Liz Benjamin

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Who Had the Better Week—Cuomo or Christie?

Friday, April 20, 2012

One man gets named to Time's 100 Most Influential list, while the other denies falling asleep at a Bruce Springsteen concert.


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One Week Out: What's On Albany's Agenda?

Monday, June 13, 2011

[Gay marriage is] clearly not going to pass without Republican assistance because there are only 30 Democrats, one of whom will never in a million years vote for gay marriage, and that's Ruben Diaz. There's going to be a Republican deciding vote no matter how you slice it.

Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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How Silver sees housing costs

Thursday, January 06, 2011

In an interview with Liz Benjamin yesterday, the powerful Democratic Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, mentions his (new-found?) support for a property tax cap, which is a key component of Governor Cuomo's financial plans. But Silver quickly talks about the need to renew rent protection laws.

So, does the Speaker see this as a trade of some sort?

"No," said Silver. "It's the same concept. People have to afford living in their homes. That's what it's about."

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Paladino rips media as 'very much part of the problem'

Friday, December 03, 2010

Carl Paladino sent a letter today to YNN reporter Capital Tonight anchor Liz Benjamin, blasting her for not being tougher on governor-elect Andrew Cuomo in a recent interview, calling it "pathetic."

"He was allowed to walk on his use of drugs," Paladino writes in the letter, dated November 24, but which was sent out today, according to his secretary. "If a complacent, lazy and apathetic press doesn't police government, who will?"

Paladino ends his four-page letter telling "Liz" that "you and your friends in the press are very much part of the problem."

Paladino had many, many problems with reporters. He threatened Fred Dicker with the line, "I'll take you out, buddy!" and blocked from his media contact list a well-respected Associated Press reporter after he thought she wrote an unfair story about one of his policy initiatives.

As for Benjamin, she's tenacious, tireless, and, fair. The criticism here from Paladino are hard to accept, since reporters did ask about many of the issues raised in the letters (Cuomo's drug use; prosecuting Steven Rattner, etc.).

As for criticism of the modern political press in New York, it's hard to accept them coming from Paladino, considering his behavior on the campaign trail.

For example, after a speech to Orthodox Jews in Williamsburg, Paladino marched to his car, several blocks away, ignoring reporters' questions, even as they marching along side of him. Days later, after the speech was widely criticized, Paladino stood at a Columbus Day parade in Midtown, saying his comments in Williamsburg were mischaracterized and unfairly reported by the media. They weren't.

Anyway, Paladino had said all along he would only run for office once. But it seems he's unlikely to remain a silent spectator to New York politics.

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Cuomo answers the Silver question

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Andrew Cuomo works hardat not letting the “anger and frustration” directed at Albany get personal, especially when he’s asked about one enduring political figure in the capital, fellow Democrat Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Liz Benjamin: "He’s the longest legislative leader in Albany…If you say Albany is disgusting, has it not been his [Sheldon Silver’s] fault in some way?"

Andrew Cuomo: "It has been the fault of the legislative leaders. It has been the fault of the governors. It has been the fault of the lobbyists. It’s been the fault of the special interest corporations that dominate the process."

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Liz Benjamin and Rick Karlin Discuss the Failed Gay Marriage Bill

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The state Senate has voted down a landmark bill that would've legalized gay marriage. Liz Benjamin of the New York Daily News and Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union discuss with WNYC's Amy Eddings what it means that eight Democrats voted against the bill. Karlin ...

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