For New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, standing up for his richest constituents is a matter of life and death.
Governor Cuomo revealed how he feels about the so-called “millionaire’s tax” when he compared his opposition to the popular tax to his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, battling the death penalty at a press conference in Albany this afternoon. Read More
Suffolk County Congressman Tim Bishop is reporting a huge fundraising haul this quarter.
The Long Island pol has brought in close to $315,000 in the last few months, more than any of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s “frontline” members, so-called because they are considered to be among the Democrats most vulnerable incumbents.
In 2010, Mr. Bishop squared off against Republican businessman Randy Altschuler, and squeezed out a few hundred vote when in a recount that lasted until December. This time around, Mr. Altschuler is preparing for a rematch, assuming he can escape a primary battle re-match with George Demos.
For his part, Mr. Altschuler reported $228,000 raised this quarter. He has $422,000 on hand, compared to close to $1 million for Mr. Bishop. Read More
Now that he’s the Republican frontrunner/flavor of the month rivals are eager to position themselves next to the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO in the headlines by attacking him. Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum fired the latest salvo with a statement letting the world know he’s way more anti-gay than Mr. Cain. Read More
While she may not have won the full embrace of New York City’s driving masses, Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has still done more for drivers than anyone in a generation. Adding to her record infrastructure investments and safer streets, the city launched a new web-based program today help coordinate road maintenance among public and private entities. Known as the Street Works Manual, the system aims to have city and state agencies and private contractors share their projects so roads can be excavated less frequently, saving time and money and cutting down on congestion. Read More
A new poll out this afternoon from Quinnipiac University shows that the Occupy Wall Street protests have overwhelming support from New York City residents.
By a 67 – 23 percent margin, city voters say they agree with the views of the protesters and say 87 – 10 percent say that it is “okay that they are protesting.”
“It’s a free country. Let them keep on protesting as long as they obey the law, New Yorkers say overwhelmingly,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “Critics complain that no one can figure out what the protesters are protesting. But seven out of 10 New Yorkers say they understand and most agree with the anti-Wall Street views of the protesters. Read More
Mayor Bloomberg spent over $5.6 million of his own money during the past seven months to personally finance a public relations campaign with consultants conducting polling, sending mailings and launching a television advertising blitz defending his record. Mayor Bloomberg’s spending on his personal campaign was documented in paperwork filed with the New York State Board of Elections. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson told the Observer not to expect more ads in the future–as long as nobody messes with the Mayor. Read More
Nearly three-quarters of New York voters say they want an income tax surcharge on the state’s wealthiest residents, according to a new Siena Poll out today.
“Voters give a resounding yes, 72-26 percent, to increasing taxes on New Yorkers earning more than one million dollars a year,” said Siena spokesman Steven Greenberg. “And they do so after being told that supporters – including many Assembly Democrats – say it will raise enough money from those who can most afford it to offset additional education and health care cuts, and opponents – including Cuomo and Senate Republicans – say it will make New York less attractive to business, putting new and existing jobs at risk. In March, and without the arguments in support and opposition, voters supported the millionaire‟s tax 71-27 percent.” Read More
Tax dollars are paying for President Obama’s three-day bus tour of Southern states because the President says he’s not out helping himself get votes. He is, the president said, doing it for America. Read More
Reality television star, real estate mogul and former Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump is dialing up his support for Michele Bachmann. Tonight, Mr. Trump will be hosting a “tele-townhall” for Ms. Bachmann’s Presidential campaign, but he hasn’t said whether he’s giving the Minnesota Congresswoman his official endorsement. Read More