Christine Quinn’s speech on Monday morning marked a turning point for the City Council Speaker as she struggles to maintain her status as the mayoral race’s decisive front-runner in the face of lagging poll numbers and former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s headline-hogging jump into the race. Read More
It is a question few in the New York political establishment dare to ask publicly: is the seemingly endless string of indictments and arrests of elected officials a conspiracy against minorities in power?
But there was Queens State Sen. James Sanders Jr., bellowing in a theater with a preacher’s rhythm, more than implying last night that the recent arrests of black elected officials like Assemblyman Eric Stevenson, State Sen. Malcolm Smith and State Sen. John Sampson were not coincidental. Even State Sen. Shirley Huntley, who admitted to stealing funds earmarked for her district’s underprivileged children and was sentenced Thursday for her crimes, could have been linked to a conspiracy, Mr. Sanders said.
If you talk to Republican operatives around the state, privately they will confess that it wouldn’t be such a bad thing for them if same-sex marriage was legalized in New York State. Popular opinion is moving in favor of it, and the issue has mobilized a whole lot of money and whole of lot of manpower against the last bastion of Republicanism in state government, the State Senate. If gay marriage could just become law, then the energy would dissipate, and 2012 would look a whole lot less rocky for the G.O.P. Read More