21
Nov
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The legislators voted to keep the same “leadership” in place for the 2015-16 session, including the shifty GOP-IDC deal in the Senate.

The status quo is assured for another two years.

17
Nov
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The real reason the Republicans endorsed Governor Cuomo can be found in this article by Capital New York:

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top donors contributed six times as much to help elect Republicans to the State Senate as they did to similar efforts to help Democrats, a Capital New York analysis shows … The analysis by Capital shows Cuomo’s network of wealthy donors actively contributed to keep Republicans in power in the Senate.  Many of those donors have long given to Republican candidates, but the analysis shows Cuomo’s top donors gave an increasing percentage of their contributions to Republicans, even after the governor promised to help his party recapture the Senate …”

God bless Tammany Hall.

17
Nov
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A handful of Assembly Republicans think their conference should actually have principles and stand for something.  Repealing the SAFE Act is mentioned.

Much to my surprise Governor Cuomo still has at least one fanboy, Robert Golomb:

“… . Cuomo’s victory, despite the disappointing final count, gives him the opportunity to build on the same successes of his governorship that made him so popular prior to this year.  Those successes, which were well-publicized throughout the state and even captured some national media attention included delivering the state budget on time for four consecutive years, an accomplishment not witnessed in Albany in three decades; producing in response to the Newton Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, the passage of the NY SAFE ACT, which among other provisions, mandates background checks for all gun sales; creating more than a half-million private sector jobs and reducing the state unemployment rate from the 8.2 percent when he took office to its current level of 5.6 percent …”

That’s an impressive amount of BS packed into one paragraph.  Ken Lovett’s piece in the usually disreputable Daily News offers a reality check:

“… Just 18% of the state’s 10.8 million registered voters actually voted for Cuomo, who beat Republican Rob Astorino by 13 points.  And Cuomo only got 743,679 votes in New York City, compared to de Blasio’s 795,679 votes in 2013.  “Talk about a mandate,” joked one Democratic insider sarcastically. “These guys were the first ones out there bashing the mayor for his vote total — and (Cuomo) did even worse.”  Overall, Cuomo got 1.9 million votes — about a million less than when he was first elected four years ago.  Astorino got virtually the same 1.5 million votes as Cuomo’s GOP foe four years ago.  Turnout was anemic this year …”

This isn’t the sign of a popular politician.  Plus, he left out the fact that in order to win Cuomo forged a sleazy deal with the Republicans to undermine Astorino and suppress turnout.  Astorino actually beat Cuomo upstate.  If the GOP machine got behind Astorino he could have won.

Now that the election is over, who is celebrating?  Nobody.  The Governor himself has gone back into hiding.  Yes, Cuomo won but the bigger win goes to the Tammany machine for more or less keeping the status quo.

11
Nov

This is a variation of a tactic going back more than 10 years. If these politically appointed police chiefs believe so strongly in “smart guns” then they should set an example by requiring all members of their departments to use them on duty. None will do that.

10
Nov
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Fred Dicker uncovers the obvious, “Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’  with Republicans“:

“The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.  Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed …”

Like he was the only one who knew this.  The only way it could have been more obvious was if both parties held a press conference on the steps of the Capital.

“… Skelos spokeswoman Kelly Cummings called Lawler’s charges “totally false,’’ insisting that “Skelos supported Astorino’’ and contending that [Ed] Mangano’s decision to back Cuomo “was his own.”  A Cuomo spokesman also dismissed any deal between his boss and Skelos as a “delusion,” adding, “It’s wrong on the facts.” …”

What else could they say?  God bless Tammany Hall.

06
Nov

Democrats are angry at Governor Cuomo:

“… He faced a backlash from some angry Democrats who said Cuomo’s lack of campaigning for himself and others not only suppressed only his own voter totals but those of Democrats in races further down the ballot … Unlike other top Dems such as Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Cuomo did not actively campaign for Democratic congressional or state Senate candidates.  He also alienated the Democrats’ traditional liberal base with his policies, which could have suppressed turnout, some Democrats said.  One source involved in the battle for control of the state Senate said the Cuomo camp dragged its feet when asked for things like an endorsement announcement or even something simple such as a candidate picture with the governor …”

There’s more:

“… Governor Andrew Cuomo is being blamed for staggering Democratic Party losses in the House of Representatives.  Despite the Governor fundraising upwards of $45 million for his own reelection campaign … his beleaguered fellow Democrats received minimal financial support from the Governor — and top party operatives in Washington, DC are rumored to be irate.  A full quarter of all Democratic Party losses in the House last night occurred in New York …”

Eventually there will be payback for this.