Green Party NYS: Guv Cuomo State of State Does Little for 99% of New Yorkers

Governor Cuomo’s agenda for 2012 is designed to maintain the power and wealth of the 1%, promoting austerity rather than prosperity for the vast majority of New Yorkers. “We need a Green New Deal, financed through progressive taxes. We need a WPA style public jobs program to replace the 500,000 jobs the state has lost […]

Is Nassau Dem Boss headed for statewide?

KW: Newsday reports that NY Governor David Paterson has tapped Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Chairman, to be the Chair of the State Democratic Committee. The vote would happen in the fall. I find this humorous and resonant. Governor Paterson has a history of being friends with Republicans such as Joe Bruno, and Governor Paterson […]

NY State Senate: Meeting again. But, I can’t watch.

Please, for updates and the latest, go to the blog at the Times Union: here. They also allow comments. You can submit anonymously and they simply approve (all of mine seem to have been approved.) As for the NY State Senate: First the Democrats accepted “Monserrate” back into the fold – the one accused of […]

New NY State Lt. Governor: Richard Ravitch?

KW: I heard that part of the negotiations in the NY State Senate coup involved having a “Lieutenant Governor” appointed, so that the line of succession did not go immediately into the Senate chamber. Now, it appears that Governor Paterson has appointed a Lt. Governor. Though, I do not understand if the appointment is automatic, […]

NY State Senator Espada: Problems with campaign committees

From the beginning of the NY State Senate coup — where the Republicans played procedural games, and colluded with two under-suspicion Democratic Senators to steal the majorityship — I have asserted that it was sad and a weakness that the two Democrat-traitors were Monserrate and Espada. Well, the Democrats have gotten and accepted Monserrate back. […]

NY State Senate update: Tuesday afternoon, June 30th

Governor Paterson asserts that today is a deadline for important legislation, including Mayoral Control of the NYC schools. The NY State Senate Democrats met this afternoon. A Republican Senator strolled through the chamber, and the Democrats said that gave them a majority and the right to hold a session. The Republican says that he was […]

NY State Senate and Mayoral Control of NYC Schools

KW: I, personally, do not like the idea of Mayoral control of schools. But, some people do. And, Bloomberg is chomping at the bit for the NY State Senate to approve the measure by a stated deadline of today. Elizabeth Benjamin’s blog at the Daily News has a good review of the situation. Including a […]

NY State Senate: Sunday, June 28th update

For those of you keeping track: Since Governor Paterson (D) is demanding that the NY State Senators “do their job”, each conference – the Democrats and the Republicans – gaveled in and gaveled out separately, both under 3 minutes. Working on a Sunday. Pretty strange… Also, the Democrats are running ads trying to pressure Republicans to […]

Will the NY State Senate meet on Saturday and Sunday?

KW: I am not guessing that they will. And, no one is blogging about the NY State Senate coup at the Capitol Confidential or Daily News so far this morning (It’s 7am). But, Newsday says the Governor called them into session for Saturday, and that he might call them for Sunday. But, they might not […]

Fri. June 26: NY State Senate coup update

KW: Seems to be that the Democratic officials are whimping out, and willing to let Espada-the-traitor save face. As a voter from NY (who dislikes the Dems and Reps, but the Reps more), I am not pleased: Check out the full story at: The Capitol Confidential blog/Time Union Leaders nearing deal, fractured Dems sticking point […]

NY State Senate: Party switching and accountability

Party Switching and Accountability The Democrats seem to be so stubborn on the coup. Yes, they are avoiding convening as a full body and that seems assertive. But, here and there Democratic leaders keep giving up arguing points and retreating from battles where they could and should push forward. Some of it is perverse strategy, […]

NY State Senate: Reparations for Democrats

It is a little after 3pm. I keep checking in at Capitol Confidential Blog (Times Union) and Daily Politics Blog (Daily News) to see what is happening in Albany. I think some Democrats were kind of locking down the chamber. But, the Republicans did get in and were trying to hold an improvised session. Governor […]

78% of people in the know don’t like the NY State Senate

A NY State Senate update on Monday morning, June 22nd… The Siena poll is: here. Over at the Daily Politics blog, Elizabeth Benjamin posted a fascinating new Siena poll. It shows the favorable/unfavorable rating of characters and entities involved in NY State government. You can see how people feel about Hiram Monserrate, Pedro Espada, Dean […]

Governor Paterson threatens to force State Senators to work

Sunday, June 21, early evening NY State Senate coup update: I am not so sure I like this strategy. And, I think it might play into the hands of the Republican usurpers. But… It appears that the NY State Senate session was slated to end on Monday. And, that the Governor has the power to […]

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