Since all the budget negotiations are being conducted behind closed doors as Cuomo readies his first budget it is impossible to determine how much support the new governor has. We do know his opponents are dumping in the press attacks on his property tax hike. We also know from a story by NYP Dicker a Cuomo insider that the city will be cut one billion dollars. The major unknowned is will the unions fight or fold.
Unlikely Allies Fight Cuomo’s Plan for Property Tax Cap Educators, school district officials and unions in mobilizing against the tax cap have been joined by homeowners and tax protest organizations, say they are deeply dissatisfied with his proposal also(NYT Ed) * Cuomo Wavers on Layoffs Law As the threat of teacher layoffs looms over the city's school system, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is wavering on whether to back Mayor Bloomberg's push to repeal a state law mandating that the most recently hired teachers would be the first to lose their jobs.(WSJ) * Gov. Cuomo begins Albany ethics reform effort - behind closed doors, critics say (DN) * Jeremy Creelan, the former Brennan Center staffer who dubbed NY’s Legislature the most dysfunctional in the nation, is now helping negotiate ethics reform for Cuomo – behind closed doors.
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Cuomo's budget ax to cut $1B from city (Dicker, NYP)
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New York is number one! …in union membership. Not just government workers, but all workers. According to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data, slightly less than a quarter of (working) people in the state are union members. That number is falling nationwide, and in New York. 14.7 million Americans belong to unions: 612,000 fewer than this time last year. 17.7 million
34.6% of state government employees nationwide belong to unions; 45.9% of local government employees do. Only 7.7% of private-sector workers now belong to unions.
Daily News Says Comptrollers Liu and DiNapoli by Not Taking on the Special Interests are Not Doing Their Job
State Controller Tom DiNapoli, city Controller John Liu are failing taxpayers on runaway spending (DN Ed)
Fact Checking Media Star Ed Koch
Since the media and Bloomberg has labeled Koch a reform of everything that is wrong with government we thought it time the True News Fact Checked the guy. Koch's Group New York Uprising was put together to throw the bums out of Albany. Not one of the challengers Uprising chose beat an incumbent. Koch has been pushing for non partisan redistricting. Today we learn that the GOP Pushback To Independent Redistricting Plan Begins To Take Hold(City Hall News)
Now Bloomberg has asked Koch to help him reduce pension costs to the city. During his three terms as mayor there is no evidence that Koch did anything but increase pension to city workers. Koch does share with Bloomberg that the two largest city scandals in recent history and that both their scandals started with the letter C. Koch Citysourse and Bloomberg CityTime. Koch a rising star - again! Bloomberg last week asked Koch -- who has been out of office 21 years -- to educate the public on the need for pension reform. (NYP) * Comptroller John Liu On CityTime Payroll System Fiasco (WPIX) * Collision Course The audience applauded Wednesday when the mayor called for the state to slash public employee pensions and other benefits. Now he must convince the unions and Assembly Speaker Silver. Read more» (Gotham Gazette)
The Strange Secret Case of John Haggerty
The courts should be making public corruption cases public to set examples of what will happen to corrupt pols. Is someone trying to settle this case behind closed doors?
The Campaign Finance Board is holding off its review into whether Mayor Bloomberg's re-election campaign violated disclosure rules on the orders of the Manhattan DA's Office, sources told The Post.The sources said the DA is worried that any CFB findings might interfere with the criminal case against John Haggerty Jr., the Republican operative charged with swiping most of the $1.2 million that the mayor channeled through the state Independence Party last year for an Election Day ballot-security operation.A veteran election lawyer said that it was a violation of both state election law and CFB regulations, since the chief beneficiary of the donation was the mayor's campaign and not the Independence Party, which was supposed to keep only $100,000.
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No oral arguments today in Haggerty case. Lawyers met w judge behind closed doors. Judge wants more time. Now scheduled for Feb. 8. (Twitter) * Hearing Delayed for Consultant Charged With Defrauding Bloomberg (NYT)
Bronx high school principal Lynn Passarella has discovered the secret to aca demic success: Never flunk your students, no matter what. A scandalous 'success' (NYP Ed)