City & State Wins Four New York Press Association Awards

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Latest, News, Other News

City & State won four awards in its division of the New York Press Association’s 2012 Better Newspaper Contest. Reporter Aaron Short won first place in the best feature story category for his piece “Who To Call When Scandal Strikes?” about political crisis-management specialists. A judge wrote that the story was an “intriguing” and “excellent behind-the-scenes look” and “a fresh take on something not often tackled by newspapers.” City & State also took the first place Richard L. Stein Award for Overall Design… [More]

Stevenson’s Tainted Bill Going Nowhere Fast

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Social Services, Trials/Hearings

Eric Stevenson Assemblyman Eric Stevenson was hauled away by the feds last week for taking bribes to write legislation for his constituents. His bill, which he drew up in February, would establish a moratorium on the construction of new adult day care centers. But Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who is chairwoman of the Assembly Aging Committee, said the bill is “certainly not going anywhere.” “We’re never going to bring it up,” she said. “I took a look at it [on Friday]. He didn’t circulate it. The… [More]

Bharara Indicates Carlucci Not Involved In Smith Corruption Scandal [UPDATED]

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Government Operations, Latest, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

At a press conference announcing federal corruption charges against Democratic state Senator Malcom Smith and New York City Councilman Daniel Halloran, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara indicated that while the investigation is still ongoing, there is no evidence that state Sen. David Carlucci is in any way involved, as an earlier report had discussed. The criminal complaint says that Smith had been speaking to an undercover FBI agent posing as a wealthy real estate developer. Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin and… [More]

Gun Owners Will Challenge Constitutionality of SAFE Act in Court

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Public Safety

Tom King (via tomkingfornraboard.com) State gun owners have been fuming over the New York SAFE Act since its passage in January, and now the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and other plaintiffs will challenge the constitutionality of the gun regulations in a lawsuit they plan to file in state Supreme Court today. The association’s president, Tom King, would not comment about the details in the suit, but called the SAFE Act “feel-good legislation.” “Any anti-gun law is a method for the legislators to make… [More]

Extra, Extra: Tom Allon Acquires City & State, Drops Out of Mayoral Race

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, News, Opinion, Other News

Though the announcement was made too late to be included in Monday’s First Read, you may have already heard by now that City & State was purchased yesterday in a management buyout led by Tom Allon, the CEO of the publication’s former parent company, Manhattan Media. As a consequence of the deal, Allon has resigned from Manhattan Media and now will become the president of a new venture, which will focus exclusively on producing City & State. The news of… [More]

Angelica Tang Wins Chairperson’s Award At City & State Gala Celebrating Exceptional Women

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

City & State honored 25 exceptional women at Leman Manhattan on Thursday night, including JPMorgan Chase’s Karen Persichilli Keogh, United Way CEO Sheena Wright, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, Politico senior writer Maggie Haberman, and Committee of 100 executive director Angelica Tang, who received the evening’s Chairperson’s Award. Tang thanked her colleagues and gave a nod to Haberman, describing her fellow honorees as “women who have no off switch.” Newsweek senior columnist John Avlon, who emceed the event along with his wife, CNN correspondent Margaret Hoover,… [More]

40 Years After Watergate, Lindsay Aide Calls Targeting by Nixon a “Badge of Honor”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

For some, this year’s 40th anniversary of the Watergate hearings may bring back memories of the paranoia and dirty tricks of the Nixon administration. For New York attorney Sid Davidoff, it’s a bit more personal. Davidoff, who was Mayor John Lindsay’s top political aide, was surprised during the hearings to find out he was on Nixon’s secret “enemies list.” “The Nixon staff, through their paranoia, saw him as a threat to re-election,” Davidoff said of Lindsay. “My guess is they figured if they… [More]

Latino Senators Still Have a DREAM of Attaching Act to Budget

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Education, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

Democratic Senators are pushing to include the DREAM Act and DREAM Fund legislation in the budget in order to help the children of immigrants pay for higher education, but they have gained little traction. The Assembly included $25 million for an immigrants’ college fund in its budget proposal, but the Republican-controlled chamber left the item out. Sen. Adriano Espaillat said he was “optimistic” Gov. Andrew Cuomo would help pass immigration reform. “I think that it requires a push from the second floor, a leadership shown by… [More]

The Highs and Lows of Grace Meng

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

Rep. Grace Meng is experiencing the highs and lows of being a public figure in an 18-hour span. Her former Assembly colleagues stood and applauded her entry onto the floor on Monday, and she joined Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for a fund-raiser in downtown Albany in the evening. Her father, former Assemblyman Jimmy Meng, will be sentenced in federal court on Tuesday morning after pleading guilty last year to wire fraud for soliciting $80,000 from a state court defendant and promising to… [More]

Mixed Martial Arts Smackdown in the Senate! Does Assembly Want Some?

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

Mixed martial arts supporters declared victory on the floor of the state Senate floor on Wednesday when the chamber overwhelmingly voted to legalize the popular but controversial sport. “It’s long past time that we officially sanction this sport in the state,” said state Sen. Joseph Griffo, who sponsored the bill. “For five years, I’ve been making the case that the numbers don’t lie; bringing MMA events to New York State will have a tremendously positive impact through the jobs that can… [More]