Elizabeth Benjamin

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    April 17, 2012

    Is Andrew Cuomo's Office's "File" On Critical Reporter As Insignificant As Gov's Office Says It Is?

    Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo's Press Secretary Josh Vlasto interrupted his vacation so he could appear on the radio show of Cuomo apologist/New York Post state capitol bureau chief Fred Dicker to explain that a "file" kept by Cuomo's flack on a reporter who's often critical of the governor wasn' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo's PR Flack Kept "File" On "Generally Snarky" Reporter

    Andrew Cuomo cheerleader/New York Post state capitol bureau chief Fred Dicker may have the right idea with his incessant butt-smooching of his main-man Cuomo -- if you don't want the gov's office to keep a "file" on you, that is. An aide to the governor reportedly kept a "file" on a reporter who he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Andrew Cuomo Apologist Fred Dicker Rushes To Defend Gov's Flack's "File" On "Snarky" Reporter; Calls the Voice "Nasty"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Steve Levy Has an Odd-Couple Roommate Tenant Problem

    ​Gubernatorial wannabe Steve Levy this morning is trying to explain his "Odd Couple" roommate, a disgraced lawyer named Ethan Ellner who recently copped a guilty plea in a massive mortgage scam with a kinky overlay of S&M. As the Daily News' relentless Elizabeth Benjamin reports today, Levy sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2010

    Eric Cantor, Dan Senor Host Fundraiser for Tea Party Candidate in NY-1

    ​Via Elizabeth Benjamin in the Daily News, House Minority Whip (and Republican Rebranding specialist) Eric Cantor will be a special guest tonight at a fundraiser for self-funding millionaire Suffolk County House candidate Randy Altschuler. On the host committee: Bush loyalist, Iraq Coalition a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    More Bloomberg Wretched Excess

    The final tallies are in on the most-costly-local-election-ever. The new campaign records show that Mike Bloomberg -- the four percent winner -- doled out Christmas Eve bonuses of $400,000 apiece to campaign manager Bradley Tusk, press wrangler Howard Wolfson, and all-around cheer leader Patti Harri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Is Ethics Fight Driving Paterson Batty?

    ​Governor Paterson pulled a head-swiveling act right out of "The Exorcist" yesterday in response to the new ethics reform package announced by both houses of the legislature. In his own comments, as Daily News scribe Elizabeth Benjamin reports, Paterson was initially all happy talk: "Well, if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2009

    Rudy for Senate: he won't say, aides say no

    ​After parading his somewhat tarnished national security street cred, ruling out a gubernatorial run and floating a run at the Senate, America's former Mayor has gone to ground in Florida and isn't talking. His aides, on the other hand, say the Senate isn't big enough for him.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Coup de Villains: The Albany Takeover So Far

    Dear Leader: misty watercolor memories of Pedro Espada Jr. here. Malcolm Smith says he's still in charge, but he hasn't been able to achieve much over the past five months of Democratic rule in the state senate, and we doubt he has the resources to overturn the overthrow of his leadership today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Everyone Thinks Anthony Como's New Job is a Payoff

    "Queens GOP for sale: $172,311" says the Daily Gotham, referring to the big-ticket job as a NYCHA commissioner that former councilmember and longtime Queens Republican functionary Anthony Como just got from Mayor Bloomberg. They think it's "part of the price Michael Bloomberg is paying in exchange f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2009

    Everything About Hiram Monserrate Has Become Hilarious

    Everything Hiram Monserrate touches, or that touches him, now turns to comedy gold. The new state senator, still facing charges that he smashed a glass into the face of his girlfriend (who now says it was an accident), recently hired a "reputation management" firm to help him through the hard times. ... 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 19, 2008

    Message Control: Pre-Budget Talks, Governor Casts Himself as No-Dealer

    Governor Paterson is going into meetings with the Legislature, and from reports like this one from AP, he and his people are spreading a hard line: the Governor expects "no deals" on the $600 million in cuts he wants made to the state budget. This is an odd way to put it, considering how compliant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Fiction Meets Reality: Sex Scandal Updates on Vito Fossella and Eliot Spitzer

    Despite yesterday's statements of hometown GOP support in the Post, the Daily News splashes on its front page that Staten Island Congressman Vito Fossella will not seek re-election. (The Post covered the story as well, but back on page 7, conveniently located next to news that the woman who lost her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2008

    Eliot Spitzer and Roger Stone

    Even though he's gone as governor, the Eliot Spitzer scandal shows no sign of dying down in tabloid land. Today we hear from the madam who spills "Spitzer's kinky sex secrets" (Post) and the "Man behind Spitz 'Hooker' letter" (News), and both are enough to knock your socks off (horrible pun totally ... More >>

  • News

    May 11, 1999

    Tragedy of Errors

    How Bureaucracy May Have Helped Starve Tyler Walrond

  • News

    July 7, 1998

    Swing Shift

    A new generation, mostly white, appropriates the lindy hop