New York State Senate
Today's video briefing concerns itself with Governor Andrew Cuomo's end-of-session push to pass an agenda that includes the Women's Equality Act, public financing of state campaigns and a new anti-corruption package.
The state's highest ranking Republican has a new argument for opposing the public financing of campaigns: John Liu.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has always said in public that he doesn't get involved in legislative leadership struggles, which is a convenient position, if not a completely accurate one.
State Senator Bill Perkins wasn't at all happy with Andrew Cuomo back in December.(1)
As I wote about this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo held a conference call for local elected officials last night. It wasn't open to the press but a source tipped me off about it.
Here's a recording of the conference, which ran just over 24 minutes.
In a big interview with the Washington Post about gun control, Mayor Michael Bloomberg portrayed his opponents as extremists who rile their base with false stories about government plans to seize people's guns.(1)
John Liu said in a pre-taped video shown at his birthday party, "I learned firsthand why the called it a sweatshop." [Jill Colvin]
Liu sounds like a mayoral candidate, though he has until June to make a final decision. [David Seifman]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's state of the state speech will be on January 9. [Nick Reisman]
The state's unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, down from 8.7 percent. [Nick Reisman]
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli wants Aetna to disclose which politicians they donate money to. [Jimmy Vilekind]
State Senator Michael Gianaris was appointed deputy leader of the Senate Democratic Conference, as expected. [Ken Lovett]
"I don't want to be used in this power struggle, to be the token Puerto Rican or the token Hispanic," Diaz told me.
In a brief interview this afternoon, Addabbo said "It would have to be part of a bigger picture" and that chairmanships and legislative power needed to "distributed in a fair and equitable manner."
Now Al Sharpton, too, is getting vocal about the lack of diversity in the leadership in the State Senate, joining a growing number of black and Latino officials in Albany.(1)
In a small room right off the lobby of a swanky residential building overlooking Central Park last night, a handful of Democratic lawmakers, donors and political operatives gathered for what ought to have been a festive occasion: the holiday party hosted by the New York State Senate Democrats.(1)