Gov. Andrew Cuomo is running ads proclaiming New York’s business friendliness, but a recent set of rankings finds the state dead last in that category. The truth, however, may lie somewhere in between.
According to an analysis by the New York Public Interest Research Group, the 2012 session resulted in 571 pieces of legislation approved by both houses of the legislature.
On This Week in Politics, WNYC political reporters run down some of the top political stories from the week that was, providing insight and analysis on local, state and national political issues that touch New Yorkers.
Not so fast, Congressman Charles Rangel.
That triumphant victory speech made just before 11 p.m. on Tuesday night may have been premature. As the numbers in the 13th Congressional district continue to trickle in -- Senator Adriano Espaillat seems to have mounted a more formidable challenge to the long-serving incumbent than many first thought.
Late last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo endorsed a number of candidates running in the Democratic primaries for Congress--with one notable exception. Cuomo made no endorsement in the 6th Congressional District in Queens, where two state legislators and member of the local city council are heading to a showdown in the polls tomorrow.
On Monday, Cuomo announced that he was making an endorsement in the race, backing Assemblywoman Grace Meng's bid.
As Tuesday's Democratic primary began to close in, the candidates for New York's 8th Congressional district made their last-ditch pitches to voters in Brooklyn and southern Queens.
City Councilman Charles Barron's campaign tried to take control of its messaging after a rough week of controversial headlines by directly addressing his prospective constituents. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries tried to reinforce his legislative record both in the district and on national airwaves.
The performances on the outdoor stage in the Bronx’s Fordham Plaza were rotating through styles. A solo singer belted out Puerto Rican ballads. A Mexican mariachi band plucked out tunes, decked out in full sombrero’d regalia.
All were just opening acts. The main event was advertised behind the musicians: a large banner, with the candidates smiling face, read—in English and Spanish—“Re-elect Congressman Rangel.”
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez spent the final Sunday before Tuesday’s primary election embracing the old adage that all politics is local — and although her office does not control some of the areas she touched upon, the topics are hot-button issues for residents in the newly drawn 7th Congressional district where the Democratic incumbent is vying for the nomination against three opponents.
A week after President Barack Obama announced his administration's policy shift on immigration, politicians and community leaders surrounded Congressman Charlie Rangel to praise his work on immigration reform.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has lent his political muscle to a number of local congressional campaigns. The announcements come just days before the primary election on Tuesday, June 26.
Candidates for the Democratic nomination in New York's 7th congressional district appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show Friday morning, where they tried to lay out their platforms while addressing allegations that party politics are muddying the race.
The state legislature ended its session in an orderly fashion for the first time in decades, but the lack of last minute negotiations means that some issues were left unresolved. It’s likely that lawmakers will be back at the Capitol later this year to tackle them.
The Democratic primary in the new 13th Congressional District in upper Manhattan is about one issue: whether or not Congressman Charles Rangel should serve another term in office. It’s apparent—despite back problems that landed him in the hospital—Rangel approaches the primary challenge with the full determination to resolve that issue by returning to Washington for the twenty-second time.
But there’s a part of Rangel that sounds like fighting for his political life at age 82 wasn't just about what he wanted: “If you talk with some of the old timers like [Assemblyman Herman] Denny Farrell and what not, they say, Rangel, don't leave us now.”
Congressional candidate and City Councilman Charles Barron received two new endorsements days before the June 26 primary, one more controversial than the other.
The Old Mill Yacht Club building sits in front of the six-lane Cross Bay Boulevard in Queens. As the evening commute began to die down, about 30 Howard Beach residents gathered inside the red-brick building to talk about next week’s Democratic primary.
"We have a lot riding on this race," said Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio, a 35-year resent of Howard Beach. "The important thing is that we don't just talk about this here, but we talk about it to our neighbors and friends.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat is taking Congressman Charles Rangel to task over the economy just days before voters head to the polls for primary elections.