Azi Paybarah

Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.

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Cuomo suggests expulsion for Vito Lopez, and Silver agrees

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.

May. 17, 2013

 
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Anthony Weiner gets in front of a camera

"Now," Obama says, "is the time" to do something about the media shield law Senator Chuck Schumer was pushing for earlier. [Reid Pillifant]

Anthony Weiner will basically be his own campaign manager and strategist. [Reid Pillifant]

Headline: "Another court decision puts Bloomberg's taxi legacy in doubt" [Dana Rubinstein]

 

May. 16, 2013

 
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Dear Josh: A public-private sparring match between Thompson and Quinn strategists

At 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Thompson's lead consultant, Jonathan Prince, wrote:

May. 16, 2013

 
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Quinn attacks any Dem ‘proud’ to have D’Amato's backing (so Gillibrand is in the clear)

But attacking Thompson for having ties to D'Amato is problematic.

Other Democrats have taken donations and accepted D'Amato's support publicly, including Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

May. 16, 2013

 
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Squadron memo predicts $1 million advantage in public advocate race

State Senator Daniel Squadron's consultants predict he could have more than $1 million than his competitors in the public advocate's race to help him reach voters heading into the September primary, according to a campaign memo they are circulating to supporters.

May. 16, 2013

 
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Video briefing: ‘Maybe you’re putting your foot in your mouth every day’

For today's Video Briefing, here's the story of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, courtesy of the reporters who cover him, and the women who use to work for him.

May. 16, 2013

 
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Sheldon Silver and the Vito Lopez test

There are no criminal charges after an investigation of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, but plenty of lurid details of questionable behavior.

May. 16, 2013

 
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The Vito Lopez story, as told by his accusers

He asked another woman working for him on a trip to Russia: "One drinking partner, one train car, one bed — yes or no?" A fourth woman said he pried her legs open and forced his hand along her inner thigh "all the way up."

May. 15, 2013

 
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Cuomo lags Christie in a national Democratic poll, but he won’t always be this retiring

Christie is better known that Cuomo, and Cuomo has the power to change that whenever he wants.

May. 15, 2013

 
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After D’Amato calls Quinn’s story ‘bunk,’ Thompson calls it ‘inspiring’

Former city comptroller Bill Thompson said Christine Quinn's story was "touching" and "inspiring."

May. 15, 2013