Tom Golisano

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Does Cuomo's Favored AG Candidate Have Her Own Pedro Espada Problem?

    Rice​It sounds like an exotic Sandra Lee recipe: pigeon and rice. Lee is the Andrew Cuomo gal pal who took time off from her Food Network on-camera cooking duties to appear with him at his gubernatorial announcement and was famously asked by Roseanna Scotto recently on Fox Five when Andrew wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Mike Bloomberg's $1.2 Million Indy Party Donation Gets Murkier and Murkier

    ​The legality of Mike Bloomberg's $1.2 million in personal contributions to the Independence Party immediately before last year's mayoral election gets murkier and murkier. I wrote a blog item last week that demonstrated three ways the contributions may have violated state law, exposing Bloo ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 12, 2010

    Gunning for the Working Families Party

    Landlords, lawyers fire at will

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Museum of Natural History. Twitpic by ashelamb. The week was hot as hell -- which, a quick scan of our stories reveals, is an apt comparison. In a tribute to democracy, people with guns started following around President Obama. Busybodies were all over Michelle Obama's butt. Old peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    New York State Voters Mad as Hell, Want New Legislators, Constitution

    ​A new Quinnipiac poll shows voter antipathy to the New York State Legislature at an all-time, catastrophic high: 72 percent disapproval. Showing more attention to state governance nationwide than we heretofore expected, 13 percent of voters told the Q-poll our legislature is "the worst in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Tom Golisano Brags on Albany Coup, Wants Another for the Assembly

    Billionaire Tom Golisano, who was so disgusted with New York taxes that he bailed from the state, then helped engineer this summer's month-long state senate coup, is running an infomercial that tells upstate viewers he's happy with the recent senate chaos as it won valuable reforms, such as (per the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Coup in Review: Sampson Rebrands, Golisano Claims People in the Street Support the Coup

    Oh yeah, in case you're wondering, there's a lot of talking going on in Albany and no sign of advancement. There's another special session scheduled momentarily. Democratic sorta-leader John Sampson says he'll run through some bills, and attempts to rebrand what we had come to know and love as the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Pedro Espada Gets the Full NY Mag Monty

    New York Magazine's Chris Smith cleverly managed to convince state senator Pedro Espada into letting him sit in as the pol plotted strategy in Albany with his cagey cadre of co-conspirators, and it makes for fascinating and revealing reading. Among those in the room with the rebel senate wrecker are ... More >>

  • Columns

    July 1, 2009

    Senate Coup Plotters' Hidden Agenda

    Tabloids call it a circus, but the lobbyists' goal is to squelch reforms

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    This Week in the Voice

    Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson. Harlem, the world. Greg Tate. Michael Jackson. Bed-Stuy. Jean Grae. Michael Jackson. Gary, Indiana. Jessica Hopper. The Village Voice Michael Jackson Archives. We all know about the Albany Coup and how bad it makes everyone look. But who really benefited ... More >>

  • Columns

    June 24, 2009
  • 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 12, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    On Third Avenue. Albany went coup-coup! Pedro Espada Jr. seized the state senate with the help of Hiram Monserrate and billionaire Tom Golisano. After some skirmishes, which saw Tom Duane appearing to lean GOP to save gay marriage, the Dems locked the chamber, but Espada got the key and the GOP w ... 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 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 26, 2009

    More Lousy Poll Numbers for Paterson; NYers Split on Gays, Fuzzy on Gillibrand

    We're not sure why they even bother to poll Governor Paterson's popularity lately. Why not wait a few months at least, so we can hope to be surprised? Anyway today's findings from Siena find Paterson with a 12 percent job performance rating. Only 27 percent view him favorably, and "someone else" is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    We know how you feel, kid. Via Craftser via urlesque. We suspect Obama got that Iranian-American reporter released, and he's certainly trying to help refugees and rescue us from financial criminals. But does he get credit? No -- because he he laughed at Wanda Sykes, just like all the newly-reclas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2009

    Former Governor Candidate Golisano to Leave New York; Cites High Taxes

    We like to look in on members of our New York political comedy troupe from whom we haven't been heard in a while. You may have wondered, for example, what was up with Tom Golisano, the eccentric billionaire and erstwhile independent gubernatorial candidate who was giving away millions last year to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Bloomberg Gets Independence, Staten Island GOP Committee Endorsements

    Yesterday Michael Bloomberg received the endorsement of the New York City Independence Party, which was part of the coalition that won Bloomberg his first narrow mayoral victory in 2001. As our own Tom Robbins has pointed out, the party has a lively history; the state party has endorsed such divers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2009

    Albany Back to Budget Battle; Will Rich Take a Hit?

    It was nice that Paterson and the legislature agreed to reform the Rockefeller laws, but there's still that pesky budget to contend with. When last we looked, the budget gap had suddenly grown by $2.2 billion to more than $16 billion, and the Governor was threatening to fire 8,900 state employees to ... 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

    October 27, 2008

    Golisano Says Questioned Check Legit; Other $$ Reported

    Billionaire Tom Golisano, whom an upstate electoral commissioner suggested had made an improper campaign contribution out of his self-financed Responsible New York PAC, retorts that the check in question was not a contribution, but for bookkeeping services, and that's what the full writing on the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Golisano PAC Donations Investigated

    Tom Golisano, the billionaire who had been throwing money at New York candidates via his self-funded PAC and made an unsuccessful attempt to defeat the term limits bill with newspaper ads, may be in some trouble. Politics on the Hudson reports that Ralph Mohr, Republican commissioner of the Erie Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2008

    Hurry-Up Offense: Council Sets Term Limits Vote for Thursday

    Times up –- let's vote! Council Speaker Chris Quinn blew the whistle this afternoon, summoning her members to a showdown this Thursday on the mayor's controversial term limits extension bill. The bill will be put to a vote at the Committee on Governmental Operations at 10 a.m. Assuming it passe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    "Battle of the Billionaires" is a Distraction from your Disempowerment

    Were you wondering whether people-power could defeat the Bloomberg juggernaut? Wonder no more -- now that rich upstate meddler Tom Golisano has pledged to fight the Mayor's term-limit overthrow, it's the "Battle of the Billionaires," says WCBS. Also using the term: WNBC, the New York Times, Politics ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Connor-Squadron: Money Talks, Age/Experience Walks

    The New York Sun notices 28-year-old Daniel Squadron's Democratic primary campaign to replace the long-serving Martin Connor, and their contrast is pitched as a traditional youth-versus-experience dilemma: Squadron with the energy to work the hustings and an ambition to "build something different"; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Golisano's Senate Picks: Mostly (and in NYC, Only) Same-Old

    Politics on the Hudson reports that Tom Golisano, one-man PAC, has made 39 Responsible New York endorsements for the State Senate. In general, he favored Democrats narrowly (25-22) and incumbents widely. But in New York City Districts, he favored Democrats widely (14-2), and only chose incumbents. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2008

    Evening Edition: Golisano's Mind/Money Games, B'way/Mets Notes

    Tom Golisano is messing with people's minds again. As we reported earlier, the perennial independent Gubernatorial candidate created a $5 million PAC; the Republicans started saying publicly how much Golisano and they had in common; then Golisano gave $1 million to the Democrats just to fuck with th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2008

    Golisano Gives $1 Million to Democrats

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2005

    Weiner Thinks I Need a Raise

    At one point in Rep. Anthony Weiner's rounds at the Waldorf-Astoria last night, he told reporters that we "can't be too glib about the idea that money was an enormous factor. There has never been anything like this." But, a guy from the Sun asked, what about Tom Golisano? "Tom Golisano invested a fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2005

    Fulani Down, But Not Out

    Moments after Lenora Fulani and five close allies lost a lop-sided vote booting them from the executive committee of the state's Independence Party yesterday, she was asked what effect it had on the New York City party chapters, where she and her adherents still hold sway. Fulani held up her right ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2004

    Sharpton's Cynical Campaign Choice

    Reverend Al Dumps Jesse's Best for Bush's Buddy

  • News

    January 27, 2004

    Sleeping With the GOP

    A Bush Covert Operative Takes Over Al Sharpton's Campaign

  • News

    January 20, 2004

    A Dirty Cop at the Top

    Pataki's Police Czar Penetrates Federal Probe of Gov's Campaign

  • News

    June 10, 2003

    Movement Hijacked by Hiphop?

    Activists Fear a Compromise on Rockefeller Repeal

  • News

    December 3, 2002

    Pataki's Post-Election Payday

    Governor Cashes in Himself, and Hands Us Big Overdue Bill

  • News

    November 12, 2002

    Unfit to Print

    How the 'Times,' the 'Post,' and the Rest of the Media Conspired to Push Pataki

  • News

    October 29, 2002

    Which Third Way?

    Greens and the Working Families Party Try to Make Progressive Votes Count

  • News

    October 8, 2002

    Dreaming Green

    Stanley Aronowitz Wants to Build a Progressive Party—Crack by Crack

  • News

    September 3, 2002

    Labor's Cheap Date With Pataki

    It's Solidarity—For the Time Being, Anyway

  • News

    August 27, 2002

    McCall's Mess

    Is the Media Hit on His Lieutenant Governor Legitimate?

  • News

    October 20, 1998

    Westside Wonderland

    Are Giuliani and Pataki Planning a Stadium December Surprise?

  • News

    September 29, 1998

    Is the Party Over?

    Ray Harding Throws His Weight Behind the Improbable Betsy