O Albany -- isn't the governance of New York as corrupt and unresponsive as any other state's?

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aaargh, wrong tweet. meant this:

Christine Quinn is a vice chair of the New York State Democratic Party — which is supposed to remain neutral in a primary. @geoffberman, what say you? https://t.co/tWqGOugUht

— Nomiki Konst 🐴🦄🐴 (@NomikiKonst) March 20, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 20:29 (one year ago) link

um, "yemen" doesn't have big boobs, next

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 21:27 (one year ago) link

I'm also hearing the #nybudget will include a https://twitter.com/JimmyVielkind/status/978746421477367808.75 fee on ride-hail trips starting and ending in Manhattan below 96th Street, and perhaps a https://twitter.com/JimmyVielkind/status/978746421477367808.50 fee on taxi trips in the same zone. https://t.co/obQpY7i6uq

— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) March 27, 2018

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:47 (one year ago) link

Basically everyone is expecting budget shortfalls for next year once federal support numbers come in lower, based on the new tax plan, and trying to find ways to propose filling the gaps.

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:57 (one year ago) link

And congestion pricing is one of the ideas being thrown around. I was in Albany the other day w people who work at other schools in my district, trying to talk to electeds about this stuff, and the people around me disapproved of congestion pricing more than they cared about the budget (because they're all from South Brooklyn where everyone drives everywhere and they mistrust public transit because a) Manhattan is far away from here, and b) dirty, poor, and non-white people take the MTA so obv it's not good enough for this group). Our only local Democratic elected official was caught off guard trying to defend a policy that isn't even HIS to a bunch of ppl who are supposed to be asking questions about schools and education funding. lol/sob

Conic section rebellion 44 (in orbit), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:02 (one year ago) link



mookieproof, Monday, 9 April 2018 15:05 (one year ago) link

BREAKING: Big unions — SEIU and CWA — quit Working Families Party on eve of now-likely Cynthia Nixon endorsement.

Cuomo pushing for MORE: Wants unions to defund liberal groups backing her.

LOTS of details with @jessemckinley here: https://t.co/MM6ThUen1d

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) April 13, 2018


mookieproof, Friday, 13 April 2018 19:45 (one year ago) link

the WFP announced the Nixon endorsement

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 15 April 2018 07:26 (one year ago) link

It’s wrong that 79 percent of 4-year olds outside of New York City still lack full-day Pre-K. Under the Cuomo budget, at the funding levels he has given, it will take nearly 57 YEARS to fund full-day universal Pre-K in this state. New York is ready for change.

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) April 17, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 April 2018 15:48 (one year ago) link


— free kellyanne (@DearSplenda) April 18, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 18 April 2018 18:23 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

When you only read the first half of The Power Broker https://t.co/CrtNWhBXhn

— Good Idea Dave (@DaveCoIon) June 14, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:04 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Gov. Cuomo is in Brooklyn right now for another campaign rally - er, government announcement. Got a rousing introduction from Assemblymember Walker. "Is Brooklyn in the house?" Cuomo says, before asking audience if it loves different electeds who are there, then "Do you love me?"

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) July 5, 2018

please clap

mookieproof, Thursday, 5 July 2018 17:46 (one year ago) link

I realize state politics is not the hottest topic right now, but the description of the Cuomo admin – widely driven by fear (& in some cases personal profit) & rife with sycophancy – as alleged in these 2 federal corruption trials is worth your attention.https://t.co/hfPW3B0CIZ

— erica orden (@eorden) July 6, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Friday, 6 July 2018 18:34 (one year ago) link

Andy makes his happy-hour move

This small-dollar Cuomo event flagged by @CaseySeiler, on the eve of campaign filing deadline seems a pretty clear effort to have some small donors on his upcoming report https://t.co/f8mXkCfS2q

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) July 9, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 9 July 2018 18:27 (one year ago) link

1) Not throwing public money at private businesses
2) Not relying on a convicted felon/lobbyist to be your 'eyes & ears' at a state agency
3) Not accepting campaign donations from contractors and bidders
4) See No. 1 https://t.co/n58vspCzA2

— Bill Hammond (@NYHammond) July 13, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 14 July 2018 20:44 (one year ago) link

The defining feature of every oafish thing Andrew Cuomo ever says is that he seems to have genuinely never thought about what you might say to an ordinary person to convince them you should have the job of being governor

— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) July 14, 2018

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Monday, 16 July 2018 11:55 (one year ago) link


. . . nice

mookieproof, Tuesday, 17 July 2018 18:04 (one year ago) link

re-convicted! NYT:

Dean G. Skelos, once one of the most powerful political figures in New York State, was found guilty of bribery, extortion and conspiracy on Tuesday, marking the fourth time in five months that a major federal case targeting corruption in Albany has ended in a conviction.

The jury in Federal District Court in Manhattan deliberated for three days before finding Mr. Skelos and his son, Adam, guilty; prosecutors said the elder Mr. Skelos, the former leader of the State Senate’s Republican majority, had wielded his political clout to pressure business executives to send his son around $300,000 for a patchwork of no-show or low-show jobs.

Both Mr. Skelos and his son were convicted on those charges in 2015, but their convictions were overturned last year after the Supreme Court limited the definition of public corruption.

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 17 July 2018 23:09 (one year ago) link

'Best' part of this is that when an over-the-limit corporate donor is revealed, campaign says it was actually an LLC of same name, so no violation. State campaign finance laws are an incredible joke. https://t.co/UA7m0oJhx3

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) July 30, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 30 July 2018 20:11 (one year ago) link

Pareene: the Prince vs the press

Spectrum News is one of the largest strictly local news outlets in the state, and its coverage of Albany in particular is vital and important. It is the primary place where millions of New Yorkers learn what is happening in the notoriously corrupt and opaque statehouse (it's worth noting that Spectrum's NY1 has scheduled a Democratic gubernatorial primary debate this month, which Cuomo has not committed to attending despite his apparent promise in May to debate progressive challenger Cynthia Nixon). Andrew Cuomo is threatening to blow it up, either because he doesn't care about the collateral damage of his war against Charter, or because blowing it up is the point of that war. In Spectrum's newsrooms, many journalists believe it's the latter.


a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 9 August 2018 16:48 (one year ago) link

I'm all about making memes today

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 17 August 2018 03:20 (one year ago) link

Zephyr Teachout for NY AG

On Monday, I asked Tish James about the AG's office and state corruption, and this was her answer https://t.co/hjysqfD1Zz pic.twitter.com/H1Lv4rFJe5

— Christopher Robbins (@ChristRobbins) August 22, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 22 August 2018 18:44 (one year ago) link

probably could have posted in the democratic party and/or queens threads but it's remarkable how much worse this gets with every paragraph

aloha darkness my old friend (katherine), Sunday, 26 August 2018 00:28 (one year ago) link

As a Jew in August, I have to say: I'm with Cuomo on this one. https://t.co/WTN4oBQtjm

— corey robin (@CoreyRobin) August 28, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:33 (one year ago) link

I'm glad she directly called him a liar a couple times. Might've been to Nixon's advantage to interrupt a little bit less, don't want to seem like "a pushy woman."

Cuomo being obsessed with proving that Nixon was "a corporation" bigger than the Koch Brothers was a weird tactic.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:39 (one year ago) link

In fact, the MTA has not been declining for decades. For much of the first 10 years of the 2000s it was improving and rapidly. There's something that happened in New York in 2010 that started the decline. If only I could put my finger on it.

— Second Ave. Sagas (@2AvSagas) August 29, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 August 2018 01:57 (one year ago) link


Dan S, Thursday, 30 August 2018 02:03 (one year ago) link

he's keith hernandez!


mookieproof, Thursday, 6 September 2018 20:30 (one year ago) link

LETTER from state to contractor: “The authority will not hold T.Z.C. responsible for any traffic incidents(s) or damage to the work that results from shifting traffic on the bridge while all elements are not fully complete as permitted by this letter.” https://t.co/IdnEJJ99Z5

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) September 11, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:16 (one year ago) link

You know it's almost as if New York voting laws are designed to depress turnout and hand elections to shitty incumbents https://t.co/Z0kviouYM9

— Katie McDonough (@kmcdonovgh) September 12, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:04 (one year ago) link

Evergreen tweet

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:32 (one year ago) link

‼️‼️‼️New Yorkers & all NYCHA residents its time to get JUSTICE, VOTE Thur. Sept. 13 for Gov. Cuomo, Lt. Gov. Hochul & Tish James. They know how to work for the people to make NY even GREATER. Spread the word. See you at the Polls‼️‼️‼️

— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) September 12, 2018

mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 20:57 (one year ago) link

can i shamefully admit here i'm a bit torn about the Cuomo vs. Nixon primary

Nhex, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 22:45 (one year ago) link

I don't have a vote and I don't think Nixon will win, but I think she is worth voting for

Dan S, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:16 (one year ago) link


mookieproof, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 23:19 (one year ago) link



Nhex, Prince Andy has actively assisted in keeping the legislature from going Dem (if that helps)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:33 (one year ago) link

I am not a NYer and know close to nothing about Cuomo’s administration but what I know is enough to convince me he is a machine politician of the most destructive sort and deserves a primary thrashing.

faculty w1fe (silby), Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:38 (one year ago) link

Like Charles Foster Kane would probably be a better choice than him

faculty w1fe (silby), Thursday, 13 September 2018 18:41 (one year ago) link

rollin' with the cuomies

how's life, Friday, 14 September 2018 16:27 (one year ago) link

Cuomo: the 6 Senate IDC primary challenger wins last night were just "rearranging the deck chairs"

— Karen DeWitt (@kdewitt7) September 14, 2018

mookieproof, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:07 (one year ago) link

Whose deck chairs, exactly

faculty w1fe (silby), Friday, 14 September 2018 19:10 (one year ago) link


mookieproof, Friday, 14 September 2018 19:11 (one year ago) link

so here's comparing the state to the Titanic? cool

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 14 September 2018 19:25 (one year ago) link

The story isn't Cuomo, it's that Nixon turned out enough to crush the "blue dog" faction in the State Senate that gave Republicans control. There are a lot of bills coming Cuomo won't like. Either he fights and blows it all up or gives over and goes further left.

— Richard M. Nixon (@dick_nixon) September 14, 2018

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 15 September 2018 12:43 (one year ago) link

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