New York State Politics

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Queens Pol Tony Seminerio, 75, Dies in a Federal Pen

    ​Former Queens assemblyman Tony Seminerio died today in a federal prison hospital in North Carolina where he was serving out the six-year fraud sentence he received in February. Seminerio, 75, had long been in poor health. Prior to his sentencing by federal Judge Naomi Buchwald for taking hund ... More >>

  • News

    November 10, 2010
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    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

    November 1, 2010

    New York Gubernatorial Candidate Makes Final Pre-Election Push With Local Constituents

    According to photographic evidence provided by, New York's Republican option for governor, Carl Paladino, partied with sexy wenches, a, er, "guy in blackface" (or maybe a burn victim/devil person/sexy post-op Jocelyn Wildenstein?), and a zombie for Halloween at West Seneca bar Potter's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2010

    Carl Paladino Storms Off TV Over His Own Gillibrand "Little Girl" Comments

    ​Carl Paladino, the GOP candidate for governor of New York, went on a "TV tirade" on Plattsburgh's WCAX-TV, a local CBS affiliate, Friday evening when asked about calling Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a "little girl," according to the Buffalo News. (The News, Paladino's hometown paper, has alread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    Carl Paladino's Hometown Newspaper Endorses Andrew Cuomo

    ​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 >>

  • Columns

    October 13, 2010

    The Sick Looting of Home Health Care

    A connected company's license to loot—at the expense of the taxpayers, elderly, and infirm

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Carl Paladino vs. The Tea Party: No Love Lost

    ​Third party politics in New York is so byzantine most voters turn off when it comes up. But Rudy Giuliani wouldn't have been mayor without the now-defunct Liberal line and George Pataki's margin over Mario Cuomo in 1994 was provided by the State Conservative Party. So the swing this week ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2010

    Gov. David Paterson Coming to SNL Tonight

    ​"Fuck SNL and the whole cast," New York governor David Paterson rapped in his comeback single "Power," continuing, "Tell 'em David said they can kiss my whole ass." Now, after years of being somewhat mercilessly tortured by a Fred Armisen caricature (pictured) -- focused on the governor's bli ... More >>

  • 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

    August 5, 2010

    David Paterson: A Lame Duck, Sure, But Why the Lame Media Coverage?

    The governor and David Johnson​It's a week since Judge Judith Kaye issued her 54-page report exonerating and damning Governor Paterson for his handling of a domestic violence case, and nothing has happened. That's news. Clemmie Harris, who admitted to Kaye that he tried to kill the complaint, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Gov. Paterson Will Attempt to Resurrect His Soda Tax

    poolie/Flickr​Governor Paterson won't take no for an answer: despite the fact his proposed soda tax was killed earlier this month by relentless lobbying and advertising from the beverage industry, he's planning to reintroduce the tax during a special legislative session on Wednesday.

  • 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 2, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg Draws Praise for the Same Budget Decisions That Reap Tabloid Ridicule for Shelly Silver

    The recently passed Bloomberg and state legislative budgets each contained precisely the same, optimistic assumption that New York would get hundreds of millions of additional federal Medicaid funds even though the bill to provide the windfall was stalled in Congress. The Daily News said Bloomber ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Pledge Proving Tricky for Fellow Dems

    By Gavin Aronsen Andrew Cuomo, New York's likely next governor, has made it known that fellow Democratic office seekers should sign onto a single-page pledge to reform Albany if they expect to win his endorsement for this fall's election. But only two of his hopeful AG successors, Nassau County DA ... 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

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Rev. Diaz Says Paterson Should Let Cuomo Take Over, Pass Gay Marriage Bill (Which He Opposes)

    photos by John DeSio While Governor Paterson made it official that he would introduce a bill to make same-sex marriage legal in New York State, Albany's most outspoken opponent of the bill is lashing out at the governor, calling his proposal a political gimmick and demanding that he not run for ree ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Latest Budget: OK, Taxes on the Rich After All

    Governor Paterson announced a "budget agreement" with legislative leaders on Sunday. He says this agreement closes the state's budget gap -- which he found to be $2.2 billion bigger than expected last week -- and "stabilizes our finances, and institutes critical reforms that will help eliminate wast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Paterson Poll Collapse Continues: 26% Approval

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    New Poll: Paterson drops, Gillibrand who?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Wayne Barrett: How Shelly Silver Made His Pal Chief Judge

    This week's Village Voice doesn't hit streets until tomorrow morning, but for our Runnin' Scared readers, we're offering tomorrow's cover story a day early. This one should rock Albany: our Wayne Barrett details state assembly speaker Sheldon Silver's step-by-step scheme to boost his old LES pal Jon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    D'Amato's Perfecta: Pals for Paterson, Cash for Cuomo

    Al D'Amato is an equal opportunity money machine. The ex-GOP senator is now raising cash for Andrew Cuomo, reports a Newsday team of Dan Janison and Celeste Hadrick. In a bash scheduled for Tuesday evening in Midtown, D'Amato will host a fundraiser for Cuomo's  campaign committee, a PAC that's amb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Poll: Cuomo right at Paterson's heels

    Governor Paterson tried to show he's listening today by cancelling one bad idea -- the tax-payer-financed junket he'd planned to the glitzy World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  But the poor guy can't catch a break:  A new poll has his would-be rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    New Poll: Kennedy Favorability Drops, Cuomo Surges Ahead

    Earlier this week a Quinnipiac poll showed voters in New York State leaning away from Caroline Kennedy for Senator, prefering state attorney general Andrew Cuomo by a margin of 31 percent to 24 percent. Now a Marist poll puts the spread at 39 percent to 31 percent. Marist December poll showed them t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2009

    Skelos Gets Union Bigs to Meet with Dem Albany Rebels

    There is little news coming out of Albany, but the estimable Liz Benjamin notes an ominous sign for the state senate Democrats, whose hope to claim a majority in Wednesday's vote is clouded by a rebel faction of city senators: Republican leader Dean Skelos is arranging for representatives of 1199 SE ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Skelos Calls His Own Damn Session

    For an alleged lame duck, state senate majority leader Dean Skelos is acting pretty spry. Having frustrated Governor Paterson's special legislative session to further cut state spending last week, Skelos has called for his own special session to address spending on December 15 -- which, the Albany T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Special Budget Vote Off; Dems, Reps Accuse Each Other of Bad Faith

    The special legislative session with which Governor Paterson hoped to make quick cuts in the state budget has been cancelled, as the Governor felt the current, Republican state senate majority leader, Dean Skelos, was not seriously engaged in the process, says the New York Times. While the Governor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2008

    At Election Night Party, NY Dems Cheer, Pump Fists, Boo Palin

    Photo by Sara Dover Additional reporting by Sara Dover Governor David Paterson wasn't going to get the crowd at last night's State Democratic Committee party to pay attention to him just by asking. John McCain had just conceded the Presidential election, and the Democratic supporters and politicia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Gov Sticks Up for O'Byrne, Gay Pols for Term Limits, Goldberg for Powell at Pride Dinner

    Photos by Julie Bolcer Governor David Paterson showed some support for his embattled secretary, Charles J. O'Byrne, acknowledging him as "my dear friend" in remarks to a statewide gay rights group on Monday night. O'Byrne, a former Jesuit priest who is openly gay, was among many hundreds in atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Queens Pol Seminerio’s Lessons on Government Interrupted by FBI, Indictment

    Here's that aging rascal, Queens assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, explaining the ways of the world to an Albany favor seeker about why the veteran legislator decided to cut out the middleman and become his own lobbyist: "I was doing favors for these sons-of-bitches there, you know, they were, they we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008

    Cuomo Seen in NYC; Sun Thinks: Running for Mayor?

    The New York Sun says a community forum Andrew Cuomo hosted on the Upper West Side -- of the sort New York pols have been hosting since Peter Stuyvesant had two legs -- "Ups Speculation On His Future," specifically that he will run for Mayor in 2009. Of course the Sun can't get anyone, least of all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2008

    Gov. Paterson Undergoes Glaucoma Operation

    After releasing an early morning statement saying that Governor David Paterson had checked himself in to The Mount Sinai Medical Center for migraine-like symptoms, his office explained that Paterson is undergoing a procedure to treat acute glaucoma in his left eye. The governor, who turned 54 on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2008

    How the Spitzer Sex Scandal Could Help Joe Bruno

    The resignation of Governor Eliot Spitzer could be the best thing that ever happened to Joe Bruno. Bruno, the Republican State Senate majority leader, is hanging on to his lead over the Democrats in that body by just one vote, having just recently seen his candidate defeated in an upstate special ... More >>

  • News

    September 25, 2007

    The Truth Behind Troopergate

    A capital melodrama starring Eliot Spitzer, Joe Bruno and Andrew Cuomo

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2007

    Congestion Pricing Gets a $354 Million Boost

    The U.S. Department of Transportation has agreed to give the city $354 million to implement a congestion pricing plan or some other traffic mitigation scheme that lowers traffic in Manhattan by six percent—the same reduction promised by Mayor Bloomberg's initial plan. The funding clears one hurdl ... More >>

  • News

    July 10, 2007

    He Shot the Sheriff

    Spitzer guns down Albany's real clean-up man

  • News

    April 24, 2007

    The New Dealer

    With Spitzer at the table, Pataki's casino cronies pull an inside straight

  • News

    December 5, 2006

    Twisted Spitzer

    Note to good-guy governor-elect: 10 reasons to stay Hevesi’s execution

  • News

    October 24, 2006

    A Hevesi Heresy

    Daring to doubt the governor's wisdom

  • News

    November 9, 2004

    The Jets' End Run

    Will Bloomberg and Pataki spend billions without legislative approval?

  • News

    August 19, 2003

    New York's Prince of Darkness

    Pataki Policies Put Us at the Blackout Brink

  • News

    May 27, 2003

    How Pataki Won

    Governor Strikes Strongman Pose, Wipes His Hands Clean

  • News

    April 29, 2003

    Pataki's Class Bias

    Guv Seeks Sacrifice From Average New Yorkers, Protects High-End Friends

  • News

    April 29, 2003
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    February 4, 2003

    Pataki's Ex–Labor Aide Charged

    Former Commissioner Drove Own Sweet Deals

  • News

    October 29, 2002

    Jeb & George

    Bush Slated to Pay Top Dollar for Libby Pataki’s Florida Land

  • News

    October 22, 2002

    Bad Policy, Big Bucks

    How Pataki's Disastrous Energy Plan Fattened His Friends and Campaign Coffers

  • News

    October 15, 2002

    The Scandal That Will Not Die

    How Pataki Protects the People Who Fix the Parole Board

  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Pataki's Sick Department of Health

    How a Collusive Contagion Has Infected a $34 Billion Bureaucracy

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