8:46 am May. 28, 20121
Will state legislators get what they want from Andrew Cuomo? Possibly. How will they get it? Depends who you ask.
According to Fred Dicker, a journalist familiar with Cuomo's thinking, the governor is inclined to do something to reward the recent docility of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, but won't support the raise "unless the Legislature changed its ways and worked cooperatively with the governor."
Ken Lovett at the Daily News talks to labor leader Stuart Appelbaum, a Cuomo ally, who said he expects Republicans in the State Senate to drop their opposition to a raise in the state's minimum wage
in exchange for a legislative pay increase to avoid it being an issue on the campaign trail.
As we know from the battle over redistricting reform, Cuomo is perfectly willing to give the legislative leaders what they want in exchange for concessions that result in an overall deal he can present as a net win. The big question here, then, isn't whether the raises will happen but what the leaders will give up in return. Salary hikes aren't free.
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2 p.m. Andrew Cuomo, Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials march in the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Parade at Buttonwood Road and Northern Boulevard.
Bed-Stuy holds its first Memorial Day parade. [Daniel Tucker]
An ode to those who sacrifice. [Charles Rangel]
Rudy Giuliani gave a surrogate performance that rivals Cory Booker's in effectiveness. [Glenn Thrush]
"[T]he modern American right doesn't care about deficits, and never did," and that includes Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and Chris Christie. [Paul Krugman]
The Citizens United ruling should not bar states from enacting their own restrictions on corporation donations to campaigns. [Lincoln Caplan]
The lawsuit filed by Cardinal Dolan and others against Obama "is a clear partisan play." [New York Times]
Despite her financial advantage, Democratic Rep. Kathy Hochul will have a difficult re-election, thanks to redistricting. [Raymond Hernandez]
An unnamed Republican looking to draft Ray Kelly suggests the movement is merely hibernating. [Fred Dicker]
Councilman Stephen Levin and Assemblyman Vito Lopez dropped their opposition to development of the Domino sugar factory after the developers refinanced a loan to a nonprofit group Lopez founded. [Aaron Short]
The F.B.I. is reportedly investigating the Queens Republican Party. [Michael Gartland]
Andrew Cuomo wants to sell unused state prisons. [Thomas Kaplan]
Ruth Hassell-Thompson didn't say whether she thought John Sampson should remain the leader of the Democrats in the State Senate. [Ken Lovett]
Republicans in the State Senate aren't allowing counties to raise taxes to prevent drastic cuts in services, and Andrew Cuomo isn't challenging them on it. [New York Times]