Friday, December 3, 2010

Congressman Paterson? Harlem Four Keeping the Business in the Family


All in the Family

Rangel is not the only one who does not want to sail off into the sunset.  The surviving members of the Harlem Gang of Four are planning a replacement for the congressman when he decides or his health decides to hang them up.  Gov. Paterson has been making the media rounds the last couple of weeks calling himself the victim of the press and Albany dysfunctionalism.  Painting his son as a victim will make Gang of Four member Basil the next congressman from Harlem.  Daivd's support for gay rights will make him very attractive to the district news white voters Possible replacement for Rangel is ... Paterson? (DN)




Did Senator Parker Assault Trial kill OTB?

The Buzz in Albany is the Senate closed down business Monday because Senator Parker was going to be attending his assault trial in Brooklyn and they no longer has to votes to save OTB.   The senate is coming back to Albany Tuesday but at this moment OTB says no more and will close today. OTB is DOA - despite upcoming vote - says boss (DN) * While the Senate is coming back next week, there is still no sign that they will be able to pass anything * Senate Democrats are spinning today’s NYCOTB shutdown, saying the Paterson Administration cares more about politics then saving thousands of jobs.

NYC OTB To Remain Open Through Midnight Tuesday

Control of the State Senate Down to the Final Act

7th SD: UPDATED paper ballots counted, Martins by 451

Valesky Calls For An End To Recount Efforts (Updated)


 Effort to avoid an all out fight come January

 Cuomo in Talks With Health-Care Union(WSJ) * Andrew Cuomo skipped the new governors' meeting at the White House.


Spitzer: Cuomo’s Standing On My Shoulders


 Economy Tanking Again

Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.8%- NPR (blog)US jobless hits seven-month high BBC News * Obama gets bad news on the unemployment frontUSA Today *November Jobs: Not So Hot (WSJ) * Disappointing Job Growth in U.S. as Jobless Rate Hits 9.8% (NYT)




 The Comptroller Says the Real Budget Gap is A Billion $$$

Senate Republicans say, if they are coming back, they should address the $315m deficit gap.  The Buffalo News agrees


 Obama Advisor Bloomberg

Which Mayoral Advisors Warned Bloomberg About the Backlash to his Education Pick?

In Washington Obama faces real opposition with ability and power.  Obama faces a real GOP which wants to make him a one term president.  Obama faces a real press that takes real shots at him.  Bloomberg operates in universe where the press is owned by his fellow billionaires who use the papers to support his polices.  He also faces elected officials without guts and opposition party leaders that he can buy with his own money or the cities. Mayor Recommends "Better Advisors" For Obama (NY1) * Mike advises Bam: get better people (NYP) * No labels = no ideas Mayor Mike's next distraction?  * NYP also says Mayor Bloomberg looks very presidential in his GQ photo shoot.



Unemployment, Firehouses Closing and the New Education Chief Bloomberg's Dinner Guest, And All the Public Advocate Can Say is Ban Soda?

Soda Ban Gets a Key Backer Bucking his traditional supporters, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is endorsing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal to bar recipients of food stamps from using them to buy soda or other sugar-sweetened drinks. (WSJ)

Despite various reports about tension between Senator Schumer and senate #2 Dick Durbin over Schumer’s new powers, the two came together to propose a flood insurance bill. 


Greg Meeks amended his disclosure report to include the $3500 he won at blackjack in Las Vegas.



Recount Finds 195,000 Votes Were Missed on Election Night





 If Trump Being Fired?

Trump SoHo Debt on Block A Los Angeles investment firm is in advanced talks to buy the debt for the Trump SoHo, the soaring 46-story condo-hotel, setting the stage for a possible battle for control of the high-profile project. (WSJ)





Another Example How NY has Lost Its Sole

Hospital Allowed to Close by Pols Who Look the Other Way Gives the Only Industry Former St. Vincent's Campus Likely To Hit Market (NY1)





Dirty Little Secrets in NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau  Witch hunts, injustice, and just plain incompetence in the secretive police-department-within-a-department





Law and Order   Mets' pitcher K-Rod due in court in assault case * K-Rod near no-jail deal * Report: K-Rod To Plead Guilty To Assault Charge (NY1)N.Y.C. Misdemeanor Defendants Lack Bail Money (NYT) * Vodka-chugging driver crashes - at Manhattan court (DN) * Van driver denies being drunk in fatal hit of pregnant woman (DN) * Elevator robber strikes again (NYP) * Police: Stuy-Town Mugging May Be Linked To Others In City (NY1)Rabbi busted in cop 'hit' (NYP) * PTA 'thief' a murderer (NYP Ed) * Narco cop is busted (NYP) * Sloan guy's a flash in the '$cam' (NYP) * Cops ban working holidays (NYP)


Media and New Tech  Google Signs Deal to Buy Manhattan Office Building (NYT) * Google's search ends (NYP)






 is killed, Assange's website now at (DN) * Former President Bill Clinton says he is worried that the Wikileaks document dump will cost lives.*  WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks (NYT)

The president's people have got to start acting like Obama is the titular head of the party and not just the head of a branch of the government. (Facebook) The Page by Mark Halperin | Donkey Doozy