Elected Officials and Tenants Protest NYCHA's Proposed Rent Increases

Apr 30 2006 - 3:00pm
Apr 30 2006 - 4:00pm
3 p.m. City Hall steps. Contact: Joy Simmons, 212-788-6957.
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Co-op Shareholders Protest Outside of Eliot Spitzer's Office

Apr 30 2006 - 11:00am
Apr 30 2006 - 12:00pm

11 a.m.

120 Broadway

Contact: 718-630-2552.


Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 04/29/2006 - 5:40pm.
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Weld Remarks at Libertarian Party Convention

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NOTE: Attached and below please find
prepared remarks from Bill Weld’s
speech today at the Libertarian Party Convention.



SPITZER 2006: ELIOT SPITZER AND DAVID PATERSON ENDORSED BY FERNANDO FERRER

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ANDREW CUOMO ENDORSED BY KEY REFORMERS IN FEDERAL, STATE AND NEW YORK CITY GOVERNMENT

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Contact:           Wendy
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Statewide Primaries - Where Are the Votes?

A political consultant recently asked me if it was true that 70% of the vote in a statewide Democratic Primary came from New York City and it’s suburbs. I responded that I have heard and believe that was true for years but have not recently checked.

So I decided to look into past primary turnout and here it was I found.

I looked at the Democratic enrollment and the turnout from the last two statewide primaries – 2000 & 2004. Neither of these years are great because the primaries were pretty ho-hum - in 2000 Hillary had a minor Primary opponent and in 2002 Andrew Cuomo withdrew right before the Primary. But I thought it was better to use them rather going back 8 years.



Albany Primer: Why Does NYC Get Screwed at Budget Time?

Why does New York City do so poorly compared to the rest of the State on school aid and legislative pork? Let’s look at the budget process; what follows may seem a simplistic rendering of a complicated series of events, but actually gives more thought to the process than that exercised by the majority of legislators in any given year (which is sad, because I wrote the whole thing while waiting for my toast to pop).

The New York State Constitution’s budget process is a Robert Moses created contrivance whose purpose is to rob the legislature of its legislative powers. The legislature has responded in many years by exercising the one constitutional power it has, which is to do nothing. The current governor has far greater constitutional powers, but regards lethargy and sloth as a matter of personal religious practice, rather than as constitutional law. But, this merely has slowed the process in some (actually many) years. In good years and bad, the basic process remains the same.



Mike Not Putting Money Where His Mouth Is

Are we all so used to the fact that Mike’s rhetoric has nothing to do with actions that it is no longer worthy of comment?

On Thursday, Mike spoke to a pro-choice group and the press reported:

“On this issue, you're either with us or you're not. Period. You can't have it both ways," said Bloomberg, a Republican, in a passionate noon address before the liberal NARAL Pro-Choice New York. "We can't let anybody equivocate."

Bloomberg said pro-choice supporters must stand tall against elected officials who "try to nuance themselves" away from a commitment to abortion rights "in the interest of political expediency and partisan politics."



MEDIA ADVISORY: Spitzer 2006 Week-Ahead Schedule

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Tom Suozzi Appears on Kirtzman & Kramer on CBS Channel 2

Apr 30 2006 - 11:00am
Apr 30 2006 - 12:00pm
Sunday, April 30, 2006 11:00 AM:
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PUBLIC SCHEDULE FOR THOMAS R. SUOZZI - Saturday, April 29, 2006 and Sunday, April 30, 2006

Tom Suozzi for Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2006 CONTACT: David Chauvin (516) 410-8832



Council Member Gioia and Volunteers to Remove Graffiti

Apr 29 2006 - 11:15am
Apr 29 2006 - 12:15pm
11:15 a.m. Corner of Skillman Avenue and 48th Street, Sunnyside, Queens. Contact: Jerel Klue, 718-809-1910 or 718-383-9566.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 4:32pm.
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Andrew Cuomo Presents Government Reforms and Receives West Side Endorsements

Apr 29 2006 - 10:15am
Apr 29 2006 - 11:15am
10:15 a.m. Fordham Law School, Room 430b, 140 West 62nd St., between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues. Contact: Ashley Cotton, 917-328-4313.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/28/2006 - 4:29pm.
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Rep. Meeks Hosts Community Shred Day Against Identity Theft

Apr 29 2006 - 10:00am
Apr 29 2006 - 1:00pm
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bank of America branch, 216-02 Merrick Blvd., at Springfield Boulevard, Springfield Gardens, Queens. Contact: Candace Sandy, 718-949-5600 or 917-714-3275.
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Republicans on Decline?

In the latest Hotline ranking of the top twenty-five marginal House districts, the net change if the election were held today would have net one Democratic seat switch to the Republican side and six Republican seats would be up for grabs (all other races would result in each party holding its seat).  If the Democrats took all six Republican seats there would be a net pickup of only five votes in the House for the Democratic side.

On their list of the top fifty contested races, however, Republican seats are moving up the list, spelling more trouble for the GOP.  And in the second twenty-five races, the Democrats might pick up as many as an additional fifteen seats if you, include the independent in Vermont.  The fly in the ointment is that except for the first Clinton mid-term election in 1994, when the Democrats lost 54 seats, all the mid-term elections since 1982 have only had single digit moves.  This is largely the result of the historic Republican turnout advantages in non-presidential years, and the advantages that modern mapping and computerized reapportionment have given incumbents.