Cuomoville, as activists are calling it: a big protest against Cuomo's housing policies.

Housing Activists Camp Out for Action from Cuomo

A coalition of housing groups is planning to camp out to pressure Gov. Andrew Cuomo to stop the growing problem of homelessness and take action to protect renters.

The groups involved include some of the most active in New York City: Alliance for Tenant Power (an umbrella organization of eight other groups including New York Communities for Change, Make the Road NY, and others), Community Voices Heard, Vocal-NY, Citizen Action of New York and Manufactured Housing Action. They’re going to erect what they’ve called “Cuomoville” outside Gov. Cuomo’s office to demand action.

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Andrew Cuomo at the New York Fights Back rally. Is he using it to lay the groundwork to run for President?

Cuomo Takes on Republicans (or at least some of them)

Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo launched a campaign to go after Republicans. Standing beside House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Cuomo declared that New York would fight back to take back Congress district-by-district.

Yet this “New York Fights Back” is an interesting campaign.

Why now?

For one, Cuomo has not previously expressed much interest in Congress. In 2011, his first year as Governor, he promised to veto gerrymandered districts; instead he settled for a half-measure that won’t take effect until 2022. When the State Senate and Assembly deadlocked over how to gerrymander the districts, he allowed a court to draw the Congressional lines for New York without offering any input. In 2014, former Rep. Steve Israel (Long Island), then-chair of the national Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, panned Cuomo’s efforts in an interview with the New York Times: “We had conversations several months ago with the governor’s staff about helping to organize and coordinate a campaign and I didn’t see the fruition to those conversations.”

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Andrew Cuomo wants to be President. He's going for that promotion.

Going for That Promotion

A couple weeks ago, we observed that Gov. Cuomo is laying the groundwork to run for President. Now, the NYTimes reports that he’s been reaching out to Florida donors.

But maybe he shouldn’t run for re-election? The Daily News‘ Ken Lovett suggests  Gov. Cuomo should focus on his Presidential campaign rather than run for re-election next year. A governor running for President will face criticism and run the risk of problems at home dragging him down, so maybe Cuomo should just give up the Governor’s Mansion? Fat chance he’ll take that advice.

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Big News for Little Kids and Other Political Happenings

New York City politics is busy this week. De Blasio proposed a new budget and declared a goal of providing free, universal preschool for three-year-olds. Meanwhile, the opposition takes shape as Bo Dietl seeks permission to run as a Republican and a new Republican enters the race for Mayor.

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Big News for Little Kids: Mayor de Blasio Announces 3-K Preschool for Three-Year Olds

Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio doubled-down on his widely-praised Pre-K for all, announcing the launch of a new 3-K Preschool program for three-year-olds.

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Andrew Cuomo wants to be President. He's going for that promotion.

Is Andrew Cuomo Running for President? (Yes)

Want to understand what Andrew Cuomo is doing? It’s simple–he’s running for President. The only way to interpret his actions is to see them in that light.

His father, Mario Cuomo, infamously left two planes waiting at the airport, all ready to fly him to New Hampshire to announce his campaign. But he vacillated, earning the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson”, before finally deciding not to run. Andrew Cuomo has made it clear that he will not face the same charge and all indications point to him going for it and running for President.

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