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Updated: 3 years 39 weeks ago

Richard Brodsky’s mission to Moscow

Dec 15, 2010
Outgoing Assemblyman Richard Brodsky is in Russia, preparing to take part in a conference on the resurgence of Nazism around the world. The conference, “World without Nazism: Global Goal of the Entire Humanity” (looks like somebody should be making with the employment of better translational-service), takes place Friday in Moscow. Brodsky’s office hastened to note [...]

Former assemblyman calls amnesty a ‘bungle’

Dec 15, 2010
Former Assemblyman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer — now running a lobbying firm — issued a study picking apart a tax amnesty officials from the Department of Taxation and Finance have been conducting this year. Legislators booked $250 million from the program during a mid-year deficit reduction program last December. The tax department has so-far collected less [...]

Gordon’s bills might not be printed

Dec 15, 2010
Assembly officials did not commit to printing three bills Assemblyman Tim Gordon, an Independent from Bethlehem who was not re-elected in November, hoped to create a “legislative history” by introducing in his last weeks in office. “At this point there have been no decisions to print any bills, other than pre-filing,” Sisa Moyo, a spokeswoman [...]

Obama’s $5 million income for 2009 a tiny fraction of salaries of business titans he’s meeting today

Dec 15, 2010
Meredith McDermott/Hearst Newspapers President Obama may have made millions as an author and enjoy a great (though taxpayer-funded) helicopter, but he’ll be one of the poorest people in the room when he meets with business leaders later today in Washington. This report was written by Alan Blinder of the Washington bureau. Barack Obama may be [...]

A.M. Roundup: At-will appointees asked to resign

Dec 15, 2010
Good morning! David Paterson continues his farewell lap of the state with meetings in Rochester (watch live at 11 on democratandchronicle.com) and Syracuse. At the capitol, people will likely still be reacting to Sen. Pedro Espada’s indictment. And the shake-up of government employees accompanying a new administration continues. Here are some headlines… Gov. David Paterson [...]

Feds: Embezzled funds paid for ghostwriter, pony rides

Dec 14, 2010
Andrew Cuomo really is looking to wrap up business before he heads to the second floor: The governor-elect and the feds have indicted Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada for stealing from the Bronx health clinics he started and still operates. Espada & Son were both charged with five counts of embezzlement and one count of [...]

Flanagan calls out Cyrus

Dec 14, 2010
Republican state Sen. John Flanagan is pointing to a video that reportedly shows fading teen star Miley Cyrus smoking a bong loaded with the “legal hallucinogen” salvia divinorum as yet another sign of the need for a ban on the sale of the stuff. “As someone who is a role model for millions, the video [...]

New life for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal efforts?

Dec 14, 2010
Rep. Patrick Murphy, a lame-duck Pennsylvania Democrat and Iraq War veteran, has introduced in the House a stand-alone repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays and lesbians in the military. The bill is a “verbatim” copy of the one introduced in the Senate last week by Maine Republican Susan Collins and Connecticut [...]

Find a parking space at DOCS administration, win a prize!

Dec 14, 2010
Attention, elected officials! Would you rather be in the tropics right now? New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc., which represents correctional officers in state prisons, has an exciting opportunity to win a trip to the Bahamas. All you need to do is find a parking space outside of the Department of [...]

2010 election results: U.S. Senate (two-year)

Dec 14, 2010
Results in the two-year U.S. Senate race: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18586-2010ussenator2yr.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18586-2010ussenator2yr" });

2010 election results: state Comptroller

Dec 14, 2010
Results in the Comptroller race: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18581-2010comptroller.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18581-2010comptroller" });

2010 election results: Attorney General

Dec 14, 2010
The results in the AG race: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18580-2010attorneygeneral.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18580-2010attorneygeneral" });

2010 election results: NY Congressional races

Dec 14, 2010
Results in all state Congressional races: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18582-2010congress.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18582-2010congress" });

2010 election results: state Assembly

Dec 14, 2010
Results for state Assembly races: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/19039-2010-ny-state-assembly-results.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-19039-2010-ny-state-assembly-results" });

2010 election results: state Senate

Dec 14, 2010
Results for state Senate races — minus the still-contested Martins-Johnson race on Long Island: DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18584-2010senate.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18584-2010senate" });

2010 election results: U.S. Senate (six-year)

Dec 14, 2010
Board of Elections final results for the six-year U.S. Senate seat (Chuck Schumer): DV.load('http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/18587-2010ussenator6yr.js', { width: 610, height: 610, sidebar: false, container: "#viewer-18587-2010ussenator6yr" });

Fresh out of the oven: 2010 election results

Dec 14, 2010
Mmm-mm! Just like Mama used to make, here are the certified results from last month’s voting, as posted Monday by the state Board of Elections. The release of these final tallies follows a meeting of the Board of Canvassers, otherwise known as the four B of E commissioners. Board spokesman John Conklin provided the capsule [...]

Gov’t-funded Pedro-on-Pedro report: He’s awesome

Dec 14, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr., the Bronx Democrat who lost a primary election earlier this year, has produced a 34-page taxpayer-funded report detailing the glories of the work he did as majority leader. The report was not printed. “While it is impossible to list all of the achievements, it summarizes the highlights of my [...]

Paterson: ‘It’s lonely at the top.’

Dec 14, 2010
That’s what he tells on Don Imus in this interview on Fox Business News: Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com Also, Paterson talks about Spitzer and looks ahead to the Cuomo Administration: On former Governor Spitzer: “I think he was a remarkable talent who normally would be in another profession making a whole lot of [...]

Mayors to Cuomo: Freeze local pay too

Dec 14, 2010
Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo has called for a state employee wage freeze to help the state deal with its fiscal crisis and now the state’s mayors want the same. “Our constituents right now are so frustrated they don’t know who to talk to. They just want lower taxes,” said Richard Donovan, mayor of the Village of [...]
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