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Andrew Cuomo

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Charles Barron's Path to Albany Gets Tougher if There's No Special Election

    In his farewell speech at city hall in December, departing 42nd District councilman Charles Barron gave a shout out to his successor: "I will leave you with a better half. You think I was something -- when she finishes with you, you're gonna ask me to come back!" He and his wife, 60th District stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2014

    New York State's Long-Running War on Weed

    A U.S. map that shows where pot is legal looks a lot like recent electoral college maps, except instead of blue, the liberal states are rendered in green: the entire West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada), progressive mountain and Midwest states (Colorado, New Mexico; Michigan, Illinois ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    This Dude Wants to Hand Out Free Shotguns to New Yorkers

    When it comes to guns, New Yorkers know a thing or two. In August, people traded in 509 guns at a gun buyback program in Queens for cold hard cash; in September, monetary prizes were handed out in exchange for 85 guns in total over in Bushwick. This was followed a few months later with the signing o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Gov. Cuomo To NYC: If No Teacher Evaluations Deal Is Made, The State Will Intervene

    After letting $300 million in state funds slip out of our children's hands, coercion might be the only way to get Mayor Bloomberg's D.O.E. and the United Federation of Teachers to come to an agreement. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo told reporters that Albany has no problem imposing its own teacher eval ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    New York Becomes First State To Pass Gun Control Bill After Newtown

    Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address was entitled 'New York Rising.' What happened yesterday in Albany might explain why. In a 104-to-43 vote, the New York State Assembly officially passed the NY Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act on Tuesday afternoon. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo Launches Commission To Figure Out Why New York Utilities Companies Suck

    It's no secret that Governor Andrew Cuomo is pretty pissed off with the lack of preparedness New York utilities companies had for Hurricane Sandy. It's also no secret that New York utilities companies have absolutely sucked at responding to power outages caused by the storm -- and Cuomo wants to kno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo Actually Acknowledges Idiot Rabbi's Gay Marriage/Hurricane Rant

    Every time a natural disaster destroys entire communities, a handful of religious idiots blame it on gay people and the politicians who defend their civil rights. Hurricane Sandy is no exception.In most cases, however, the moronic ramblings of fringe lunatics are routinely ignored by elected officia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo: No Raise For State Lawmakers Unless "Public View" Marijuana Is Decriminalized

    New York State legislators want a pay raise for the first time since 1999. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants young minorities to stop getting screwed by New York's bizarre "public view" marijuana law, and the NYPD's controversial "stop and frisk" policy -- and the governor made it clear yesterday that law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Bath Salts Now Banned In New York; A Sad Day For Face-Eating Cannibals

    There's good news today for anyone who doesn't want their face chewed off by some bath-salt fueled cannibal: bath salts are now officially illegal in New York.Governor Andrew Cuomo just announced that the New York State Department of Health has issued new regulations to crack down on bath-salt abuse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Weed Fans: Senate Republicans To Blame For "Public View" Marijuana Buzz-Kill

    As we reported earlier, a bill that would decriminalize the "public view" loophole in New York's marijuana possession law appears to be dead in the water -- and weed fans are pissed. The Drug Policy Alliance, one of the many groups pushing the bill, is holding Republicans in the Senate responsible f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (Unintentionally) Explains Why "Public View" Weed Law Makes No Sense

    As you probably know, New York's "public view" marijuana law makes absolutely no sense -- it makes doing something in public (while fully clothed) a misdemeanor, while doing the same exact thing in private is a violation that's about as serious a crime as a parking ticket.Nobody seems to know this b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    What Makes Cyber-Bullying Laws Work?

    Andrew Cuomo had decided to fight cyber-bullying, and recent reports indicate that he and several legislators are working to OK a bill before the legislative session's end. This isn't the first time cyber-bullying legislation has come up in New York. However, uncertainty about how to handle this k ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    City Opposes Cuomo's Move to End Fingerprinting for Food Stamps, But Can't Do Much About it

    Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he is ending a controversial policy that requires food stamp applicants to be fingerprinted -- a move that has pitted him squarely against Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The news today is also one that puts Bloomberg in direct opposition with City Council Speaker an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Innocence Project: Cuomo's DNA Bill Doesn't Include Other Measures to Stop Wrongful Convictions

    The state legislature and Gov. Cuomo are under fire for on the one hand, backing legislation that requires everyone arrested in the state to provide a DNA sample, while at the same time, not taking other steps proven to reduce wrongful convictions. (These other steps relate to how police and prosecu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2012

    New York Picks Barack Obama Over Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum: Poll

    ​New Yorkers told pollsters: "I Heart Barack Obama" in a Quinnipiac University survey released this morning. They gave him a 50-46 percent job-approval rating, unchanged from his 50-45 percent in December. And 50-45 percent want Obama to stick around and think he deserves to be re-elected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Diana Taylor, Bloomberg's Girlfriend and Sotheby's Board Member, Blasts Locked Out Art Handlers

    ​Mayor Bloomberg's normally reserved companion, Diana Taylor, lashed out at locked out Sotheby's art handlers, who interrupted a planning commission meeting to question her about the stalled negotiations, according to a video of the incident posted on youtube. Union officials called on Gov. Cu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Gay Marriage Gaining Momentum Rapidly in New York State

    ​The prospects of gay marriage moving forward in the State Senate look far healthier today than they did even 24 hours ago. Since then, three Democratic and the first ever Republican state senators have move from the "no" to "yes" columns, bringing the total number of yes votes to 30. Trying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Sexy? Steve Rattner Begs to Differ

    Steve Rattner, raw hunk​Steve Rattner, the super financier just charged in an Andrew Cuomo civil suit with fraudulently bilking the state's pension fund, has obtained a written promise from People magazine that he will appear in next year's issue of the sexiest men. Liz Sporkin, executive ed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Girlfriend is Not Moving In

    ​New York's governor-elect Andrew Cuomo will not be bringing his girlfriend of four years, semi-celeb chef Sandra Lee, to Albany for First Lady duties, according to the Wall Street Journal. To be a fly on the wall when the couple had that conversation! Now, it's entirely possible that Cuomo an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Gloved One Wins Debate; Cuomo, Paladino Get a Pass

    Wartella​The results are in and the hands-covered candidate was the hands-down winner of last night's Theatre-of-the-Absurd gubernatorial debate. At first you wondered if Jimmy McMillan, with his magnificent Chester A. Arthur muttonchops and Colonel Sanders goatee, was wearing black gloves as ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 13, 2010

    The Sick Looting of Home Health Care

    A connected company's license to loot—at the expense of the taxpayers, elderly, and infirm

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    NARAL's Endorsement of Eric Schneiderman: The Backstory

    ​NARAL New York just produced a video and hosted a press conference for Eric Schneiderman, the Democratic candidate for attorney general. NARAL has yet to even endorse Andrew Cuomo, the sitting attorney general who is running for governor. Yet it is governors who shape abortion policy; Ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Opportunity is Here: When Will He Endorse an A.G. Candidate?

    ​Andrew Cuomo will show us in the next few days if he has the balls to be a change agent as governor. His feud with Eliot Spitzer caught fire when Spitzer got stuck in neutral during Cuomo's 2006 primary race for attorney general against Mark Green, refusing to endorse Cuomo when it mattered. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Barrett: Andrew Cuomo Gets a Present From Steve Levy

    This news should calm down angry Andy​Andrew Cuomo got some great news yesterday with the announcement that Suffolk County executive Steve Levy may run for governor. Cuomo's onetime sidekick and running-mate Charlie King rushed to the op-ed op-ed pages of the New York Post to declare how gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2009

    Cuomo's Pension Investigations Catch On in 30 States

    The New York Times today examines the pension fund investigations that have spread since New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo (pictured) started digging into the scandals involving such funds in this state. The notion seems to be spreading that "placement agents" who intervene between fund manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Cuomo Subpoenas Merrill Lynch Bonus Bandits

    The financial crisis has nearly exhausted our sense of outrage. When we first heard about the ridiculous bonuses Merrill Lynch paid out just before it collapsed into the arms of Bank of America -- which, as BoA is TARP-funded, amounted to a bailout -- we were shocked and angry, but now we just go ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Cuomo Gets More Insurers to Pay Up, Sues Holdout

    Since getting Ingenix and UnitedHealth Group to pony up for an independent rate database so health insurance customers won't get fleeced on out-of-network costs, attorney general Andrew Cuomo has been shaking down the rest of the insurance industry. This month he's gotten more than half a million fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Cuomo Calls For Tax Revolt

    With the state budget a mess, you may be sympathetic to the idea of soaking the rich, who are plentiful hereabouts. But Governor Paterson is nervous about raising taxes on them, and there's more than one reason. Andrew Cuomo, widely considered to be Paterson's primary competition in 2010, is lately ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    Cuomo Gets Aetna to Contribute $20 Million to Database

    Tuesday Andrew Cuomo announced he'd gotten Ingenix and subsidiary UnitedHealth Group to give up $50 million* to create a more transparent, independent database for calculating out-of-network health care costs than the one they'd been running. Today he announced that Aetna -- one of the health care c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2009

    Health Insurer Settles with NY, Will Fund "Independent" Rate Calculator

    Last year attorney general Andrew Cuomo brought suit against health care information company Ingenix and its parent company UnitedHealth Group, claiming Ingenix's method of determinng reimbursement rates for out-of-network claims by insurance customers was rigged. At a press conference today Cuom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2008

    Kerry Kennedy: How About Bobby? (Um, no.)

    It was an odd day in the Clinton senate-seat sweepstakes yesterday.Kerry Kennedy appeared shortly before 9 a.m. on MSNBC's Morning Joe and elaborately promoted the candidacy of her brother, environmental activist Bobby Kennedy Jr., saying she "was talking to him about it yesterday and urged him to g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    McCain Suggests Andrew Cuomo for SEC; "Hell No" Says Reason

    Maybe John McCain is taking seriously the recent poll that showed him closing on Obama in New York. On "60 Minutes" last night, he suggested NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo would make a fine replacement for Christopher Cox at the SEC. Cuomo's response to Newsday's follow-up -- "It would be inappr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008

    Steamroller Cuomo Squeezes Int'l Banks for Big Bucks

    Andrew Cuomo's threats against major financial institutions are paying off. According to the International Herald Tribune, Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, and Deutsche Bank have settled with state negotiators and will buy back at least $12.5 billion in auction-rate securities and pay $162.5 million in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Cuomo Seen in NYC; Sun Thinks: Running for Mayor?

    The New York Sun says a community forum Andrew Cuomo hosted on the Upper West Side -- of the sort New York pols have been hosting since Peter Stuyvesant had two legs -- "Ups Speculation On His Future," specifically that he will run for Mayor in 2009. Of course the Sun can't get anyone, least of all ... More >>

  • News

    August 5, 2008

    Andrew Cuomo and Fannie and Freddie

    How the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history gave birth to the mortgage crisis

  • News

    May 13, 2008

    Home Alone—With Medicaid Fraudsters

    In a $30 million home health-care scam, some well-connected names

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008
  • News

    September 25, 2007

    Cuomo's Gal Friday

    Plenty keeps Albany's political odd couple, Andrew and Joe, together

  • News

    September 25, 2007

    The Truth Behind Troopergate

    A capital melodrama starring Eliot Spitzer, Joe Bruno and Andrew Cuomo

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2006

    Primary Day's All About the Spread

    Since people in places like Haiti and the DRC line up for hours in the hot sun to vote despite the risk of political violence, there's no excuse for not casting a ballot in today's primary election. That said, this year's races are unusually lacking in suspense. With the exceptions of the 11th Cong ... More >>

  • News

    September 12, 2006

    Mark Green Exits, Stage Left

    Sifting through the broken dreams of a great candidate who failed to connect with New York's most powerful constituency: liberal Democratic voters

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2006

    Cuomo and Me: What, No Handshake?

    When Mark Green wrapped up Wednesday's final debate in the attorney general race with a reference to the Voice's story about Andrew Cuomo's curious ties to accused slumlord Andrew Farkas, I was sitting in the press row gathering my umbrella and papers. The next minute I was accosted by George M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Mark Green's Three Questions

    This morning's Democratic attorney general candidates' debate had the feel of a poker game where all the cards were on the table—or at least Mark Green's cards were—and everyone was just waiting for him to throw the good ones. Yet somehow the New York City Bar Association event went into i ... More >>

  • News

    August 29, 2006

    Andrew Cuomo's $2 Million Man

    How the Attorney General wannabe turned an accused slumlord into a sugar daddy

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2006

    At the Debate: Bombs and Love Taps

    There were four different candidates on the stage last night at Pace University's Democratic attorney general debate, but the competition itself was pretty one-sided. Right from the get-go, it was a three-against-one match, with the two marginal candidates, Sean Patrick Maloney and Charlie King ... More >>

  • News

    September 10, 2002

    Getting Greened

    Did Memories of the 2001 Mayoral Race Kill the Gubernatorial Primary?

  • News

    August 27, 2002

    McCall's Mess

    Is the Media Hit on His Lieutenant Governor Legitimate?

  • News

    August 13, 2002

    Just Say Maybe?

    Politicians Posture but Rockefeller Reforms Still Elusive

  • News

    July 3, 2001

    What’s Next for the Left?

    Politics Beyond Rhetoric

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