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Azi Paybarah

author of The Empire blog

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Candidate Says Albany Needs More Active Oversight Committee

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Anna Lewis is out with a statement explaining how she'd fix the state's budget if she were elected to the state senate -- she'd adjust the taxes levied against co-ops with cheaper taxes levied against condos. There's the obligatory call to reinstate the commuter tax -- which hardly seems like it'll garner support outside the five boroughs.

Lewis said the State Senate needs a more active investigate body to audit the legislature and public programs. Lewis, it should be noted, once worked as the lead attorney to the Assembly's Oversight, Analysis and Investigation Committee.

"The problem that exists in the Senate is that while it has an investigative committee, it isn’t active enough in oversight, and must be strengthened," Lewis said. "It is essential that we more acutely scrutinize how the Senate spends our money, and I have the will to do so."

Lewis is one of six five Democrats running for the State Senate seat in Northern Manhattan being vacated by Eric Schneiderman, who is running for attorney general.

Other candidates include Adriano Espaillat, the local Assemblyman whom Schneiderman has endorsed; Mark Levine, a district leader, teacher and founder of the Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan.

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Who Has the Most Contributors From New York?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

I thought it would be Andrew Cuomo, since the state attorney general has such a huge war chest for his campaign for governor.

Turns out it's cash-starved Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Lazio. According to a NYPIRG analysis, Cuomo has 2,306 donors with New York addresses.

Lazio has 2,867.

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'Mansion Boy' and the Legislature's 'Best Friend'

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

So, there's no real bombshell revelation in the NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Andrew Cuomo, but there are some entertaining tidbits about the guy who is likely to be New York's next governor.

Andrew Cuomo "used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

NYT Magazine
contributing writer, Jonathan Mahler, said "it would be a stretch to call 'The New NY Agenda' a policy book."

And at the end of the piece, Cuomo downplays the notion he's going to Albany to wage war agains the legislature (which his predecessor had done). Cuomo is quoted saying, "The legislature doesn't want trouble. They want good news from a P.R. point of view. They need redemption" and "I think I can be their best friend."

Being Albany's "best friend" is obviously said with an eye towards politics after election day (i.e. governing Albany), but I can imagine someone using that line in a Web ad in about five minutes.

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Newsday, Growing

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Newsday, the Long Island daily which has struggled to convince many of its reader to pay for the content now behind a paywall, says it's expanding.

An internal memo sent out today, and pased along to me by a helpful reader, says the Long Island paper will hire 34 journalists in the next six months, and expand their news and opinion pages by 2,600 pages annually.

The focus is to drill down locally and mine -- if it's possible -- more local news out of their catch basin.

They're also, "cross-training staff to enable them to cover news in both text and video."

Technical note: I'll have the memo posted shortly, once I figure out why it's not working on scribd.

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Cuomo Attending Rangel Birthday Party

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

A spokesman for Andrew Cuomo's campaign confirms this report that he's attending Charlie Rangel's birthday party fund-raiser tonight. The report also says Senators Schumer and Gilibrand will be there.

Anyway, I'll now go back to reading the 8,000 word NYT Sunday magazine cover story on Cuomo. So far, my favorite part: "[Andrew] Cuomo used to call his younger brother, Christopher, who grew up in Albany, 'mansion boy.' "

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What's on the NYS Ballot?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah, both WNYC reporters, talk about the upcoming primary votes in New York and who's on the ballot, which was released yesterday. Plus, what to make of Rangel's rant.

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Scarborough and Weiner Debate 9/11 Bill

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman, doesn’t buy Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s explanation why the 9/11 health care bill was put up for a vote under rules requiring a 2/3 majority vote, instead of a simple majority.

Despite the volume, Scarborough and Weiner actually get into the substantive parts of the debate.

Scarborough's main complaint is that Weiner challenged Repubilcans for not supporting the legislation, but didn't act similarly to Blue Dog Democrats, or Hispanic Democratic members, who threatened to vote aganist the bill if it veered into the area of immigration.

The 14.33 minute segment is worth a watch.

Watch the video.

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Powell's 'Vote' Flier

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Here’s part of a flier that’s going around parts of northern Manhattan, which features a photograph of Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell and the word “vote” right above it. It was passed to me by an interested reader working on one of the congressional campaigns in the 15th district, where Powell is one of five candidates seeking to oust the incumbent, Rep. Charles Rangel.

I haven’t seen the whole flier, but at fist glance, it looks like a piece of campaign literature, asking readers to vote for Powell.

It’s actually a voter registration form, Powell’s campaign manager, Danny Serrano, told me when I asked him about it. He said it was sent by Powell’s Assembly office, and that similar fliers were sent by many other state legislators.

“The point is not to say we’re trying to get people to vote our way,” said Serrano. The flier is meant to “make it easier for people to register to vote.”

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The Lede: Bloomberg's Numbers, Rangel's Speech

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WNYC

Young Obama voters may sit on the sidelines.

AP: "All hail inexperience  - the less familiarity with politics the better, no matter the party or state."
 
New voting machines in NY could be problematic, says Saul.

Goodwin: Hillary as VP hurts Obama's 2012 chances.

Rep. John Lewis on Rangel: "If I was in his shoes and know what I know, I would have been quiet."

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Roundup: Rangel Speaks, Bloomberg Dips, de Blasio Disarms

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

Expect a D'Amato and Rangel photo tomorrow.

Rangel won’t resign.

Lochhead: “Rep. Charlie Rangel had a captive House squirming in its seats.”

Ambinder’s not sure Rangel helped or hurt his cause.

Rangel’s tone: “wistful.”

Morais hangs out with Next Generation for Rangel.

Bloomberg, below 50 percent.

Chris Cox gets a boost from Berntsen.

Paterson’s offer to help relocate the Islamic center may not be constitutional.

Paladino’s campaign does not lack modesty.

De Blasio lets his guard down.

Sampson gets behind Genting bid for Aqueduct.

Here's Gawker’s take on Gibbs and the professional left.

Debunking the Wyclef presidency.

What is Rep. Jose Serrano doing behind Bloomberg's back?

Lazio's latest video about the Islamic center includes this message at the bottom of the screen: "Call Attorney General Cuomo."

"All Things Harlem" talks to folks about Rangel.

And Rangel, in his own words.

 

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Hitting Blumenthal

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

The day before today’s CT GOP Senate primary, Linda McMahon mailed this piece to voters hitting Democratic nominee Dick Blumenthal, the state’s AG, for his inaccurate statements about serving in Vietnam. The testimonials inside the mailer are particularly...dour.

Just in case you thought that issue had gone away.

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Cuomo's Cover

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

This should make for some fun reading this weekend. From the NYT's publicity department:

"In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, contributing writer Jonathan Mahler interviews Andrew Cuomo in the cover story, “The Second Coming.” Andrew Cuomo is not, politically, his father’s son, writes Mahler, nor is he the reincarnation of Eliot Spitzer (or so he wants to prove). But Cuomo does want to redeem Albany and maybe himself in his campaign."

Unless you're Steve Kornacki, in which case, it may just feel like deja vu.

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NY Rep. Charles Rangel Defends Himself Against Ethics Charges

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

New York Congressman Charles Rangel delivered a twenty-minute speech on the floor of Congress Monday afternoon, defending himself against thirteen charges of violating ethics rules. He told colleagues he won't resign just to make them feel better.

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Rangel Defends Himself Against Ethics Charges

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

He rambled. He challenged. He even said death may come sooner than he’d like. But Rep. Charles Rangel’s 30-minute speech on the House floor today was the most detailed and passionate defense he’s offered since being engulfed in alleged ethics violations two years ago.

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The Scene in Connecticut

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

Over in Connecticut, a reader says GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon - who has a primary today - sent out a mailer last night hitting the challenger she'd like to face in November, Democrat Richard Blumenthal.  "So, she must be feeling confident," this reader says.

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George Washington and the Islamic Center

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

Jon Stewart: "Wasn't it George Washington who said any mosque has to be at least six blocks from Ground Zero?"

Stewart's guest in this clip is Ambassador Ahmed Akbar, who says the founding fathers had a deep respect for Islam.

 
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The Lede: Cuomo's Silence, Paladino's Friends, Titone's Costume

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WNYC

Andrew Cuomo won't say if he agrees with his running mate on the Islamic center slated for near Ground Zero.

Carl Paladino: "I have a lot of friends who are Muslims."

The National Legal and Policy Center files another complaint against Rangel, reports The Post.

DNC member Robert Zimmerman's joint letter with GOP Rep. Peter King on the 9/11 Health bill angered Dem Rep. Anthony Weiner.

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Giuliani Donor Fined

Monday, August 09, 2010

WNYC

A contributor to Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign was fined $30,000 in civil penalties to the Federal Elections Commission after he was found to have made contributions to the campaign under the name of other donors in order to skirt donation caps.

The contributor, Dr. Jose Valdez, is alleged to have funneled $11,500 to Giuliani's campaigns under the names of four other donors.

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Roundup: Espaillat's Albany, Adams' Support, Paterson's Budget

Monday, August 09, 2010

WNYC

Capital New York hears from the often unheard voice in the Islamic center near Ground Zero debate: the Muslim community.

GOP debate in NY23, on September 1.

State Senator Eric Adams supports Genting at Aqueduct.

Boehner raises money for GOP congressional challenger Chris Gibson.

Espaillat runs on an anti-Albany message, despite the fact he currently works in Albany.

Coffey donated to Franken, who then came here to help Coffey's AG campaign.

32BJ and 1199 SEIU oppose Espada, officially.

McGeveran basically calls it a bad day for the tabloid front pages.

And the AP's Mike Gormley says legislators "ended up basically with Governor Paterson's budget" and that Paterson "has his own buget like no governor has done before." Vielkind says "he got almost everything he wanted."

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Rangel's Q&A: 'Not One Scintilla of Evidence'

Monday, August 09, 2010

WNYC

The only thing better than hearing Rep. Charlie Rangel go back and forth with reporters about his ongoing ethics trial is hearing him do it as he refers to himself in the third person.

After appearing with Mayor Bloomberg at the new Willis Avenue Bridge, Rangel stuck to his story that he never personally benefited from anything he allegedly did wrong -- a major requirement necessary in finding him guilty on the more serious of the 13 ethics violations he faces.

Around the 6:00 mark, he says, "You can't find any monetary benefit that comes to Charlie Rangel. Not inferred, not implied, or NOTHING." At the 8:30 mark, he adds, "There's not one scintilla of evidence that supports that Charlie Rangel got a nickel of anything from anybody."

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