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Sheldon Silver

  1. budget mess
    Hooray, New York’s Government Won’t Shut DownThe legislature accedes to Paterson’s demands. Bet that stings.
  2. paladinosaur
    Carl Paladino, Master NegotiatorThe very mad gubernatorial candidate says Sheldon Silver looks like a corpse.
  3. death and taxes
    State Lawmakers Trot Out Their Worst Slippery-Slope Arguments Against Soda TaxThere are good arguments to be made against a soda tax, but these aren’t them.
  4. oh albany!
    Post: Paterson Blames Silver for FallHe says the Assembly speaker has been “conspiring” against him for months.
  5. oh albany!
    Budget Fight Has Made Albany Even More Crotchety Than UsualPaterson, Sampson, and Silver all hate each other, reportedly.
  6. oh albany!
    There Isn’t a Ton of Cohesion on the State-Budget Crisis Right NowPaterson is addressing the Legislature today to plead his case.
  7. early and awkward
    Prospective Governor Compares Sheldon Silver to HitlerAnd called him the Antichrist. It was a really good joke.
  8. the cuddle muddle
    New York Dems Are Completely Behind Paterson, With Many CaveatsYeesh, it doesn’t get much less enthusiastic than this.
  9. gossipmonger
    Mayor Bloomberg Is a Lady Gaga FanThe mayor drops knowledge on MTV, John Mayer and Mischa Barton have dinner in the same room, Kanye West goes spinning, and more gossip as celebrities descend on New York Fashion Week.
  10. early and often
    Why Won’t Giuliani Aim for Albany? Washington Still Sounds NicerPart of the reason the former mayor seems so reluctant to run for governor is that a run for president still sounds good.
  11. gossipmonger
    Mischa Barton Is on Mental LockdownThe ‘OC’ starlet is being held against her will in a mental ward, for her own safety.
  12. albany coup
    Hiram Monserrate Back With DemocratsThis, unsurprisingly, does not make anything better.
  13. oh albany!
    Albany Will Get to Ethics Reform at Some PointCompeting plans put ethics reform on hold.
  14. early and often
    Chris Smith: Sheldon Silver Is Objectionable, InevitableWhy this week’s budget deal, which should be bad for the State Assembly speaker, unfortunately won’t affect his political prospects in the future.
  15. early and often
    Pretty Much Everybody Hates Budget Plan by Paterson, Silver, and SmithThe plan, drafted in secret, has been roundly razzed from almost every corner.
  16. let’s get civical
    Legislative Leaders Agree to Roll Back Rockefeller Drug LawsSheldon Silver, Malcolm Smith, and Governor Paterson have reached an agreement to repeal many of the draconian mandatory minimums on drug sentencing in New York State.
  17. early and often
    Caroline Kennedy Is Having a Medium Christmas EveThe headlines aren’t going her way today.
  18. early and often
    Is It Time for a Tom Suozzi Comeback?The Washington ‘Post’ picks him as the odds-on favorite to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. It’s time for a walk down memory lane…
  19. early and often
    Screwing the State Is Fun and Hilarious!Dean Skelos, David Paterson, and Sheldon Silver laughed it up in Albany yesterday.
  20. early and often
    Paterson’s Weekend: Bad For Budget, Good for VelazquezAs State Senate Republicans hold up budget talks, Paterson gives an indication of who might replace Hillary Clinton if she is appointed Secretary of State.
  21. early and often
    David Paterson Facing a World of Trouble Over Budget CutsFaced with opposition and a stubborn refusal on the part of the Legislature to provide budget-cut ideas, Paterson leaps into the void, alone.
  22. early and often
    Sheldon Silver Beats Primary Opponents, Other Democratic Incumbents Not So LuckyWhat happened in yesterday’s NYC primaries.
  23. early and often
    Don’t Forget to Vote Tomorrow!We’ve been captivated by national politics lately, but what’s going on locally is pretty exciting, too.
  24. early and often
    Sheldon Silver Is a ‘Glorious Flute’In Chinatown, they have a special nickname for the assembly speaker, who represents the district.
  25. in other news
    State Assemblyman to Intern: I Want to ‘See Your Ducks’Salacious (and slightly confusing) e-mails between Buffalo legislator Sam Hoyt and a 19-year-old intern have us sniggering over our English Breakfast tea.
  26. early and often
    Paterson Takes Aim at Medicaid in His Proposed $1 Billion Spending CutsPublic-school funding is safe so far, according to Paterson, but big cuts in discretionary funding, local government aid, and health care are on the horizon.
  27. in other news
    So Is Sheldon Silver Going to Read Tom Vanderbilt’s ‘Traffic’ During His Commute?A traffic expert writes a book arguing for congestion pricing — the more commuter-friendly version of our current gas-price woes.
  28. company town
    If Martha Stewart Had Only One Arm, How Would She Garden and Decoupage?Martha Stewart’s arm appeared missing in a broadcast this morning, worrying the nation. Then it came back, and we were relieved. But there’s still lots to worry about in our daily roundup of media, finance, real-estate, and law news.
  29. early and often
    Paterson Swats Down Silver’s Tax-Hike HopesThe assembly speaker is once again aiming for a “millionaire’s tax,” which the governor dismisses — arguing that taxes are “addictive.”
  30. early and often
    Paterson’s Speech Already Causing Albany ScrambleNew York legislators and special-interest groups are already gearing up for a battle.
  31. intel
    Chris Smith on Today’s Budget Speech: A Fresh Start for Both State and Governor?In an hour the governor of New York will make his television address about the financial crisis facing the state. Will it be enough to change Albany? And will it be enough to change him into a new kind of governor?
  32. early and often
    Sheldon Silver Rival Wants You to See Red Over Blue BuildingIn an invitation to a July fundraiser, Paul Newell takes aim at Silver and the luxury Blue Building, which is receiving state property-tax breaks.
  33. in other news
    New York Air: Killing Us Softly With Its SmogHey! It’s really dangerous to live in New York. No, not in the old-fashioned way!
  34. intel
    Shelly Silver’s Shadiest Maneuvers: A Brief HistoryBy declining to vote on Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver seemed to once again fulfill his role the state government’s resident stick-in-the-mud.
  35. early and often
    Shelly Silver Savaged the Day After He Kills Congestion PricingThe city’s editorial boards aren’t letting the Assembly speaker off easy after he killed the mayor’s forward-thinking plan.
  36. early and often
    Sheldon Silver and State Assembly Kill Congestion PricingShelly didn’t even give the matter a public vote. Will Bloomberg seek retribution? Will it involve a flying H3 aimed at Silver’s midsection? One can only hope.
  37. in other news
    Bloomberg Wins Major Battle in Congestion-Pricing WarOne of Mayor Bloomberg’s great big plans for changing the city just got a huge boost from the City Council. What he’s probably thinking.
  38. it happened this week
    It Happened This Week: Striking BackHillary Clinton hit Barack Obama on Reverend Jeremiah Wright even as critics slammed her for fibbing about Bosnian sniper fire, Sean Combs smacked down rumors that he was involved with Tupac’s shooting, and other events of the week that was.
  39. the morning line
    Pills, Pols, and Oprah • Eight percent of the city’s sexually active teens report using the pill, as opposed to 18 percent nationwide, a city Health Department survey finds, with girls from the South Bronx nearly twice as likely as the nation’s average to have unprotected sex. [1010wins]
  40. in other news
    Eliot’s Troubles: Don’t Worry, Uncle Shelly Will Make It All Better The loop in which our governor found himself last week — caught out for unethical behavior in the name of restoring ethics — refuses to unfasten. From the Post today comes the word that Spitzer has been cleverly silencing his aides by designating them “special counsels,” which means their communications are now privileged. (While his previous maneuvering smacked of Nixon, this one scans positively Clintonian.) And the state hasn’t even really leaned into the guy yet: Today’s Sun reports that the Inspector General’s office has yet to use its subpoena power on the administration. Meantime, while the guv took to the Times op-ed page yesterday to apologize (so that’s why he was accidentally dialing up Gail Collins), Shelly Silver has managed to recast himself as a kind but stern paternal figure. First the Assembly speaker defended Spitzer from angry journalists (“let’s not get sidetracked by what is becoming a sideshow”); now he’s dispensing tough-love advice through the Daily News. “It has been too much of a battle,” Shelly complained to the tabloid before adding: “He’ll be a better governor.” Little Eliot, one hopes, has learned his lesson — which, judging from the congestion-pricing debacle and now this, is to remember who’s his daddy. It’s Time To Stop Fighting With All Guns Blazing, Eliot [NYDN] Inspector General Failed to Use Subpoena Power in Spitzer Probe [NYS]
  41. in other news
    What Does Shelly Have Up His Sleeve?The Daily News’ Daily Politics blog reports that Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s office is calling up members of his Democratic majority as we speak, and asking them to return to Albany tomorrow. Exciting! Also, puzzling. The News deems this “a significant development,” but we know it can’t be to suddenly pass the now-scuttled congestion-pricing idea — unless Mayor Bloomberg just found some pictures of Silver riding in Alan Hevesi’s limo or on Joe Bruno’s horse. So what does Shelly need the Assembly for? Some theories: 1. The Lower East Side is dangerously low on pickles and herring; the LES Preserved Foods Preservation Act is in order. 2. He loves to mess with people’s vacations, just as a test of loyalty. 3. He read the last page of the leaked Harry Potter and has no one to discuss it with. 4. He just brainstormed a law, retroactive to 2001, that would make it illegal for media-company owners to run for mayor. 5. He needs help getting the gigantic bug out of his ass. Breakthrough? [Daily Politics/NYDN]
  42. the morning line
    Thrice-Married Catholic Not Considered So Religious • Only 13 percent of responders think Rudy Giuliani is “of strong religious faith,” according to a Time poll — and that’s lower than Hillary’s number (15 percent). But he once wanted to close down an art exhibit for blasphemy! [NYP] • “The very character of the Northeast is at stake” if greenhouse gases aren’t reduced, a new study warns. Poised to vanish: Long Island lobsters and New York apples. What will thrive: smog, pollen, and floods. And, clearly, Claritin sales. [NYT] • An L.A.-to-London flight was diverted to JFK this morning because of a “suspicious passenger.” Michael Chertoff’s gut told him it was a harmless misunderstanding. [WNBC] • Shelly Silver still won’t agree to bring the Assembly to the table for congestion-pricing talks — even as the desperate Mayor Bloomberg says he’ll fly to Albany tomorrow. By now, we’re just looking forward to Monday, when this mess will be over. [NYDN] • And, starting today, the MTA adds a “Mets express” to its 7 line: a one-stop service from midtown to Shea. It’s just for an hour on game days, but funny thing: If they did it year-round, Willets Point might actually be habitable. [amNY]
  43. early and often
    Will Silver Make Bloomberg’s Traffic Dream Come True? He Just Might, Says Spokesman This week’s consensus has been that Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan is doomed because the legislature won’t act in time to get the federal money, and that the legislature won’t act in time because Shelly Silver isn’t interested in playing ball. But are things changing? Today’s Daily News reports that Silver late yesterday talked with both Governor Spitzer and State Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, both congestion-pricing proponents, about the plan (separately, of course). And this morning we had an interesting conversation with Silver’s spokesman. “To say he’s willing to let this expire would not be an accurate thing to say,” press secretary Dan Weiller told us. Oh, really? Hmm. —Alec Appelbaum Shelly Un-Congests Snag [NYDN] Earlier: Does Bloomberg Know His Congestion-Pricing Battle Is Lost?
  44. the morning line
    Traffic Jam • The Feds are insistent on their Monday deadline for approval of Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan, the mayor says, and Shelly Silver’s Assembly doesn’t even have plans to reconvene to discuss it. Poor Mike. [NYT]
  45. early and often
    Does Bloomberg Know His Congestion-Pricing Battle Is Lost? Mayor Bloomberg spoke to the New York Building Congress this afternoon about the need to fund mass-transit improvements with the revenue from his congestion-pricing plan — and we’ve never seen him looking quite so gloomy. With seven days until Albany can either endorse or suffocate a bid for $400 million in federal start-up aid, Bloomberg began the address with his usual brio but wound down in obvious frustration. He downgraded his prepared text’s “I believe the legislation will pass” to a meeker “I hope”; then, at the end, he croaked out a subdued “I need your help” before the applause. A source close to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, meantime, is talking up half-measure counterproposals and says the State Senate, allegedly in Bloomberg’s corner, might not vote on the plan at all. We’d be depressed, too. —Alec Appelbaum Earlier: Daily Intel’s coverage of Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan
  46. the morning line
    To Run or Not to Run • As Mayor Bloomberg continues to deny that he’s running for president, the Times reports that his top aides have been testing that scenario for the last two years. Just a coincidence! [NYT] • With mere hours left until the legislative session ends, Governor Spitzer is leaning on Shelly Silver to consider congestion pricing. Spitzer’s bold step: to “discuss creating a commission of experts.” Ooh, effective! [NYS] • In Episode 4,387 of the McGreevey soap opera, the ex-gov filed new papers with a New Jersey family court — to dismiss Dina Matos’s charge that his coming-out had traumatized their daughter. [NYP] • Despite some politicians’ calls for a rent freeze, the Rent Guidelines Board has recommended increases “between 2 and 4.5 percent” (in other words, 4.5 percent) on New York’s stabilized apartments. [amNY] • And a guy goes on the lam for violating probation, gets tracked down by U.S. marshals right here in Manhattan, fights the arrest, breaks his arm, and goes to jail. That the guy is a close friend of Bernard Kerik’s shouldn’t be much of a shock. [NYDN]
  47. in other news
    Shelly Steals Mike’s Big DayIs today Mike Bloomberg’s big, free-at-last day of victory? Hardly. Tally up the politics of the last 24 hours, and a different man comes out on top: Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, the most powerful man in New York most New Yorkers won’t recognize. Late Monday, for instance, Assembly Democrats have gathered for a three-hour meeting to discuss Bloomberg’s push for congestion pricing in Manhattan. Yesterday, the Post reports, many of Shelly’s pols then pronounced the plan “likely dead for good.” This is the man, remember, who killed the West Side Stadium and any number of Pataki’s proposals. But right now it seems nothing’s quite, finally dead till the legislative session ends on Thursday night — so it seems that Mayor Mike will spend at least a part of his first day as an even-more-non-presidential candidate on the phone, being nice to Shelly Silver. As the Times puts it in a well-timed front-page profile today, “Even popular New York City mayors must approach him on bended knee.” Billionaires included. Mike’s Auto-Cratic Plan ‘Dead For Good’: Pols [NYP] Silver Wields Power by Keeping Albany Guessing [NYT]
  48. in other news
    Shelly Silver Loves Gays, Traffic; Joe Bruno Hates Both Who’d have thunk it. Just shy of a year after New York’s top court ruled against same-sex marriages, the Assembly, today’s Sun tells us, is set to pass legislation allowing it, making New York only the second state in which a legislative body has done so, after California. (Schwarzenegger vetoed California’s bill; same-sex marriage in Massachusetts was ordered by the courts, not the legislature.) Shelly Silver hasn’t taken a public stand on the question, but he’s considered likely to vote for the measure, which is believed to have enough votes to pass. Spitzer has also said he’ll sign. But don’t book the catering hall yet, Mary: Joe Bruno and his Senate Republicans are, naturally, opposed. Which will no doubt doom the measure this year. Meantime, in the other big legislative news we city folk care about — well, aside from Times reporter Nick Confessore’s limited nightlife options — it’s Bruno and the Spitz who favor congestion pricing, and Silver’s who’s gonna hold up that one, it looks like. Gotta love Albany. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Assembly Set to Approve Gay Marriage [NYS]
  49. the morning line
    Shelly Silver Comes to Bury Congestion Pricing • As expected, Bloomberg’s congestion-pricing plan might come to a halt at Shelly Silver’s Assembly desk. Silver’s steering committee called the idea “unpassable” yesterday. [NYP] • A federal judge has just reversed his own ban on NYPD’s videotaping of protesters. He had previously ruled that the taping must have a “law enforcement purpose” other than political monitoring, which made all kinds of sense to us. [amNY] • JPMorgan Chase will move 6,000 New York City employees downtown, to a new tower on the current Deutsche Bank site. The old we’re-going-to-Connecticut threat worked: The city is showering the company with perks and tax breaks to make the move. [NYDN] • The Times continues its bizarre pattern of subtly torpedoing Barack Obama with nonstories about his acquaintances, this time tying the candidate to a possibly unsavory businessman even as it admits “there is no sign that Mr. Obama … did anything improper.” [NYT] • And police commish Ray Kelly wants $40 million worth of radiation sensors installed around the city, on highways, bridges, tunnels, and so on. Just, you know, in case. [Newsday]
  50. early and often
    Mayor Mike Is Cruising Toward a Traffic-Fee Win Okay, we’re prepared to make a prediction: Marvelous Mike Bloomberg is going to win his congestion-pricing battle. Spitzer and the Bush administration are both on his side, State Senate leader Joe Bruno has said nice things, and at the Assembly hearing on his plan — held today at the Bar Association Building in midtown, and the only hearing scheduled on the matter before the legislative session ends later this month — Bloomberg more than held his own. He successfully parried the major misgivings about the plan — that its costs would mostly fall on moderate-income 718-ers and that its cameras would compromise personal privacy — and urged the state to join his bid for some $400 million in federal setup funds before the late-summer deadline.
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