Joe Bruno

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2010

    Carl Paladino: The Dirty Details in His Campaign Filings

    ​The Times and the Daily News ran stories yesterday exposing the shady conspiracy that is the Paladino For The People campaign. The $53,000 tax lien against campaign spokesman Michael Caputo unearthed by the Times got a taunting "so what" from Caputo himself. Stiffing the IRS just proved agai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman and the Bogus Issue of AG "Independence"

    ​In the only hotly contested statewide primary race, the buzzword is "independence." The theory, propagated by those unlikely to get Andrew Cuomo's support to replace him as attorney general, is that an endorsement from the probable next governor would compromise a law enforcement official wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Pedro Espada Blames Cuomo for Party Eviction Push

    ​Ex-boxer Pedro Espada Jr. jabbed back yesterday at the push by state Democratic party officials to strip the much-investigated state senator of his party affiliation, and he aimed his toughest punches at state Democrat Number One, Andrew Cuomo. "Every aspect of this is Cuomo," the Bronx battl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Accepts Democratic Nomination, Seals Up Whole "New York Governor" Thing

    ​About an hour-ish ago, Andrew Cuomo accepted the New York State Democratic Party's nomination to be the governor of New York, which, unless he's caught with his dick in the ear of a hooker who once sold Joe Bruno a sub-prime mortgage, is a job he'll have in six months.

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Senate Republicans Suddenly Against Budget Extensions They Used to Wallow In

    The Republican near-majority in the state senate has sunk to new lows in the ongoing budget battle, but unlike the Democrats, they are catching no media flak. Incredibly, 29 of them (with one absentee) voted as a bloc last week against the emergency budget extender that barely passed the senate. Ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    State Senate's Malcolm Smith Invents Perfect Mouth-Trap as Feds Eye Home Scam

    ​What with terror terrier Faisal Shahzad trying to send some of us to infidel oblivion this past weekend, we temporarily lost sight of our home-hatched wackos in Albany. On Monday came news that senate President Malcolm Smith has his own plans on sending people to oblivion, although in his ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Fred Dicker Goes Unhinged Over Scandal No One Remembers

    Remember Troopergate, the squabble between these two has-beens? Neither does anyone else.​The New York Post's Fred Dicker is Albany's most powerful reporter. He's broken so many stories he ought to know when to let one go. Instead, he wrote a rant yesterday that proves why even the best repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    David Paterson Plays the Dupe Once Again with Ethics "Reform"

    Such a patsy.​In the space of three weeks, 24 Republicans in the state senate voted for and against the same state ethics bill. And in the madhouse of Albany, almost no one noticed. When the ethics bill passed 59 to 1 in late January, 28 GOP state senators voted for it, with one D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Governor Paterson Vetos Ethics Bill, Says It "Does Not Go Far Enough"

    People were very excited when the state legislature finally passed a government ethics bill. After all, the Republicans had been blocking such a bill, and it's nice to see the Democratic majority delivering an actual change -- even though good government groups were lukewarm at best about the resul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    Senate's John Sampson Scores Big With Law Firm

    ​It's good to be the king! State senate leader John Sampson - who only a few months was just another Court Street lawyer scurrying for cases in Brooklyn - has hit the big time. The Post reports that the Democratic majority leader is now "of counsel" to one of the state's biggest personal injur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Paterson Says New York's Broke, Stops Payments; Nobody Cares

    ​We know nobody cares, but New York State is out of money. Or so the Governor says. Governor Paterson and his budget director warned over a week ago that we were about to go into the deep red, but the legislature continued to dick around, and now the Governor announces we will end the month w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Cuomo: Financier Broidy Admits Paying Bribes for Pension Fund Investments

    ​A manager of an $800 million California-based private equity firm has admitted to paying almost a million dollars in bribes to four high-ranking officials in the New York State pension fund between 2002 and 2006, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced today. In exchange for these bribes, E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2009

    Friends of Joe Bruno Not Much Help

    For a guy who was supposed to have been the most widely admired man in the Capitol Region, Joe Bruno so far hasn't gotten a lot of help from his friends. Yesterday's unhelpful testimony at the former state senate leader's fraud trial in federal court in Albany came from one of his former top aides ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2009

    Today's Bruno Scam Lesson: No E-mails!

    Here's today's lesson from the nonstop tutorial in indictment avoidance now being offered in an Albany federal courtroom where ex-state senate boss Joe Bruno is on trial for stealing his own honest services from his trusting constituents. The lesson is this: Don't send those e-mails. Executives from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    After the parade. Twitpic by Mzthicknflychic. Theeeee Yankees won! Doooooouuug Hoffman lost! The week was a mixed bag -- half fire, half dog poo. How 'bout them Yanks? They won one in Philly, then another, and were back home at the climax. Local merchants didn't get much out of it -- nor, Tom R ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 1, 2009

    Charity begins, or doesn't, with Joe Bruno

    ​Mike Bloomberg's favorite State Senate Majority Leader, Joe Bruno, goes on trial Monday on charges that his use of his office to enrich himself amounts to theft of honest services (the same thing they, briefly, got Ted Stevens on). The bulk of the funds he's using to pay his lawyers comes f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2009

    A Big Post Boost for Fast Eddie Cox

    ​Forget about next week's Democratic primaries. The nastiest political race raging these days is the one to replace Joe Mondello as head of the near-moribund New York State Republican Party. On one side are what New York Post political editor Fred Dicker, in a nicely over the top op-ed c ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2009
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    May 19, 2009

    Barrett: Spitzer/Bruno Gets Spun in Strange Paterson-World

    The 174-page report produced by State Inspector General Joseph Fisch last week, which provoked the resignation yesterday of Public Integrity Commission executive director Herb Teitelbaum, is all spin. Governor David Paterson's announcement, also yesterday, that he will propose a bill to kill the com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Cheek, In Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Swine is the word! It started out as a mere public health emergency. Some kids got sick in Queens and they closed their school. Then it went viral, so to speak, becoming the new thing everyone's enemies caused. Another Queens school closed. A kid died in Texas. Two Brooklyn schools closed. The Israe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Mating Game: Bloomy Loves Fred Newman, All Over Again

    One of this town's great political love stories is about to have a re-run. And like Taylor and Burton, and Madonna and Guy, it's bound to be even steamier the second time around .Mike Bloomberg and Independence Party guru Fred Newman are trying to patch things up, the Times reports this morning, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Barrett: Gillibrand and Paterson - The D'Amato Connection

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Kirsten Gillibrand nabs Senate seat

    Upstate congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand is packing her NRA-approved guns and heading to D.C. to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, according to various media outlets. Other Democrats may not like it, but they can blame Caroline Kennedy, the princess who turned her own coach into a pumpkin. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: Is Gillibrand Too Republican to Replace Clinton?

    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 >>

  • Columns

    December 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Dems Deal -- Espada to Majority Leader?

    After weeks of holding out, it looks as if the "Gang of Three" -- renegade State Senate Dems Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada, and Ruben Diaz -- have cut a deal with Malcolm Smith to unify the Democrats into a working majority when the Legislature convenes in January. But what is the deal? A couple of sour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2008

    Super Troopers: By "Secret Rule," Smokeys Shadow Gov

    The New York Post reveals a "secret new rule" that prevents Governor Paterson from abandoning his security detail of state troopers "unless they have a signed order from him instructing them otherwise." (Paterson also increased the size of his security detail.) The Post of course makes the most of ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Girls, Girls, Girls: Are We Done With The Sex Scandals Yet?

    Has it gotten to the point with all these sex scandals that we just can't imagine the news without them? Last Monday, with front pages on Hillary Clinton and New York's noisiest neighborhoods seems like ages ago. But are we starting to get a case of sex-scandal fatigue? If you looked at the front pa ... More >>

  • News

    December 4, 2007

    A Fool's Gold

    Doctoroff's legacy: no Olympic Medal, no Ground Zero mettle

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2006

    Atlantic Yards Foes Hope for a Silver Christmas

    It isn't every day that a bunch of good-government groups hold a press conference to demand that an undemocratic, unelected state panel intervene to delay a public project. That was the scene today at City Hall, though, as several elected officials and budget-watch groups called on state assembl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Gay Democrat Goes for Broke in Staten Island

    It's the week before election day, and Staten Island's first openly gay candidate for statewide office is winning over a room full of Rotarians. "I know many of you in this room are Republican, and I'm not going to party bash here — except for maybe the Marijuana Party," said Democrat Matt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Remember the Stadium? Unions do

    Lingering anger over the defeat of Mayor Bloomberg's dream of building a colossal stadium on the West Side to host the Jets and the 2012 Olympics is now complicating efforts to forge labor solidarity on behalf of the striking transit workers. Bloomberg's push to build the billion-dollar edifice alo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • News

    November 29, 2005

    Flashback--Pirro at the Podium: Does Anyone Have Page 10?

    Clinton challenger had a rocky voyage into primetime

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2005

    Bloomy Too Calm After the Storm?

    No, the mayor didn't donate his tie to the relief effort: This press conference with (l to r) OEM head Joe Bruno, police commish Ray Kelly, and FDNY boss Scoppetta took place Sunday, with Hizzoner in weekend garb. New Yorkers expect their mayors to be more than mechanics, but Mike Bloomberg is once ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    Stopping a Stadium

    Heroes had different motives, but they shared scorn for the Jets deal

  • News

    April 22, 2003

    Bloomberg at the Crossroads

    With a Budget That Will Define Him, Mayor Mike Pushes Pataki, Unions

  • News

    December 24, 2002

    Life After SONDA

    Gay Politics Will Never Be the Same

  • News

    November 19, 2002

    Pay Your Share

    Out-of-Towners, Stock Speculators, Unions Must Ante Up in Fiscal Crisis

  • News

    November 5, 2002

    Where Was George?

    As Dems Nap, New Activists Press Pataki on Record

  • News

    August 13, 2002

    Just Say Maybe?

    Politicians Posture but Rockefeller Reforms Still Elusive

  • News

    April 30, 2002

    Malloy's Mess

    Pataki, Spitzer Protect Construction Union Biggie

  • News

    April 23, 2002

    A Defining Bloomberg

    Our Nice-Guy Mayor Makes Some Bad Budget Choices

  • News

    February 19, 2002

    What Ever Happened to Human Rights?

    City and State to Discrimination Victims: Drop Dead

  • News

    January 8, 2002

    Bloomberg’s Taxing Debut

    Beyond Feel-Good Aura, a Brutal Budget Plan

  • News

    November 28, 2000

    The Albany Glacier

    While Everything Else Changes, the State Legislature Remains Frozen in Time

  • News

    November 7, 2000

    ‘A New Day’

    With Silver’s Support, New York Gets Best Chance to Fix Rockefeller Drug Laws

  • Specials

    September 19, 2000
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