There was a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he did not want to take questions from reporters about whatever it is that the candidates running to replace him said or did on the campaign trail.(1)
Governor Andrew Cuomo said this morning that sexual harassment is not a problem that's unusually endemic to the New York State Assembly, disgraced member Vito Lopez notwithstanding.(1)
In a letter to Speaker Sheldon Silver today, Vito Lopez announced that he will resign his seat in the Assembly, effective Monday morning at 9 a.m.(1)
A spokesman for Reynso told me today Thompson's camp has reached out to Reynoso to arrange a meeting.
"Nevertheless, because the citizens of my district voted me back into office last November by an overwhelming majority, I feel obligated to serve out this session of theAssembly. I therefore announce that as of June 20, 2013, the last day of the session, I resign my position."
Governor Andrew today declined to comment on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's reported mishandling of sexual harassment claims against one of his members.
In response to those reports, Silver released a statement calling on Lopez to voluntarily resign. Governor Andrew Cuomo went further, urging the Assembly to expel Lopez. Then, after all that, Silver released a statement saying he would call for that expulsion vote Monday. Politically, the move is meant to expel Lopez as much as it is to inoculate Silver from further criticism.(1)
Council Speaker Christine Quinn this afternoon called the details of the Assemblyman Vito Lopez's sexual harassment case "nauseating," but declined to do question Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's role in the scandal.(1)
Amid what feels like a sudden overload of information about rotten dealing in Albany, there's one notable information shortage.
Establishing term limits for state legislators is the most popular solution to fighting corruption in the New York State legislature. Term limits also has absolutely zero chance of becoming law.
The campaign finance reform bill unveiled by Assembly Democrats this afternoon mirrors in many ways the matching-funds system already in place in New York City.
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.