Andrew Cuomo staffers implicated in stonewalling New York corruption commission.

Oh, my.

Oh my, oh my, oh my.

With Albany rocked by a seemingly endless barrage of scandals and arrests, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo set up a high-powered commission last summer to root out corruption in state politics. It was barely two months old when its investigators, hunting for violations of campaign-finance laws, issued a subpoena to a media-buying firm that had placed millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party.

The investigators did not realize that the firm, Buying Time, also counted Mr. Cuomo among its clients, having bought the airtime for his campaign when he ran for governor in 2010.

…the New York Times maybe-possibly-glumly goes on at that point; I’ll give the summary, for people who don’t want to click through.  Basically, the governor’s office quashed the subpoena, which was part of a general rule of quietly killing any corruption-related investigation that might have a chance of a possibility of a potential to make Gov. Andrew Cuomo look bad.  And the excuse offered by Gov. Cuomo’s office? “While [Gov. Cuomo] allowed the commission the independence to investigate whatever it wanted, the governor’s office said, it would have been a conflict for a panel he created to investigate his own administration.” (more…)


Rep Sean Maloney (D, New York-18) decided that FAA regulations don’t apply to Rep. Sean Maloney.

It’s not that Rep. Maloney decided that the law, indeed, is stupid…

New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney’s wedding last month had it all — celebrities, fireworks and even a small drone used to shoot a spectacular wedding video.

But the Federal Aviation Administration prohibits the commercial use of drones like the miniature helicopter that gathered the breathtaking aerial footage of Maloney’s June 21 wedding to Randy Florke in Cold Spring, N.Y.


Prior to [the] wedding, the Gyokeres [owner of Propellerheads Aerial Photography] and Maloney briefly discussed the murky legality of drone use and lack of clear federal policy, a source said. Maloney mentioned that he sits on the subcommittee overseeing the FAA but didn’t want to discuss policy on his wedding day, according to the source.



Sean Eldridge campaign’s fascinating suggestion re what the DCCC can do with its bagels.

This is really quite droll. Apologies for the link to a progressive site: but, shoot, said site sounds like it’s working its way up to endorse Republican incumbent Chris Gibson (R, New York-19) anyway. Or at least roll with the punch; it’s certainly not really impressed with the Democratic alternative at this point.

DCCC Chairman Steve Israel, eager to keep Hughes’ money flowing, has played him for a fool, not even giving him a coveted Red-to-Blue slot until Sean went bonkers on him. “Israel doesn’t help at all,” one heartbroken staffer told me. “All he does for this campaign is ship us bagels and cream cheese every week. We’d all rather have local donuts. He can shove his cr[*]ppy bagels up his [expletive deleted] with the cream cheese.”

‘Hughes’ is Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes; ‘Sean’ is his husband Sean Eldridge, who is currently flailing about trying (and apparently failing) to win NY-19, and the redacted language is, I feel, not very appropriate for mature adults. Particularly those involved in a campaign that’s running for Congress. Then again, this is apparently a bad year to be a Democrat running for Congress anyway.

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PS: The Democrats will get better, by the way.  Not this year; and not in 2016. But be very, very wary of 2018.


The final, mostly unlamented, death of Bloomberg’s stupid soda ban.


The Bloomberg big-soda ban is officially dead.

The state’s highest court on Thursday refused to reinstate New York City’s controversial limits on sales of jumbo sugary drinks, exhausting the city’s final appeal and dashing the hopes of health advocates who have urged state and local governments to curb the consumption of drinks and foods linked to obesity.

Sorry if that sounds full of a certain weary contempt for Mike Bloomberg and his endless quest to tell people what to do.  Then again, that’s exactly how I feel, so perhaps that’s the reaction I wanted to publicly show anyway.  All I know is, this shouldn’t have had to end up being handled in court.  We would have gotten faster results if enough people had committed to dumping their Big Gulps over Mike Bloomberg’s head every time Bloomberg appeared in public.

Via Instapundit.


Martha Robertson (D CAND, New York-2[3*]) using already debunked DCCC talking points.

Martha Robertson (D CAND, NY-23), having apparently not learned her lesson about telling lies in the course of campaigning, is doubling down on stupid:

Two weeks ago, a local news station ran a story concerning Robertson’s claim that the VA suffered from “decades of underfunding.” That claim had previously been rates as false.

Robertson then shifted gears and falsely accused Congressman Reed of voting “against reducing the VA backlog, funding to process more disability claims for wounded warriors, medical and prosthetic research, medical services for post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention, and homeless programs for veterans.”

Martha got those talking points straight from a DCCC press release and THOSE EXACT TALKING POINTS WERE JUST RULED FALSE BY POLITIFACT.

Bolding the NRCC’s, for once: although I have to admit, it’s surprising to see Politifact actually smack down Democratic talking points like this, apparently on multiple occasions.



Supreme Court decides that towns can have opening prayers.

Sounds like Anthony Kennedy had a nice breakfast that day.

The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a town in upstate New York may begin its public meetings with a prayer from a “chaplain of the month.”

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, writing for the majority in the 5-to-4 decision, said “ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond that authority of government to alter or define.”

In dissent, Justice Elena Kagan said the town’s practices could not be reconciled “with the First Amendment’s promise that every citizen, irrespective of her religion, owns an equal share of her government.”

The case was Greece v. Galloway, for those interested: Not much further to say on this subject, except for one, probably rude, observation: the NYT has a picture of one of the plaintiffs, and she looks precisely like how I would expect a person willing to take her dislike of Christian opening prayers all the way to the Supreme Court would look like.  …And I’ll just stop there, before I get mean.  Or more mean.


Politico: Sean Eldridge (D CAND, NY-19) is hiding from… pretty much everybody.

There was a spot of bother about this Politico video – it appeared, went down, and is back up again – but everything is fine now and there will be pie. And it’s the best kind of pie. It may very well be DOOM pie for Sean Eldridge.

Basically, the video shows Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt describing how Sean Eldridge – the presumed Democratic candidate for NY-19 – has been essentially hiding from reporters and the district for the last several months (Eldridge is apparently also using his company to try to trade votes for jobs*). Which is frankly bizarre, particularly since Republican incumbent Chris Gibson was reportedly happy to talk to Isenstadt: as Politico notes, often it’s the other way around. (more…)


Cigarette smuggling business booming in NYC. Of course.

There are days when I wish that classes in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century European history were mandatory for government officials – wait, no, I always wish that. There are simply days where my desires are given explicit validation by a new report: “More than half of the cigarettes sold in New York State are smuggled in from other places to avoid the Empire State’s taxes on smokes, which have soared nearly 200 percent since 2006, according to a report issued by the conservative Tax Foundation.” And apparently that’s also true for a bunch of other places in at least the Northeast.

Now, the reason for the history: if our erstwhile public servants had ever read any (books that have ‘Peoples’ or ‘Social’ in the title don’t count) they’d know that when you create a situation where a legal good is available in one place for price X, and available in another for price X+Y, with Y being a protective / ruinously high government tariff, something inevitably happens.  And no, that inevitable thing is not smuggling.  Human beings already smuggle as naturally as we breathe. It is practically instinctive for us. No, what inevitably happens in that situation is that the population enthusiastically joins in on breaking the law. And gets remarkably close-mouthed when tax men start nosing around*. (more…)


Domenic Recchia (D-CAND, New York-11) was ready to literally CROWN @barackobama in 2009.

Never say anything in 2009 that you’re going to regret in 2014.

Particularly if you plan to run in a R+4 district in that year.  Domenic Recchia was presumably a bit stoked from having a member of his party become President (from context, it looks like this was in January of 2009), but that’s no real excuse to say politically illiterate stuff like this:

“Now let the future begin, of the Barack Obama dynasty. Because that’s what it’s about to become. The dynasty of Barack Obama.”

…Oh, dear Lord in Heaven, but the things that are wrong with that statement. (more…)


Remington may be ‘expanding’ to Alabama.

This is very much an unconfirmed report, but if it’s true… oops?

High level sources have informed Yellowhammer News that Remington, one of the world’s largest gun manufacturers, will on Monday join Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley in announcing that they are bringing over 2,000 jobs to Alabama.

The company is viewing the move into Alabama as an expansion, but it will likely impact their Ilion, NY plant as well. The New York facility currently employees around 1,200 people. It is expected to stay open, but with a reduced workforce.



There is *one* class of people whose access to guns I’d control.

Democratic gun-grabbers (including their staff). They just won’t take firearm possession seriously:

The Cuomo administration has obtained a waiver to allow the head of the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to carry a handgun at work.

The required sign-off from a law barring state employees from packing a weapon at their workplace came from the state Office of General Services four days after the Times Union published a story about DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer using his handgun’s laser sighting attachment as a pointer in a meeting with a Swedish delegation.

The Daily Caller goes on to note:

Officials at the meeting said “that three Swedish emergency managers in the delegation were rattled when the gun’s laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York, at which he wanted to point,” according to the Times Union.



As above, so below: de Blasio imitates @barackobama’s ‘punctuality.’

There’s no reason to be surprised at this:

Mayor de Blasio was true to form in his first State of the City speech — he started late.

The crowd of community leaders and elected officials, including Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Charles Rangel, were told to put away their phones just before the designated start time at noon.

But they then sat cooling their heels for another 20 minutes before the mayor took the stage.

Bill de Blasio has seen that Barack Obama has easily gotten away with not showing up to things on time; and thus, so will he. Whether de Blasio can get away with it is, of course, another story entirely.



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