Thursday, November 20, 2008

Defiant Mayor Won’t Promise to Send Rebate

CITY HALL - One city lawmaker called it Mayor Bloomberg's “Let them eat cake” attitude.
After being dealt a rare public embarrassment by the City Council, which forced his administration to acknowledge on Monday that he was legally required to send out $400 rebate checks promised to hundreds of thousands of New York homeowners, a defiant Mr. Bloomberg said on Wednesday that he had no plans to release the money.

Tax War Mayor vs Council

'Wear a sweater if you're chilly!' - and you may lose your job, Mayor Bloomberg says - Video

First Term Limits Lawsuit Court Appearance
Tomorrow, plaintiffs and co-counsel Randy Mastro, Norman Siegel and Pieter Van Tol in the lawsuit against the newly enacted law extending term limits, filed last Monday in the Eastern District of New York, will make their first court appearance. The court appearance is scheduled for 2pm and will be a scheduling conference at which the attorneys filing the suit will ask Judge Charles P. Sifton to set a schedule for the resolution of the merits of the case.

ALBANY - Gov. Paterson's approval rating took a dive even before the impact of Tuesday's budget-cutting session could be taken into account, a poll found. The governor's standing dipped to 51 percent from 57 percent last month, according to the Marist poll.
Gov. Paterson strikes out in D.C. aid pitch

Gutless wonder roadshow: Albany lawmakers make auto industry bunglers look good
Gov. Paterson went to Washington Wednesday to press New York's case for federal funding to create jobs, pay for subway, road and bridge projects and help avert bankruptcy.

Times Editorial: Gov. David Paterson tried bravely this week to get a handle on New York State’s budget deficit, before it spins completely out of control.

Purchase of Turkish carpet takes taxpayers for a ride?
Amid crisis, state pays $21,000 for Gov mansion rug

Congressman Vito?!? (Part II): Senate Majority Leader Dilan?!?

Paterson said he wouldn't feel obligated to choose a woman for Clinton's seat.

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion said he's "100 percent sure" he's running for comptroller. (Unless, of course, Paterson picks him to replace Clinton).

Rogue Bronx pol never registered campaign committee

Washington - Team Obama thinks Hillary Clinton's people to blame for State speculation

Defusing the Bubba bomb
If it is true, as reports say, Barack Obama has offered Hillary Clinton the secretary of state job without first unmasking Bubba's business ties . . . Bill Clinton is willing to give up his multimillion-dollar income from foreign speeches to smooth the way

Perhaps a Senator in Waiting

Billionaire financier George Soros is using his financial muscle at a Manhattan fund-raiser tonight to help Al Franken win a recount in Minnesota's Senate election.

Congressman-elect Mike McMahon named a controversial former judge who resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal, to his House payroll.

Lexington Ave. subways are so packed that hundreds of rush-hour straphangers routinely get stranded on the platform. Cuts coming