Posts Tagged ‘Byron Brown’

Winners and Losers, February 28, 2014

Written by City & State on . Posted in Winners & Losers

  Everyone seemed a bit jumpy this week: Sen. Tony Avella jumped to the IDC, Sen. Adriano Espaillat jumped back into the fray with Rep. Charlie Rangel, Assemblyman Micah Kellner jumped out of his race, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law jumped on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Where will they land in our weekly winners and losers? That’s up to you.   Tony Avella - There’s nothing like joining a playoff-bound team midway through the season after spending time with one below .500. Avella’s… [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]

Rumors Swirl Around Lt. Gov. Departure and Possible Replacements

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News

Speculation is swirling in Albany that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy may leave the Cuomo administration next year for a job running the Rochester Business Alliance. Duffy did little to dismiss the rumor, telling Gannett Albany that he would address his political plans at an appropriate time in the future. Among the names floating about as a possible replacement for the LG if he bolts are Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Leecia Eve, formerly one of Cuomo’s top deputies; however, a… [More]

Ad Watch: Hodgepodge Edition

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch

2014 commercials already? Some candidates for U.S. Congress are already up with ads online, likely presaging the intensity of the battle that will be waged in the midterm elections next year. Of course, the majority of us have only just turned our attention to this year’s general election. While the airwaves are not yet saturated with spots aimed at convincing us how to vote this November, there are still plenty of commercials for us to consider. Thus, we present this… [More]

Ad Watch: Beyond The Five Boroughs – Primary Edition

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in AdWatch

So much attention has been paid to the New York City mayoral election that critical primary races across the rest of the state have played out largely under the radar. In this installment of Ad Watch, City & State and our panel of experts analyze commercials from candidates running for the mayoralties of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse, as well as for Nassau County executive.   Title: “What It Takes” Candidate: Tom Richards Produced by: SKDKnickerbocker (New York City/Washington, D.C.) Length:… [More]

Winners and Losers, August 16, 2013

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  Stop! In the name of crime. Before you break the law. Baby, baby, cops are aware of where you go. Each time you leave your door. They watch you walk down the street. Knowing they’ll frisk you when you meet. But next time before they search. Violating constitutional rights. (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Bloomy been good to you? (Think it o-over.) Hasn’t Kelly been sweet to you? Your winners and losers: Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter each… [More]

The Return of Steve Pigeon

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections

Is there an odder alliance in New York politics these days than the one between Steve Pigeon and the New York Senate Democrats? Pigeon, a controversial and influential Democratic operative in Western New York, helped orchestrate the 2009 Senate “coup” that put the legislative body in gridlock for a month—an act of party disloyalty that contributed mightily to the Senate Democrats losing their first majority in four decades. Yet after being bounced from his highly paid position in the Senate… [More]

Lessons from the Pros

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Interviews

City & State’s “Candidate College” draws who’s who of Western New York politicians and media for its faculty On June 16 a host of heavy hitters in local politics, some of the state’s top campaign strategists, and a roomful of current and aspiring candidates converged on the YWCA of Western New York for City & State’s first-ever event in Buffalo. The all-day nonpartisan “Candidate College” was intended to teach citizens of all backgrounds, ages and political beliefs how to mount… [More]

Renegades Of The Right

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

Some local Conservative leaders buck the party’s platform, especially on same-sex marriage Mike Long, the chairman of the New York’s Conservative Party, isn’t the only party official known for his independent streak. Some local party leaders are supporting a few Republican state senators this fall, even though they strayed from the Conservative platform by voting to legalize same-sex marriage. Party officials in Erie County, Westchester County and Staten Island have also endorsed unorthodox candidates in recent years, owing to pragmatism,… [More]