NYC Assembly Members Push Pre-K as Advocates Rally

Shelly Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty)
Shelly Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty)

As Mayor Bill de Blasio and other supporters of the mayor’s plan to tax rich New York City residents to fund universal pre-K rally in Albany today, assembly members across the five boroughs have almost completely unified around the proposal. Continue reading “NYC Assembly Members Push Pre-K as Advocates Rally”

Cuomo Not Eager to Call Special Elections

Four of the five vacant seats in New York City are in central and eastern Brooklyn.
Four of the vacant seats are in central and eastern Brooklyn.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in no hurry to call special elections to fill the 11 empty seats in the state legislature.

Speaking on the radio this morning, Mr. Cuomo panned the idea of filling the seats quickly. Notably, he said, with this week’s corruption conviction of then-Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, he didn’t know how many more seats would still open up. Continue reading “Cuomo Not Eager to Call Special Elections”

Bill de Blasio Confident About Pre-K Agenda After Meeting With Assembly Democrats

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Sheldon Silver at a de Blasio campaign event in October.
Bill de Blasio and Shelly Silver at a de Blasio campaign event in October.

If there were any lingering doubts that the Democratic-controlled State Assembly would get behind Bill de Blasio’s legislative agenda, they were dispelled today, according to the mayor-elect. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Confident About Pre-K Agenda After Meeting With Assembly Democrats”

Assemblywoman Glick Slams Report, Accuses Reporter of Smoking Pot

Assemblywoman Glick had choice words for the Post today. (Photo: flickr.com/photos/clintrainey)
Assemblywoman Glick had choice words for the Post today. (Photo: flickr.com/photos/clintrainey)

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick is dismissing as “fiction” a report alleging she is leading a coup of female lawmakers to depose Shelly Silver as Assembly speaker.

The New York Post’s Fred Dicker reported this morning that Mr. Silver is facing a “serious leadership threat’’ from 30 Democratic Assemblywomen fed up after being forced to defend him in the wake of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal.

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Candidate for Vito Lopez Seat Would Be ‘Hard-Pressed’ to Support Shelly Silver

Jason Otaño speaks at a New Kings Democrats forum.
Jason Otaño speaks at the New Kings Democrats forum.

A candidate running to fill disgraced ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s empty seat said Wednesday he would be “hard-pressed” to vote for Shelly Silver as his speaker because of Mr. Silver’s mishandling of the sexual harassment allegations that forced Mr. Lopez out.

Assembly Democrats have thus far been reluctant to discuss leadership changes, despite the fact that a majority of voters would like to see Mr. Silver go. But attorney Jason Otaño, the favorite of anti-Lopez activists, was blunt when posed the question at a forum last night.

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Cuomo to Parents: Don’t Worry, Your Daughters Are Safe in Albany

Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty Images)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Getty Images)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was forced to try to assure parents that their daughters were safe working in Albany following  a “disturbing” poll out yesterday that found most New Yorkers wouldn’t want their daughters to intern in the State Legislature after former Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s sexual harassment scandal.

“I want people to know that you can send your daughter to Albany,” Mr. Cuomo said during an appearance on The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter this morning, where he was once again forced to weigh in on the scandal and its aftermath.

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Poll: New Yorkers Don’t Want Daughters Interning for State Legislature

Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)
Sheldon Silver. (Photo: Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

A slim majority of  New York voters think Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver should resign over his mishandling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment scandal, according to a new poll out Wednesday, which also found most parents want their daughters steering clear of Albany.

The Quinnipiac poll found that 51 percent of those surveyed think Mr. Silver should step down from office, versus just 22 percent who feel he should remain. The feeling was especially high among men, suburban voters and Republicans.

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