Rumors Abound About Andy-Shelly Relations
Last Tuesday’s election had hardly ended, with a great victory for Governorelect Andrew Cuomo, that the inside stories and the leaked stories started about the new governor looking to sack the powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
But at the moment, all it looks like is both are just feeling each other out before Cuomo is even sworn in.
Interestingly, Silver made the first move, announcing in an interview in the New York Post that he will not seek any new taxes and will hold the line on spending.
This represented a change in position on Silver’s part and following the Cuomo message. Silver also said he had reached out to Cuomo to have him come over and talk to the Assembly “about the issues and the realities of what we face, and put us together on a path to resolving them”.
A spokesman for Cuomo responded that Cuomo welcomes the Speaker’s statements and looks forward to working closely with him.
Silver’s friendly comments came a day after it had been reported that he (Silver) was hearing rumors of a plot to dump him. But this sounded like an attempt to keep Silver off balance, sort of on the defensive.
Cuomo later denied he was planning anything like that. This game will go on, we think, until the wheels of government start turning in Albany after Cuomo’s swearingin.
We don’t think Cuomo is going to make any preemptive move until and if he has to.
The governor’s dad, Mario Cuomo, had troubles with Assembly Speakers Stanley Fink and Mel Miller at one point and before anybody knew what was happening, Gov. Cuomo’s good, close friend, the late Saul Weprin had moved into the Speaker’s chair and was wielding the gavel on that high platform overlooking the Assembly floor.
Yesterday, Como announced that he had ended his post-election efforts to try to change the outcome via ballot recounts and related efforts.
Como explained, “It was important to me that every vote be properly counted, and although there are remaining discrepancies with some of the machines, it is in the best interests of the community that we move forward and put politics aside.”
Como said he had spoken with Addabbo, who had won a second term, and congratulated him on his successful campaign.
Meanwhile, Addabbo sent out a release in which he urged his constituents and all others that it’s time to focus on restoring faith back to residents that their state government will be responsive to their concerns.
Addabbo added: “Elected officials have a lot of work to do in making people know that their state legislature can operate in a professional and responsible manner.”
Addabbo says what needs to be done is to lower property and other taxes, along with a cap in state spending. That puts him on the same page with Governor Cuomo and his other reforms.
MALONEY: TOP PRIORITY STILL JOBS: Commenting on the recently released October jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Congressmember Carolyn Maloney stated they showed that weare making steady progress and our economy is in better shape than a year ago.
Citing the Republican gains in last Tuesday’s elections, which will give the GOP control of the House, Maloney said, “The numbers in Congress have changed, but the top priority for Congress should not. We must remain focused on creating jobs, so that the 14.8 million Americans who remain out of work, can find work.”
Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan), chair of the Joint Economic Committee in Congress, said that the economy has been strengthened and the foundation for future growth is in place. “We now have 10 straight months of private sector job gains, and for the first time since May, the economy saw an increase in total nonfarm jobs and this October, we added 159,000 private sector jobs.”
WEINER CHEERS INCREASE IN SMALL BIZ LOAN: A study released by Congressmember Anthony Weiner (D–Queens/Brooklyn) reveals that more than $69 million in loans went to Queens small businesses this year compared to $49 million last year, a 41 percent increase.
The loans were guaranteed by the federal government, he said, and were given out by local banks. A provision in last year’s stimulus bill increased the federal loan guarantee from 75 percent to 90 percent, he noted.
“It seems like that has worked very well in making skittish banks make more loans to local businesses,” said Weiner.
“Given what we are seeing, the fact that the banks are lending more money means they are getting into a more rational cycle, and that’s good. This is the way things are going to get better.”
Weiner also said the loans are allowing businesses to expand and create jobs.
On another important topic, Weiner said that while the Democrats still control the Senate, the 9/11 health bill should be brought up for a vote before the end of the year and the end of the present session.
“If we are not able to pass the 9/11 bill in the lame duck [session], I think the reasonable conclusion is it’s dead,” Weiner said.
Weiner was making the point that the Republicans consider the 9/11 health bill a New York focused bill, and only 17 of them voted for it when it passed the House. It would provide $7.4 billion to provide medical care for workers who cleaned up Ground Zero after the 9/11attacks.
PATAKI EYES 2012 PREZ RUN: Former New York State Governor George Pataki, who endorsed Carl Paladino, in his losing bid against Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo, said on a talk show last week he’ll be watching closely when the field of presidential wanna-bees start forming for the 2012 presidential elections.
Asked whether he’ll be one of the office seekers, he responded that he would make that decision “based on who else is out there and whether I believe they have those characteristics we need to be able to win this election and govern successfully”.
The characteristics he had in mind, he explained, were experienced leadership, people who have been challenged and can bring people together, not just Republicans but people covering the entire political spectrum.
Pataki also said he would support Sarah Palin in a challenge to President Barack Obama.