For nearly 20 years on television, I have interviewed political candidates, only to observe them, for whatever reason, rarely deliver on a long list of campaign promises. Watching new Governor Andrew Cuomo has been different, and dare I say refreshing.
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The extension of term limits has proved a double-edged sword for City Council member Alan Gerson. On one hand, it has given him a chance at four more years; on the other, it has provided his opponents with a political weapon to use against him. Alex Kane reports:
I've noticed there has been a lot of press recently, a lot of speculation about who will be tapped to replace Senator Hillary Clinton when she heads south to take over the Department of State. And as speculation goes, besides a smattering of usual suspects, I found this interesting:
During a true WTF moment that can only happen in Bronx politics, instead of one Democratic Party leader we now have two. Both Dem Chairman Jose Rivera and the Rainbow Rebels' Carl Heastie claimed victory during a raucous vote yesterday. Now the court will decide who is the real Dem leader. Sunday's vote made the split 2000 election look like a cakewalk. Although there were no hanging chads there were some flying elbows as both pro Rivera and pro Rebels supporters clashed. The raucous meeting took place at the Utopia Paradise Theater on Sunday night. Our spies tell us that there were loud disputes over trying to keep cameras out of the meeting. News reporter Dave Greene was allowed by a security guard to take photos of Rivera and his supporters from the stage but not when the Rebels took the same stage. Our spies also saw Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz suffering a few scrapes during a shoving match with some of the Dem supporters. The showdown started early. While Rebel supporters were still lined up outside to enter the theater, Rivera held his own meeting. He claimed his was the true vote even though some took to shouting down the longtime Dem Chairman. After declaring victory, Rivera and his supporters left taking the microphone with him. The Rebels then had their meeting using a bullhorn to speak to the crowd. The Rebels claim theirs was the true vote since it was the majority of district leaders who voted for Heastie and that Rivera's vote was illegal. Both sides are expected to be in court this week. Our man Dave Greene was on the scene and will have more. (Developing....) See the latest @ www.bxnews.net
How do you know who's winning the hearts and minds of people and eventually your campaign workers and voters? It depends on what you're serving.
At Bronx County headquarters on Tuesday night where volunteers crammed into that closet-like office, it looks like workers got stiffed. Our spies saw no sign of food for the people who tried unsuccessfully to save the County races. In the past County threw some raucous victory parties with volunteers treated to foot long sandwiches and cases of beer (usually Bud). Though not exactly high dining this was a way to reward haggard workers who volunteered their time to support the cause. This time they served nothing. You get more food at a funeral which is what this was.
The victorious Pedro Espada, Jr. served potato salad, chicken but no beer. Workers were more high on Espada being returned to office and removing County backed Efrain Gonzalez who court papers claimed lived the high life himself on the taxpayers' dime.
And to truly understand how Sen. Diaz and his fellow Rainbow Rebels won just look at the spread- the man knows how to throw a party. At Maestros Catering, workers had a smorgasbord. The buffet lined stretched almost as long as the line for the open bar. And the DJ had volunteers dancing the electric slide. You didn't see that at the Dem or GOP conventions. If a political army runs on its stomach then Diaz and Co. sured up the troops in their attempt to completely take over the Bronx political landscrape.
Today the Daily Freeman posted this article on Rep. Kristen Gillibrand posting her daily schedule online. In the article Rep. Hinchey (NY-22) and Rep. Hall (NY-19) responded to questions about making their schedules available.
"Rep. Maurice Hinchey said he's spoken with his staff about posting his daily schedule on the Internet, but has been told it would take "an awful lot of time."
"I've been doing this for a long time and everything that I have done always has been completely open," said Hinchey, D-Hurley.
The veteran congressman said Gillibrand's effort likely comes from the ethical concerns raised by her constituents.