Diane Savino Rips Liz Krueger for Fund-Raising From ‘One Percenters’

Diane Savino. (Photo: NYSenate.gov)
Diane Savino. (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

State Senator Diane Savino is not pleased with yesterday’s New York Times column about one of her colleagues in the breakaway Democratic conference–especially a quote in the story from a senator in the rival Democratic group.

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New Jersey Lawmakers Announce Smoking Age-Boosting Bill in New York

Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey today at City Hall. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Former New Jersey Governor Richard Codey today at City Hall. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

The nanny state is creeping across the border.

New Jersey lawmakers traveled all the way to New York City Hall Thursday to announce their plans to introduce legislation boosting the tobacco purchase age in the Garden State to 21. The announcement comes less than a month after City Council Speaker Christine Quinn unveiled similar plans for the city, which were quickly followed by lawmakers in Albany.

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Multiple New Marijuana Proposals Waft Towards Albany

Seattle resident displaying a bag of marijuana shortly after a lew legalizing recreational use of the drug took effect in Washington State last month. (Photo: Getty)
Seattle resident displaying a bag of marijuana shortly after a lew legalizing recreational use of the drug took effect in Washington State last month. (Photo: Getty)

While a growing number of states have been legalizing medical and even recreational use of marijuana, the popular plant remains illegal in New York. However, an upcoming pair of new medical marijuana bills in the Legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug may signal the Empire State is on its way to looser marijuana regulations.  Continue reading “Multiple New Marijuana Proposals Waft Towards Albany”

Democrats Ponder Primary Challenges to Rogue Senators

Malcolm Smith (Photo: Getty)
Malcolm Smith (Photo: Getty)

Hell hath no fury like a county organization scorned.

Multiple Democratic insiders confirmed to Politicker that Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith, the fifth member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, could face a primary challenger in 2014. Mr. Smith, it should be noted, has flirted with running for mayor as a Republican and is not going out of his way to strengthen his Democratic bonafides.

“It’s clear that Malcolm Smith is on his last term in the Senate,” said one source. “Caucusing with Republicans is not a viable tactic.”

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Diane Savino Discusses Campaign Finance, Diversity and Who She Won’t Work With

Diane Savino (Photo: NYSenate.gov)
Diane Savino (Photo: NYSenate.gov)

Governor Andrew Cuomo has made it absolutely clear that the new Senate leadership coalition between the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference and and the Republicans will draw his ire if they do not support certain items on his agenda. Yesterday, we noted that it seemed the IDC and the governor might not be seeing eye-to-eye on one of the item on the governor’s “litmus test” for the coalition, campaign finance reform. Last night, we received a call from one of the five IDC members, State Senator Diane Savino, seeking to clarify the conference’s position on the issue. She also discussed the IDC’s goal, the racial controversies that have dogged the group and revealed the one person she’s not sure she’d allow to join the conference.

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Will Albany’s New Coalition Pass Cuomo’s Campaign Finance ‘Litmus Test?”

money bag Will Albanys New Coalition Pass Cuomos Campaign Finance Litmus Test?Governor Andrew Cuomo has made enacting campaign finance reform part of his “litmus test” for judging the new coalition in the New York State Senate. Based on their recent statements, it seems he may only get half of the reforms he wanted from the new merger the Independent Democratic Conference and the State Senate Republicans. Continue reading “Will Albany’s New Coalition Pass Cuomo’s Campaign Finance ‘Litmus Test?””

The Justin Bieber Controversy Continues to Envelop Staten Island Politics

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“Proud to be an American”-gate is far from being over, especially if you live on Staten Island.

If you’re just paying attention now, the entire controversy started when a New York City school replaced the famously patriotic song with Justin Bieber’s “Baby” for a kindergarten graduation ceremony, a move that caused Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm to declare, “Justin Bieber is not a Substitute for American Patriotism.”

Other Staten Island pols, including the GOP opponent for Democratic State Senator Diane Savino, reacted similarly. However, Ms. Savino wasn’t especially impressed with either Republican’s flag-waving rhetoric on the issue.

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