Peabody award–winning journalist Andrea Bernstein is Senior Editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News. She has previously served as Metro Editor, Political Director, Director of Transportation Nation, and Senior Reporter.
This Week in Politics: Gay Marriage Imperils GOP Senators, Vito Lopez Flexes Electoral Muscle
Saturday, September 15, 2012
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 the region.
New York’s legislative primaries took place this week and two Republican State Senators who supported gay marriage found themselves fighting for their political lives. Gay marriage opponents, including the state conservative party, vowed electoral retribution, and primary election results suggested they may have achieved that aim.
Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office knew more than it let on about the secret settlement deal between Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assemblyman Vito Lopez, according to emails. The emails released Wednesday show more conversations over a longer period of time than emails released by the attorney general's office and the Assembly when the scandal broke in late August.
The comptroller's and attorney general's offices said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, both Democrats, did not know of the proposed settlement sought by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Lopez has fought back against calls for his resignation, and this week at the polls he showed he still has clout.
Late on Monday, September 10, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie and Mayor Michael Bloomberg struck a deal to start work again on the September 11 museum. Is it a face-saving measure, an accounting trick, or a real deal?
The museum was supposed to open this month, but construction all but ceased a year ago because of a funding squabble between the foundation that runs the museum and the Port Authority.
On Friday, Bloomberg said Cuomo and Christie wanted to strike a deal to resume work on the 9/11 museum “all along.”