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  • Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks

    12/17/2014 10:03:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 112 replies
    ALBANY — The Cuomo administration announced Wednesday that it would ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State, ending years of uncertainty by concluding that the controversial method of extracting gas from deep underground could contaminate the state’s air and water and pose inestimable public-health risks... That conclusion was delivered publicly during a year-end cabinet meeting called by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in Albany. It came amid increased calls by environmentalists to ban fracking, which uses water and chemicals to release natural gas trapped in deeply buried shale deposits.
  • Down & Out: Dem losses at state-level almost unprecedented, could cripple it for a long time

    12/12/2014 4:32:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The most immediate consequence of the Democrats’ midterm disaster was losing control of the Senate and ceding Congress to the GOP. For the next two years, Democrats will have to deal with conservative legislation, right-wing hijinks, and—in all odds—a vacancy crisis, as Republicans freeze confirmations and refuse to fill spots in the executive branch and on the federal bench. That is bad for the Democratic Party. What’s on the horizon is worse. As Amy Walter notes for the Cook Political Report, Democrats lost big at all levels of government, including the states. “Today,” she writes, “about 55 percent of all...
  • Gov. Cuomo to order NY insurers to cover transgender surgeries

    12/11/2014 1:10:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If you’re a New Yorker who is dissatisfied with the original set of chromosomes you were dealt at birth, good news is on the way. Historically, various types of reassignment surgeries involved in switching genders have been considered to be either cosmetic or optional by insurance companies and have generally not been covered. These procedures are not cheap, so they remained beyond the reach of a lot of people. But now, Governor Andrew Cuomo has sent a letter to insurers in the Empire State letting them know that they are going to have to start footing the bill. Now...
  • Insurers in New York Must Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery, Cuomo Says

    12/11/2014 12:16:09 PM PST · by C19fan · 32 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Anemona Hartocollis
    Lee Albertorio felt like a man trapped in a woman’s body. After serving in the Air Force, he began taking hormones, which deepened his voice and made his physique more masculine. He changed his passport to reflect that he was male, and last year he decided to have a mastectomy, known as top surgery. But his insurance company told him the operation was cosmetic and refused to cover it, he said Wednesday. Now Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is warning insurance companies that they will no longer be allowed to deny gender reassignment surgery or other treatment to change a person’s...
  • Cuomo has policing powwow with rap mogul (and ex-crack dealer)

    12/11/2014 10:41:34 AM PST · by dead · 5 replies
    When you need advice on a subject, you go to an expert. Gov. Andrew Cuomo did just that when he had a policy meeting on the subject of how cops enforce the laws with hip-hop mogul Jay Z — who earned most of his expertise in crime as a crack dealer. The governor’s spokeswoman, Melissa DeRosa, on Wednesday described their confab in Cuomo’s Midtown office as “productive.’’ The two discussed “a top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system and how we can all work together to pass a reform package,” she said. The rapper built his musical career on songs...
  • Ex-New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, 82, hospitalized

    11/29/2014 9:20:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 8:51 PM EST
    Officials say New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, has been hospitalized. The governor’s office says Saturday the elder Cuomo is being treated for a heart condition. A gubernatorial spokeswoman says the 82-year-old former three-term governor is in good spirits and is thankful for the best wishes and support he’s received. …
  • CNN's Chris Cuomo Gets Hit By Tear Gas In Ferguson

    11/25/2014 2:38:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Real Clear Politics Video ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ian Schwartz
    CNN's Chris Cuomo gets tear-gassed covering the riots in Ferguson after the grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson.
  • Gov. Cuomo critical of National Weather Service, says New York building its own forecasting system

    11/23/2014 9:56:58 AM PST · by mikrofon · 49 replies
    WKBW-TV ABC News ^ | 11:16 AM, Nov 23, 2014 | Gov. Cuomo critical of National Weather Service, says New York building its own forecasting system
    Gov. Cuomo expressed criticism for the National Weather Service and its forecast of the storm that ravaged the region in a news conference late Saturday.Cuomo said the NWS didn't indicate that the heavy snow bands would remain stationary and blast South Buffalo and the Southtowns with unprecedented snowfall.Cuomo indicated that's a big reason why New York is building its own weather forecasting system, that he states will be superior to any other state system in the country."No one had an idea that it was gonna be that much snow that fast. Snow coming down at the rate of about five...
  • Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

    11/11/2014 11:48:16 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | NOV 10, 2014 | Fredric U. Dicker
    The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Andrew 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.
  • Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

    11/10/2014 3:44:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 17 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11.10.14 | Fredric U Dicker
    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. Lawler said he found out about the alleged Skelos-Cuomo arrangement from a...
  • Cuomo appointed ‘vote or else’ strategist (Neal Kwatra)

    11/03/2014 5:25:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/14 | Frederic U Dicker
    The menacing letter sent out to a million New York Democrats to bully them into voting was written by a top campaign strategist who was appointed by Gov. Cuomo himself, sources told The Post. The revelation comes as a “circular firing squad” of finger-pointing has erupted over who is responsible for the letter, which was sent out last week by the New York State Democratic Committee and caused “panic” in the Cuomo camp, sources said. The letter warned voters that the party would be keeping tabs on who goes to the polls on Tuesday. “Who you vote for is your...
  • 'How dare you?' GOP candidate's wife blasts Gov. Cuomo

    11/01/2014 5:01:52 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | 31 Oct 14 | Sean Hannity
    VIDEO OF AD AND INTERVIEW HERE Basically, Astorino (the GOP candidate for Gov) blast Cuomo for being a lying scumbag about guns. It won't matter much, as Cuomo is up 25 points in polls in NY (can you believe this?!) But it's nice to see an attractive, normal, loyal woman attack a lying Fascist like Andrew Cuomo.
  • Gonzalez: Quarantined nurse Kaci Hickox is bravely fighting policy not based in science

    10/31/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Juan Gonzalez
    Hickox isn't backing away from challenging the home quarantine that's been forced on her in Maine. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo won't reveal the number of health care workers who have been subjected to the policy upon their arrival from West Africa.Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel has defended countless victims of government abuse over the years, including people swept up in another hysterical call for health quarantines during the early days of the AIDS epidemic. But even the grizzled Siegel has been struck by the bravery and eloquence of Kaci Hickox, the 33-year-old nurse who telephoned him Saturday from a makeshift tent...
  • New York’s Rules to Let Travelers Pick Site for Isolation

    10/28/2014 7:19:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 28, 2014 | Marc Santora and Thomas Kaplan
    Offering the first detailed account of how New York State’s quarantine order for travelers returning from West Africa will be put into effect, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has issued guidelines that go beyond federal recommendations but seek to allow people to choose where to spend their enforced isolation. The state protocols show an effort by the administration to portray the quarantine, which has been criticized as excessive by some experts and doctors’ organizations, in a humane manner. The protocols are meant to ensure “a respectful and supportive approach” to arriving travelers, who are supposed to be “treated with the...
  • Cuomo, Perry play politics on Ebola

    10/27/2014 9:46:26 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/27/2014 | CNN
    (CNN) -- There are times when political ambition spurs political leaders to reach new heights of courage and creativity. To date, the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is not proving to be one of those times. By chance, the deadly infection first arrived on American shores in two states, Texas and New York, where powerful governors are each nurturing dreams of the presidency and eager to posture as men with the right stuff to lead the nation. But Rick Perry in Texas and Andrew Cuomo in New York are both being tripped up by a dilemma that has bedeviled recent presidents:...
  • NYT: AIDS Activists Oppose Cuomo on Ebola Quarantines

    10/27/2014 9:16:38 AM PDT · by maggief · 35 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 27, 2014 | Josh Barro
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Ebola quarantine policy is drawing strong opposition from people who work closely with him on another infectious disease: AIDS. New York State’s imposition of a 21-day quarantine on health workers who have had contact with Ebola patients in West Africa “is not supported by scientific evidence” and “may have consequences that are the antithesis of effective public health policy,” according to a letter released Monday with signatures from over 100 H.I.V. activists, researchers and clinicians. They consider the state’s quarantine policy unacceptable even though, as Governor Cuomo announced Sunday night, affected people will be able to serve...
  • NYT: White House Pressures States to Reverse Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (Hickox to sue)

    10/26/2014 11:44:56 AM PDT · by maggief · 70 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...
  • Under Pressure, Cuomo Loosens Policy for Ebola Quarantines in New York

    10/26/2014 5:59:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/26/14 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday night outlined New York State’s mandatory quarantine policy for health care workers returning from West African nations with Ebola outbreaks , bringing the state closer into line with federal protocols and marking a significant break with the way the policy has been carried out in New Jersey. The announcement comes after the Obama administration pressed New York to revise its order, issued only two days ago in a joint press conference with New Jersey’s governor, Chris Christie.
  • White House Presses States to Reconsider Mandatory Ebola Quarantine Orders (You read that correctly)

    10/26/2014 3:08:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | Marc Santora and Michael D. Shear
    The Obama administration has expressed deep concerns to the governors of New York and New Jersey and is consulting with them to modify their orders to quarantine medical volunteers returning from West Africa as President Obama seeks to quickly develop a new, nationwide policy for the workers, according to two senior administration officials. One administration official said the federal government has been pressing the governors to back off their decisions, which quarantine all medical workers who had contact with Ebola patients. But another official said the administration has not specifically asked the governors to reverse their policies. Mr. Obama held...
  • White House Presses States to Reverse Ebola Quarantine

    10/26/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2014 | MARC SANTORA and MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    The Obama administration has been pushing the governors of New York and New Jersey to reverse their decision ordering all medical workers returning from West Africa who had contact with Ebola patients to be quarantined, an administration official said. But on Sunday both governors, Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and Chris Christie of New Jersey, stood by their decision, saying that the federal guidelines did not go far enough. At the same time, the first person to be forced into isolation under the new protocols, Kaci Hickox, a nurse returning from Sierra Leone, planned to mount a legal challenge...
  • Governor Cuomo did not tell NYC about new Ebola airport rules: mayor

    10/25/2014 1:15:02 PM PDT · by wtd · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 24, 2014 | Carlo Allegri
    Governor Cuomo did not tell NYC about new Ebola airport rules: mayor(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did not inform New York City officials before announcing mandatory quarantines for some people arriving at airports around the city from Ebola-affected countries, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Saturday.
  • New York, New Jersey Set Up Mandatory Quarantine Requirement Amid Ebola Threat

    10/24/2014 2:54:05 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 27 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 10/24/2014 | None credited
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In the wake of the first confirmed Ebola virus case in New York City, the states of New York and New Jersey have set up a new screening system that goes above and beyond the guidelines already set up by federal officials. [SNIP] “We believe it’s appropriate to increase the current screening procedures from people coming from affected countries from the current (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening procedures),” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday afternoon. “We believe it within the State of New York and the State of New Jersey’s legal rights.” Under the new...
  • THANKS, CUOMO, NOW WE HAVE EBOLA

    10/24/2014 6:11:03 AM PDT · by shortstop · 24 replies
    boblonsberry.com ^ | 10/24/14 | Bob Lonsberry
    Ebola is now in New York. And the governor is to blame. It’s a simple matter of policies have consequences. And stupidity comes at a cost. For the last several weeks, a debate has raged about whether or not to impose a brief travel ban on those west African nations known to have ebola. On the one side, the president has been alone among significant world leaders in saying that a travel ban would be ineffective. While most of the nations of the world have closed their borders to travelers from west Africa, Barack Obama has insisted that America remain...
  • Gov. Cuomo blames a busy day job for new memoir's failure to fly off shelves (Book Flop)

    10/21/2014 6:00:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/20/14 | CELESTE KATZ
    It's not that Gov. Cuomo's book sales stink, he told reporters Monday -- it's just that his day job keeps him kind of busy when it comes to promoting it. Cuomo's first memoir signing drew fewer than 150 people to the Barnes & Noble in Union Square last Wednesday. His Amazon ratings aren't exactly a blazing constellation of five-star endorsements either.
  • Cuomo: Washington should consider Ebola travel ban

    10/20/2014 10:56:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying the federal government "should seriously consider" a ban on flights traveling to New York from three West African nations plagued by Ebola. Cuomo, a Democrat up for re-election next month, said Monday it was "not in his job description" to make decisions about closing airports....
  • NY Minute: Number of people deemed unstable under Safe Act may be too low, Cuomo says

    10/20/2014 6:38:22 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 16 replies
    Syracuse NY Post Standard ^ | updated October 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM | By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com
    Cuomo on Sunday defended the parts of the NY Safe Act that remove guns from people deemed mentally unstable, saying the number might be too low. That came after Sunday's New York Times story about the 34,500 people who have been judged too unstable to possess guns since Cuomo signed the gun laws into effect in early 2013.
  • Photo of CNN hosts making light of Ebola on set sparks fury on Twitter (Cuomo, etc.)

    10/17/2014 10:29:12 AM PDT · by maggief · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | October 17, 2014 | ANNABEL GROSSMAN
    Photo of CNN hosts making light of Ebola on set sparks fury on Twitter Anchors feigned fear in a posed shot with men in Hazmat suits Chris Cuomo, Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota host New Day program Photograph posted on social media by CNN senior producer John Griffin Twitter users accused station of poor taste and making light of serious issue Ebola has killed nearly 4,500 people and triggered a global health crisis CNN staff have been accused of making light of the deadly Ebola outbreak by posing for a photo while larking around with two men dressed in Hazmat...
  • Andrew Cuomo Swindles Flood-Ravaged Village in Upstate NY Out of $970,000 Fire Truck, Jaws of Life

    10/15/2014 4:54:33 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 8 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 10/15/14 | Aurelius
    Governor Andrew Cuomo lied to a small, flood-ravaged village out of a desperately needed $970,000 in aid for a new fire tanker truck, a replacement for 40-year-old jaws of life, and supplies, by lying to officials there, local news sites report. The village, Middleburgh, has less than 2,000 people. In 2011, Hurricane Irene destroyed much of the village, causing millions in damages and flooding their Main Street and business district with up to eight feet of water. All businesses had to either rebuild or go out of business. In this picture, you can the outskirts of Middleburgh during normal weather,...
  • REPORT: Banner Truck Tour Phase 1 (New York)

    10/06/2014 4:06:02 PM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 9 replies
    Email | 10/6/2014 | Al Bel
    We, and Denver Jones and albel1, are “Motivated”. We are humbled by the many people who took the time to come to roadway exits to greet us and pledge to continue with the (OUR) efforts to end LAWLESS government. WE Will NOT Quit – Will NOT Back Down!! Words can’t describe how exhilarating it is to share positive experiences with very good New Yorkers. We are grateful beyond words – to ALL…… God Bless ALL these good people. Looking forward to the next phase hoping to shake YOUR hand!!!! PHASE 1 COMPLETED: Highlights: Phase 1, statewide tour: (Stay tuned for...
  • Astorino for NY Govenor Signs: If You Want Them, I Got "Em

    09/24/2014 2:11:25 PM PDT · by AbolishCSEU · 1 replies
    If you need Rob Astorino signs and you live in Wayne, Ontario and Seneca counties, I have some for you as well as window stickers.
  • Cuomo Says He’s Reaching Out To ‘Rockefeller Republicans’

    10/01/2014 12:15:17 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    As his campaign released a new TV ad featuring an endorsement from, literally, a Rockefeller Republican, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday he plans to reach out to moderates in the GOP. “I’m reaching out to Democrats, but I’m going to campaign the way I govern,” Cuomo said. “I’m also reaching out to moderate Republicans because my politics, my governing philosophy was fiscally responsible and socially progressive. That is what the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers are.” Cuomo has worked well with Republicans in Albany over the last four years, winning measures on socially liberal provisions such as same-sex...
  • Fracking dollars help save a sports icon in fracking-free New York (NFL's Buffalo Bills)

    09/12/2014 1:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Barrel ^ | September 12, 2014 | John Kingston
    Another chapter in the never-ending love/hate relationship between New York and fracking. The former has banned the latter, as we’re sure you know. First, let’s go back to 2010. East Resources, which is a privately held independent oil and gas company operating in the Marcellus, among other areas, sells a vast amount of acreage in the Marcellus and other areas to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion. Then go back to earlier this year. Ralph Wilson, the only man who ever owned the Buffalo Bills, dies in March. So his heirs put the Bills–who haven’t made the NFL playoffs since...
  • Judge: Hamburg Gun Sign Stays Up For Now

    09/11/2014 1:44:05 PM PDT · by mikrofon · 5 replies
    WBEN.com ^ | 9-11-2014 | Bauerle
    A Hamburg resident who was ordered to take down an anti-SAFE Act and  anti-Governor Cuomo signs along his fence will be allowed to leave it there for at least the next 30 days after a ruling in State Supreme Court Thursday  Scott Zwierucha is accused of a village code violation for the large banner on the fence of his South Park Avenue property. Right now, the sign says "New York is not Safe - Fight Cuomo- preserve your rights.", and he was under a order from the Hamburg town court to remove the signs by tomorrow. New York State Supreme Court Justice...
  • The Governor’s Primary in New York (NY Times won't endorse Cuomo in Dem Primary)

    08/27/2014 5:22:41 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/26/2014 | NY Times Editorial Board
    More than four years ago, while announcing his campaign for governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo stood in front of the Tweed Courthouse in downtown Manhattan and said Albany’s antics “could make Boss Tweed blush.” New York had had enough corruption, he said, and he was going to put a stop to it. “Job 1 is going to be to clean up Albany,” he said, “and make the government work for the people.” Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big...
  • Remington to layoff 105 by week's end (Due to NY SAFE Act, business conditions)

    08/24/2014 3:35:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Herkimer Telegram ^ | August 18, 2014 | Stephanie Sorrell-White
    ILION — Herkimer County officials vowed to help affected Remington Arms employees Monday afternoon as news spread the gun manufacturer will layoff more than 100 of its employees by the end of the week. Herkimer County Legislature Chairman Vincent Bono said he learned about the 105 layoffs through county Administrator James Wallace and then from Karin Zipko of Herkimer County Working Solutions. “We're gearing up our programs that are offered, including retraining and job searches,” said Bono, R-Schuyler, during a telephone interview Monday. “It's unclear whether some will be called back. That's unknown.” “It's unfortunate,” added Bono about the layoffs,...
  • U.S. Attorney presses Cuomo on witness tampering

    07/31/2014 10:15:35 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Gannett News Service | 11:12 a.m. EDT July 31, 2014 | Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief
    Gannett news is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is investigating Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to shutter a corruption-busting panel, threatening to investigate potential obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Link here: http://www.stargazette.com/story/news/politics/2014/07/31/cuomo-pressed-witness-tampering/13405579/
  • The man who would be governor

    07/31/2014 6:17:02 AM PDT · by shoff · 3 replies
    Examiner ^ | 07/30/2014 | Steven Hoffman
    Late last year the Republican response to who would run against the Cuomo juggernaut was “we will see if we can find someone with enough money to run”. Since that time no one with the resources has decided to take up as Chris Christie called “the lost cause”. But one man without the resources but the balls to take on Andrew Cuomo has emerged. Unless you live in the lower Hudson Valley you might not have heard of Rob Astorino.
  • Christie refuses to campaign for NY GOP’s gubernatorial candidate

    07/24/2014 6:17:21 AM PDT · by topher · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 23, 2014 - 5:08 pm EST | Dustin Siggins
    The chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is refusing to campaign for the GOP's nominee for New York governor. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading the GOP's gubernatorial efforts across the nation, was campaigning in Connecticut when reporters asked him whether he would campaign on behalf of Rob Astorino in his race against sitting New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. According to Christie, the answer is a nearly-unqualified no.
  • How Cuomo's anti-corruption Moreland Commission fell apart

    07/23/2014 8:58:05 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 8 replies
    © 2014 Syracuse Media Group All rights reserved ^ | July 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | By Teri Weaver | tweaver@syracuse.com
    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his top staff thwarted efforts by an investigatory commission to uncover political corruption and expose campaign finance loopholes because the panel... got too close to the governor's own politics... Cuomo's top aide, Larry Schwartz, interfered with the commission's attempts to investigate campaign spending for a media company that the governor also used....the commission's executive director reported back to Schwartz while its staff grew increasingly suspicious and frustrated that the governor's office was meddling in the investigations. The commission developed a list of promising targets, including a lawmaker suspected of using campaign funds to...
  • Cuomo’s Office Hobbled N.Y. State Ethics Inquiries

    07/23/2014 3:18:51 AM PDT · by docbnj · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 23 Jul 2014 | Susan Craig, Wm. Rashbaum, Thos. Kaplan
    An investigation has found that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s aides deeply compromised the panel’s work, objecting to any inquiries about groups tied to Mr. Cuomo.
  • Christie doesn't plan to campaign for Astorino, says he doesn't 'invest in lost causes'

    GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) -- Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he doesn't have plans to campaign for New York's Republican candidate for governor because he doesn't campaign for candidates he doesn't think can win. Christie was in Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise cash for GOP candidate Tom Foley when he was asked whether he planned to spend any time campaigning in New York, where Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, trails incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo by a large margin in public polls. "You know, I will spend time in places where we have a chance to...
  • NY Gov. Cuomo launches new third party to promote late-term abortion

    07/19/2014 4:47:46 AM PDT · by topher · 113 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Fri Jul 18, 2014 - 4:39 pm EST | Ben Johnson
    ALBANY, NY – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday he would form a new third party in the state centered around his late-term abortion expansion program. The formation of the Women’s Equality Party, which is designed to further the Democrats' national “war on women” campaign theme, was announced at a gala on Thursday.
  • CNN's Cuomo: 'Proportionality is a Big Part' of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    07/15/2014 2:17:50 PM PDT · by DFG · 28 replies
    Newbusters ^ | 07/15/2014 | Connor Williams
    The ‘blame Israel’ rhetoric from the mainstream media has shown no signs of slowing down. This time, on the July 15 edition of CNN’s New Day, host Chris Cuomo and CNN contributor Peter Beinart decried the unevenness of the war, citing high casualties on the Palestinian side while pointing to virtually nonexistent casualties on the Israeli side of the conflict. Cuomo naturally led off his interview of Beinart with this statement: “Proportionality is a big part of this story always when there's conflict. Israel obviously has the advantage militarily...Now, on the other side from the Ministry of Health there, close...
  • Cuomo says 'we don't get tornadoes' in NY, but we've had at least 417

    07/15/2014 10:36:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 21 replies
    The Post Standard, Syracuse, NY ^ | 07/15/14 | By Glenn Coin
    Syracuse, N.Y. -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters last week that the rare deadly tornado that struck Madison County on July 8 was part of a "new normal" of extreme weather. "We don't get tornadoes in New York, right? Anyone will tell you that," Cuomo said at a news conference July 8 in Smithfield, where the tornado struck. "Well, we do now." In fact, we always have. Since the federal government started keeping a tally in 1950, New York has had at least 417 tornadoes. That's an average of seven per year. "For him to say we don't get tornadoes...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Take Brooklyn Progressivism National

    06/15/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2014 | Chris Smith
    The world was a beautiful place as Bill de Blasio folded himself into the front passenger seat of a black SUV. The late-afternoon sun was shining on Park Slope, and a grand political breakthrough was within reach. Sure, it had been a complicated few weeks as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Working Families Party, bitter codependents, tried to agree on a deal that would give Cuomo the WFP’s ballot line this fall in exchange for the governor’s publicly pledging to get behind a progressive policy agenda. Now, though, thanks in part to de Blasio’s mediation, a compromise was falling into...
  • 1984 Revisited: Archbishop O’Connor vs. Governor Cuomo

    06/07/2014 2:30:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 7, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    Shortly after John J. O’Connor became Archbishop of New York in March 1984, he found himself in a battle with the state’s governor, Mario M. Cuomo, which not only made national headlines but also had a profound impact on the abortion debate in America.It began when the archbishop said during a press conference: “I do not see how a Catholic, in good conscience, can vote for an individual expressing himself or herself as favoring abortion.” That didn’t sit well with Cuomo.  The governor, who in the early 1970s had been publicly pro-life, changed his position after losing a primary for lieutenant governor...
  • If the Left Had a Tea Party… Dan Cantor and the making of a liberal uprising.

    06/05/2014 7:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 5, 2014 | David Sirota
    Suburban Albany is not known for its rip-roaring weekend scene, but this most recent Saturday night, it was the momentary center of the political universe, as an underfunded political party was using its quadrennial convention to try to force America’s most powerful and best-financed governor to submit to its demands. Though the Working Families Party’s conventions are typically low-key affairs, this one had drawn 800 activists and operatives and most of the New York press corps—all to see if the party would endorse conservative Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo or run a third-party candidate against him. In the end, when the...
  • Working Families Party May Back Cuomo Opponent

    05/30/2014 10:42:20 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    WOR710 ^ | 5/30/14
    Four years after endorsing Andrew Cuomo for governor, the Working Families Party says it may support another candidate this year. The liberal group fears Cuomo's agenda has drifted too far to the right. So now it's deciding whether to back another candidate, who would run to Cuomo's left. "I'm very proud of the record that I have," Cuomo said. "I think we have progressive accomplishments in this state that resonated across the nation and I believe that's undeniable." A recent poll by Quinnipiac University showed Cuomo leading his Republican opponent, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by a 57 to 28...
  • City plans to attack economic segregation by moving poor into middle-class neighborhoods...

    05/22/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 124 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/21/2014 | ERIN DURKIN
    The City plans to attack economic segregation in its affordable housing plan — placing the poor in middle-class neighborhoods and the more affluent in high-poverty spots. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said the plan to build 80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve 120,000 units would create a more diverse city. “We really have to make economic diversity a cornerstone of that plan,” she said at a City Council budget hearing Wednesday. “That means that in some neighborhoods that have mostly middle or upper-income housing, that we would need to put affordable housing at the very lowest income,” she...
  • Congresswoman Kathy Hochul Booed Over Birth Control Policy (videos)

    02/25/2012 11:49:17 AM PST · by STARWISE · 35 replies
    WGRZ ^ | 2-24-12 | Athan Kompos
    LANCASTER, NY - Representative Kathy Hochul (D - 26th District) was booed at her own town hall meeting on Friday morning in Lancaster. The packed crowd was critical of Hochul for supporting President Obama's plan to require religiously affiliated employers, such as hospitals and schools, to provide full contraception coverage to female employees. The plan was later altered. It now calls for those workers to get free contraceptive coverage from health insurers, thus sparing religious based groups, morally opposed to paying for birth control, from having to do so. Even though Hochul's town hall meeting was open to any topic,...