Unlike Most Pols Today Cuomo Does Not Fear the Press
Cuomo turned down invites from WH, "Meet the Press," "This Week"
3 Months in Office, and Cuomo Stands Out Among Peers for Low Profile Since taking office in January, the governor has not taken a single trip out of New York or appeared on any TV talk shows. (NYT) So far Cuomo has gotten his message out with self produced videos, upstate speeches and ignoring the press's attempts to micro-manage his actions.
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Cuomo Takes On the Albany Mob
Cuomo targeting slimy pols with budget behind him A top Cuomo official said passage of a tough ethics reform bill is now the "first, second and third priorities."
Member Items: Previously promised commitments get funded.
Has the Lack of Investigative Stories By the NYT Led to the Epidemic of Political Corruption?
Today's NYT claims that the media’s coverage of the Triangle Waist Factory fire helped to embed the blaze, and its aftermath, in the public’s conscience. Which means that the newspaper coverage led to the growth of unions and to the workers safety reforms passed by government to protect workers. If the NYT did investigative series like last months Daily News investigation of the city council member including misconduct charges, cheating the city, ignoring personal debts, failing to file documents, making false and misleading statements, and misrepresenting addresses in order get tax reductions, affordable housing or district residency, public outrage would grow and be focused for reform.
Confucius on Journalism
Asked what he would do to improve a government, the ancient Chinese sage Confucius answered that his first measure would be "to correct language." He meant that if words don't mean what they seem to mean people cannot put any plan into action as intended. The state of language in New York appears to be more confused than ever--thanks in large part to the enormous failure of journalism to report on and investigate the corruption of government in the city and state.
Is Someone Trying to Use Blackmail to Stop A Trial By Dropping An Affair Story in the Daily News?
Disgraced Bloomberg campaign operative John Haggerty had woman on the side (DN) - with Bloomberg's accountant (Video)
Last Week Haggerty Lawyer Promised to Have Top City Officials Called to Testify At His Trial
Ex-aid John Haggerty knows where bodies are buried and may spill ... * Bloomberg Testified in Case Against John Haggerty Jr. - NYTimes.com
Incredible shrinking mayor: After 9 years of dominating N.Y. politics, Bloomberg's power receding (DN Op)
Evaluating Budgets: Calling balls and strikes on the budget dispute between Cuomo or Bloomberg.* Evaluating Bloomberg: "[W]hat is Mike Bloomberg running for now? His life."* Cuomo has contributed to Bloomberg’s loss of power, according to National Review’s Kevin Willamson.
Disgraced and convicted former state Controller Hevesi must be punished to fullest extent of the law (DN)
"That The Way It Is" Walter Cronkite Still On the NY Voters Role
NYT Says Budget Was Balanced On Backs of the Poor
Gov. Cuomo’s Budget Albany’s on-time budget helps the wealthy at the expense of the less fortunate. The NYT says the final budget hurts the poorer school districts even more than the one initially proposed by the governor. The $170 million layoffs in the courts the NYT says portends delays and layoffs and threatens much-needed plans to expand legal services for low-income New Yorkers. The editorial said the most important area this budget does not tackle is the huge costs of pensions and benefits to the state and city. The NYT says the legislature should get back to work and support real reform of redistricting and ethics laws. * Gov. Andrew Cuomo disagrees with the Gray Lady’s assessment. * “I disagree with the concept that the only way to get better services is more money, more money, more money. We’ve been spending a lot of more money, we’re not getting better services,” Cuomo said.
When his father, Mario Cuomo, tried to collect cig taxes from the Senecas in 1992, tribesmen lit fires on the Thruway. . . The stakes are only getting higher. The Senecas -- New York's most prolific buttleggers -- have withheld $228 million in casino-slots revenues in a blatant attempt to strong-arm the state.(NYP-OpEd)
Loss for the Mayor, More Important A Lose For the City Services
Bloomberg holds ire over Cuomo's budget cuts Mayor Bloomberg held out hope the state would give more control over laying teachers off. (DN) * Bloomy is handed a LIFO line (NYP) * The governor is trying to reclaim his progressive mantle now that the budget is done, and told labor leaders he won’t be giving Mayor Bloomberg his wish on the repel of LIFO. * Bloomberg is stepping up his campaign to end LIFO with mailers to NYC voters. * The state School Boards Association sided with Bloomberg in the LIFO fight.
Let Them Eat Cake Mayor Mike Antoinette
Your ConEd Bill Is About to Get Ridiculous (Village Voice) * Chuck bid to nix rate hike (NYP)
Inspector Clouseau Investigates Ruben Wills
WNBC Candidates Kept Unspent Public Campaign $$$
Council Member Inez Dickens spent $7,292 to pay fines associated with her campaign posters. So far, she has paid no public matching funds back.
After Bill de Blasio won the public advocate election, he used surplus campaign funds to pay for nine parking tickets and a $1,083 trip to Puerto Rico. So far, he has not paid back any of the $2.2 million dollars in matching funds he received in 2009.
John Liu, who won the race for comptroller, spent more than $20,000 on three volunteer and victory dinners. According to Campaign Finance Board rules, candidates are only allowed to use public matching funds for one, small post-election volunteer party. Liu’s campaign told NBC New York the parties were financed with private donations.
Bloomberg, Thompson spent $5,219 to feed political donors at Francesco & Giovanni’s Pine restaurant in the Bronx. Thompson has not paid back any of the more than $3 million in public funds his campaign received from taxpayers.
Judge Encourages CFB Users To Spend the Money Quicky
In February, a three-judge appellate division panel found the city can only force a candidate to pay back taxpayers if there is money left in his or her campaign account. The ruling was a decision in favor of former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, who unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2005. The CFB alleged Fields improperly spent $61,000 on improper post-election expenses
NYC Tax Base Shrinking
With His Arrogance and Money Spitzer Is Glued to Comeback Mode
NYers don't want Spitzer as mayor: poll (DN) * NY1 Exclusive: New Yorkers Not Ready For Mayor Spitzer, Poll Finds (DN) * Majority of NYers say they do not want Eliot Spitzer to run for mayor in 2013 (NYP)
NYP Attacks Liu For Supporting A Street After Sonny Carson and Opposing A Bridge Named After KochLiu-sing it (NYP)
Brooklyn pastor scores prime seats at Nets' new venue Rev. Herbert Daughtry, pastor of a Boerum Hill church, will have the final say over the distribution of 54 free tickets and a luxury box. (NYP)
Threat Made Against Albany Lawmakers
Death Threats Target Lawmakers(WSJ) * Threatening ‘Time To Kill’ E-mails Sent To Many N.Y. Lawmakers (WCBS) * Email threatens attack on New York legislators (WABC)
Beloved Cooper Square newsstand vendor gets booted by city(DN)
Caught Between Sidewalk And Street NYPD has stepped up its enforcement of traffic rules for bicyclists in Central Park, bringing to mind a clash in the 1800s.
Decades After Ban, Columbia Opens Door to R.O.T.C. Return (NYT)
A High School Poised at a Moment of Pride and Great Anxiety (NYT) * Facing Closure, Charter School Fires Teachers (WSJ)
* Employment is up at SUNY and CUNY, but down in the state workforce overall.
Ferry Buyer's Big Dreams Sunk Mired by city regulations, the owner of a gently-used Staten Island Ferry has decided to sell what he thought was a prize purchase. (WSJ)
Booze 'n the hood E. Village tops tipsy ZIP-code liquor list (NYP)
Herald '$quare off' Midtown biz group puts 120G in Bx. for a skating rink.
On Weekends the Media Fills With Crime Stories
Law and Order
Former Rubber Room Teacher Arrested For "Columbine-Like" Threats
Cops arrest teacher after she makes Columbine-like threats to school staffers (DN) * Uttering the word 'Columbine' was huge mistake by Fort Hamilton High School teacher Sabrina Milo(DN) * Sources: Brooklyn Teacher Bragged Of Carrying Out Columbine-Style Attack (NY1) * Brooklyn teacher vowed it would be 'Columbine all over again' * Columbine' teacher's bail: 100G (NYP)