Tag: Independent Democratic Conference

IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Republican Leader John Flanagan could be in trouble because of the Senate lulu scandal.
Long IslandNew YorkNew York CityState SenateWestchester

Why the Senate Lulu Scandal Might Be Trouble for Everyone

Right now, the top news in the New York politics is the story of the State Senate’s lulu payments, the extra money that legislators in leadership positions earn. A New York Times investigation discovered that seven Senators (three Independent Democrats and four Republicans) earned lulus for positions they did not hold. While the legal fallout…

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

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…

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Steve Pigeon is in trouble for a donation he got for Gov. Cuomo.
Western New York

Another Week, Another Pol on Trial: This Time, Buffalo’s Steve Pigeon

Another politician is facing the heat--Buffalo operative Steve Pigeon. The former Buffalo Democratic leader is charged with running a PAC to illegally fund county legislative races. Steve Pigeon became a famed operative, known for his shadowy involvement in campaigns and lobbyists. One of the first backers of Gov. Andrew Cuomo when he first ran for Governor in…

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Democratic State Senator George Latimer is running for Westchester County Executive.
State SenateWestchester

Battle Royale for Westchester County Executive

The most important election of 2017 for New York is likely going to be the race for Westchester County Executive. Democratic State Senator George Latimer announced last week that he'll face off against the incumbent, Republican Rob Astorino, in November. Campaign Issues Latimer launched his campaign criticizing Astorino for borrowing to pay for pensions rather than raising…

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The three men in a room: Cuomo, Flanagan, and Heastie.
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Three (or Four) Men in a Room and When It Breaks Down

New York State politics is often derided as "three men in a room" making a decision. Whatever is agreed upon by those three men--the Governor (Andrew Cuomo), State Senate leader (currently, Republican John Flanagan), and the Assembly speaker (currently, Democrat Carl Heastie)--becomes law. With the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate, it's now grown to four men…

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