Christine Quinn's Con Game: City Council speaker and her cohorts took your money and ran - Council took the pay raise recommended by a special mayoral commission but ignored the part of the report that urged lawmakers to enact reforms aimed at reducing self-dealing and favoritism. Key among the proposed reforms was a call to abolish so-called lulus - extra cash stipends doled out by the speaker to well-behaving sheep - and to rule out raises in the middle of a term.
From the Daily News Ed "we posed a question to Felder on March 15: What was up with the legislation, we asked.Ask Quinn, he answered.We queried Quinn: When would the bill be ready? Later, her aides said.Well, it's 2009, and Quinn and Felder and most of the rest are getting ready to run for reelection. It was high time to call Quinn again. The answers were very different.The speaker now believes the Council should defer to the judgment of a still-to-be-appointed Charter Revision Commission.Then again, Quinn's aides said, if any members of the Council want to push their own reform legislation, they are perfectly free to do so.Bottom line: Quinn and the Gang took the money and ran. " - Daily News. 1/26/09
Inspector Clouseau Busted gangbusters: The State Commission of Investigation proved nothing other than its own worthlessness with a report last week on the so-called Troopergate affair - Daily News Ed *** True News on NY's Investigations
Albany CAROLINE'S SECRET REASON *** With Senator Chosen, Paterson Tries to Move On *** Gov. Paterson is the one who is out of his weight class *** Hil and Gill have power lunch *** Gov's political future's on life support - Dems *** Lupica: Your 15 minutes are up! In the end, it wasn't Caroline Kennedy who was out of her weight class. It was Gov. Paterson *** Behind The Scenes Of The Paterson, Kennedy Senate Drama *** Gillibrand Meets With Clinton, Addresses New Title *** Gillibrand and Guns *** The Brief, Bizarre Political Career of Caroline Kennedy - Chris Smith, NY *** That D'Amato moment: One of those lasting images *** Rep. King, of GOP, gets only a 'D' from the NRA *** Gillibrand will be sworn in tomorrow *** Gillibrand's debut sees D'Amato on front row *** The Consequences of Paterson's Bungling *** Bloomberg: Treatment Of Kennedy 'Reprehensible' *** Paterson: Mysterious Anti-Kennedy Leaks Just 'Gossiping' *** PATERSON CONDEMNS CAROLINE LEAKS *** King to McCarthy: You go, girl!! *** Bloomberg: Kennedy sliming "cheap dirty politics" *** Dave: I'm not the Caroline leaker *** Video: Gillibrand on guns *** Siena poll: Cuomo leaps up against Paterson.
Newsday: Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?
1) Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, who positioned himself next to Kirsten Gillibrand, his former intern, at the Friday press conference announcing her appointment to the U.S. Senate.
2) U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, who told anyone who would listen that Gillibrand’s prior pro-gun and anti-immigrant stances from the House would reverse now that she’s under his wing in the Senate.
3) Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), seeking to coalesce the anti-gun and anti-Gillibrand forces into a 2010 Senate run of her own.
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More Albany The Democrats Take Albany *** Members Patch the Still Broken Senate *** Now in the minority, GOP senators have new titles and smaller lulus *** CUNY Plans Campus for New Approach to Community College *** Paterson Calls Off Davos Trip (Updatedx2) *** After Criticism, Paterson Cancels Trip to Davos *** Paterson's Poll Numbers Fall, Gillibrand Appeals Upstate
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Washington Obam’s Order Is Likely to Tighten Auto Standards *** Please feel sorry for me, says Blago in NYC media blitz *** Blago's a Character - Several in Fact - Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times *** How Obama Plans To Retool Grass-Roots Network To Push White House Agenda *** Watch Out for Stimulus 'Leaks' - Melloan, WSJ *** Obama Takes Heat From Right and Left *** Will Obama End the Culture Wars? *** Obama Gives Nationalization a New, Serious Look - David Sanger, NYT *** A Good First Week - Washington Post *** The Stimulus Time Machine - Wall Street Journal *** Pelosi Open to More Money for Banks - Politico *** Top Obama Aides Subject of Blago Subpoenas... *** Blago Big Apple media blitz...
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