It was a strange July morning in Lower Manhattan, and getting stranger by the minute. On the Brooklyn Bridge, sometime during the night, someone had swapped all the American flags for bleached white ones. As police and reporters swarmed the bridge, less than a mile away, in front of the 150-year-old ... More >>
There's still some debate about how long one must live here before they're considered a true New Yorker: Ten years? Twenty? But for the purposes of running for governor of the state, it's clear: You have to have lived here for five years. It's on those grounds that Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign i ... More >>
The internet was tickled by this yesterday--a video interview with Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal editorial board member. When asked about the city's new bike-share program, Rabinowitz delivered an impassioned diatribe about "the totalitarians running this city" implementing "this dreadful ... 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 >>
Christopher Lee, the New York representative who resigned yesterday amid a scandal over shirtless pictures, will be replaced between 30 and 45 days after Governor Andrew Cuomo calls for a special election. Rumors have already started as to who might run for the spot, including one that New Yorker ... More >>
Former highly unlikely New York gubernatorial candidate and "Rent Is Too Damn High" party leader/handlebar mustache-haver Jimmy McMillan has generously offered up not one but two possible Thanksgiving dinner plans to WNYC. You may choose between "Middle Class" and "Po Folk" menus.
Let's get a jump on all the year-end pieces that will surely be heading this way (from myself, for example) and crown the biggest douche of the year so far. Was it mouthy Mel Gibson for spewing even more hatred than critics leveled at Air America?
Batty and bigoted Republican candidate for governor of New York, Carl Paladino, is trailing his opponent Andrew Cuomo by doubt-digits in the polls and suffered another blow Sunday when his hometown newspaper, the Buffalo News, endorsed Cuomo. "In the end, there is no choice for governor but A ... More >>
Do it for mama. For one thing, we can send a message to Carl Paladino, the gubernatorial candidate who said gays aren't created by God the way straights were, and they can't possibly make decent family units together. As he frantically flip-flopped to save face, it became clearer and cleare ... More >>
Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's campaign manager Michael Caputo offered to quit twice after the fall out from Paladino's now notorious speech, which Caputo co-wrote, about "dysfunctional homosexuals." Both times the candidate rebuffed his aide's offer, according to the New ... More >>
• New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino has bought a block of TV time with the three network affiliates in Buffalo and is expected to make a "major" announcement today at 5:13 p.m. Don't bet that he's dropping out. But is he still angry?[NYDN] • The stream of red, toxic sludge f ... 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 >>
How many nuts win multimillion-dollar state leases?
Sad Hitler is sad about being used for political gain.New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's scary, insane run for the highest executive office of our state has already seen: Garbage-scented flyers, Freaky, possibly racist flyers of his opponent, Andrew Cuomo, showering in garba ... 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 >>
By Nicole Maffeo and Gavin Aronsen Just how far has Republican Rick Lazio strayed from 270 Park Avenue in his campaign for governor? That's the address of JPMorgan Chase, where Lazio actively served as managing director until announcing his gubernatorial bid last year. (For details on his performa ... More >>
New Yorkers unhappy with Target's recent $150,000 donation to anti-gay-rights Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer gathered yesterday at the flagship Target in Brooklyn to protest. The rally, organized by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, City Councilmember Letitia James, and MoveOn.org ... More >>
With the official launch of Cuomo II this weekend, a ton of long pent-up analysis is bursting to the surface. As long as Attorney General Andrew Cuomo refused to say out loud that he was actually running for governor, it was a little hard to handicap his inevitable gubernatorial bid. But now ... More >>
Today finally brings the first good gag of the gubernatorial race, and it comes from none other than Steve Levy, that Long Island Iced Tea-bagger with the bandito moustache. Levy's shot is a well-aimed barb at would-be rival Andrew Cuomo who is still an unannounced gubernatorial candidate ("W ... More >>
Image via NYDN.Given his recent round of press, Eliot Spitzer's conversation at the 92nd Street Y last night with CBS News analyst Jeff Greenfield was, in a certain way, inevitable. At the beginning of the talk, Greenfield informed the audience that Spitzer told Greenfield he'd do the talk un ... More >>
Pedro Espada's mad-hat denunciations of Andrew Cuomo as "the prince of darkness" are made-to-order commercials for the Cuomo gubernatorial campaign. In a year when anti-incumbent and anti-Albany feelings poll so high, Espada's very personal outrage at Cuomo over the lawsuit that the Attorne ... 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.
The two-term executive of Suffolk County faces sniping on the home front
Steve Levy, the newly hatched Republican gubernatorial candidate out of Suffolk County, keeps denying he was a candidate of the Working Families Party when he won reelection in 2007. This is either a minor brain spasm, or some kind of Soviet-style, rewriting of history-type deal. He just got in t ... More >>
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 >>
Presumed (because unopposed at the moment) Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio has found a winning campaign strategy: Don't attack the Governor, attack the man everyone thinks is going to shove the Governor aside for this year's race, Andrew Cuomo. And don't attack him on issues -- ... More >>
The Daily News, apparently not wanting to be left out, reports that "sources" tell them Rudolph Giuliani, who is allegedly done with his speculative gubernatorial run, "will run for U.S. Senate instead." Politico's got it; so has Talking Points Memo; aaaaand it's in play!...
Desperate situations call for desperate measures, and Governor David Paterson has unveiled two campaign ads in which, over melancholy piano music, we are told about all the people who don't think he should run in 2010, and the mistakes he's made since ascending to the office after Eliot Spitzer's ... More >>
The folks at NJN News are taking an exceedingly, exit-poll-informed pro-Christie view, so in the spirit of the evening let's just call -- oops, we're informed by our boss (Gene Evans in Park Row) that they're calling Jersey for Chris Christie. That's odd, NewsMax just told us that ACORN was "gearin ... More >>
A little more free media for Chris Daggett, who said this about being a spoiler on MSNBC this morning: "And I have had Republicans come in from Rudy Giuliani to Sarah Palin to Christy Mihos, who's running for governor in Massachusetts -- people in the New Jersey Republican Party. And to be ... More >>
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani sees daylight for the New York GOP in gay marriage. He tells the Post's Fred Dicker that "I think gay marriage will obviously be an issue for any Republican next year," and that the marriage equality support of high-level Democrats like Governor Paterson and Kirsten Gil ... More >>
Oh oh: Governor Paterson's approval rating has sunk to 26 percent, says a new Marist poll. That's 14 points lower than last week's Siena poll. That's Late George Bush low. That's losing to Giuliani in a speculative governor's race low (53-38). That's lower than Eliot Spitzer after his downfall low. ... More >>
Ouch! A Quinnipiac University poll out this morning has Governor Paterson taking a 55-23 percent thumping from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in a possible 2010 gubernatorial primary matchup.And if Paterson faces off against Rudy Giuliani in the general election, the Q poll has it as a dead heat, 4 ... More >>
Heretofore, billionaire and perennial independent New York Gubernatorial candidate Tom Golisano had been content to use his self-funded $5 million PAC to spook state Republicans into truckling to him. The New York GOP must be still more spooked to learn that Golisano has donated a cool million to t ... More >>
The Post has an exclusive by Albany reporter Frederic U. Dicker today about how Gov. Paterson has blasted Mayor Bloomberg in private, taking the mayor to task for his tantrums and noting that Bloomberg's behavior is similar to the anger demonstrated by former Governor Eliot Spitzer. The front page b ... More >>
A capital melodrama starring Eliot Spitzer, Joe Bruno and Andrew Cuomo
Embattled city union big Brian McLaughlin is out as president of the city's powerful Central Labor Council - at least for the next six months. McLaughlin, an electrical workers' union official and Queens state assemblyman who has been battling a criminal probe of city contracts, has agreed ... More >>
Democratic gubernatorial insurgent Tom Suozzi might have 17 cents to every Eliot Spitzer dollar but he was apparently willing to creak open the wallet for a glossy biomailer that arrived in mailboxes this week in beloved Norwood in the Bronx. Titled "The Suozzi Story," it features a picture of Tom's ... More >>
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