Posts Tagged ‘City & State’

Race, Ideology and County Politics at Play in Race for Next Council Speaker

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News

Picking a New York City Council speaker used to be fairly straightforward. County leaders of the five boroughs cut deals. Jobs were promised. Votes were wrangled. Arms twisted. But a couple of new elements in the race to replace term-limited Speaker Christine Quinn in 2014, involving ideology and race, are taking things into uncharted territory. [&hellip
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City & State: Heard Around Town, April 3

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

* With crowds flocking to Queens to play slots at the recently opened Resorts World New York casino, gambling activity at the nearby Empire City Casino in Yonkers has dropped off slightly. But Tim Rooney, Jr., Empire City’s general counsel, noted that while novelty and convenience were diverting some customers, a competing casino was always going to be [&hellip
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A History of Bad Bets

Written by City and State on . Posted in Politics

By Andrew Hawkins Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature may be banking on legalized casinos to help buoy the state’s economy, but history suggests the industry attracts corruption and scandal just as much as jobs and development. “NYPIRG does not have a position on casino gambling, but we feel that the history of corruption on [&hellip
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City & State: Gold Rush

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Breaking News

With billions at stake among tough competitors, the only sure winners are lobbyists To a certain kind of operator, New York is filled with rich deposits of gold. From upstate mountains to western farmlands to city streets, the state is dappled with places ideal for extracting that gold from other people’s pockets and putting it [&hellip
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Winners & Losers: March 30, 2012

Written by City & State on . Posted in Politics

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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Liu’s Bank Shot

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News

From today’s Heard Around Town: * Just because City Comptroller John Liu‘s office voted against doing business with city banks last summer doesn’t mean they aren’t doing business with city banks. Liu’s representative on the city Banking Commission, an obscure body that oversees city bank accounts, voted against three dozen routine approvals last July to [&hellip
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Heard Around Town: March 29, 2012

Written by City & State on . Posted in Politics, Uncategorized

* Republican David Storobin’s lead over Democratic City Councilman Lew Fidler in the Brooklyn Senate race shrank from 119 votes to a mere 37 yesterday in the first day of absentee ballot counting at the Brooklyn Board of Elections. David Simpson, spokesman for the Russian-American Storobin, claimed Fidler repeatedly challenged ballots in Russian-American districts: “They [&hellip
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Citing rising costs, Healthy NY closes its rolls

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ny1 Laura Nahmias reports this morning: As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to keep or toss parts of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare reform law, New York is confronting its own potential crisis over health costs. Healthy New York, the 12-year-old insurance program for individuals and small businesses, does not have enough money to cover [&hellip
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