5:49 pm Sep. 22, 2011
Andrew Cuomo's release of his daily schedule (days before reporters convene for a panel on Cuomo's relationship with the media) today is a welcome development. The new openness hasn't been in effect for long enough to know how comprehensive, or even useful, this exercise actually is. But it's a welcome development for the media nonetheless.
It is, relately, a good P.R. move by Cuomo, who by fulfilling his campaign promise to bring new transparency to the governor's office is making himself look good by comparison to other regional leaders, like Michael Bloomberg and Chris Christie, whose aides declined even to discuss the dinner he had with Cuomo after it popped up in Cuomo's schedule.
Bloomberg has released his public schedule when asked, but has not voluntarily subjected his comings and goings to additional scrutiny.
Certainly, Cuomo's information isn't as detailed as it might be. For example, on June 24, the day same-sex marriage was passed. Cuomo's schedule simply says that on that historic day, he was on the phone from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Doesn't anyone do anything in person anymore?
State Senator Adams will speak at the Albermale Neighborhood Association tonight. [Jole]
A narrow majority of Crain's readers say Cuomo should legalize the sale of fireworks. [Crains]
Granting Palestinian statehood could lead to "prosecution" of "every Israeli solder in the West Bank and Gaza operating to thwart missile attacks and sucide bomb" as well as "every Israeli civilian (and many Americans, as well) living outside the outdated 1967 borders." [Rory Lancman and Rachel Ehrenfeld]
Lancman is trying to neutralize Ed Koch. [David Freedlander]
Rep. Gibson is still pushing for F.E.M.A. disaster-relief funding. [Jimmy Vielkind]
Cuomo's new transparency website is coming a week before a panel discussion titled "Cuomo and the Media: Managing the Message." [David Howard King]
Cuomo said earlier he's been making his schedule available. [Youtube]
Cuomo's counterpart in New Jersey "does not release his detailed schedules to the public." [Ginger Gibson]
"This takes it to the next level," Cuomo said of his web site. [Erik Kriss]
The Times lede: "Stung by criticism of secrecy in his administration…" The schedule of the state's banking commissioner has not been released. [Danny Hakim]
Cuomo and Chris Christie had dinner on July 29, days before their joint statement about being blindsided by the M.T.A.'s proposed toll hikes. [Nick Reisman]
Cuomo reimbursed the state for a transporting a friend of his daughter, Michaela. [Jimmy Veilkind]
It appears that Cuomo's campaign paid for "GAMC"'s private air travel. [Glenn Blain]
Attorney General Schneiderman gets support from Kentucky in his bid to conduct a mortgage probe. [Michael Johnson]
Mayor Bloomberg said Deputy Mayor Robert Steel is required to live in New York City, but his family is not. And: "Why do you try to assassinate somebody?" [Erin Einhorn]
A headline critical of Robert Steel was changed. [Colby Hamilton]
The teacher's union said overcrowding hit a ten-year high. [Anna Phillips]