7:35 am Sep. 4, 2012
As Sheldon Silver pushes to get Vito Lopez to resign from their chamber, Chris Smith looks at the impact of the scandal on the Assembly speaker himself.
Silver, the state's longest-serving legislative leader, won't necessarily be able to count on unquestioning loyalty from his members, a third of whom were elected since 2006 and presumably have less reverence than their senior colleagues for their leader or the Assembly's seniority-driven culture.
He's also to some extent at the mercy of Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose tidy Albany story has been sullied by Silver's handling of the Lopez case, and who now has much riding on the ability of the Joint Commission on Public Ethics to arrive at a meaningful-looking result after its investigation into the matter.
Smith argues that the best political outcome for Cuomo would be for Silver to survive, weakened and owing a debt of gratitude to the governor. That would in essence, make Silver like his Republican counterpart in the State Senate, whose survival was practically assured when Cuomo signed off on a partisan redistricting plan earlier this year.
This would further underscore the perception that Cuomo is responsible for the functioning of the state government, for better or worse.
"They may not be as exhilarated as they were last time … But I think they are just as committed."--Caroline Kennedy
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at the Al Oerter Recreation Center, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
6 p.m. City Councilman Peter Koo celebrates his 60th birthday at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, at 135-20 39th Ave. in Queens.
7:30 p.m. State Senator David Storobin kicks-off his re-election campaign, at 2384 Ocean Ave. in Brooklyn.
Now, Democrats have a simple answer to the "are you better off then you were four years ago" question. [Jim Rutenberg]
Listen to Romney surrogate John Sununu get irate and basically hang up on Brooke Gladstone when asked to defend inaccurate statements in a Republican ad. [On the Media]
Cory Booker misspelled Obama's first name in an ad. [Josh Margolin]
Cuomo nixed a fund-raising event with Obama donors at the convention. [Tara Palmeri]
A shot from the Roots concert. [@JessLappin]
Stuart Appelbaum of RWDSU spoke to the New York delegation. [Facebook]
A history of drama at the conventions. [Thomas DeFrank]
Far fewer celebs in Charlotte 2012 than in Denver 2008. [Kristen Lee]
"Newman!" is there. [Mo Elleithee]
So is Tony Bennett. [Darren Rigger]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's wife talks about her Caribbean family. [Tina Moore]
A Labor Day editorial denouncing the teachers union and their "front" group, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools. [New York Post]
"He was basically inaudible," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said, describing Vito Lopez's reaction to being asked to resign. [Ken Lovett]
Silver asked Lopez to resign days ago. [Carl Campanile]
Video of Silver discussing Lopez. [PolHudson]
Lopez refused, according to Silver. [Danny Hakim]
Lopez has a race against a camera-shy Republican. [Michael Gartland]
Sheldon Silver: "The New York state Assembly under my leadership has led the way in terms of women." [Joseph Spector]
"The best outcome, for Cuomo, is probably that Silver survives—further weakened, but grateful to make it into a third decade as speaker." [Chris Smith]
A pro-fracking editorial board is frustrated with Cuomo's foot-dragging. [New York Post]
The problem is the connection between crooked electeds and the nonprofits. [Michael Benjamin]
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's sister passed away. [Candice Giove]
Amid accusations she's not showing up to work, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall's staff declined to provide her official schedule. [Gary Buiso and Michael Gartland]
A flier from Simcha Felder's primary challenger Abraham Tischler. [@BoroParkisAlive]
Adam Bermudez, one of the Democratic candidates running against Naomi Rivera in the 80th Assembly district in the Bronx, is out with a web video based on "Call me Maybe." He's latching onto Mindy Meyer's formula (catchy music and self-mocking web presence) but while demonstrating at least a basic competence in talking about bills, policy and who the governor is. Here's his video.