Last Minute Decisions Provide Cover For All
Just In: State Senate Not Expected To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Today; Talks Continue On Rent Regulations(NY1)
* Silver: I haven’t seen any marriage amendments
The most expensive Legislator should end it session in January. It seems that Albany needs to make the final mega deal on the last day or the term. Unions do this to prove to its members that they held off to make the best deal for its members. Albany works the same way. Today or during an extended session this week decisions will be made on Gay Marriage, Rent Regulation and the 2% Tax Cap. Expect interest groups to move off they long held positions today.
GOP Center Stage on Gay Marriage Vote
As Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate Republicans negotiate religious protections to allow gay marriage in New York, Assemblyman Nelson Castro said new faith exemptions convinced him and two Assembly colleagues to change their "no" votes to "yes"
ALBANY TODAY: PROTESTERS ON BOTH SIDESOK for gay marriage is 'rite' around the corner(NYP) * Awaiting a Big Day, and Recalling One in New Paltz(NYT) * Clock Ticking on Gay Marriage as Tensions Mount (NBC) * Expanded religious protections won three gay-marriage votes in Assembly, could win votes in Senate as well (CHN) * Some LGBT WNYers see passage of the gay marriage bill as inevitable. Sen. Mark Grisanti was still undecided as of yesterday.* Sen. Greg Ball, thought to be a solid “no” at this point, sought input on Twitter as to how he should vote.
Rent Regulations Solution See the Light
Just In Gov. Cuomo is introducing a one-day extender tonight for rent-control laws. They expire Tuesday at 12:01 a.m.
“We’re at the stage of the session where nothing will happen until everything happens,” said tenant advocate Michael McKee. "There's no deal. I don't know who Fred Dicker is negotiating with."
Strong new rent deal in the home stretch Apartments can be decontrolled to about $2,500 a month -- up from $2,000 -- and boost the maximum annual income for tenants in regulated apartments from $175,000 to about $200,000(NYP) * New Movement in Stalled Rent Talks(WSJ) * Gov. Cuomo fights to protect tenants with rent reg laws(NYDN) *The RSA’s reported decision to move off its long-held position that the laws must only be extended in their current form and not strengthened at all.
NYC Mayor Vs Governor: Its Part of Our History
Pataki Vs. Giuliani, Lindsay vs Rockerfeller
“‘They’ve never had a powerful governor here’ said a Cuomo official. ‘They want their way and they’re used to having their way. And that’s not how it is anymore.’” Clash of the titans Mike & Andy revive gov-mayor feud
City Council Paralyzed by Taxi Lobbyist $$$ Bloomberg Tries Albany
Drivers and owners from all sides of the industry are outrage
30,000 permits for street hails in outer boroughs Bloomberg, Bypassing City Council, Asks Legislature to Allow Street Hails of Livery Cabs(NYT) * A Deal to Put More Taxis in Boroughs(WSJ) * Taxi Deal: Bloomberg puts a bill through Albany; critic says it’s “life and death for the yellow taxi industry.” * Yellow Cab Drivers To Protest Livery Use(Fox 5) * Taxi protest planned after Bloomy skirts City Council(WABC) * Cab drivers rallied against a bill proposed in Albany by the Bloomberg administration that would let some livery drivers pick up passengers in the outer boroughs and north of Central Park.
Some top non-profit association heads who lobby for their organizations on a host of issues – including pension reform – make more than the governor and have big public pensions.
Five former NY congressmen gave big payouts to staffers before leaving office last January.
"We have developed evidence that the corruption on the CityTime project was epic in duration, magnitude and scope," U.S. Attorney Bharara
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11 CityTime Workers Have Been Indicted So Far
Two Executives Are Charged in Payroll Scandal * Carl Bell, was the chief systems engineer for the New York office of the contractor, Science Applications International Corporation or S.A.I.C. pleaded guilty to charges including two counts of wire fraud conspiracy, one count of wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. 2 CityTime Fraud Suspects Flee Overseas: Authorities(NBC) * Mayor Mike Bloomberg Technodyne Arrests CityTime SAIC ScandalTax Payers Want Full Refund! * Liu Crows as CityTime Investigation Widens(NYO)
Containment Journalism On CityTime/NYPD Ticket ScandalThe Press is limiting itself to reporting on the CityTime Scandal only when the U.S. Attorney indicts someone. We do not know what role the city officials Mark Page or resigned Joel Bondy who he supervised as head of Office of Payroll Administration. Both men knew there were problems with the CityTime contract as the cost went up over 1000% ($63 million to $700 Million). This is not the only corruption story the press is covering passively. We still do not know which city official and or council members had there tickets fixed by the NYPD.
City Officals All Knew About CityTime Corruption
Page, Bondy, Bloomberg, DOI all knew about CityTime in 2003, when the former head of the city's Office of Payroll Administration Richard Valcich wrote a letter to SAIC complaining of waste and bloat in the main contract. In 2003 Valcich wrote: the city had spent "approximately $35 million on CityTime and does not have a tangible system to show for it.* Ex-payroll boss blew whistle on CityTime in scathing 2003 letter and nothing was done(NYDN) " Letter found by Liu reveals shady CityTime job offer pitch in '02 from main contractor to Valcich.(NYDN) A second reason why the city knew was a CNN IRerort in 2009 by an anonymous city worker who said that the project was corrupt. 2 of the three people mentioned in the report have been indicted
Why at a City Council oversight hearings about CityTime the past few years, no one at OPA or City Hall ever mentioned the Valcich letter?
* Stanley Crouch says it’s “high noon” between Bloomberg and the UFT.
The Times-Union says SUNY needs to do more than get rid of Research Foundation head John O'Connor to clean house and improve the system:
“Every day Weiner puts off his official departure date enlarges his congressional pension.”
Weiner's resignation later to Gov. Cuomo: It's "effective ...midnight, June 21." CC'd to Pelosi, Boehner. Resignation letter
Andrew Breitbart: I Saved Anthony Weiner From Blackmail (VIDEO) * NY GOP Calls On Weiner to Return Campaign Funds(NYO)