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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Thomas Kaplan, an Albany Correspondent for the New York Times, shares his political analysis of the events that transpired last week, and racks our focus on one or two key issues we should be paying attention to during the upcoming session.

Gay rights activist Libby Post, co-founder of the Empire State Pride Agenda weighs in on the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms lawsuit challenging the process by which the state’s new same sex marriage law came about.

Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics introduces listeners to, and how it can be utilized this election year. Plus, how is secrecy in funddraising is affecting politics? What determines transparency? Why should some groups have the ability to maintain funding secrecy others not? Who benefits from this secrecy? When it comes to following the money, Krumholz is considered a top expert. She will join us by phone.

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The Cuomo Doctrine and "grim" budget situation

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

"We are a progressive society," Governor Andrew Cuomo said on the Fred Dicker Show on 1300 AM out of Albany. "But we're tax payers and we want the government to run efficiency and effectively."

Thus the Governor articulated the Cuomo Doctrine. Not that this is anything new, but I'm not sure he's so clearly articulated. A progressive social doctrine, most easily identified by the push for same-sex marriage, buffeted by a high sensitivity toward tax issues and fiscal discipline. See the millionaires' tax and his battle with the unions.

Cuomo was also asked about the budget situation. Last week the Governor put the breaks on the annual mid-year fiscal report, claiming volatility in the stock market was leading to too much uncertainty for a projection to be made.

How are things looking now? "Grim."

He went on to say that "the news is not good" and that the current projections, when they're finished, will need to be looked at as guides for the upcoming budget. "These numbers are not just another forecast," Cuomo said. "We're going to have to make decisions on these numbers."

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Cuomo continues push: nationwide same-sex marriage

Friday, October 28, 2011

Courtsey of the Governor's office

Two awards for leading the way on same-sex marriage in New York, two speeches on the need for equal rights for same-sex couple across the country.

Governor Andrew Cuomo took to the stage at a Empire State Pride Agenda dinner last night to accept an award for his efforts to legalize same-sex marriage. During his remarks, the Governor stated in no uncertain terms his vision of a nation where same-sex couples were able to marry everywhere.

Thomas Kaplan of the New York Times:

And in his most forceful terms to date, Mr. Cuomo called for his counterparts across the country to embrace what he framed as an issue of equal rights and to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in their own statehouses.

“We need marriage equality in every state in this nation,” Mr. Cuomo said. “Otherwise, no state really has marriage equality, and we will not rest until it is a reality.”

Forceful, yes, but the Governor's statements last night were built on statements he made a few weeks ago at another event where he was handed an award for the same efforts by the news website the Huffington Post.

"I'll tell you the real power and the real import of passing marriage equality in New York," the Governor said earlier this month. "You're going to see this victory not just reverberate within this state, but it will reverberate coast-to-coast and the battle doesn't stop until we change the law of the land."

The same-sex marriage is a great public position for the Governor at a time when his liberal flank is coming under attack from the Occupy movement. The Governor deserves these awards; it was his guidance that made same-sex marriage in New York a reality. And not having Occupy Wall Street show up helped focus the event exactly where the Governor undoubtedly wanted.

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Cuomo to receive (another) award for leadership on same-sex marriage

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Governor receiving his last award. (Huffington Post/AOL / Billy Farrell Agency)

The last time the Governor received an awardfor helping same-sex marriage legislation become law, protesters from Occupy Wall Street showed up and turned the coverage of the event more towards the arrest of Naomi Wolf than the Governor.

And that was before Occupy Albany. And Scott Olsen.

As of yet, there’s no sign that there’s an organized plan to protest the Governor’s acceptance of the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Douglas W. Jones Leadership Award. If they fail to show, it would be a good day for the Governor. He’s gotten some political cover from Speaker Sheldon Silver—the only leader left in Albany who supports extending the millionaires’ tax.

The Governor’s bifurcated governing strategy—social liberalism with economic centrism—has been looked at lately, and tonight’s award ceremony will continue to burnish the Governor’s standing as a leader in civil rights. I mean, Sir Elton John’s even giving the Governor props.

This, despite the growing focus of Occupiers on the Governor’s economic policies, specifically said millionaires’ tax. Then again, his stance doesn’t seem to be hurting his poll numbers. So if you’re position doesn’t leave you politically broken…

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Cuomo receives award at HuffPo's 'Occupy SoHo'

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Update: Photo slideshow added at the bottom.

Occupy Wall St protesters outside the awards ceremony (Colby Hamilton / WNYC)

It was supposed to be a celebratory evening for Governor Andrew Cuomo. The liberal news site The Huffington Post was presenting the governor with its 2011 "Game Changer of the Year" award for his successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.

Magazine cover celebrities and newsmakers lined up for pictures on the carpet at the entrance. Glasses of champagne were handed out to hundreds on hand celebrating the governor and 99 other leaders' work on various social, political and business fronts.

During his remarks, Cuomo spoke out against the death penalty, up for a woman's right to choose, and about the inevitable future of legalized same-sex marriage "from coast to coast."

But the other 99 -- the Occupy Wall Street "99 percent" protesters who'd shown up outside -- had a different set of talking point. The crowd of about 150 was mostly young, grungy and remarkably disciplined. They made up chants decrying the governor's support for hydrofracking and refusal to extend taxes on upper income earners.

After some initial back-and-forth with the police, the protesters agreed to move their picket across the street. They were violating a permit the Huffington Post party organizers had for use of the sidewalk.

Shortly after Cuomo's remarks some mid-level celebrity in sequence and high-heels ran into the middle of the street. A gaggle of dutiful photographers followed, flashes blowing. Traffic was forced to stop for the impromptu photo shoot.

The protesters, dimly lit by the cameras, continued to protest the governor who'd already left out the back.

Check out a photo slideshow of the event after the jump.

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NY, CT Methodists Pledge Support of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, October 17, 2011

More than 160 active and retired United Methodist clergy members in New York and Connecticut said they would defy the church's ban on performing same-sex marriages and perform ceremonies for all couples.

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New York City officials' record-breaking first day of same-sex marriage

Monday, July 25, 2011

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz celebrating with couples on the first day same-sex couples were able to marry. (Courtesy of the Brooklyn Borough President's office)

The state's first day of same-sex marriage didn't go off without a hitch--659 of them to be exact (zing!).

Mayor Bloomberg's office announced that one-day record-breaking feat was achieved yesterday as same-sex couples across the city took advantage of the new law.

"Today was a historic day in our City, and we couldn't be prouder that on the first day that everyone in New York City could have their love affirmed in the eyes of the law, we were able to serve everyone,” Mayor Bloomberg said in statement.

Manhattan performed the most ceremonies by far with 365. Brooklyn was in a distant second at 121, and more than half of those couples stopped by Brooklyn Borough Hall and the office of Marty Markowitz, the borough president.

“I wish these couples as much happiness as my wife and I have been blessed to share," Markowitz said in a statement. "This is a historic day in New York, and seeing these newlyweds—their smiles, that twinkle in their eye—that says it all.”


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Love Finds a Way: Every Couple Wins in City's Gay Marriage Lottery

Thursday, July 21, 2011

After initially limiting the number of wedding spots on Sunday in anticipation of high turnout Sunday — the first day gay marriage is legal in New York — the Bloomberg administration is now saying it will accommodate everyone who registered in time.



Bloomberg to Preside Over Same-Sex Marriage

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Later this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate his third wedding as mayor: the marriage of his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, and the city's commissioner of consumer affairs, Jonathan Mintz.


It's A Free Country ®

Poll: Demographic Shift Made Same-Sex Marriage Inevitable in NY

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

There's an age gap in attitudes about same sex marriage, and the times they are a'changin.'

"I don't want to be crude but look. The older people, people like me, in my age group, who are against this, are going to die before the younger ones. The people coming along, the younger folks, are in favor of gay marriage, and the younger you are the more likely you are to favor it," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

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It's A Free Country ®

Twelve O'Clock Tuesdays: What's Next For Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Every Tuesday at noon at It's A Free Country, we invite you to join a free-flowing political chat: Big guests, big ideas, real conversation. It's A Free Country's Jody Avirgan hosts, along with Brian Lehrer, Anna Sale, Caitlin Thompson and others from the IAFC team. Plus, you!

This week, with the passage of same-sex marriage legislation in New York State, we ask what's next. Will this bolster efforts in other states, or rally opponents? Will pressure be applied at the federal level, by President Obama, or will it be decided in state legislatures? Plus, a nuts-and-bolts discussion of what changes in New York for gay couples, from taxes to benefits.

The Takeaway

Wedding Planners Anticipate Boom with Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, June 27, 2011

Now that New York has become the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage, thousands of gay and lesbian couples will have the chance to say their "I Dos" in the Empire State. And with that announcement, wedding planners around the city are predicting a big boom in business.

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Gay Marriage, Budget and Reforms: Andrew Cuomo Takes Albany

Monday, June 27, 2011

New Yorkers can, for the moment at least, relax. An adult is in charge.

For longer than the public would like to remember, New York's state government has been dysfunctional, its governors ineffective, erratic or both. Now comes Andrew Cuomo, who, during his first six months in office, has actually gotten things done. Even those who do not approve of his policies have to acknowledge his mastery of Albany's maddening game of three-dimensional chess.

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Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, June 24, 2011

So much wrangling, but still nothing to show for it. We'll talk about what the logjam in Albany means for rent regulations, property taxes, and more, for our weekly business roundup.


The Empire

'Modern Family' Guy for Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, August 16, 2010

'A bunch of stupid senators' is how actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson describes the State Senators who voted against same-sex marriage. The issue may help with fund-raising, but as Liz Benjamin noted, it may not be on the agenda anytime soon.

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Senator Huntley's Challenger Picks Up Supoprt

Thursday, August 05, 2010


An openly gay Democratic City Councilman in Queens just endorsed a challenger to Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley, one of the people who voted against-same sex marriage.

The Councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside, said he’s support Lynn Nunes because “his commitment to reform and equality for all make Lynn the right choice for Southeast Queens and the right choice for New York.”

Lynn is challenging Huntley -- herself once favored by progressives and the Democratic establishment because she ousted the controversial Ada Smith. But now, Huntley is drawing fire from progressives for voting against same-sex marriage.

The endorsement announcement comes one day after same-sex marriage advocates cheered the overturn of a gay marriage ban in California (it’s likely to wind up, at some point, in the Supreme Court).

Since being voted down last year, the landscape for passing same-sex marriage in New York has improved, slightly.

A couple of Democratic State Senators who voted against same-sex marriage last year have been replaced by supporters.

In Queens, for example, Democratic State Senators who voted against the bill include Joe Addabbo, Hiram Monserrate and George Onorato. Monserrate was removed and replaced by Assemblyman Jose Peralta. Onorato announced he’s retiring, and is expected to be replaced by Assemblyman Michael Gianaris. Both Peralta and Gianaris voted for same-sex marriage while in the Assembly.

But, as Liz Benjamin noted, the issue may not be coming up for a vote in the State Senate any time soon.

Huntley has $45,927 on hand for her campaign. Challenger Nunes has $115,114.

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