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Andrew Cuomo has some serious decisions to make…..If and When he wins……

Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo…who is running 40% ahead of his Republican opponents…..(Lazio will probably be the weak nominee…Levy , as I expected, seems to be imploding )….

Will have to square his early campaign rhetoric with the reality of New York State Politics….

I have pointed this out before…

I ‘ll do it again….

Shelly Silver, The Labor unions, including the cops, firemen and more important teachers…are a big mother to get past….

Cuomo…like Spitzer is throwing things at them….

Spitzer once in office …..

Lost all momentum to them…

There is no reason to think they will lay down for Cuomo…….

Not after he rode their backs to an election victory…..

For free….

The campaign rollout included asking citizens and incumbent legislators to sign a pledge supporting Cuomo’s “clean up Albany” agenda; several of Cuomo’s worthwhile proposals, such as a requirement that legislators disclose the sources of their outside income, appeared to be aimed at Silver. Surrounded by reporters and cameras yet still sounding barely awake, the speaker shrugged off Cuomo’s idea. “I don’t sign anybody’s pledges,” he said. “Pledges are fixed in time, usually, and they really don’t mean much.”

The Cuomo-Silver exchange hardly qualified as a skirmish. But it did serve as a preview of the treacherous dynamic that awaits Cuomo if he’s elected—and it stirred a depressing sense of déjà vu. Four years ago, New York’s big problems were the budget and the Legislature’s intransigence; a crusading attorney general rode into the governor’s office brandishing an overwhelming margin of victory and promising to drain the Albany swamp. Bashing the Legislature sure didn’t get Eliot Spitzer very far. Cuomo’s fans—and even a few of his antagonists—claim he’ll arrive with more, and more-nuanced, tricks up his sleeve. His 250 page campaign platform is one such tool. “Spitzer’s mandate was a mandate for Eliot Spitzer,” one Cuomo intimate says. “He didn’t really say specifically the things he was going to do that would be controversial with the Legislature. Andrew’s laying out very specific things.”

Spitzer’s main tactic was threatening the seats of legislators who didn’t play ball. Cuomo’s strategy is subtler, involving carrots as well as sticks. The theory is that Cuomo’s pledge and his policy tome will provide cover for incumbents who are running—scared—this fall, and that if they’re reelected, they’ll return to Albany grateful to the new governor for saving their phony-baloney jobs.

Cuomo’s ability to finesse the angles is up for an immediate, serious test: whether to accept the ballot line of the Working Families Party, the alliance of public-employee unions that has quickly become a force in city elections and is looking to retain its statewide reach. Candidate Cuomo’s budget proposals would hit WFP members hard. “If he takes the WFP line, he’s crazy,” a prominent Democratic strategist says. “It will tie his hands as governor.” Yet if Cuomo gives the WFP the back of his hand and then bullies it over the budget, he will find himself in a predicament much like Spitzer’s, facing an array of determined, well-financed enemies. “He has not figured that out,” a Cuomo adviser says. “Andrew respects the constituent players of [the WFP], while he doesn’t agree with them on every policy. He does not want to be at war with any of the people in that group, even those who will bear some real pain if we’re going to get state finances in order.”

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Andrew Cuomo Watch continues…..Lt. Governor Pick rolled out……

Rob Duffy<br /> (cityofrochester.gov/)

And it’s……….SURPRISE!…..An Upstater!

Andrew Cuomo has picked Bob Duffy……The Mayor of Rochester and former Police Chief….as his running mate…..hoping for upstate/downstate balanced Democratic ticket…..

Andrew Cuomo has selected Rochester Mayor Rob Duffy, a former police officer, as his candidate for lieutenant governor, the Cuomo campaign announced this morning.

Duffy, a one-term mayor, has not held office in the New York State Legislature, which is politically a good thing this year and bolsters the image Cuomo is presenting of himself as an “outsider,” unaffiliated with New York’s deeply unpopular state government.

Cuomo will appear with Duffy at 11 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan……

More…….

We have these additional Cuomo watch stories…..

Cuomo Called Sharpton to Discuss Diversity Among Democrats

Schumer and Quinn: Duffy is Good on Crime and LGBT Issues

Cuomo and Duffy, perfectly ‘aligned’ in Manhattan

Cuomo: We’re going to ‘tangle’ with public employee unions

Albany is not big enough for Cuomo and Silver

Just click on them to bring them up…..

Note.….New Yorker’s should take a good look at Duffy…..The current New York State Governor WAS the Lt. Governor until he ascended………

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 7 Comments

New York State Progressives and Upstater’s don’t like Cuomo’s pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

New York State Progressives and Upstater's don't like Cuomo's pick for Attorney General…..What to do?

First It was Kirsten Gillibrand that the they decided they DID like…

After her transformation from a ‘Blue Dog” Democrat from Upstate New York..to the New York City Liberal????

Second It was Harold Ford, Jr. That they didn’t like…

They now have decided the Kathleen Rice the DA  from Nassau County…..

Isn’t good enough for them……

Here we go folks…….

A few weeks ago Rice and Eric Dinallo, a former New York State Insurance Supernatent came out 1 and 2 in a straw poll…

Dinallo being first….

The Dog mentioned that this WAS significant..because Rice came out second…..The first piece I did on this race had 4 people in the running on the Democratic side….

They are really down to two……

In the days after the straw poll upstate….It has become clear that Cuomo is heavily involved in Rice’s campaign…..

Below I have posted up a piece on how the New York State Democratic party ( The Upstater’s and Progressives) is dealing with Cuomo…..who at this moment is now the leader of the state’s democratic party…..

Those members, while thinking of backing Dinallo..must deal with the fact that to do so..

Could risk the ire of a new Governor riding a strong vote margin…

Why would the newly minted leader of the NY Democrats, a guy who is already pretty much expected to win by at least a two thirds majority, interfere in the party process to pick a former Republican to run for his old job? Particularly one who treated her former gig as Nassau County DA as a chance for political grandstanding, pontificating about drunk drivers and sex offenders, which I’m sure are the most pressing sorts of crimes in the second richest county in America.

Short answer? Rice is apparently counting on Cuomo’s coattails to get her into office. Cuomo reportedly favors her, and the convention delegates are afraid to cross him over the issue. Moreover, if you look into the records, Cuomo has been fundraising for Rice since October of 2009, which may help to account for the couple million dollars in cash which vaulted her into the top tier candidates past people like Eric Schneiderman. That leaves you with an AG who completely owes their job to the new Governor, which is not the way that elections are supposed to work.

The “why” of the thing doesn’t really matter at that point. What does matter is that with half the state’s county chairs already backing Dinallo, and Rice having fallen flat with both the public and the party faithful outside of the New York City area, a convention that crowns Rice with the nomination is going to meet with a great deal of skepticism–skepticism at best–from the Democratic base if the process isn’t unquestionably fair and impartial. A secret ballot would be a good start on that; so would guaranteeing the state committee members from NYC the right to vote as they choose, rather than as the party machine dictates.

Last but not least, speaking from my own perspective. Having a handful of people from downstate select the next AG candidate through internal arm-twisting–including running roughshod over the only candidate to make a serious appeal to rural New Yorkers in, well ever–is an absolute disaster for those of us still trying to build the party out here in the red parts of the state, since it confirms all the worst cliches about state government being run solely of by and for New York City.

I know, Andrew Cuomo doesn’t need to care about that–he’s still going to win by ten or twenty points even if he never sets foot on a farm or a state park……

More……..

NoteMy moneys on Rice…..

Remember…There are more poeple  in NYC and the surrounding subaurbs (68.4%) than upstate…..

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Andrew Cuomo IS RUNNING……….

After all the silent running….

The New York State Attorney General….Andrew Cuomo…..

Has declared that he IS running for New York State Governor this fall…..

The son of Mario Cuomo is 30% ahead of either possible GOP contenders Rick Lazio or Steve Levy….

Which his numbers are sure to fall……

The consensus out there is that he WILL be the states next governor……

He will be formally picked as the Democratic nominee on Tuesday May 25, at the Democratic Convention in Rye Brook, New York….

Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced his campaign for governor with a video released early Saturday morning, finally making official his entrance into the race for governor this fall.

Mr. Cuomo’s announcement comes only days before the state Democratic convention is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Rye Brook, N.Y., and follows months of private planning. Mr. Cuomo has no competition for the Democratic nomination and has been moving to assert control over the state party, and the 2010 ticket, for several months. Gov.David A. Paterson, a fellow Democrat, withdrew from the race in February. “I’m Andrew Cuomo, and I’ve always worked for you,” Mr. Cuomo said in his one-minute-47-second video. “Over my career, I’ve worked to help the homeless, students, consumers and the taxpayers who are outraged by Wall Street bonuses. I’ve worked for you, but now I need your

help.”

Mr. Cuomo also released a longer 21-minute video in which he described his policy positions on a range of issues, from same-sex marriage, which he supports, to a plan to have the state borrow money for its short term fiscal needs, which he opposes.

He planned a formal announcement in downtown Manhattan later on Saturday.The video echoes an approach taken byHillary Rodham Clinton, when she launched her 2008 presidential campaign……

For More……..…..

Daniel’s announcement…….

Hello Folks and Good Morning!

Finally we’ve the Announcement the entire Democratic Establishment as well as “The Dog” was waiting for. Folks, we’ve BREAKING NEWS out of the Empire State.

New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has OFFICIALLY declared that he is indeed running for Governor of New York.

His new Website will be:

http://www.andrewcuomo.com/

Story from POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/blogs/maggiehaberman/0510/Cuomo_makes_bid_official_.html

May 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

The Andrew Cuomo watch……

Now that he just about to announce his run for New York State Governor…….( May 25 )

Things are going to get interesting….

We got a few Cuomo stories brewing a few days out from the announcment…Two Politcal…Two Economic policy stuff……

Andrew Cuomo will punish and pick off legislators who oppose his agenda. He “won’t support any candidate who does not support charter schools.”

Cuomo tried clearing the AG field by attempting to block two unions from endorsing Eric Schneiderman, and asking Sean Coffey to run for comptroller.

Cuomo would limit state spending to the rate of inflation.

Cuomo wants to replace Empire Zones with a “corporate tax-credit” program. Critics say it’ll only benefit companies already planning to expand.

Cuomo wants lawmakers to literally sign onto his agenda.

The list is brought to you by PolitickerNY……The by-line on the piece is the Cuomo Takeover……Sure looks like that to me……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 5 Comments

Eliot Spitzer is hard on Andrew Cuomo……

The two in better times…….

In keeping with the wave that Eliot Spitzer is riding these days…..

The New York Times interviewed the former Governor (he resigned rather that getting in further legal trouble at the time )…..

True to his nature……

Eliot Spitzer let the current Attorney General and most probable next New York State Governor have it ……

He was unhappy about how ‘tough’ Andrew Cuomo is perceved…and how Cuomo handled the investigation into Spitzer’s action’s before he quit in disgrace……

I’m sure that Spitzer is a bit pissed about the position he’s in after his hard charging AG and Governor career going down the drain…..

In an unusually candid and sometimes biting assessment of his successor as attorney general, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer portrayed Andrew M. Cuomo as a man whose decisions have often been driven by political considerations and whose worldview has largely been shaped by the culture of Albany.

During an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, Mr. Spitzer also shed new light on the private resentments and clashes that have strained the relationship between the two men, both Democrats, including Mr. Cuomo’s 2007 investigation of the use of the State Police by Mr. Spitzer’s aides to gather information on a political rival.

Asked about Mr. Cuomo’s reputation as a “tough guy,” Mr. Spitzer responded: “Toughness is not the issue. It’s easy to be tough if the selection of one’s target is driven by politics. The real test is, do you take on the battles that have been unpopular and perhaps seem impossible to win but are important to take on?”

Richard Bamberger, a spokesman for Mr. Cuomo, said, “The attorney general’s record, credibility and honor speak for themselves, as do Mr. Spitzer’s.” Mr. Cuomo has yet to declare a candidacy for governor, but he is widely expected to run.

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April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

6 Construction companies in New York City pay by color, White top, Blacks middle, Latino's bottom….

Yes…… you read that right…..Six New York City based construction companies paid their white workers an average hourly rate of $25 an hour, their Black workers $18 an hour, and their Latino’s $15 an hour, charges New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office,  in a civil lawsuit…….the six companies are controlled by one person…..one Michael Mahoney ……. this situation was referred to the Attorney General’s office by a construction union, that took notice of the pay differences.

And yes, this happened in New York City……..In 2009!…….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Law, The Economy | , , , , | 4 Comments

6 Construction companies in New York City pay by color, White top, Blacks middle, Latino’s bottom….

Yes…… you read that right…..Six New York City based construction companies paid their white workers an average hourly rate of $25 an hour, their Black workers $18 an hour, and their Latino’s $15 an hour, charges New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office,  in a civil lawsuit…….the six companies are controlled by one person…..one Michael Mahoney ……. this situation was referred to the Attorney General’s office by a construction union, that took notice of the pay differences.

And yes, this happened in New York City……..In 2009!…….

October 15, 2009 Posted by | Law, The Economy | , , , , | 4 Comments