Heard Around Town, Dec. 12, 2011

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* The black and Latino lawmakers who lined up behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s tax package last week will get at least one more friendly gesture from the administration for their support, sources said. The governor is soon expected to announce a new tenant protection unit in the state Division of Housing and Community Renewal – two dozen lawyers and investigators to go after bad landlords. It falls short of a more tenant-friendly full reform of DHCR that some lawmakers wanted… [More]

Living Wage Opponents Try To Peel Off Sponsors

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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has not yet said whether she will allow a living wage bill to be debated on the floor – but opponents have already launched an aggressive campaign to peel off some of the legislation’s 29 sponsors. Several Council members reported getting a slew of phone calls from opponents of the bill in recent days. The bill’s supporters are especially irked because they believe Manhattan Councilwoman Inez Dickens, an early frontrunner to become the next Council… [More]

Heard Around Town, Dec. 9, 2011

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* The former deputy mayor who vanished after his arrest earlier this year has resurfaced, weighing in on public-private partnerships at an industry conference in Manhattan yesterday. Stephen Goldsmith, who lost his city job after a domestic dispute led to his arrest, praised Gov. Andrew Cuomo for targeting the Tappan Zee Bridge for alternative financing and said the project is generating “a huge amount of interest.” Goldsmith, who is now a public-private partnership consultant for McKenna Long & Aldridge, told… [More]

Winners & Losers, Dec. 9 edition

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Pardon us for the state Senate-heavy list this week, but that’s where most of the action happened. Gov. Andrew Cuomo got his tax reform plan, and the Legislature got a leg up on what was shaping up to be a difficult budget season. Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t get his taxi plan, but he did get to yuck it up with the city’s press corps at the Gracie Mansion holiday party. Here’s our weekly look at who’s up and who’s down… [More]

Heard Around Town, Dec. 8, 2011

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* The runaway success of the governor’s tax plan has inspired the inevitable “Cuomo as VP” speculation. One Albany insider predicted there would be “increasing talk of his being a possible running mate for Obama” in the coming months. The scenario has Joe Biden replacing a retiring Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, allowing Obama to tap Cuomo as his 2012 running mate. The move could help Obama among blue-collar voters and white Catholics, SUNY-Albany prof and political consultant Bruce… [More]

Cuomo's Grand Bargain Maintains Senate’s Status Quo

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For all the sweeping changes Gov. Andrew Cuomo has negotiated with legislative leaders this year, the end result seems designed to leave one crucial element of New York untouched – the balance of power in the state Senate. By agreeing to a limited repeal of the MTA payroll tax, Cuomo has virtually guaranteed that suburban senators – whether Democrats in Westchester County or Republicans on Long Island – would be able to hold their seats next year. By cutting a… [More]

Heard Around Town, Dec. 7, 2011

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* Everybody get in line! The Partnership for New York City’s Kathy Wylde, who deals with billionaires every day, sounded less than pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed tax reform plan Monday night. At NYC & Co.’s annual gala in Manhattan she worried about the governor’s declaration that New York is the “progressive capital of the nation,” telling us, “You know what that means – higher taxes.” But as more details of the plan leaked yesterday, Wylde changed her tune.… [More]

An Early Christmas In Albany, After Wrapping Presents For Weeks

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Government Operations, Other News

“Who’s the man?” The shout echoed from inside the Assembly Democrats’ conference room as giddy lawmakers streamed out of a closed-door meeting, ready to vote for a comprehensive tax overhaul they had only just learned about. “The package that has been negotiated is about as close to what I would want if I were writing it myself,” said Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, a Manhattan Democrat. “This is a pretty darn good package.” All throughout the Capitol yesterday, Christmas seemed to have… [More]