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Harry Reid Defeat No Bad Thing for Democrats With Chuck Schumer in the Wings

Niall O'Dowd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Niall O'Dowd

A defeat for Harry Reid in his senate race in Nevada would not be a bad thing for Democrats. The fact that he has such difficulty getting re-elected in Nevada against a loony right opponent says it all.

Aqueduct Report: Jay-Z Was Clueless

Matt Sledge | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Matt Sledge

So much for the the savvy, take-charge CEO persona Jay-Z likes to present to the world. A new report suggests that he was little more than a hype man for New York's Aqueduct Entertainment Group bid.

U.S. Midterms: Political Freak Show

Cliff Schecter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Schecter

In past political years it might have been considered a bit low-brow, to actually have to assure the voting public you didn't spend most days at dusk swooping over the heads of the Lollipop Guild.

Paterson Criminal Charges Not Expected

AP | COLLEEN LONG and MICHAEL VIRTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. — New York Gov. David Paterson will not face criminal charges for calling up a woman who later dropped domestic violence charges ag...

What New Yorkers Should Be Proud Of

Joan Malin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joan Malin

New York Post columnist John Wilson recently marked the 40th anniversary of safe, legal abortion in New York State with a bit of a rant.

Sending Democrats A Message: Draft Jonathan Tasini

Howie Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Howie Klein

Tasini can win the New York Senate primary for Hillary Clinton's old seat. It's very diverse -- white, black and Latino (mostly Dominican).

America's Mayor in the New York City Sleeper Hold: John Lindsay, In Retrospect

John R. Bohrer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John R. Bohrer

Of course America should love John Lindsay now... again. In an age where Mad Men gets four seasons, he's the Don Draper of New York City mayors.

What New York Needs Now in a Governor (And It's Not Me)

Alec Baldwin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alec Baldwin

For the record, I was never contacted directly by anyone with the Working Families Party about running for Governor of New York. But my passion for politics is as important to me as it's ever been. New York needs strong leadership.

Paterson: 'I Don't Have Any Plans To Resign'

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO and COLLEEN LONG | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — Legal experts say the next few days and weeks could be the most dangerous yet for the embattled administration of Gov. David Paterson...

The Corrupt Spectacle of New York's State Government

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Cohen

The corrupt and dysfunctional environment in Albany does not excuse the abuse of power of which the governor, the state police and his top aide have been accused.

David Paterson Needs to Find a New Job

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The strange craziness that began with the rumors that the New York Times was looking into his sex life has now reached a point that even most of David Paterson's harshest critics never expected.

Larry Seabrook, City Council Member Charged With Corruption, Divorced Wife Without Telling Her | By Barry Paddock, Alison Gendar and Larry Mcshane | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Long before the $177 bagel, there was the secret divorce. When accused City Council crook Larry Seabrook legally dumped his wife in 1993, he skippe...

NY Assembly Special Election Results Bode Ill for Paterson and for Dems in State Senate

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

In Tuesday's four special elections to fill vacant New York State Assembly seats, Republicans won three of the four races, and garnered a net gain of two seats.

What Brown's Win Over Coakley in Massachusetts Means for Politics in New York

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

The immediate political beneficiaries in New York of the Scott Brown romp over Martha Coakley are Rick Lazio and Harold Ford Jr.

Pet Peeves for the New Year

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Didn't the bankers and industrialists just ruin the global economy? What gives them the right to ruin the public schools?

Governor Paterson Jokes About Peeing On New York Legislature

Huffington Post | David Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Governor Paterson really puts the "pee" in politics. According to the New York Post's Cindy Adams, at a fundraiser on Wednesday night the governor jo...

The Mayoral Race That Wasn't

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

The lack of enthusiasm for Bill Thompson has roots in more than a super-rich opponent. New York City believes in the values of the Democrats, but doesn't trust them to produce strong leaders on the local level.

Miguel Martinez, Ex-Councilman, Gets 5 Years In Theft | RAY RIVERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Miguel Martinez, a former city councilman from Upper Manhattan, was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday on three felony counts involving the ...

The Specter of Condemnation: What Isn't Public Use?

Daniel Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Daniel Goldstein

Most observers wouldn't consider luxury condos and a privately owned basketball arena with lucrative naming rights accruing solely to the developer -- Atlantic Yards -- to be a "public use."

Paterson: I Expect Obama Will Stay Out Of NY Primary

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Governor Paterson went on Larry King last night to discuss his political future and his relationship with President Obama. Paterson, who also crash...

Charles Barron To Challenge Christine Quinn For Council Speaker | By Kathleen Lucadamo | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Controversial City Councilman Charles Barron is gearing up to challenge Christine Quinn's reign as Council speaker....

I Read the News Today, Oh Boy

Dan Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Dan Collins

It's hard to believe anyone with leadership and public spirit would be willing to hang around Albany. Cynicism and despair aren't going to get us anywhere, but there are days when you find it hard to feel anything else.

Paterson's Poll Numbers On The Rise, But Still Killed By Cuomo

The Ithaca Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Gov. David Paterson's tough talk on the state's fiscal crisis and his battle with the Legislature helped boost his once record-low approval rating amo...

New York For Gillibrand

Ryan J. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ryan J. Davis

It's time for New Yorkers to rally around their new senator, regardless of their feelings on lame-duck Paterson. Gillibrand seems ready to provide us with progressive leadership.

Paterson Crashes Cuomo's Birthday Fundraiser | Kenneth Lovett and Elizabeth Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Gov. Paterson made a surprise visit to a birthday fundraiser Thursday night for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the man many Democrats hope runs for hi...