Month: May 2017

The Brothers Crowley: Sean and Joe
New YorkNew York City

Power Corrupts: Crowley Delivers

We've mentioned Rep. Joe Crowley, before. He's one of New York's most powerful representatives and leads the Queens Democratic Party. What's new? Now comes the latest story from the New York Post: Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative (in the Bronx) hired Sean Crowley, brother of the Queens representative. In 2013, Rep. Joe Crowley secured $10…

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Chris Collins under investigation
New YorkWestern New York

Conflict of Interests for Buffalo Republican?

Republican Chris Collins is already under investigation for insider trading after reporters overheard him bragging about "how many millionaires I've made." Now, the Daily Beast discovered that a medical device company Collins founded, Audubon Machinery, stands to gain millions if Trumpcare becomes law. He's also the director of another company, ZeptoMetrix, which would benefit from lower taxes…

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Pellegrino, a Bernie Sanders delegate, got support from his organization in winning an Assembly special election.
Long IslandNew YorkState Assembly

Context for a wave? Democrat wins Long Island Assembly seat.

Normally, we don't pay too much attention to special elections for the State Assembly, since Democrats have a massive 2/3rds majority in the chamber. However, progressive Democrat Christine Pellegrino won a resounding victory on Tuesday in this heavily-Republican district around Oyster Bay, a 40 point swing in the Democrats favor after Trump won the area with 60% of…

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New YorkNewsletter

Con or ConCon?

Word of the Week: "Consistent" How Mayor Bill de Blasio described Republican priorities: "A consistent effort to cut support for working people, and use those resources to give tax cuts to the wealthy and to corporations."   Con Con: Will NY have a Constitutional Convention? It won't have the Founding Fathers but New York might have…

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