Winners and Losers, December 20, 2013

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  What a week! One day’s winners were the next day’s losers, and the war isn’t over yet. While progressive darling Melissa Mark-Viverito appears to have the City Council speaker post locked up, with three weeks left until the official vote and two-thirds of New York City’s key county leaders out for blood, it’s hard to sort out all of the week’s conquerors and casualties. One thing’s for sure, though there are plenty of both. But, as usual, there can… [More]

Winners and Losers, December 13, 2013

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  New Yorkers may not believe in Santa Claus, but polling shows they believe in Bill de Blasio. The mayor-elect continues to enjoy the fruits of this honeymoon transition phase before the real work begins, though he is surely on the press’ naughty list for his habitual lateness to press conferences. Meanwhile Cuomo put on his Santa hat, stuffing the stockings of various regions of the state with economic development awards and pushing tax cuts for New Yorkers. The weather… [More]

Winners and Losers, December 6, 2013

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  Will Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission pave the way for real reforms in Albany? Will Bill Bratton, Bill de Blasio’s pick for NYPD commissioner, scale back controversial stop-and-frisk tactics and keep the city safe? Will we get to see Carl Paladino duke it out with Donald Trump for a chance to give Cuomo a landslide re-election victory? All we know for sure is that, no matter what happens, there will always be more winners and losers. Can’t get enough… [More]

Winners and Losers, November 22, 2013

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  The time of year approaches when we reflect on that for which we are thankful. Bill de Blasio is thankful that he can now be selective about holding public events. Andrew Cuomo is thankful he’s seeing declining poll numbers in November 2013 and not October 2014. The New York City Council speaker hopefuls are thanking their Council colleagues, labor unions, county leaders and any other power brokers that can bolster their candidacy. And in the small upstate town of… [More]

Winners and Losers, November 15, 2013

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  Many suntanned and sunburnt city and state legislators returned from a blissful weekend in Puerto Rico only to be greeted by bitterly cold weather and politics as usual. The race for New York City Council speaker has already kicked into high gear, with smear stories being planted about candidates, and rumors and prognosticating coming from all angles. The state Department of Education continues to get hammered over Common Core testing, and the Moreland Commission waits on subpoenas of state… [More]

Winners and Losers, November 8, 2013

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  Ah, Election Day! A time teeming with Winners and Losers. So many, indeed, that it would be unjust merely to settle on five of each. Thus, we bring you this special double-length version of W+L. Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter each Friday at 11:05 a.m. to hear about our weekly picks.   Jennifer Jones Austin and Carl Weisbrod - How many people had heard of Austin and Weisbrod… [More]

Winners and Losers, November 1, 2013

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  It was a week of ethical entanglements. JCOPE got a new executive director and lost a commission member, apparently in protest. The Moreland Commission grilled the state Board of Elections and stood firm against allegations of partisanship from state lawmakers upset with being subpoenaed, prompting an ugly email war between the state Democratic Party spokesman and a Democratic state senator. Not many winners came out of that exchange, but we were still able to find a few good eggs this week. Here’s your… [More]

Winners and Losers, October 25, 2013

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  After yet another crushing session, campaign finance reform advocates were hoping 2014 might finally be the year all of their efforts would prove to not be in vain. Then the McCutcheon train came to New York, blowing its way through the state’s limit on PAC donations this week, on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where more of the nation’s campaign finance laws quiver on shaky ground. While the court decision made it another big week for big… [More]

Winners and Losers, October 18, 2013

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  Everything is going according to my plan. Step one, convince Lee Zeldin to run for Congress because he’ll be easier to control. Step two, develop a mutually beneficial relationship with YNN reporter Nick Reisman. Step three, convince Robert Duffy that if he misses Rochester so much, he should leave the lieutenant governorship. Step four, convince the governor that I’m the right person for the job after all and join the ticket in 2014. I’m feeling hungry today… for Winners… [More]

Winners and Losers, October 11, 2013

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The weather has begun to cool down, and apparently so has the political activity. The federal government continues its shutdown; the New York City mayoral race is snoozing along; even hurricane season seems to be passing us by this year (keep your fingers crossed on that one). Mayor Michael Bloomberg continues to steal some headlines on his way out the door, hosting a summit with global leaders and mailing a big check across the Hudson to Cory Booker. Meanwhile, Gov.… [More]