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Malcolm Smith

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Seven Worst Elected Officials in the Tri-State Region, 2014 Edition

    This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Assemblyman Nelson Castro Resigns After Ratting Out Eric Stevenson (and Maybe Others)

    There's a good chance this week will go down in New York City political history textbooks. And not for the best reasons. If you've watched the news (or Twitter) over the past three days, you've come across the Dan Holleran/Malcolm Smith story that involved bribing and mayoral rigging. Then, of cour ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
  • 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

    August 20, 2009

    State Senate Staff-Up Enriches Espada's Office by $500,000

    The state senate Democrats have been staffing up and shelling out -- to the tune of $1 million, says the Post, though the office of president pro tem Malcolm Smith claims the overall number after cuts "will be in line with the previous majority, if not lower." Whichever way the cash flows, majority ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 17, 2009

    The Taking of the State Senate 1 2 3

    For Espada and Monserrate, the future is all used up

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    And Now Introducing State Senate Leader John Sampson ...

    Here are a few highlights on the career of John Sampson, the south Brooklyn state senator who is taking the reins from now-deposed state senate Democratic leader Malcolm Smith.- Like Smith, Sampson is a soft-spoken pol who hasn't made a huge impression since he was elected to the senate in 1996. A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Obama Defends DOMA, Pisses Off Gay People

    Boy, this is turning out to be a shitty Pride Month. With the Albany coup making the New York gay marriage bill more problematic than ever, state senator Tom Duane, previously rumored open to joining the rebels to get the bill passed, now says he's completely behind Malcolm Smith and seems to indica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Albany Coup Update: Duane "Flirting" With GOP for Gay Marriage?

    They're still swinging in Albany, where the New Model Republican Majority is locked out of the state senate chamber. Democratic cavaliers are leaning on Hiram Monserrate, with operatives availing a robocall that claims Monserrate has "abandoned Barack Obama and everything we believe in" with his apo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Coup in Review: Republicans at the Gates

    Pedro Espada says he's got the keys to the state senate chamber and he's goin' in! Malcolm Smith says he's going to court to block the Republicans. "This is getting a little ridiculous," says Governor Paterson, "they've got to act like adults here." He urges the warring tribes to come to a "com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Coup in Review: No Session Today; Monserrate Keeps 'Em Guessing

    Earlier Pedro Espada said he was goin' into the senate chamber and Malcolm Smith said he was goin' to court. Espada has not, that anyone could see, gone into the chamber, and Smith seems not to have gone to court. There was no senate session today, not even the al fresco one Espada had threatened, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2009

    Coup Update: Weird Scenes Outside the Senate Chamber

    The defenestrated Dems of Albany are fighting back against the Skelos-Espada-Golisano coup -- not in the state senate chamber, which remains locked and where they were pretty useless anyhow, but with picket signs and press conferences. The Albany Times-Union reports protesters outside new senate pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Espada GOP Coup in Albany? (UPDATE: Smith Out, Espada Sworn In)

    Hmm: state senate Republicans have proposed to seat rebel Democrat Pedro Espada Jr. as "President pro tempore" of the senate, reports PolitickerNY, and to return former majority leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, to his old seat, replacing Democrat Malcolm Smith. (Update: Apparently they got away wit ... More >>

  • 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 13, 2009

    Doomed Gay Marriage Bill Passes Assembly

    In a statement, Sheldon Silver expresses his pleasure that the gay marriage bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and backed by Governor Paterson, passed the assembly 89 to 52. "This is a matter of equity and justice," he say. "New Yorkers should have the right to marry who they chose." W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Senator Diaz: Stopping Malcolm Smith was Paterson's Idea

    Our colleague John DeSio via Bob Kappstatter points us to this wonderful interview with state senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., one of our favorite local politicians, in The Capitol. "I'm going to tell you something that I haven't told anyone," promises Diaz. (An ellipsis follows. Maybe he was trying to go ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Paterson "Backpedaling" Gay Marriage, or Peddling It?

    The status of Governor Paterson's gay marriage bill is garbled, possibly by the Governor himself. "Paterson backpedals on gay marriage," says Newsday, claiming he will "go along with a plan by State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith not to put a same-sex marriage bill to a vote without knowing it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Barrett: If Murdoch and Zuckerman are Whining, is the State Budget Really So Bad?

    News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Albany Still Working on Budget; Tolls Out

    The state senate and assembly are trying to get the new budget passed by their midnight deadline, and it appears that bridge tolls won't be part of the package. "The senate has really eliminated what my choice would be, which would be to have the tolls," Governor Paterson told reporters. (Malcolm Sm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Paterson Threatens 8,900 Layoffs to Close Budget Gap

    Governor Paterson is playing hardball, or at least fast-pitch softball, with the civil service unions. He wants them to skip a pay increase and give back some on benefits, or else, he says, he may have to fire 8,900 of them to close his growing budget gap. That's about four percent of the government ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    NY1: Albany Dems Dish Out Fat Raises to Aides

    These days, when many people are seeing their salaries cut, it seems there are only two jobs in which you can reasonably expect to make more money in the New Depression: as failed executives of bailed-out corporations, and in politics. We previously saw NY1 reveals that dozens of Democratic aides ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate to Unveil MTA Plan Nobody Likes

    The Mayor and others are pressing state senate majority leader Malcolm Smith (pictured) to do something to head off the oncoming MTA "doomsday" budget. Smith and his allies are expected to unveil a plan today with fare increases and payroll taxes -- both smaller than what the Ravitch Commission prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Governor Abandons Soda Tax, iPod Tax, and Other Weird Taxes

    Apparently Governor Paterson is giving up on that whole tax-everything thing, or at least part of it. At a press conference Paterson joined Sheldon Silver and Malcolm Smith and opened with what we hope was a joke: "The Majority Leader and the Assembly Speaker and I have good news. That news is that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Marriage Equality Backers Turned Away by City

    This morning outside the city's Manhattan Marriage Bureau -- which was recently refurbished to draw tourist trade -- more than a hundred protesters expressed their displeasure with the absence of a marriage equality law in New York. Same-sex marriage gets much lip service from Democrats in Albany, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Malcolm Smith on Gay Marriage: "We Don't Have the Votes"

    In December, it was reported that Malcolm Smith had scrapped a deal with dissident Democrats to make him majority leader rather than accept state senator Ruben Diaz' demand that gay marriage leave the senate's agenda. The Empire State Pride Agenda and other marrige equality advocates praised Smith. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Espada, Hailed as "Mi Hermano" by Malcolm Smith, Swears Into Senate

    Homophobe Ruben Diaz, l., gives gavel to Pedro Espada. Photos by John DeSio. Fresh from their behind-closed-doors victory over Malcolm Smith and the new Democratic majority in the State Senate, the so-called "Gang of Three" held what amounted to a victory party last night in the concert hall of Leh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Tenants Jeer for New Housing Chair Espada

    The first reviews are in for Pedro Espada, the Bronx Democratic renegade whose hardball negotiations with new majority leader Malcolm Smith won him the post of  state Senate housing committee chair. They're not good: It's "an unhappy development for tenants," said veteran housing advocate Michael ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2008

    Albany! LL Cool J Endorses Smith, Diaz Fights "Homosexual Marriage"

    Say, aren't our elected representatives supposed to go to Albany and get sworn in on January 1? And isn't the fate of the elected Democratic majority -- the state's first since the Ice Age -- still unsettled? Would-be Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's biggest achievement recently was to pick up the en ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 17, 2008
  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Memo Allegedly Details Espada & Co.'s Power, Payoff Demands

    The Times has a copy of a memo that allegedly details the Gang of Three state senators' demands of Malcolm Smith, back when they were forging the deal that was supposed to cement the Democratic majority and which collapsed this week. Though the negotiations were necessarily unofficial, the memo is s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Diaz "Sanctified" Now-Dead Senate Deal with Prayer

    Apparently the "handshake deal" between Malcolm Smith and the three Democratic state senate dissidents -- which is now in collapse -- also involved Jesus. Gang leader Carl Kruger tells the Albany Times Union that the agreement "was sanctified by a prayer with Senator Diaz," the anti-gay bigot of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    State Senate Deal Collapsing: Espada, Maybe Smith Out?

    Get this -- Pedro Espada, who was recently elevated from ethics punchline to incoming state senate majority leader, now says he's backing out of the deal. He told the Times he's "tremendously dismayed and disappointed that the office of the majority leader has been gutted and reduced to a sad joke o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Smith Won't Drop Gay Marriage -- Deal with Dissidents Off

    Suddenly Malcolm Smith the Deal-Maker has become Malcolm Smith the Fighter for Principle. Smith says the state senate Democrats are "suspending negotiations" with the three dissidents who had been muscling the party for perks "because to do otherwise would reduce our moral standing." He also said "r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Smith Announces Senate Chairs, Then Flees

    People are grumbling about the State Senate deal brokered by putative president pro tempore Malcolm Smith, who placated three dissident senators last week to cement a Democratic majority. Smith yesterday called a press conference to discuss committee chairmanships, then bolted from the room, leaving ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Pedro Espada's 'Clerical Error'

    Hats off to new state senate majority leader Pedro Espada Jr.! The newly elected Bronx state senator not only beat the Senate Dems at their own game by winning election against a long-term Democratic incumbent (OK, the guy was under indictment at the time), he's now humbled Malcolm Smith, the senato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Tab Takes on Senate Deal: Eye of the Beholder

    Here's how the Post's Fred Dicker reported the power-sharing deal reached yesterday between the three rebel state senators and state senator Malcolm Smith: "The 'Gang of Three' renegade Democrats abruptly surrendered yesterday after a secret deal-making session..." And here's how the same story ... More >>

  • 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

    December 3, 2008

    Latino Power in Albany? More Pressure on Paterson

    Hmm. Yesterday Assemblyman and ousted Bronx Dem boss Jose Rivera called for the Governor to appoint a Latino to Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacated Senate seat. Now the Times-Union tells us that Hiram Monserratte, erstwhile member of the race-conscious Gang-of-Four State Senate rebels (with whom he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Espada Got Big $ from GOP, Healthcare Companies

    The Daily News looks at contributions to "Espada for the People" -- the campaign finance arm of newly-elected rogue Democratic state senator Pedro Espada -- and finds heavier donations to it from Republicans than from Democrats: for example, GOP Majority Leader Dean Skelos' committee gave Espada $50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    Albany Ready to Referendum Bloomberg's Term-Limits Plan

    Newly-empowered Albany Democrats are learning a new respect for term limits. State Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Malcolm Smith has already said he'd welcome a bill requiring a referendum on Bloomberg's term-limits reversal. Now Senator Kevin Parker is saying he'll introduce such a bill next week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Monserrate Caves on Willets Point; Hearing Tomorrow

    Hiram Monserrate has been very busy. Recently he was reported the first State Senator to bug out of the "Gang of Four" rebels holding Malcolm Smith's Majority Leadership hostage. Now, in his last days as City Councilman, the formerly staunch Willets Point development opponent is reported by the Dail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Smith Peels Off a State Senate Dissident, Says He'll Allow Term Limits Vote

    Looks like Hiram Monserrate -- one of the Democratic State Senators who have been muscling their Party for more perks -- has cut a deal and will endorse Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader in the new term, per the New York Daily News. The News says word is Monserrate "will chair the Consumer Affairs Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Staten Island's Molinari to Sue Over Term Limits

    Everybody wants to get in on the act. First, lawsuits were announced against Bloomberg's term-limits overturn by a group of schoolteachers and by Councilmembers Tish James and Bill de Blasio; then Malcolm Smith said the State Senate would consider a bill requiring term limits be put to a referendum; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Diaz Splits, and Now It's a "Gang of 2" in State Senate (Updated)

    The Examiner says that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has pledged his support to Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader*. Following the defection of Hiram Monserrate, this would leave Carl Kruger and the obstreperous Pedro Espada as the lone holdouts among the four Democratic Senators who've been bucking th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Looks Like Diaz is Still Splintered -- Denies Deal with Smith

    The Examiner told us this morning that Ruben Diaz had made a separate peace with Majority Leader hopeful Malcolm Smith and the Democrats in the State Senate -- but Diaz, as you'll see at the Examiner's update, says he's not on board -- and he's apparently surprised that Hiram Monserrate allegedly is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    4 State Senate Dems Continue to Defy Leadership

    As mentioned yesterday, four of the next session's Democratic State Senators from the city skipped the Democrats' Wednesday caucus that was to shore up support for presumed Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. Pedro Espada Jr., Ruben Diaz Sr., Hiram Monserrate, and Carl Kruger met instead with Governor Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2008

    Paterson Grilled at Breakfast on "Bloodsuckers," Obama, Apt., Etc.

    David Paterson got some tough questions Tuesday morning at a Crain’s Business Breakfast Forum, and gave some interesting answers: Comparing his rental situation in Albany to that of a soldier stationed in Iraq, for example, and suggesting term limits be lifted because eight years is not enough tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Panel Named

    According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2006

    Serph's Up

    Friendly Democrats forget muscle, fumble state senate again

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