Raising The Bar

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, News, Upfront

Coverage of this year’s mayoral primary makes us yearn for a stiff drink. Fortunately Tom Macy, a mixologist at the Brooklyn cocktail bar Clover Club, has whipped up a menu of cocktails based on each candidate’s policies and personalities. Try making them at your Election Night party—when you’re going to need any kind of alcohol you can get your hands on. Bottoms up!   DEMOCRATS   The Quinn Christine Quinn is bold and brassy, so Macy reached for the tequila.… [More]

Political Doppelgangers: Double the Fun

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Upfront

Bill Murray will not sneak up on you in Central Park and put his hands over your eyes. Chuck Norris will not deliver a roundhouse kick through the windshield of a moving car. And Anthony Weiner will definitely not text you racy photographs of himself. Well, at least their doppelgängers won’t. Sharing the name of a famous person can be a burden, but it hasn’t bothered these political figures too badly. Bill Murray Legislative director for New York City Councilman… [More]

Dis-Grace: Schumer Boys, Drifting Away

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Upfront

It has been a sweltering summer for Sen. Chuck Schumer’s former staffers. Some have gotten in trouble with the press with embarrassing sextploits. Others are floundering in the polls in winnable races or were unable to get on the ballot in the first place. And a few failed to pass legislation to their liking, including Schumer himself. What happened, Schumer Boys? Your summer dreams are ripped at the seams. Anthony Weiner— His mayoral campaign took a nosedive when the news… [More]

Tale of the Tape: Anthony Weiner Versus Eliot Spitzer

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Upfront

New York’s prodigal pols are back and ready for redemption this fall at your local polling place. Both men are driven former public servants whose careers were tripped up by sex scandals of their own making. And they have more in common than they would care to admit. Highest office held Congressman Highest office held Governor Greatest accomplishments Pushed for a single payer health care system, helped reopen the Statue of Liberty’s crown Greatest accomplishments Sued Wall Street banks for… [More]

Capitol Playlist

Written by City & State on . Posted in Latest, News, Upfront

The road to Albany can be a long one. Fortunately, lawmakers have a lengthy list of rock, classical, country and hip-hop albums they listen to on the way to the Capitol to pump themselves up before session. Guess who listens to what: A. “Ohio,” Crosby,Stills, Nash & Young B. “Wake Up”and “Freedom,” RageAgainst the Machine C. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,”Bobby McFerrin D. Black Cadillac,Roseanne Cash E. “Gold on the Ceiling,”The Black Keys F. Welcome to the Jungle,Guns N’ Roses G.… [More]

Albany Power 100 List Reception

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Some of the state’s most powerful political figures mingled at City & State’s “Albany Power 100 List” cocktail reception, an event last week hosted by the Parkside Group at Taste’s rooftop penthouse. The next day, City & State hosted its State of Our State conference, featuring lively discussions on casino gambling and energy policy and a sit down with Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of the Department of Financial Services. The event was sponsored by McKenna Long & Aldridge, the Business Council,… [More]