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Poll: Democrat Cuomo polls like a Republican

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cuomo's job approval rating, from Quinnipiac:

56-15 percent job approval rating
59-14 percent among independents
57-14 percent among GOP
56-14 percent among Dems
63-13 percent in upstate
53-15 percent in NYC
50-17 percent in suburbs

The analysis:

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo is a Democrat, right? His job approval is strong but the political and geographical pattern has a Republican look - he does best upstate, better than in the city or suburbs," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Also, the poll compares Cuomo's wine-and-dine approach to Spitzer's steamrolling, and finds, unsurprisingly, Cuomo's is preferred.

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Combined Impacts: Potential Federal, State and City Cuts to Anti-Poverty Programs

Friday, February 18, 2011

It was a tough week for folks at the Community Service Society of New York, which has been serving New York City's poor since 1848. President Obama rolled out his budget proposal, which included significant cuts to Community Block grants and other poverty fighting programs. That was on top of bleak news from Albany. Then, Mayor Bloomberg released his budget. It included the elimination of 17,000 child care slots that the working poor and near poor rely on and cut a voucher program that helps the homeless get into housing.  

David Jones is the CEO of the Community Service Society of New York that has been serving the city for 160 years. He worries that President Obama's budget is the best it might get this year, since Republicans control the House of Representatives in Washington.

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Why Cuomo's More Jersey Than Connecticut

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Governor Cuomo has a decision to make: does he want to be more like a guy from Connecticut or a guy from New Jersey?

The governor, a native New Yorker, might shudder at that choice. But as he, like so many other governors, faces this year’s budget battle, he has two colleagues to compare to: the Nutmeg State’s newly elected Democrat Dan Malloy and the Garden State’s slightly more seasoned Republican Chris Christie. As Cuomo’s campaign against public sector employees and his defense of the state’s wealthiest residents demonstrate, he has much more in common with his Republican neighbor across the Hudson.

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Christe's Soulmates

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cuomo is among them.

Christie's big speech today is streaming here.

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Expanding Cuomo's Power

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Even though aides say they're taking out reference to the Martin Act, Cuomo's consolidation of financial regulation agencies could still give the governor broad new powers.

Nick Confessore explains:

Experts said Mr. Cuomo’s proposal would transform the existing Insurance and Banking Departments from traditional regulatory agencies focused largely on compliance and rule-making into an unprecedented amalgam of regulator, prosecutor and judge. It could have the effect of transforming the superintendent of the new agency into a second “sheriff of Wall Street,” forcing Mr. Schneiderman, a fellow Democrat with whom Mr. Cuomo has clashed in the past, to compete for high-profile cases.

Danny Kanner, a spokesman for Mr. Schneiderman, declined to comment on the powers envisioned in the legislation. But in a statement, Mr. Kanner said, “The attorney general supports the concept of merging these departments for the purpose of consolidation, and looks forward to continued discussions with the governor’s office on other details of the proposal, as well as other reforms to state government.”

The legislation does not formally strip any powers from the attorney general. But while Mr. Cuomo has described the merger in part as a way to save money, his executive budget anticipates that the operations of the new agency would cost about $6 million more than its three predecessors in its first year of operation. (Aides said that merger had since been “rescored,” in budget parlance, and was now expected to result in year-to-year savings.) At the same time, Mr. Cuomo’s budget reduces the budget of the office of the attorney general by roughly 10 percent.

Historically, the attorney general and the Banking and Insurance Departments have shared a creative tension. The agencies focused on day-to-day compliance, while the attorney general’s prosecutors, under Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Cuomo, opened up large-scale cases — often against powerful firms and interests — with an eye toward tackling systemic problems, whether those were corruption among research analysts or conflicts of interest in the student loan industry.

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Cuomo: 'Can they lead? Can they get a tough budget done?'

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I caught the tail end of Cuomo's comments on Fred Dicker's radio show, but the chest-thumping seemed fairly direct.

Cuomo warned what would happen if legislative leaders - Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos - fail to deliver enough votes to get his budget passed: they could be painted as advocates for the special interest.

"The question is can they get it done? Can they lead? Can they get a tough budget done," Cuomo asked rhetorically.

Cuomo - whose has sky-high approval ratings right now - said if it turns out either legislative leader "favors the special interest, then we're going to have a problem."

When asked about progress on an ethics reform bill, Cuomo paid a compliment to Silver and Skelos, and then promptly downplayed it.

After saying the three parties have gotten "closer" and "closer," Cuomo said, "closer doesn't matter to me."

"It's very easy to get close to the goal line. What they excel is getting close to the goal line but not going over."

Cuomo's talk was notably assertive (can we call it aggressive, it was so pleasantly delivered?) and it put the spotlight on two legislative partners that aren't well known outside political circles.

Which is what Alan Chartock predicted.

In light of Cuomo's 72 percent approval rating, Chartock said Cuomo has "got everyone on the run right now" and "if they see poll numbers around 75 percent, they’ve got to fear him.”

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Poll: Cuomo more popular than Cuomo budget

Monday, February 14, 2011

Andrew Cuomo is popular, even if key parts of his budget face resistance, according to a new Sienea poll.

Also, GOP and Independent voters really like Cuomo's budget, even though members of his Democratic Party do not.

Cuomo
77-16 percent favorable / unfavorable among voters.
83-12 percent among Dems
70-20 percent among GOP
70-22 percent among Independents

Obama
62-35 percent favorable / unfavorable among voters.
82-17 percent among Dems
29-67 percent among GOP
55-39 percent among Independents

Cuomo's pledges to not raise taxes, not borrow, and cut spending all poll at 75 percent or higher with voters.

When it comes to cutting health care or education, things change.

Cut Medicaid by $1 billion:
51-45 percent support it.
41-54 percent among Dems
61-36 percent among GOP
59-36 percent among Independents

Cut SUNY / CUNY by 10 percent:
41-56 percent support it
33-65 percent among Dems
50-47 percent among GOP
49-50 percent among Independents

Renew tax on those making $200,000+ annually (which Cuomo opposes)
33-65 percent support
27-71 percent among Dems
45-53 percent among GOP
34-63 percent among Independents
61-37 percent among those making $100,000+ annually

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In Albany, Finger Pointing Over Ethics Reform

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Tensions over an ethics reform bill that’s being negotiated in private between Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders spilled into the open this week, as finger pointing began over which side was holding up the legislation.

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Cuomo links school performance to school funding

Thursday, February 10, 2011

"Increase the student performance, you'll win a grant,"Cuomo says in this clip from his speech at Hofstra yesterday. He went on to say, "And let's also reward good managers who are actually finding efficiencies."

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What is Cuomo doing with Jay Jacobs?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Jay Jacobs went from being Nassau County Chairman, to NYS Chairman, thanks to David Paterson. (azi paybarah / wnyc)

Page Six sent tremors through New York Democratic circles this morning with a blind item saying the head of the party, Jay Jacobs, was getting replaced by one of Governor Cuomo confidents, Charlie King.

The item included a terse-sounding comment from an unnamed Cuomo's spokesperson who said "Not true."

Of course it's unclear what exactly the "not true" means: "Not true at the moment" or "Not true; Jacobs has the full support of the governor and we have no plans to install King in his place."

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto did not respond to an emailed request for elaboration. An email to Simon Brandler, who handled press for the state party during the campaign, bounced back. A telephone message left for King at the state party's office was not immediately returned. Jacobs said he did not want to comment publicly.

Jacobs went from Nassau County Chairman to State Party Chairman, thanks to support he got from Governor Cuomo's predecessor, David Paterson. Jacobs was re-elected to a 2-year term this past September.

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Brooklyn Dem: Cuomo budget 'complete disaster' and will cost NYS 150,000 jobs

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Andrew Cuomo's budget will lead to the loss of 150,000 jobs, with about half of them coming from New York City, according to Assemblyman Jim Brennan, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

Brennan described the budget as  "a complete disaster" for New York City and the state.

He made the comments while the joint budget committee he sits on was receiving testimony from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Quinn said, "I would not describe the governor's budget as a complete disaster"

"Partial disaster?" Brennan asked.

Quinn, trying to settle the matter, said, "I would not describe - lest I be misquoted - I would not associate the word 'disaster' with Governor Cuomo's budget."

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Bloomberg Visits Albany, Seeks Money

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

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Michael Bloomberg came to Albany on Monday asking for money, and painting a grim picture of what New York City would look like if he didn’t get it.

One third of all senior centers, shuttered; thousands of public school teachers, laid off. city government, inefficiently down-sized.

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Transcript: Bloomberg's State Budget Testimony

Monday, February 07, 2011

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s prepared testimony on the impact of the proposed state budget on New York City, February 7, 2011

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The Mix: Cairo, Cuts, and Coughs

Friday, February 04, 2011

There's no doubt we could devote the entirety of this week's Mix to developments in Egypt. This was an historic week, and on WNYC several guests and callers - and President Obama - echoed the importance of the moment. But...let's not get completely carried away. So we've also included some of the big news closer to home, too. Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation was a stark reminder of New York's State's fiscal crisis, and Mayor Bloomberg came out guns blazing in advance of the speech, claiming that the state's education funding formulas could lead to massive teacher layoffs. But Bloomberg also took on public employee unions this week too, painting an either/or scenario when it comes to retaining workers versus meeting pension obligations. And, finally, New York continued to add public health regulations to the books, voting to ban smoking in public parks, plazas, and other outdoor areas.

[beats from rjd2]

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six-figure school administrators

Friday, February 04, 2011

Syosset Central School Superintendent Carole Hankin is among the top-paid in the state. (http://www.gogomag.com/talkingheads)

They came in for particularly harsh treatment in Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation, with the governor joking he'd tried unsuccessfully to apply for one job making $386,000.

I'm told that particular six-figure-job is based out of Syosset Central School District, which, according to this web site, is now paying their top administrator, Carole Hankin, $485,246.42. In fact, 512 employees in that district make six figures, in salaries and benefits, according to SeeThroughNY.

The district offers something of a unique experience for it's 6,700 students according to this interview with Hankin:

There’s the elementary foreign language program, which offers students a virtual, whirlwind trip around the globe before they’re in their teens: Russian in kindergarten; Chinese in first grade; Spanish, French, and Italian in grades two, three, and four; and Latin in grade five. For those who may struggle with the rigors of A.P. Physics, there’s a high school course in forensics...

There’s also a middle school etiquette course, a yoga strand to help young children focus their minds and bodies, and teaching relationships with some of Manhattan’s finest institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Philharmonic, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities.

And this one, "Hankin is known to pick up the phone frequently to call upon her local legislators for funding above and beyond her annual budget allotments, often with successful results."

A person who answered the phone at the Syosset school district said someone would be available to comment, later. Hankin's colleagues on Long Island are also well-paid.

[H/t Michelle Breidenbach]

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Bloomberg: state isn't doing 'their fair share' to split costs

Friday, February 04, 2011

There's been some dispute between aides to Bloomberg and Cuomo about the size of the cuts the city would absorb in Cuomo's proposed budget.

$2 billion, is the figure Bloomberg is using. Cuomo aides say it's far lower.

This morning, Bloomberg explained his figure is based on money he said was promised to him by the previous governor, plus the loss of "revenue sharing" on social programs that Albany will no longer fund.

"They're not going to do their fair share. Now, the city can't afford to pick up the balance," said the mayor.

Also, Bloomberg complained about a state law driving up education costs in the city

"One of the biggest drivers in the reason our education budget keeps going up is, there's something like a 19 percent increase built in for special ed, mandated by the state," said Bloomberg.

More from Bloomberg's radio show this morning: 

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Prison Towns Worry Closures Could Upend Communities

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to shutter as many as 10 prisons statewide in order to cut costs, but officials in the primarily upstate New York communities that house correctional facilities are concerned about job loss.

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Cuomo sees 'receptivity' on Bloomberg's push against teacher seniority rules

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Michael Bloomberg has been trying to get Governor Cuomo to come out in favor of abolishing the Last In First Out rule protecting longer-serving teachers from layoffs.

Cuomo doesn't embrace it fully,saying not to "penalize seniority" but rather incorporate "objective, fair" criteria into the equation.

Cuomo:

"I think there is a receptivity that there should be objective, fair criteria that don't penalize seniority but that also understand that there are other criteria to take into consideration. That's a conversation worth having."

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Bloomberg: Cuomo's Budget 'Will Hurt All Parts of the City'

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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Mayor Bloomberg kept up pressure on Governor Cuomo on Wednesday, saying the newly elected executive's budget will cost the city more than a billion dollars in education aid, and force the city to layoff "thousands" of workers.

"The cut for education is $1.4 billion no matter how you phrase it," said Bloomberg at a City Hall press conference, rebuffing comments made by the governor's staff that the city's loss was smaller. 

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Cuomo tells his a pre-emptive budget story, blames Albany, lobbyists

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Cuomo takes his budget argument past the media, and releases this video, saying his financial proposal will "shake up the Albany establishment. But this is exactly what we must do."

The scape-goat in Cuomo's telling of the budget, is "Albany."

"When you pull back the curtain in Albany, you find a government working more for the special interests and the lobbyists than for the people."

He says, "Only government hasn't adjusted to the new economic reality" and "I will be attacked by these special interests."

It's an pre-emptive move against attack ads Cuomo says is coming because he's trimming the state budget.

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