Friday, May 10, 2013
By Mirela Iverac : Reporter, WNYC News
On a recent day Pablo Garcia was preparing arepas in a small kitchen of the apartment in Elmhurst, Queens. He and his husband, Santiago Ortiz, have lived there for over 20 years.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won 28 years ago.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Andrew Cuomo is elected governor of New York State, taking over the office his father won twenty-eight years ago. Cuomo easily defeated Carl Paladino, a self financed businessman who promised to take a baseball bat to the state's political establishment. Instead, New Yorkers elected a political veteran with a long Democratic pedigree.
Friday, October 22, 2010
By Karol Markowicz : IAFC Blogger
In a year when so many "safe" seats seem to be in play, it figures that this is the state of the Republican party in New York: The guy who sends around bestiality cartoons and says gay people don't have a valid life? That guy everyone knows. The two men with credentials, strong positions on the issues, clean campaigns and just the one family each? They barely get mentioned.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
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.' "
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Gary Bernsten is a former CIA agent who worked extensively in Afghanistan, East Africa and was the Chief of Hazbollah Operations for the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.
He’s also a GOP candidate running for US Senate against Democrat Chuck Schumer.
What does Bernsten think about building a cultural center and mosque near Ground Zero?
Bernsten opposes it. Strongly. He told me the place will attract radical Islamists who will use the place as a base from which to launch future attacks against.
Which lead me around the 6:30 mark to ask, “if a mosque is built there, do you think American lives would be in danger?”
Bernsten’s reply: “Eventually. Eventually.”
Monday, July 26, 2010
Charlie Rangel held his third press conference in as many days, putting on an optimistic air about the ethics inquiry into him, the charges resulting from of which will be publicly released Thursday.
Before handing out scholarship awards to about a dozen local students, Rangel spoke to reporters in his Harlem office building:
“Well, we waited almost two years and they finally investigated and guess what? They have some more alleged violations.”
Rangel did not elaborate, but seemed to be refering to a number of alleged violations have been reported in the press but were not among the ones Rangel forwarded to Congress for review. They include abandoning a car in a congressional parking lot, getting a tax-break for a donor who gave money to a school he was fund-raising for, and receiving a tax break for those who make their primary residence in Washington.
When asked, Rangel said he did not feel “singled out” because of his race. He also rebuffed the premise of another reporters’ question who asked if the long-time congressman felt dismayed that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and outgoing Governor Paterson have not committed to attending his August 11th birthday fundraiser.
“I don’t believe what you’re saying is true, nor do I believe you have any evidence to substantiate that, based on my conversations with people during the weekend,” Rangel said. “Now, let's get on with it,” he said, referring to the distribution of scholarship awards.
Later, after a three-piece band struck up some uplifting jazz music and Rangel mingled with the recipients, he expressed optimism that his friends in the Democratic party will rally around him, despite press reports to the contrary.
Specifically, Rangel was asked about Senator Chuck Schumer seemingly expressing something less than full-throttled support for Rangel. In a statement released this weekend, a Schumer spokesperson is quoted as saying "The senator is going to give Congressman Rangel a chance to get his case out there before coming to any judgment."
“[Senator Charles] Schumer has been my buddy for many many years. And just because somebody can think of a question doesn’t mean that I’m going to respond to it,” Rangel said.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Pollster Peter Feld doesn't think the sky is falling for Democrats, despite the slippage Andrew Cuomo, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand recorded amongst independents in today's Siena poll.
That's mainly because Republicans don't have a strong field this year. And the paid media hasn't started. Also, it's fair to ...