8:46 am Sep. 17, 2012
Sheldon Silver's children no longer live in his apartment on Delancey Street in Lower Manhattan. But they still vote using that address, according to a report from Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein in the New York Post.
When asked about it, Silver's spokesman said voters can chose where they vote from, as long as they're not registered in more than one place at the same time.
"[U]nder New York State law, that is clearly legal," the spokesman said.
Silver is currently under pressure for his role in approving the quiet settlement of sexual harassment allegations against one of his members, Vito Lopez.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, meanwhile, may do some campaigning for some of New York's Democratic congressional candidates.
“I am tired of billionaires telling us what we need to do for our children as if they love our children more than we do."--Karen Lewis, Chicago teachers union president
Rep. Nita Lowey double-dips. [Carl Campanile]
"[T]heater" is "all Occupy Wall Street ever was." [New York Post]
At least 40 arrests so far. [Jess Wisloski]
Getting arrested is a key part of the demonstrations. [Susannah Moran]
Protesters will try to surround the stock exchange. [Colin Moynihan]
Some plan to make a "peaceful sitting wall" while others want to create a "swirl of mobile occupations." [Helen Freund and Aaron Feis]
City Council members Tish James and Gale Brewer criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg for giving some staffers promotions with raises. [Benjamin Lesser]
"102 people were convicted of felony assault, despite the police’s having classified the crime as a misdemeanor," according to state data from 2011. [Joseph Goldstein]
Two Republican lawmakers criticized a homophobic campaign mailer sent out during the SD-15 race. [Tom Wrobleski]
Governor Andrew Cuomo will help the DCCC in some New York races. A Cuomo surce said, "It will be more than just paper [endorsements]." [Ken Lovett]
Flashback: In the state legislative primaries, all he did was paper endorsements. [Azi Paybarah]
Cuomo is planning an upstate retreat with all his commissioners. [Fred Dicker]
"[U]nder New York State law, that is clearly legal," a spokesman for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said when asked why some of his grown children who live in Brooklyn and New Jersey vote in his Lower Manhattan district, using his Delancey Street address. [Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein]
The real scandal: "[State Comptroller Tom] DiNapoli’s office seems to think its job was to provide private banking services to Silver." [Nicole Gelinas]
It's "simply impossible [DiNapoli] was unaware of the arrangement" of Lopez payout. [New York Post]
"The governor and his aides are practically giddy at the prospect of tarnishing if not toppling top rival Silver, and taking freebie hits on Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose offices were involved in the lawsuit settlement in question. So giddy, in fact, that all pretense has been dropped that this is an independent ethics commission, to be left alone to do whatever straight-up investigation and reach whatever judgments they wish. That's what the governor had promised us, remember." [Fred LeBrun]
A higher than expected MTA fare increase may be in order, since the agency is banking on not giving any raises to the unionized workers who, right now, are working without a contract. [Jennifer Fermino]
Incoming Assemblyman Walter Mosely is Mr. Mom. [Reuven Blau]
State Senator David Storobin has been late paying his rent a few times. [Glenn Blain]
The race for the vacant Assembly seat in Flushing was covered by Asian media, in detail. [Lisa Colangelo]
New York City could lose millions in federal education aide because there is no agreement on a teacher evaluation system. [Carl Campanile]
The Newark Teachers Union is may agree to merit pay in exchange for blocking poorly rated teachers from automatic salary increases. [Lisa Fleisher]
The Chicago teachers strike, still going. [Monica Davey and Steven Yaccino]
Be happy, don't read the news. [Joel Gasciogne]