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Campaign Roundup, April 13, 2012

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2013 Mayoral Race The communications director for Bill de Blasio, who has fought Citizens United, left to work for a Super PAC. Tom Allon landed some positive coverage in the Israeli press. Manhattan The Mirram Group is backing Adriano Espaillat. Brooklyn Newly hired Ed Towns operative Hank Sheinkopf won’t say if his client is running [&hellip
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City & State: This Week’s Winners and Losers

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This week brought us the retirement of a venerable Assembly majority leader, compromises on living wage and NYU’s expansion plan, remembrances for the Titantic and a mixed bag for Grace Meng’s campaign team. It also showed that Friday the 13th isn’t so unlucky for everyone: while it was a horror for our losers, it was a monster [&hellip
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MGM Hires New York Lobbyist As State Moves Toward Casino Legislation

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MGM Resorts International, the Las Vegas-based casino giant, inked a $15,000-a-month contract with Kasirer Consulting on March 28th to lobby for its “business opportunities” in New York, two weeks after the state Legislature took a first step toward legalizing full-fledged casinos. Suri Kasirer, the president of Kasirer Consulting, confirmed that MGM was looking into its [&hellip
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Campaign Round Up, April 11, 2012

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Manhattan Adriano Espaillat welcomed Charlie Rangel back to their congressional race. Queens Gatemouth offers a different take on Jeff Gottlieb’s campaign. Gottlieb lashed out at Rory Lancman. A longer look at Lancman’s fight v. the Queens machine. Joe Crowley said (over and over) that Lancman was misinformed in his accusations against Gottlieb. Brooklyn The court [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup, April 10, 2012

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2013 Mayoral Race With Anthony Weiner out, Bill de Blasio is trying to position himself as the inside the Beltway candidate. John Liu penned a pro-pension op-ed in USA Today. Scott Stringer jousted with Mayor Bloomberg over solar energy. Manhattan Vince Morgan is dropping his congressional bid and endorsing Adriano Espaillat. Charlie Rangel makes his [&hellip
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City & State: Heard Around Town, April 5, 2012

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*  On Fred Dicker‘s radio show yesterday former Gov. David Paterson defended Gov. Andrew Cuomoagainst charges his administration lacks transparency, saying that criticism of the all-night Albany session that led to the passage of the pension plan (among other things) was unstudied, and ignores the messy realities of policy-making. Paterson underscored the point with a [&hellip
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Betting’s Past Lives Alongside Its Future at Queen’s Racetrack

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Outside the racino’s glow, horses still race at Aqueduct By Michael Mandelkern Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens feels like an airport that has seen better days: Old TV monitors hang from the ceiling, announcements echo off concrete corridors and grizzled race fans stand around waiting. On a gloomy, brisk Friday afternoon last month, several hundred people [&hellip
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Winners & Losers: March 30, 2012

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The state got an early budget, Lew Fidler found some more votes and Andrew Cuomo’s secret Miami vacation was exposed — until it wasn’t. It was a week of hoodie protests, empty mansions and dog waste underfoot. In other words, your standard week for New York politics. Here’s who’s up and who’s down. WINNERS Andrew [&hellip
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Heard Around Town: March 30, 2012

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* Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman told the Politicker at a recent press conference that if he loses his race for Congress, he definitely won’t run for re-election to the Assembly. But two prominent colleagues in Albany who are also running for Congress, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, are unwilling to go that far. Due [&hellip
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