Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978. He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor.
I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973.
But I was now inheriting a column that Mary Nichols, th ... More >>
My proudest moment as a journalist was when Al D'Amato called me a "viper" in his memoir, Power, Pasta & Politics. Second proudest was when Chuck Schumer -- in his 2007 book, Positively American -- cited one of my stories as the decisive moment in his successful 1998 senate campaign against D'Amato, ... More >>
Less than 24 hours after winning his first election, Carl "Angry Man" Paladino sat down in a TV studio to prove that just because he's now the official Republican standard-bearer for governor doesn't mean he's going to put a cork in it.
Paladino sat somewhere in Buffalo while NY1's Elizabeth ... More >>
Andrew Cuomo, the diehard Democrat-who-would-be-governor, and Bruce Blakeman, the stalwart Republican-who-would-be-senator, are light years apart on most things political.
But money is money, and both pols are employing the same political consultant to raise the big bucks.
Blakeman -- desper ... More >>
Like to gamble online? Political odd couples like Barney Frank and Al D'Amato are fighting for your right to do so. Meanwhile James Giordano made millions via internet gambling, and wound up in prison. So... do you feel lucky? Graham Rayman has the story.
Tom Robbins has previously covered t ... More >>
The pudgy papa awaiting his hug and kiss when 42-year-old Kirsten Gillibrand walked toward the podium at her senatorial debut last week was Alphonse D'Amato, still the most powerful Republican in New York, a full decade after he lost his senate seat to the bookend on the other side of the podium, Se ... More >>
Your new Senator with Al D'Amato (l.)
"So it's August the 14th, 2003," says Governor Paterson, "and I am going to meet a lawyer who is going to be meeting me in an office building in Manhatan." (He wanted her not to run for Congress in '04, as she had planned, but the state senate.) "All the light ... More >>
Now that Caroline Kennedy has dropped out, the new frontrunner for Hillary Clinton's senate seat is upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic hero for capturing a Republican-majority district in 2006. Camera crews are now posted outside her home in Hudson, New York, and she is reportedl ... More >>
While congress is set to sit in judgment of President Clinton, many of its members have their own indiscretions to deal with. Lucky for them Ken Starr isn't investigating them and the notoriously lax ethics committee is.