Winds of Albany War
The real war will be between Cuomo back ed up by the business establishment and the unions. Not between Cuomo and the legislators. Most assembly and senate members will hide under their desk trying to save their jobs. Cuomo accused the Legislature of “failing” the people of New York after it failed to make $315 million worth of mid-year cuts during Monday’s special session. Ditto, says the TU.
Cuomo Will Not Fight Alone Like Spizter
Groups to Back Cuomo as He Tackles Unions With the encouragement of Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo, business leaders and civic groups are planning to raise millions of dollars behind a new effort to blunt the influence of public-sector labor unions over the statehouse. (WSJ) * Andrew Cuomo's planned reform of Albany will have to overcome a lot of bad legislative habits(DN Ed) * Cuomo chides NY Legislature for punting on deficit (WSJ) * Albany Update: Dems Outlook Dire as Cuomo Casts Blame * Paterson: Albany’s Not What It Used To Be (Updated) * Speculation about pay raises for state legislators heats up Buffalo News * Paterson Says It Sucked Being Governor, Raspberries Albany (Gothamist)* Gov. David Paterson laments over 'painful' tenure, 'nasty' media in lame-duck ... (DN)
Rangel faced Trump card Rangel bailed out on his House ethics trial just as committee lawyers were preparing to call a parade of corporate bigwigs who would testify about his fund-raising tactics (NYP) * Rangel's CEO-Studded Trial That Never Was (WSJ) * The House is close to voting on whether to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel, who is angling for a lesser punishment of reprimand. A Rangel source tells NY1′s Grace Rauh the vote is expected to come tomorrow. * Donald Trump and Hank Greenberg were set to testify against Charlie Rangel before he walked out of his ethics committee hearing. * Rep. Charlie Rangel asks supporters to call Capitol switchboard
Can Public Relations Trump A Failed School System Facing Serious Cutback in Funding?
On Her First Day, Black Reads to First Graders (NYT) * New Chancellor Visits Bronx School WSJ) * New School Could Cross Lines(WSJ) * Publishing greenhorns apply for Black's job at Hearst (DN) * Gonzalez: City Catholic schools fret dark fate (DN) * Cathie Black Visits Classrooms As Incoming Schools Chancellor (NY1)* Schools chief back in hiding? * Drown principal fired (NYP) * New Inquiry Topples a Principal in Trouble (NYT)
Grisanti’s win brought the Senate GOP one step closer to winning back the majority. * The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle thinks the return of Republican control in the Senate could be a good thing.* Just two Senate races remain undecided. * GOP to Johnson: Do the right thing and give up! (UPDATED) (DN) * Oppenheimer Up By About 370 Votes
Tale Of The Paterson E-mails “I will separate his head from his body” Communications director wants to plug leak with machete * Inside the David Paterson Rumor Mill (Gawker) * Read The Private Emails Between Paterson And The Media
OTB the First Bookie to Go Out of Business Without the Help of the Police
Doomsday looms for dying OTB (NYP) * Let this nag die (NYP) * Albany's dysfunction has city's OTB facing a Friday finish-ed line if inaction continues (DN) * Good riddance, says the Post.
Independent Redistricting Commission Against Leaders Interests Outgoing Assemblyman David Koon on the passage prospects of the independent redistricting commission bill: “If you think leaders in the Senate and the Assembly are going to pass this, you need to think again. They want to have that power over their members.”
Most Judges We Know Are Well Paid
Judges May Get First Raises in Years After Legislature Backs Panel to Set Their Pay(NYT) * New York lawmakers finally stop holding judicial salaries hostage and allow judges a raiseDN ed)
270,000 . . . To Protect Tom Against Cuomo's Pay to Play Pension Investigation
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli spent a sizable chunk of campaign cash on a white shoe law firm.* Tom DiNapoli spent more than $270,000 on lawyers in case Andrew Cuomo's pay-to-play probe grabbed him.
Terrorism Father of NY Bomb-Plotter Faces More Charges * Immigration rap for subway plotter's father (DN)
Law and Order Ex-con arrested in E. Side mug spree (NYP) * New tool in battle vs. bikes (NYP) * Judge bashes Probation Dept. over leniency for girls (DN) * Guilty plea in Queens hate-crime bash (DN) * Bronx fire victim positively ID'd as cops hunt for teens (DN) * Police Make Arrest In UES Robbery Spree (NY1)
Who is the Real Whore In Charge?
Fake Fight is a Cheap Trick By Spitz Handlers To Improve Anemic CNN Ratings
Co-host spittin' mad over Spitz Eliot Spitzer's TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the hooker-loving ex-gov that she's threatening to walk (NYP) * There’s tension on the set of “Parker Spitzer,” which saw its ratings fall yet again. * Talking Tough and Drawing Viewers, Christie Is a YouTube Star (NYT) * Google Seeks To Rewrite Books Model (WSJ)