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Daily Archives: January 5, 2012
Gov. Andrew Cuomo skipped a section of his State of the State reiterating a promise to veto legislative district lines that are not drawn by an independent commission, but he did throw a different slab of red meat to reformers: a mention of public financing of campaigns.
“I’m going to be sending you a bill on campaign finance reform that puts public financing, matched contributions, lower limits and increased enforcement at the Board of Elections,” Cuomo said at the end of his speech. “Let’s have elections that New Yorkers can be proud of also. Let’s have campaign finance reform and let’s do it this year.”
He’s been on record since the first version of Cuomo: The Book for lower campaign limits, but did nothing last year when tightening up government ethics. He’s offered no specifics on what campaign finance limits should exist, and seems to be doing just fine under the current system.
Good-government advocates praised the inclusion, and publicly, said the redistricting omission was fine because Cuomo included it in his written message to legislators. You know. The one that’s not televised.
“It’s in the written version and I think it’s important he’s reaffirmed his unwavering commitment,” said Common Cause Executive Director Susan Lerner. “The big news is the way New York today has catapulted to the front of the nation on campaign finance reform.”
Springwater Town Supervisor Deborah Babbitt is making swift changes in how the town operates.
Joining Babbitt-Henry as new officials are council members Phil Viruso and Patricia Wilsea. Carolyn Tinney and Larry Gnau remained on the board.
The board’s first resolution retained the town’s bank, newspaper of record and several other aspects of the town, but notably changed the town council’s meeting schedule and the number of recognized committees.
The town council previously met on the first Monday, but will now meet twice monthly. The first meeting will be with town department heads on the second Monday each month.
“We will not be voting,” explained Babbitt-Henry. She further explained that the first meeting each month will not allow for citizen comments.
Most action will be taken at the board’s second monthly meeting.
“This will be more of the form you are used to,” with a couple of exceptions,” Babbitt-Henry said.
Republican State Chairman Ed Cox met with New York’s 62 GOP county chairs this afternoon and said that 2012 was shaping up to be another 1980–when Republicans took New York in the presidential election and elected Al D’Amato to the U.S. Senate.
The D’Amato example is instructive. Mr. Cox told the county chairs, ”Needless to say, one of our highest priorities will be to increase our majority in the State Senate, and elect more Republicans to the Assembly. “We also believe that Senator Gillibrand is vulnerable, and there are at least two highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her.”
It is interesting that Mr. Cox has limited the number of “highly qualified Republicans interested in challenging her” to two. Internet entrepreneur Marc Cenedella has been taking a long look at the race, as has Daniel Rubino, a CEO of an investment advisory firm. George Maragos, the Nassau County comptroller, has already declared for the race, but no less a figure than Fred Dicker puts the fact that Mr. Maragos “announced” in “scare quotes,” demonstrating the fact that Mr. Maragos isn’t seen as serious by GOP brass, even though he is the only official candidate with election day 11 months away.
Emails from both the NRCC and DCCC attacking their top targets in the 2012 election cycle having been arriving in my in-box with increasingly regularity. A whole slew of them arrived today from both congressional campaign committees.
The Democrats slammed five House GOP freshmen – Ann Marie Buerkle, Nan Hayworth, Richard Hanna, Tom Reed, and Chris Gibson – accusing them of choosingto support “extremism and (the) ultra wealthy over (the) middle class and creating jobs” during their first full year in office.
The Republicans sent out two different emails. The first accused Reps. Bill Owens and Tim Bishop of being posied to receive thousands of dollars in “tainted” money from the DCCC, thanks to their inclusion in the so-called “frontline” program for members expected to have tough re-election bids this fall.
The DCCC accepted more than $130,000 from former NJ Senator/Governor Jon Corzine, who’s now under fire for his role in the collapse of the commodity brokerage he used to head, MF Global.
The other GOP email targets Rep. Louise Slaughter, asking whether the Rochester-area Democrat will urge President Obama to approve the controversial Keystone pipeline or send the jobs supporters say it will create to China.
“Louise Slaughter and her fellow Democrats have a simple choice to either give the okay for an estimated 130,000 jobs for Americans associated with the Keystone XL pipeline project or bend to pressure from radical anti-energy activists and let the waiting Chinese companies take those jobs overseas,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay.
“Slaughter’s silence is helping President Obama provide political payback to her party’s activist base while punishing American workers looking for job creation.”
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Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-Canandaigua, Ontario County, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo hit the right notes in his State of the State address, but Kolb expressed concern that only New York City and Buffalo are seeing major infusions of cash for development.
Cuomo pledged a $4 billion plan to convert Aqueduct Race Track, located in Queens, into the largest convention center in the nation. Cuomo also pledged $1 billion to Buffalo for development. He didn’t mention other upstate cities for any specific funding.
“Certainly, I think the job-creation efforts” were laudable, Kolb said. “But the thing I was a little sort of wishing more of is what are we going to do about upstate New York –- in terms of the North Country, the Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes, central New York?”
He continued, “When you start talking about billions for New York City, for Aqueduct and the convention center, and a $1 billion for Buffalo – that’s a lot of money. And what about all the area and the geography in between? I thought that was missing, that I think we could be doing more.”
Rochester Business Alliance CEO Sandy Parker also had harsh words for the focus on Buffalo, the state’s second largest city, and not on its third largest city, Rochester.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday planned to take the next step to reviving New York state and moving out of his famous father’s shadow.
Less than a month after his 54th birthday, Cuomo’s second State of the State speech comes as he enjoys the same record-high approval ratings that rushed him into office in 2010. Back then, New York faced historic deficits, partisan gridlock and an unprecedented string of corruption convictions and scandals.
The Democrat, however, quickly gained the national spotlight that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, enjoyed as a national Democratic icon in the 1980s and 1990s.
Andrew Cuomo’s first whirlwind year as governor included landmark legislation such as the legalization of gay marriage, a cap on the growth in property taxes, and a millionaire tax that includes a modest but rare cut in taxes for the middle class. He also made a rare cut in state spending and addressed a $10 billion deficit in a timely budget in the spring, while working closely with the Senate’s Republican majority.
His State of the State speech Wednesday before more than 2,000 people in Albany, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has been kept tightly under wraps. He has tried to downplay expectations for 2012, saying he plans to concentrate on the mundane but critical duty of making government agencies run more efficiently and cheaply.
Although he’s said he surprised himself by already accomplishing most of his four-year legislative agenda, some major items in Cuomo’s campaign agenda remain. They include creating a form of voluntary public financing of campaigns that good-government groups such as Citizen Action have said are critical to reforming state government and ending its notorious “pay-to-play” culture.