John Sampson

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    John Sampson, State Senator, Indicted; Brooklyn Relieved He Wasn't Elected DA

    Well, we guess the voters were right to re-elect Charles Hynes back in 2005, when he was pushed fairly hard in the democratic primary by challenger, state Sen. John Sampson. (Hynes won by about four percentage points.) Sampson, a 15-year veteran of the Legislature and chair of the senate ethics com ... More >>

  • News

    January 2, 2013

    Brooklyn Deserves a New D.A.

    Why the 23-year reign of Charles Hynes must end

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2012

    Brooklyn Pols Ask Andrew Cuomo For SUNY Downstate Loan

    As SUNY Downstate Medical Center reels from recent management changes and layoffs, area pols are demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo help the hospital. Today, a group of Brooklyn electeds sent a letter to Cuomo asking for immediate assistance so that critical services and medical training could conti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    David Paterson Post Mortems Begin in Earnest

    ​The day after the election, the Times ran a comparative chart of the personal preferences of the outgoing and incoming governors. Asked how he relaxed at the Governor's Mansion in Albany, David Paterson said: "Reading in the family room." A few days earlier, Joe Fisch, the state's in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Harry Wilson Gets Backing By Our Media Overlords

    Wilson​All three New York City newspaper owners have endorsed GOP comptroller candidate Harry Wilson, who is also backed by our mogul mayor. The real Gang of Four hasn't caballed like this since the term limits extension of 2008 and the re-election of Bloomberg in 2009. Like term lim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Michael Mulgrew Gloats on NY1 After Dubious Teachers Union "Victory" in Election

    ​The Michael Mulgrew victory tour took an embarrassing turn on NY1 last night, when the United Federation of Teachers president gloated throughout an extended interview, overstating a very mixed primary day report card.

  • 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

    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

    June 21, 2010

    David Paterson Shadow-Boxes Himself; Press Awards Him TKO

    ​The biggest joke in Albany these days is the supposed rehabilitation of David Paterson. The New York Post kicked it off with an editorial salute on Thursday, June 17. By Monday, the Associated Press was posting a profile-in-courage hurrah, calling him "a bit of a hero in a time that despera ... More >>

  • News

    June 8, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Rival Won't Be the G.O.P.

    It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor

  • Columns

    April 27, 2010

    Pedro Espada's Enablers

    The people who brought you Albany's greatest scoundrel

  • News

    April 13, 2010

    People's Champion? Rick Lazio Is a Wall Street Creature

    His fingerprints are all over the recent economic collapse

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Sheldon Silver Finds the Acceptable-Insults Limit for Still-Governor Paterson

    It may seem these days as if our leaders may visit upon David Paterson any insult and get away with it, but apparently Sheldon Silver has tested the limits of such behavior. Today in the Daily News, the assembly speaker suggested that maybe Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch -- the governor-presump ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate Returns to Bring Us All Hope

    ​"They haven't seen the last of Hiram Monserrate" says the defenestrated senator like an old movie villain. Monserrate, who was kicked out last night for his misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend, plans to legally challenge the senate vote that drove him out -- just as soon as the snow clears ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Hiram Monserrate Expelled, 53-8

    ​The State Senate just voted 53-8 to expel Hiram Monserrate immediately. Eric Adams, Ruben Diaz Sr., Martin Malave Dilan, Carl Kruger, Pedro Espada Jr., Kevin Parker, John Sampson, and Monserrate himself were the only no votes; Thomas Morahan was excused. Monserrate gave the final vote and t ... More >>

  • News

    July 25, 2006

    Andrews Amnesia

    Why are the media giving the scandal-ridden Norman pal a pass?

  • News

    August 2, 2005

    Better to Know the Judge

    As an adult home deteriorated, a veteran jurist and a lawyer shared cocktails and dinner

  • News

    September 14, 2004

    The People's Prosecutor

    In an Albany primary, a candidate for D.A. attacks the Rockefeller drug laws—and wins

  • News

    August 10, 2004

    Brooklyn's Blood War

    A soap-opera congressional race turns into a scandal of campaign-finance abuse

  • News

    August 22, 2000

    $140,000 for a Judgeship?

    Civil Court's Maxine Archer Says Her Robe Is Not for Sale