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Azi Paybarah

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Beau's Invite

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WNYC

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.

 

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DiNapoli's Questions for Wilson

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WNYC

DiNapoli's campaign is emailing questions they want reporters to ask when they review challenger Harry Wilson's taxes tomorrow [timing fixed].

The questions:

  1. What was Mr. Wilson's total income vs. adjusted gross income ?
  2. What was Mr. Wilson's income earned from Silver Point Capital (deferred compensation, etc.)?
  3. What was Mr. Wilson's income earned from US Treasury Dept.?
  4. What income did Mr. Wilson receive from investment funds? (SPC Cotai Investment, Trust Acquisition Company, SKB Holdings)
  5. What income did Mr. Wilson earn from his investment in Granite Corporation?
  6. What was Mr. Wilson income from interest and dividends in other securities he holds?
  7. Were there any sources of income that were not listed in Mr. Wilson's financial disclosure filing that he submitted to the State?
  8. Were there taxes paid on domestic employees? (nanny, housekeeper, etc.)
  9. What credits and/or deductions did Mr. Wilson take?
  10. What Itemized deductions did Mr. Wilson take?
  11. What, if any, credit did Mr. Wilson receive for foreign taxes paid?
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'He Was There for Every Mistake'

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WNYC

Lazio's latest campaign video uses a quote from Mario Cuomo about how closely his son was involved in his administration. Vito Lopez's appearance on NY1 is also used, as is the theme song from Star Wars.

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Poll: Democrats Down on Unions

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

WNYC

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.

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Roundup: Prince and Paterson

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

The Daily News notes reporters were caught on tape making fun of Palin.

Albany’s override plan is…unclear.

More late nights in Albany.

Rangel on regaining his chairmanship: “As soon as the Ethics Committee completes its work, I will be back sitting in the seat.”

Gillibrand: “[W]e need to end automatic pay raises for U.S. senators.”

Barrett says Cuomo talks to Dicker too much.

Cuomo on legislature: “[T]hey accomplished absolutely nothing.”

Wilson provides tax info on Thursday.

Saujani raises by highlighting Maloney’s history of PAC raising.

Malpass impresses the National Review crowd.

Search council member items.

Domino development sails through Council committee.

Hawkins notes Monserrate’s “alleged campaign.”

NY2 gives us a 7th grade social studies lesson.

And here’s Paterson and Prince Harry.

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Timing Rasmussen

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

Rasmussen has a poll out showing Cuomo trouncing Lazio and Paladino, but they also include this note about when their telephone survey was conducted:

The survey was taken just after a New York Times report detailing how Cuomo has received large campaign contributions from special interest groups whose influence he has previously criticized and vowed to curb. But most New York voters are not following the story, although 59% describe Cuomo’s campaign contributors as at least somewhat important in terms of how they will vote in November. That includes just 22% who say it is Very Important.

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Biden and Heinz

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

A reader emails to say Beau Biden will be raising money at Chris Heinz home tonight at 6 p.m.

Biden, the son of the Vice President, is the current attorney general of Maryland Delaware and once thought to be a possible candidate for his father's old Senate seat. Heinz is part of the ketchup dynasty and John Kerry world of family operatives.

Anybody who can snap a picture from inside the event--or at least tell me what they ate--would be appreciated.

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Paterson: Regrets Leaving, Challenges Silver, Floats More Sessions

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

Some quick highlights from Paterson’s radio blitz this morning.

On WBEN in Buffalo, the governor said he has “regrets for not running” but doesn’t think it would have changed the budget process.

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Bloomberg's Diversity

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

The Times A1 story today about the lack of diversity in Bloomberg’s administration has a more detailed breakdown of some calculations I did a year ago on this topic.

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The Lede: Paterson's Vetoes, Bloomberg's Diversity

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

WNYC

Paterson vetoed education spending, but NYT notes lawmakers “effectively complete[d] the state budget”

TU: The veto was particularly jarring for Senate Democrats [who] planned to tout part of the education restoration as a de facto property tax break -- in lieu of a tax cap

Paterson estimated the legislators' $136 billion budget was $400 million to $1.5 billion out of balance and said he had no choice but to veto the added spending.

Paterson: “New York again wants to blissfully move forward, fantasizing that the Medicaid money is coming.”

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Schedule C

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC

The City Council's list of Member Items -- discretionary spending that city lawmakers target to specific programs and non-profits in their district -- has now been published.

It's not a huge amount of money, but it is arguably the one part of the budget that has caused the biggest headaches in the past (and where Council members most directly flex their muscle, locally).

Also worth noting: Council rules say this and the rest of the city budget has to be published for 24 hours before it can be voted on. So, tomorrow, the Council vote should be late in the day.

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Budget or Bust

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC political reporter Azi Paybarah offers the latest on budget negotiations in Albany.

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Aqueduct Behind Scandal Stories?

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC

Why are so many lawmakers in Southeast Queens taking a beating in the press recently for alleged ethical lapses and possible financial misconduct?

Because of the Aqueduct deal.

That’s what Rep. Greg Meeks said, speaking this morning on WWRL’s Morning Show with Errol Louis.

Louis, who is also a columnist at the Daily News, raised the possibility that the two events may be related. In response, Meeks said his troubles started “around the time the Aqueduct deal got decided.”

After Meeks hung up, Louis elaborated:

“There is something going on, and I’ll tell you what that something is,” said Louis. “This Aqueduct development parcel is worth billions.”

“The folks who want this parcel have hired lobbyists. Those lobbyists, many of them, are very savvy people: They know the folks in the press, they know politicians, they know the process. And, it’s very easy to do a whispering campaign, smearing one official after another. All you need is a little information, and a willing and complacent member of the press to do your bidding. And I think that is what happened in the case of Gregory Meeks.

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“If you’re simply listening to – and I’m saying this to all the reporters out there – if all doing is simply listening to the whispered phone calls of various consultants, lobbyists and other connected officials who want this parcel, who want control of this parcel and billions of dollars and thousands of jobs associated with it, you have an obligation to put into your story who your source was and the fact that there are people out there who are talking bad about all the local officials in Southeast Queens specifically because they want control of this parcel.

“Just come out and say it. Because if you don’t, I will, and then you’ll be embarrassed.”

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Bloomberg on SCOTUS

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC

With this passage in mind, Bloomberg responds optimisticly to the SCOTUS ruling that struct down a 28-year-old hand-gun ban in Chicago:

“The Court’s decision today and its decision in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller both make clear that we can work to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and terrorists while at the same time respecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. That’s what New York City has always done. And, I will continue to collaborate with mayors across the country to pursue common-sense, constitutional approaches to protecting public safety."

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The Supreme Court and the 2nd Amendment

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC

A reader working with a gun-control group notes that today's SCOTUS ruling doesn't entirely prevent localties from restricting gun ownership. The reader highlighted this passage from the ruling:

It is important to keep in mind that Heller, while striking down a law that prohibited the possession of handguns in the home, recognized that the right to keep and bear arms is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose. 554 U. S., at ___ (slip op., at 54). We made it clear in Heller that our holding did not cast doubt on such longstanding regulatory measures as prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Id., at ___-___ (slip op., at 54-55). We repeat those assurances here. Despite municipal respondents doomsday proclamations, incorporation does not imperil every law regulating firearms.

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The Lede: Budgeting in Albany

Monday, June 28, 2010

WNYC

Paterson said he'll "veto everything," if legislators don't create a contingency plan for losing federal FMAP money.

Silver says the gap to be closed is about $200 million. Others say it's closer to $400 million.

Sampson may be at least five votes short of passing the state budget bill.

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Assemblyman Boyland E-mails About Assemblyman Boyland's Campaign

Friday, June 25, 2010

WNYC

Two problems with Assemblyman Boyland's campaign kick-off announcement.

First, it came from his official Assembly e-mail address.

Second, it lists Michael Carver as the contact person. The way to reach Carver, according to the announcement, is through his Assembly e-mail address.

State law prohibits legislative supplies--like email addresses, computers, letterhead, and employees from being used for campaigning.

Here's the e-mail I, and a lot of other reporters, were sent this afternoon:

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Izquierdo Sentenced

Friday, June 25, 2010

WNYC

The sentencing today of Richard Izquierdo for embezelling $115,000 from a non-profit that caters to low-income residents is pretty harsh: 366 days in jail, a $3,000 fine and he has to repay the money he misused.

Some of the people who benefited from his spending are not facing any changes. That includes his employer and grandmother, Carmen Arroyo, whose Assembly office got new floors, thanks to Izquierdo.

The assemblywoman was not in her office today and unavaible for comment, according to a spokeswoman.

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The MacKay Show

Friday, June 25, 2010

WNYC

Former Senator Al D’Amato and Ron Alexenburg, the legendary head of Epic Records –- who signed Michael Jackson and others -– are among the guests who appeared in a new televison and radio show hosted by Frank MacKay.

MacKay, the head of the State Independence Party, said the weekly, hour-long show titled "Voice of Independence," will launch in New York, Atlanta, Denver, Portland and other cities.

The show will focus on “the process of success, the process of failure, the process of scandal,” said MacKay. “It’s not just about the headlines.”

For MacKay, it’s a melding of two worlds he’s worked in worked in for years: politics and entertainment. Before becoming the head of the state’s third largest political party, MacKay ran a night club on Long Island and taught guitar lesson for years.

The show will be filmed out of Pro Image Group in Bohemia, New York.

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Freedom Party Convention

Friday, June 25, 2010

WNYC

This Sunday will be the "founding convention" of Charles Barron's Freedom Party, he told me in a chat this morning.

The event will start at 4:30 p.m. at 260 Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn, inside the Siloam Presbyterian Church.

Because his party doesn't have a pre-existing position on the ballot, Barron, who is running for governor, has to get signatures in each congressional district across the state.

And even if he gets enough signatures, there's always the hurdle of election lawyers finding other problems.

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