Posts Tagged ‘Jeff Klein’

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, February 14, 2014

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio loves to tell the “Tale of Two Cities.” But this week the narrative was a Tale of Two Leaders: It was the best of times for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, it was the worst of times for New York City’s new mayor. Cuomo had everything before him—strong poll numbers, support for his pre-K approach—while for de Blasio, it was the winter of discontent. And, as always, there were plenty of other tales of winners and losers to… [More]

Klein Waffles on Holding the Line on Pre-K Tax

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Education, Features, Heard Around Town, News

When state Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos shot down New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-kindergarten plan on Monday, state Sen. Jeff Klein, Skelos’ governing partner, issued a statement saying that he would not pass a state budget that fails to include the proposal, calling it “the only one that provides New York City with the funding it needs to achieve that goal.” But by Tuesday, he seemed more flexible on de Blasio’s plan, which requires a tax on… [More]

Stewart-Cousins: IDC Does Not Accomplish More by Working with Republicans [Updated]

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Daily, Latest, News

Senate Democratic Conference leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins fired back Thursday morning at the notion that more will get done with the Independent Democratic Conference than without it. Stewart-Cousins’ remarks came during WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show and were prefaced by a question previously posed to state Sen. Jeff Klein, the leader of the IDC, about why the conference would not just align with the Democrats to give them the clear majority. Klein responded during an earlier appearance on the show by… [More]

First Read – November 4, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in News

WEATHER: Sunny and brisk. New York City, high 48; Albany, high 41; Buffalo, high 44.   THE COUNTIES COUNT: The future of the Republican Party in New York has a lot riding on the re-election bids of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino:   THE NYC RACES WHERE DEMOCRATS MIGHT LOSE: While Democrats tend to win general election races in New York City, Republicans and a third party candidate could keep things interesting in several matchups:  … [More]

Winners and Losers, November 1, 2013

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

  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]

First Read – October 29, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Latest

WEATHER: A mix of sun and clouds. New York City, high 53; Albany, high 47; Buffalo, high 49.   CLIMATE CHANGE AND INCONVENIENT POLITICAL TRUTHS: City & State columnist Bruce Gyory argues that climate change could become a fundamental factor realigning American politics:   THE NEXT SUFFRAGE MOVEMENT: Possibly the most radical change in the history of the American franchise since women got the vote in 1920 is likely to be enacted in New York City next year, yet it has gone… [More]

New York’s Turnout Crisis (UPDATED)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Latest, Opinion

Though many articles have already been written deriving themes and conclusions from Tuesday’s primary, one thing is abundantly clear: The abysmal voter turnout in New York State constitutes a crisis that must be addressed immediately. Last week The New York Times reported that turnout in the Moscow mayoral race was “extremely low”—a measly 2.5 million ballots cast out of a population of around 12 million. If only New York City were even remotely as democratically engaged as Vladimir Putin’s Russia!… [More]