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Without Voting, Golden Blames Dems for Bill's Failure

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WNYC

State Senator Marty Golden wasn't in the chambers when the microstamping legislation was being voted on, but he doesn't want to be blamed for the bill's failure.

Golden, a Republican, said three Democrats were opposing the bill and that even if he did vote, the bill would not have passed.

Not that he was supporting it anyway.

In a brief telephone interview, Golden told me:

What happened with that is the Democrats voted the bill down -- three Democrats. I thought it was amazing that [Eric] Schneiderman was telling people he had the votes, put the bill up for a vote and not have the votes that he said he has, and that was [David] Valesky, [Darrel] Aurbertine and [Bill] Stachowski.

If those three Democrats voted for the bill, that bill would be law today.

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Malcolm Smith Wants Credit

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WNYC

State Senate President Pro Tempore Malcolm Smith wants some appreciation for his conference for their role in preventing a government shutdown yesterday.

From Smith:

The Majority Democrats have again answered the call and stepped up to provide leadership when it is most necessary.  We are pleased that we did the responsible thing by passing the budget extender.

Though the press has failed to report it this way, the Majority Democrats have been responsible public servants in fulfilling the sincere duties pledged to our constituents, and will continue to do so. We are committed to keeping the government up and running, and ready to effectively serve the citizens of New York.”

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Cuomo Has Confidence in Independence Party

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WNYC

One day after the Manhattan D.A. said the Independence Party isn’t cooperating with his investigation, Andrew Cuomo said he has “confidence” in the organization.

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Charities Under Investigation by NYS Attorney General

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WNYC

The director of a charitable group is accused of selling donated used cars and pocketing the money -- and New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says the fraudulent practice may be widespread.

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The Lede: Bloom-Burglar

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

WNYC

John Haggerty fallout: "A footnote in the indictment said [NYS Independence] party officials kept 'a portion of the stolen funds.' "

A lawyer notes Bloomberg filed a statement with the Board of Elections saying he'll pay for campaign activities out of his campaign account, not his personal account.

The Manhattan DA "made clear that the grand jury was continuing to investigate the state Independence Party, which acted as a conduit for Bloomberg's money."

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Tuesday: Scott Murphy, Wendy Williams

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Rep. Scott Murphy (Green County Democrats/flickr)

10 a.m. Rep. Scott Murphy testifies about efforts to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, in Washington. Testimony live here.

11 a.m. The City Council has a hearing on landmarks, at 250 Broadway, 16th ...

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Roundup: Vance, Haggerty, Wolfson

Monday, June 14, 2010

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Former Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau with his successor, Cy Vance (Azi Paybarah/flickr)

Erosion.

Ira Glass on Albany (via Seiler): "Have politics have gotten so messed up that we just can’t solve our problems?"

Bloomberg charms, again: “I’m sorry that ...

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Maloney, For Now, Not Debating Saujani

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Rep. Carolyn Maloney is not accepting an invitation to debate her Democratic opponent, Reshma Saujani.

Saujani sent a letter last month inviting Maloney to six “respectful and robust debates.”

Maloney’s campaign declined, calling it a "political stunt."

Maloney's spokeswoman emailed me to say, “While the Congresswoman is creating jobs ...

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Wilson Keeping Independence

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

New York State Comptroller candidate Harry Wilson is keeping the Independence Party's endorsement, according to his spokesman Bill O'Reilly.

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Bloomberg and Haggerty

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Laura Italiano and David Seifman have this detail showing Michael Bloomberg, initially, liked Haggerty's campaign work:

"The mayor had been so pleased with his efforts that he sent him a separate $120,000 contribution three weeks after the election so Haggerty could launch his own political action committee."

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Paladino Keeps Haggerty

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Despite being indicted by the Manhattan DA for allegedly stealing $1.1 million from Michael Bloomberg's campaign, John Haggerty is keeping his job on Carl Paladino's gubernatorial campaign.

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Skelos' Warning

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos led his conference into session and issued this warning before the budget vote today:

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Why Democrats Shouldn't Worry Too Much

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Pollster Peter Feld doesn't think the sky is falling for Democrats, despite the slippage Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand recorded amongst independents in today's Siena poll.

That's mainly because Republicans don't have a strong field this year. And the paid media hasn't started. Also, it's fair to ...

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Poll: Cuomo and Schumer Slip as Indys Move to GOP

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Independent voters are moving away from Democrats and towards Republicans, according to a survey released by the Siena Research Institute.

From the poll:

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The Lede: Albany's Budget, Pigeon's Probe

Monday, June 14, 2010

WNYC

Governor Paterson says lawmakers will pass a budget extender, but they don't have a deal on the overall budget.

"[T]here might be some limited borrowing," to close the budget gap, said Paterson.

That borrowing could make getting Tom DiNapoli re-elected even harder.

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Weekend: P.R. Parade, Duck Race

Friday, June 11, 2010

WNYC

June 11, 2010, Crown Point - Governor Paterson and Vermont Governor Jim Douglas break ground for a new Lake Champlain Bridge spanning Crown Point, New York, and Addison, Vermont. (Photo courtesy David Paterson/flickr)

Saturday

9:20 a.m. Christine Quinn is on WNYC Channel 4 ...

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The Lede: Diaz's Threat, Hanna's Donation

Friday, June 11, 2010

WNYC

Mayor Bloomberg meets with state legislative leaders to discuss education funding.
June 09, 2010
(Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

Harry Reid is trailing his opponent.

Ruben Diaz Sr. says he'll vote against the emergency spending bill Monday.

David Paterson warned that will cause chaos.

Tom Precious watches the slow progress on property relief.

LGBT legislation stalled in the state senate. Democrats say Republicans Andrew Lanza and George Maziarz promised to get the bill out of committee, even if they'd oppose it on the floor.

Troubled political consultant Hank Morris was "intimately involved in the day-to-day business" of the state's pension funds, according to court papers filed by Andrew Cuomo.

Richard Hanna gave nearly $5,000 to the Independence Party for advertising, but the party doesn't have a record of it.

Paterson likes the radio: “It’s sort of a perfect medium for me.”

Matthew Goldstein defends the public advocate's office. "I am not at the point where I've heard a very compelling reason to eliminate the public advocate position."

SEIU's national political director said Reps. Mike McMahon and Mike Arcuri abandoned "the needs of working families."

Republicans hit Reps. Bill Owens and Scott Murphy for not stopping "runaway spending."

Unions rally with students walking out of school today.

A survey commissioned by the teachers union says voters favor higher taxes in order to pay for schools.

For some reason, there's a lot of opposition to building new mosques in the city.

Kirsten Powers says watch the left.

When Bloomberg met with college journalists, the event was behind closed doors.

Cuomo struck a deal with Craigslist to curb scalping.

Queens Chronicle: "If elected, [Francisco] Moya would be the first Ecuadorian to hold a public office in the United States."

The Republican challenger running against Rep. Gary Ackerman gets noticed.

And a candidate learns that "after reviewing archived records at the Albany County Board of Elections--it appears he has never been enrolled in the Republican Party."

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Friday: DiNapoli, Diaz, Behar

Friday, June 11, 2010

[photo credit: Azi Paybarah]

Tom DiNapoli in Albany (photo by Azi Paybarah)

Somebody send a birthday card to Betsy Gotbaum tomorrow. And Mike McMahon’s campaign manager, Jonathan Ydein, should be getting some free drinks this weekend.

7:30 a.m. Ruben Diaz, Sr. ...

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Shutdown Talk 'Not an Argument for Three Men in a Room'

Thursday, June 10, 2010

While a lot of Democratic lawmakers are complaining about spending cuts David Paterson put into the latest emergency spending bills, only two are threatening to block the legislation, which would shut down state government for the first time in New York's history.

A shutdown would stop government services, ...

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Paterson Explains Republican, Democratic Opposition

Thursday, June 10, 2010

WNYC

As part of radio blitz this morning, David Paterson laid out the case against Democratic and Republican opposition to his budget cuts.

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