On January 21, 2010, the Supreme Court decided that corporations were people, too. The Citizens United ruling unleashed a new wave of influence in American elections; one that still has modern democracy reeling, as the last presidential election witnessed billions of dollars coming in from all over ... More >>
Governor Andrew Cuomo's PR flack is under fire for a "file" he kept on a reporter who's often critical of Cuomo -- and now the gov's PR squad is running damage control.First stop -- as always -- Andrew Cuomo apologist/New York Post state capitol bureau chief Fred Dicker's radio show.It should be not ... More >>
Because the 10-state Super Tuesday showdown was a bit of a bust in terms of definitively deciding Barack Obama's opponent, New York might actually have a say in picking the Republican presidential candidate. Who knew? The Empire State's contest takes place April 24. Usually, by that time, one of th ... More >>
It's a bit of a busy -- and rough -- week for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. This month, she has spoken out on a wide range of topics -- from food stamps to gun violence to women's rights. But today, it's just plain ole politics that she has to deal with. First, a NY1/YNN-Marist Poll released Tuesday n ... More >>
In today's paper, the New York Times reports that Governer Andrew Cuomo's campaign paid $1,383.86 to the Chicago-based stylist Alx Galasinao in January, as revealed in a recent campaign finance filing. More surprising than the amount Cuomo spent is the Times' decision to cover this non-story. ... More >>
A paltry, pathetic 38 percent. According to the latest Gallup/USA Today poll, that's the percentage of Americans who definitely believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States. It's in this toxic environment that the White House has released a copy of Obama's long-form birth cert ... More >>
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 >>
Ring ceremony: Reid and Choi2010 was one of the gayest political years ever. Here's our take on the 10 gayest stories we reported on — throughout the five boroughs, the nation, and the world.
Social and economic turmoil? Don't ask. At least we had Lady Gaga to tell us what to do.
On November 2, we did our good-citizen duty and went to the public school where we regularly cast ballots whenever an election turns up, and we cast said ballots, and all was well. But it turns out that the majority of New Yorkers did not do this. In fact, according to the United States Elect ... More >>
Those suffering the slings and arrows of Tuesday's election results should avoid the big map in the Times today showing a shower of nasty little red-colored and rightward-surging darts flowing across America. Each little arrow shows a Congressional district where the Party of No gained ground ... More >>
Late last night Carl Paladino came on the air for his final hurrah and to admit defeat by Andrew Cuomo. He choked back tears, snarled at the media, and gave us one final reminder that -- no matter how much great theater he brought to this race -- we should count our blessings that we live in ... More >>
The first openly gay winner of yesterday's election won long before the polls even opened on the East Coast...in Guam! A former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam, openly gay Benjamin Cruz won re-election to the Guam Senate. Not nearly as far away but perhaps even more surprising, Jim Gray ... More >>
Sometimes life seems hard here -- the crowds, the expense, the 24-hour-living-and-working lifestyle...But then there are days, like yesterday, when we're ever so glad we live in New York City. Like when much of the rest of the nation goes a reddish color of Tea Party, and we stick to coffee a ... More >>
• Not only was Charlie Sheen coked up, drunk, and really scary went he went nutso at the Plaza -- he was also, apparently, on a racist tirade. "RadarOnline.com reported the Two and a Half Men actor repeatedly screamed the N-word and punched the walls." Which means Mel Gibson can finally hav ... More >>
Tell me the truth: If the absolute worst-case scenario happens, all good sense is thrown to the tundra, and for some crazy reason Sarah Palin ends up in the White House in two years, will you end up in Saskatchewan?
Considering the whole world has recently gone on an extraterrestrial binge, it's only natural the next step would be time-traveling. While watching an extended scene of the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film The Circus, George Clarke, an Irish filmmaker, discovered what he believes to be an account of ... More >>
Awardsthey're a girl thing. Mostly, anyway, but the shows are bitchin'
Those in New York City responsible for seeing that the Great American Democratic Process goes smoothly -- the Board of Elections -- has had a complete shitshow of an election season. Or has been the complete shitshow of New York's election season -- which, given Charlie Rangel, Carl Paladino, ... More >>
Dear Single Ladies, Halloween is a time to show your true inner beauty, your wisdom and intelligence, your creativity and strength of character. Remember, leaving something to the imagination is always preferred to letting it all hang out. Desperation smells a lot like fake tanner and cheap ... More >>
WartellaThe 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 >>
That's right, folks. The interestingly named Ed Cox, who is the New York State GOP chief, told CNN that, heck, Carl Paladino apologized for his remarks about gays, and besides, "That's not what the people of New York State really care about." Got that? Cox basically added insult to injury b ... More >>
SundogIt feels a little like Fall outside in New York City and the news wires are mostly calm this Sunday evening. Football is dominating, as it tends to do this time of year, with the Jets on in Denver and the Giants holding on to beat Detroit, though Cablevision customers in the area missed all ... More >>
Scene of the Bronx goonies' attackAfter last week's brutal gay news from up north, we caught up with Dirk McCall, executive director of the Bronx Community Pride Center (BCPC). It's also been a tough month in other ways for McCall, only the fourth of his tenure. New York State owes the BCPC more th ... More >>
Either someone is a mensch of the highest order, or a genius publicist. At this rate, it doesn't matter. If you are a bully, and you target gay youths, please continue to do so (without causing irreparable harm, of course) long enough for the following to happen:
Sexy RogerSince sex is the big story of the gubernatorial campaign, thanks to Carl Paladino and Roger Stone, Page Six items take on a life larger than usual. A two-inch story published there today revolves around prostitute Irma Nici and casts so wide a net it evokes all the bizarre hiji ... More >>
Not that he'd appreciate the metaphor, but now that Carl Paladino has jumped into bed with veteran local loon Rabbi Yehuda Levin, maybe he'd like to take ownership of some of Levin's greatest hits. The 56-year-old rabbi from Borough Park has been glomming onto TV cameras since the early '80s, ... More >>
Happy Columbus Day, if you choose to believe it's happy. If you do, and you're not working, you may want to check out the parade, which heads up Fifth Avenue from 47th to 72nd Streets, beginning at 11:30. New York gubernatorial candidates Andrew Cuomo and Carl Paladino are both expected to sh ... More >>
Pew Research CenterIt was a disappointing start to National Coming Out Day in New York City when gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino continued to express his blatant misunderstanding of homosexual culture on the Today Show this morning, stating at one point: "They wear speedos and grind agains ... More >>
NYC's loosely defined downtown-jazz scene, once feared to be in peril given the shuttering of Tonic and the threat of general recession-based malaise, has actually flourished in the past few years, thanks in part to Search & Restore, an ambitious show-promoting enclave with a hand in recent w ... More >>
Morgan SchweitzerGet ready to go to the windows and start shouting this evening, because at precisely 5:13 P.M. Carl Paladino will be making a "major announcement" on TV and it's going to be look out below. "I must make my witness," he was heard telling aides yesterday as he ordered them to b ... More >>
Sometimes, New Yorkers need a drink. Not a cocktail, not mixology, not a libation or a concoction, but a drink, plain and simple. Good think they live in New York City: throw a stone, and you'll find a place to drown your sorrows on the relatively cheap and/or DL. But how to separate the divi ... More >>
The poster primary is an increasingly key metric in political races, as witness Obama's iconic "Hope" banner in 2008. In the New York gubernatorial race, so far the clear poster edge goes to Carl Paladino's madcap crew whose "we'll-do-and-say-anything" approach to politics lends itself well t ... More >>
Al Sharpton filled ten minutes of NY1 air time last week refusing to endorse Andrew Cuomo, seemingly untroubled by Carl Paladino's bizarre e-mails. Instead, he heaped praise on Councilman Charles Barron, who is running against Cuomo for governor on the Freedom Party ballot line (it's free o ... More >>
McDonald's says it might have to drop its health insurance coverage of nearly 30,000 employees in the face of new health care regulations. [Wall Street Journal] Before jumping off the George Washington Bridge, Joseph Cerniglia nearly killed himself this summer by overdosing on cocaine, say ... More >>
Lake George in the early Fall is a lovely place which is why the state's Business Council held its meeting there yesterday at the palatial Sagamore Resort. They asked Buffalo Carl Paladino up to speak and his message was supposed to be about how he's going to make the state sweeter for busine ... More >>
LazioRick Lazio is dropping out of the governor's race, he announced today. He'll also withdraw from the Conservative Party. This follows his significant loss to Carl Paladino in the primaries, and sets the stage for a battle royale between Andrew Cuomo and Paladino. To the pain!
The cover of Sunday's New York Post puts it right out there when it comes to Carl Paladino's marriage: "It was just about a year ago, hours after the death of her son in a car crash, that Cathy Paladino's husband told her he was the father of a 10-year-old girl with another woman -- and that ... More >>
Every year, we descend on Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center to separate the hype from the heavyweights at American cinema's fall classic, the New York Film Festival. This year is no different, as legendary Village Voice film critic J. Hoberman weighs in with the hits and misses of The 2010 N ... More >>
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 >>
By Samantha Cook "I feel very comfortable about where we are," Rick Lazio told voters during a meet and greet session at New York Penn Station just hours before upstart Carl Paladino destroyed him in the Republican gubernatorial primary, winning 64 percent of the vote compared to Lazio's 36 ... More >>
If you've never heard of Jay Townsend, guess what? He runs a small marketing firm and lives in Cornwall on the Hudson and last night he got at least 10,000 more votes than Eric Schneiderman (http://www.ny1.com/content/news_beats/primary_2010_returns/). Townsend is now the Republican cand ... More >>
The Mayor stands tall
Today was Day Two of the state Republican Party convention and the hot and heavy action on the delegate floor came early and often. These were rock-solid Republicans filling the big ballroom at the Sheraton Towers in midtown, but for all their rhetoric, they could just as easily have been an ... More >>
The state Republican convention opened Tuesday afternoon at the Sheraton Towers on Seventh Avenue and the first noise-making inside the hotel was from that old GOP warhorse, Richard Nixon. He came charging into the lobby like a Teabagger chasing down the last liberal. "Let me make it perfectl ... More >>
Battlin' BetsyBy Scott Greenberg Former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey started off the Conservative Party's convention last night with echoes of National Tea Party leader Mark Williams' "Monkey God" attack on plans for a mosque near Ground Zero. After a ten-minute tirade against Obamacare, McCaug ... More >>
The Post, the Wall Street Journal, and Capitol Tonight are all reporting -- without apparent fear of contradiction -- that a criminal grand jury has been convened to consider charges involving an Independence Party payment of $750,000 last fall to a Queens political operative. The grand jury ... More >>
A reader gently notes that we gave Buffalo businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino too many L's in his name. So we went to double check. And boy, are we glad we did.
Levy and LazioLong Island Republican Rick Lazio, who faces primary challenges from the left and right for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, got a boost today when he won the endorsement of the Executive Committee of Mike Long's Conservative Party in Brooklyn. Since its founding, the Co ... More >>