Reading Cuomo’s lips and broadcasting the result, again and again
The Wall Street Journal reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a way to raise taxes, effectively, by restructuring the state's tax codes. The article quotes an unnamed source explaining the governor's thinking: "That's not an extension of the millionaire's tax in his mind."
That's an important quote, since Cuomo has repeatedly stated his opposition to extending the millionaire's tax, articulated as principled defiance of public opinion, and said he opposes raising taxes in order to replenish the state's coffers. The New York Post editorial page has been reminding Cuomo of his position by reprinting his anti tax-hike quotes for weeks. Today, they kept the same headline they've been using for that feature--Read Andrew's lips--and issued a stern warning to him about what would happen if he let them down. Raising taxes and blaming the legislature for it is not an option, they said.
"How convenient for Cuomo if he can shift blame to the Legislature, pretending (nod, nod, wink, wink) there was just nothing he could do to keep taxes down. Please. Cuomo’s the governor."
Donald Trump threatens to abandon his lucrative TV career if that's what it takes to save America. [Nina Mandell]
Former Republican congressman Guy Molinari called Newt Gingrich, who is visiting Staten Island on Saturday, "evil." [Tom Wrobleski]
"That's not an extension of the millionaire's tax in his mind," according to an unnamed source describing Cuomo's tax policy, which is still in formation. [Jacob Gershman]
Blaming the legislature isn't a viable excuse for raising taxes, a normally friendly editorial page warns Cuomo. [New York Post]
Cuomo and the legislature may have violated the state procedure when they met privatelyand later rushed the passage of the state's new same-sex marriage law, a judge ruled. [Julie Bolcer]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman argued that a meeting of Republican lawmakers and elected officials who are not in the party, should not be subject to the state's open meetings law. [Thomas Kaplan]
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's case against Councilman Larry Seabrook is softening, now that a witness is contradicting her testimony and claiming to have untreated dementia. [Colin Moynihan]
Campaign operative Chung Seto traveled with City Comptroller John Liu when he took official business trips and met with pension-fund investors. [Sally Goldenberg]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been traveling a lot. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg is "organizing records" now that will be left behind when he leaves, according to a spokesman. [Josh Margolin]
Bloomberg has to comply with a Village Voice FOIL request and turn over emails in 15 days relating to his hiring of former schools chancellor Cathie Black, a judge ruled. [Dareh Gregorian]
A columnist argues the amount of money the Living Wage bill would cost a development project is barely noticeable, compared to the other hidden costs, like dealing with an unscrupulous lawmaker. [Jim Dwyer]
Columbia University's student publication is looking for a publisher. [Bwog]
The Bay Ridge Democratic Club say they "already have the guy lined up" who can challenge Dov Hikind in a primary if he backs a Republican over Obama. [Colin Campbell]
A 26-year-old Democrat is trying to unseat Republican state senator Marty Golden. [Heather Chin]
Commissioner Matthe Sapolin, who died of cancer and was blind, "continued to go to work…as recently as last week." [Elizabeth Harris]
"Phone hacking is a perfectly acceptable tool, given the sacrifices we make, if all we’re trying to do is get to the truth," a former editor of News of the World said in testimony yesterday. [Sarah Lyall]
Singer Charlotte Church said she waived her six-figure performance fee when she sang at Rupert Murdoch's wedding in New York in exchange for the prospect of favorable coverage from his British newspapers. [James Cusick]