On Thursday at a breakfast meeting hosted by Crain's New York Business Rudy Giuliani stated that for him to run for Governor of NY things would have to be "bad". Well if our state's current economic and political situation doesn't count as "bad" then I don't know what "bad" is!
Here is an article talking about it and urging Rudy to throw his hat into the ring: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2009586/draft_rudy_giuliani_for_governor.html
If every transparency effort is like a window pane, and you begin to layer them one on top of the other, how long until the process becomes too opaque … until the desired transparency gives way to fog?
Essentially, this is the question I posed in a letter to the Governor on state stimulus funding. Right now there is a whole menu of programs at various agencies and various levels of government. Just take a look at the online resources:
We have the Mayor’s Stimulus Tracker in New York City.
New York State Senator Rev. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) opposes New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer’s bill to legitimize gay marriage in New York State, something the Governor considers to be a “simple moral imperative”.
“This is a slap in the face to the millions of New Yorkers who support the moral, legal and traditional definition of marriage as between man and woman,” Senator Diaz stated. “In the minds of millions of New Yorkers, legalizing gay marriage is against our religious beliefs.”
Senator Rev. Diaz is calling for his colleagues in Albany, his fellow ministers, Edward Cardinal Egan, religious leaders, and all New Yorkers who defend the constitutionality of New York’s marriage laws to join him in opposition to this proposed legislation.
via Empire Zone
Gov. Eliot Spitzer continued his attacks on Democratic legislators this morning. His latest target: Assemblyman George S. Latimer of Westchester County.
“I had supported George for the Assembly because I thought he supported reform, and I’m terribly disappointed to see both what he did, how he voted and what he has said,” the governor said this morning, during a stop in Mr. Latimer’s district. “We’ll see what happens down the road. I’m sure there are candidates out there who do support reform. That’s what I said up in Syracuse that’s what I’ll say in Buffalo, that’s what I’ll say wherever I go across the state.”
via the Daily News
Here are the names of legislators from Brooklyn and Manhattan who voted for the unqualified Thomas DiNapoli for state controller. Remember how they broke their word and betrayed the public.
Brooklyn: Peter Abbate, William Boyland, James Brennan, Alec Brook-Krasny, Karim Camara, William Colton, Steven Cymbrowitz, Marty Golden, Diane Gordon, Dov Hikind, Janele Hyer-Spencer, Rhoda Jacobs, Hakeem Jeffries, Joseph Lentol, Vito Lopez, Alan Maisel, Felix Ortiz, Nick Perry, Annette Robinson, Darryl Towns, Helene Weinstein.
Forget steamrollers. We're on to a new metaphor.
A source who attended this morning's breakfast with Eliot Spitzer at the Grand Hyatt -- a thank you event for some donors -- reports that Spitzer briefly touched on his confrontation with the legislature.
"You win some, you lose some," my source reports Spitzer said. "But those you lost to should know that a knockout punch is coming."
T minus 27 and counting to Day One. A good day, we thought, to make Albany - uhhh - how shall we say it - a bit more interactive...?!?!?!Towards that end, we've reverse engineered the somewhat hard to find section of Spitzer's transition site where people have been dutifully submitting their ideas for better governance - and have converted it into a much livelier public wire.
So now, beyond the simple show and tell, you can vote up the ideas you love; and down those you hate. We've also opened them all up for comments.
Indeed, Texas is like a whole other country. Just compare the campaign ads of Kinky Friedman, the independent, rockin' Jewish Texan running for Governor of the State of Texas to those of our statewide candidates.
Paper or plastic?
A show of Republican consolidation reports Patrick Healy of The New York Times.