartock, round 2.
Queerty isn’t as optimistic as Cuomo on same-sex marriage.
JoeMyGod readers aren’t overly confident either.
Ellner will lead a same-sex marriage group.
Freedlander: “Bloomberg’s fingerprints are all over the financial reform bill.”
Stu Loeser, photographer.
An NYT reporter watches Assemblyman Rivera, and Tweets: “This is one of the legislators leading the great state of N.Y. God help us.”
Frank raises for Maloney.
Maloney mails against special interests.
More Huckabee buzz.
Gaskell expects a fight over war funding in the Senate.
And Bloomberg meets the Hot Dog Eating contestants.
In a video I posted earlier, Bruce Blakeman argued that America's allies were meeting with leaders from rogue nations in more frequency under Obama than they were under Bush--signaling America was losing it's strength in international diplomacy.
"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen," Blakeman said.
A reader points out that, in fact, Brazil's President, Lula da Silva, already met with Syria's president...in 2003.
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Here's Paterson, still vetoing spending bills he says the state can't afford. A spokeswoman said the governor will finish vetoing about 7,000 items by the end of today.
Politically, Paterson's hard-line stance against the state legislature has revived him, politically, as evidenced by things like this glowing New York Post front page today.
Dickter's interview with Blakeman got refershingly deep into the weeds of foreign policy.
Around the 3:30 minute mark, Blakeman says the US is no longer preventing allies from talking to rogue or unfriendly nations.
"The president of Brazil met with the President of Syria. Assad. Bashar Assad. I cannot think that if George Bush was still president, that the President of Brazil would meet with the Syrian president. I cannot imagine a scenario where that would happen."
Around the 4:10 mark, Blakeman hits Gillibrand for not bringing the White House closer into Israel’s corner:
"So, I think there’s a fundamental shift away from Israel and towards the Palestinians, by the administration. Senator Gillibrand has been absolutely silent on that, and I think that has emboldened Iran."
On the home front, Blakeman praised Chris Christie as someone "reflecting the new Republican Party." When asked about Sarah Palin, Blakeman was complimentary, but not non-committal about her 2012 chances.
“I think there’s a perception that she’s not smart. I think she’s very smart. I think she does have great communication skills, leadership skills, but there a lot of good Republicans out there who could be potential presidential candidates, and I think Sarah Palin is just one of them.”
Paterson says good-bye to elected life.
He's delaying some federally-funded health care services here.
On immigration: "The president’s decision to elevate the issue reflected more of a political strategy than a legislative one since the White House has no plan to actually push a bill this year."
Money for broadband is on its way.
Koch--continuing with the group’s MO of using public attention to shame others into signing the pledge--said, “if Espada commits to these reforms, surely you must.”
Espada, a Democratic Senator from the Bronx, has been criticized for a number of alleged ethical lapses, including a history of campaign finance filing problems, profiting from a non-profit health care group he controls and throwing the state into chaos when he and another Democratic Senator caucused with Republicans, flipping control of that house and bringing state government to a standstill.
Among the people who have not signed the pledge are Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic County Leader.
Schumer hasn’t ruled yet, but it’s cameras probably won’t film Byrd lying in repose in Senate Chamber.
Washington Examiner: “Before Charlie Rangel lost his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means committee, there had not been a single member of congress punished for ethics violations by congressional ethics officials in three years.”
Arcuri votes for Wall Street regulation.
Senate won’t act until mid-July.
Bloomberg: “[A]ll of us were part of the 12 million undocumented here, getting them here, we all chose to pass a law and then deliberately not enforce it.”
Harold Ford: “Don’t besmirch people who decide to go and make a living.”
Confessore finds state bills quietly passing the legislature.
Wrobleski: “How much longer can you sell the notion that some should be shielded from economic reality just because their salaries, benefits and pensions come out of the public till?”
Sampson now supports creating a contingency plan for not getting $1 billion in FMAP money from Washington.
Weiner: “Paterson declined to offer specific examples of what might be cut if the aid is not approved.”
Sampson couldn’t get 32 votes to pass about $1 billion in new taxes and revenue raisers.
State Senators are going home for the July 4 weekend.
Allowing some SUNY and CUNY campuses to set their own tuition is another budget sticking point: Paterson and Sampson support it; Silver and even some Senate Democrats oppose it.
Stachowski and Senate Democrats on Long Island--Johnson and Foley--signaled they won’t vote for a budget without solving the SUNY/CUNY issue.
Paterson throws cold water on racino deal in Syracuse.
NYSUT points to education funding that Paterson vetoed.
Brodsky wants info on bonuses paid to top officials at public authorities.
Post Star: “An aide to state Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo was arrested Wednesday on charges of robbery and impersonating a police officer, accused of flashing a fake badge and stealing $4,000 from an apartment, police said.”
Arroyo couldn’t be reached for comment.
Padavan wants to outlaw alcohol with more than 160 proof.
Kendall Stewart tries settling his campaign debt. “He asked City Hall to forward him the link to the CFB filing information.”
Jose suffers through City Council timing. “At 2:16, an intern for Garodnick who had been sitting in the room most of the day told me he had no idea if the hearing was going to happen at all.”
Rendell welcomes New York’s overtaxed hedge fund workers.
Mayor Bloomberg takes NYC subway to announce new recipients of Cities Of Service Leadership Grants.
June 30, 2010 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)
The “rumors” Gillibrand was trying to stomp out were started by…Gillibrand.
Seiger reaches his “end-of-quarter” limit on fund-raising emails.
Garcia never told Christie who Client 9 was.
Bloomberg doesn’t agree or disagree with anybody.
Ford: “What threatens our party right now is an attitude that business is bad.”
Kruger gets an answer to the budget question that stumped him.
Savino withdraws her bill: “I’m tired of people trying to politicize the pension system.”
Liz wonders when she can leave Albany.
Weiner makes a nice catch. But what’s up with that throw?
Albany’s plan to tax rich people will help Connecticut.
Gatemouth takes on a New York Post article.
The solidarity with workers is, I think, a sentiment not entirely shared by voters, according to a Quinnipiac poll released today. Then again, unions do have an unignorable role in Democratic Party politics.
In late May, about 300 workers at the iconic applesause producer went on strike after management sought wage cuts. Worker refused, and said the company made more than $500 million in profits last year, making wage cuts unnecessary.
A reader passed along this invite (after the jump) to Beau Biden's fund-raiser at Chris Heinz's house yesterday. The connection, I'm told, is that they're both sons of Senators and attended Georgetown at the same time.
Biden is runing for re-election as attorney general of Delaware and not running for the Senate seat his father, Vice President Joe Biden, held for years.
DiNapoli's campaign is emailing questions they want reporters to ask when they review challenger Harry Wilson's taxes tomorrow [timing fixed].
By a margin of 56-36, city voters said in a Quinnipiac poll they feel union workers are not doing enough to help the city during the economic downturn.
Interestingly, it's an opinion shared by most Democrats, who agreed 49-36 percent that union workers aren't doing enough to help the city.
Despite that seeming lack of public support, a majority of voters opposed layoffs for city workers, 68-27 percent. To balance the budget, 48 percent of voters said they support raising taxes. Thirty-six percent said cut services, and 16 percent were undecided.
The poll also had approval ratings for some officials in the city:
Michael Bloomberg's approval rating: 57-33, with 10 percent undecided.
John Liu's approval rating: 47-17, with 36 percent undecided.
Christine Quinn's approval rating: 45-27, with 28 percent undecided
Bill de Blasio's approval rating: 35-17, with 48 percent undecided
Ray Kelly's approval rating: 66-20 with 14 percent undecided
Joel Klein's approval rating: 37-41 with 22 percent undecided
The poll of 1,183 registered voters in the city was conducted from June 21-28 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percent.