Former Queens City Councilman Walter McCaffrey Dies

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Former New York City Councilman Walter McCaffrey, who represented the neighborhoods of Woodside, Long Island City and Sunnyside for 16 years, died yesterday at the age of 64. As a mark of respect for McCaffrey, Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff for one full week. A shrewd legislative strategist, gifted debater and consummate political animal, McCaffrey thrived on the intrigue and importance of campaigns and governing without ever losing his idealism. “He was a person… [More]

Back on Floor of Legislature, Paterson Greeted With Applause

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Former Gov. David Paterson visited the floor of the Assembly on Wednesday and received one of the warmer welcomes of the year. Legislators lined up to greet and get their picture taken with Paterson, who had an assistant nearby to remind him whose hand he was shaking. “The end of the session is always difficult, but when you’ve been out for a period of time and you’re not right in it you realize what makes our system of government such a special project that… [More]

Kelly Writes Letter In Support of GENDA

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The controversial Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or GENDA, has the support of New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. In a letter to the state Senate leadership today, Kelly said that there had been no safety risk following the passage of a similar bill in New York City. “In 2002, the New York City Human Rights Law was amended by Local Law 3,” Kelly wrote. “Among other things, Local Law 3 protects against bias in areas including public accommodations. I am not aware… [More]

One Republican Crosses Aisle To Support Women’s Equality Bill

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One Republican legislator joined Democrats in a rally for the Women’s Equality Agenda on the State Capitol lawn on Tuesday just minutes after Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled legislation covering abortion rights, equal pay and workplace sexual harassment. Assemblywoman Janet Duprey introduced herself as the reason why the bill has bipartisan support. “I do think I can get one other [Republican] member to join the bill, but I don’t want to reveal him,” she said at the rally. Duprey explained that… [More]

Sampson Loses His “Volunteer” Gig

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Brooklyn State Sen. John Sampson, facing federal embezzlement charges, has so far kept his seat in Albany, but he has apparently lost a different position: Chief Executive Vice President of the New York City Real Estate Regional Center (NYCRERC). The firm recruits immigrant investors seeking green cards in exchange for  low-interest loans to job-creating businesses, under a federal program known as EB-5. In the highly competitive EB-5 market, as City & State reported in June 2012, a public official associated with… [More]

Gov. Malloy Says Cuomo Deserves Reelection: “Who Else Would You Have?”

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Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy met with Mayor Michael Bloomberg at City Hall on Wednesday, but he had a few things to say about Gov. Andrew Cuomo too. “I think he’s doing a great job,” Malloy said. “He’s working very hard, he’s assembled a good team on the gun control stuff. He shot out pretty quickly and did a lot of good work. I support him.” Malloy, a Democrat, also got a gun control bill through the state legislature this year but has dealt with far less corruption… [More]

Republicans Point to Legislator Arrests In Opposing Public Financing

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Assembly Democrats on Tuesday passed the Fair Elections Act, which includes partial public financing of election campaigns, but the bill is not expected to get much traction in the Senate, where Republicans oppose the measure. It does not help matters that the previous lead sponsor of a public financing bill was state Sen. John Sampson, who was indicted on Monday for allegedly embezzling $440,000 from an escrow account to fund his failed 2005 campaign for Brooklyn district attorney. State Sen. Malcolm Smith,… [More]

Women’s Rights Groups Push Back Against MMA Legalization

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Women’s rights organizations held a lobby day in Albany on Tuesday for reproductive health and equal pay, but they also took time to castigate mixed martial arts and the sport’s push for legalization in New York State. The mixed martial arts industry has been lobbying the legislature for the past six years to permit professional matches in the state, but the bill has always died in the Assembly. This year, representatives from NOW-New York and several state legislators are arguing… [More]

Holtzman Returns to Watergate in Documentary

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Elizabeth Holtzman (via Wikipedia) As a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, former Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman voted for the Articles of Impeachment against President Richard Nixon.   Holtzman recalls that historic experience as one of the commentators in the new documentary All the President’s Men Revisited, executive produced by Robert Redford. In the film, Redford, who played Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men, “returns to the scandal that broke all the rules of press and politics.”   The documentary, which will eventually premiere on the Discovery… [More]

Markowitz Jabs at the Press in Farewell Speech

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Marty Markowitz Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said farewell to his constituents in his last State of the Borough address, which he delivered Thursday night at the Barclays Center. Markowitz mostly stuck to a litany of development projects and a lot of shtick. But he veered off script to defend politicians and lash out the tabloids after doing a comedy bit with NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, who read several critical Marty-themed headlines. “There are crumb bums in every profession, but public officials are hardworking and… [More]