Tag Archives: Attorney general

In the Race for Attorney General

24 Aug

The Erie County Democratic Committee is (unofficially) supporting Sean Coffey.

Mayor Byron Brown and Legislature Chairwoman Barbara Miller-Williams are supporting Eric Schneiderman.

Steve Pigeon and Congressman Brian Higgins are supporting Kathleen Rice.

Coffey and Pigeon have been doing some bickering, and people should remember that it’s good to bicker with Pedro Espada’s patronage hire.

Meanwhile, when the NY Post’s Fred Dicker asked Republican AG candidate Dan Donovan what he thought about Rick Lazio’s call to investigate the funding of the Park51 community center. Donovan’s reply,

You know, again I saw you on “Good Day New York” this morning on Channel 5, Fred. Great piece. And as you pointed out, no money’s been raised yet, so I don’t know what there is to investigate. But I have never had a discussion about the mosque situation with Mr. Lazio so I don’t know where — what he’s thinking in that area and why he’s calling upon the attorney general. He just never discussed it with me.

Higgins Endorses Kathleen Rice

7 Jun

Highlighting her position as a non-Albany reformer, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) today endorsed Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice for Attorney General. In her remarks, Rice noted that there is a crisis of confidence in New York politics and politicians, and that part of her mission will be to restore that trust.


New York State Attorney General Candidates. All of them.

26 May

Oh, spare me.

Sean Coffey. An introduction. A nomination. A second.

Richard Brodsky. An introduction. A nomination. A second.

Eric Schneiderman. An introduction. A nomination. A second.

Eric DiNallo. An introduction. A nomination. A second.

Kathleen Rice. An introduction. A nomination. A second.

Many of the speakers are familiar to some of you in WNY.  Judith Hunter, the Livingston County Chair.  The Mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner.  Erie County Clerk Kathy Hochul – in a move that justifiably introduces her to a statewide party audience – is acting as the sort of nomination wrangler.  Each one of these speeches – none of which I’m recording in any detail – is repetitive and explains why each one of these lawyers would make a great attorney general.

This is tedious and will take a significant amount of time. I don’t know if any of them will personally speak today – it’s not clear on the agenda, and we don’t have tomorrow’s yet.

According to state committee chair Jay Jacobs, at least two roll call votes will take place, each vote will take about an hour.  Supposedly, all five candidates will then speak. They are going through the roll in alphabetical order, one by one.

In the meantime, anyone with a life is rolling his or her eyes, insane with boredom.

Enter Cuomo

22 May

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced his candidacy for New York State governor today by releasing this 21 minute video on Vimeo.


The presentation is a bit thick with cliches, but does a good job identifying the problems and proposing solutions to them.

He cites the fiascos on Wall Street and State Street, reserving especial ire for the “disreputable and discredited” state government in Albany. The state is “upside down and backwards”, featuring “high taxes and low performance”. Albany is a “national disgrace” that would make “Boss Tweed blush”.

He almost takes a tea party tack, pledging to take back government for the people, to fundamentally reform Albany.

His plan is the “New New York Agenda”, to reenergize the state’s economic engine by cleaning up Albany, strengthening and enforcing ethics laws, reform financial rules and disclosure, and will convene a constitutional convention to return government to the people.

Taxes cannot be raised any longer to prevent people from voting with their feet – state taxes will be frozen, as will state workers’ salaries. State spending will be reduced, and local government spending must also be capped – for local and state government, increases in spending will be limited to 2% or the rate of inflation, whichever is less.

Cuomo wants to reorganize state agencies and authorities, and consolidate redundant local governments.

For upstate, Cuomo wants to grant a $3,000 tax break to businesses for every person they hire. He also wants to reorganize the Empire Zone and IDA programs into regional cluster economies. Government should facilitate – not frustrate – job development. He wants to grow the knowledge-based economy not through platitudes, but a “reality-based” not political proposals.

Reciting his accomplishments as AG, Cuomo highlights the work he’s done to support taxpayers and sunlight against waste and secrecy.

What I take away from this, as compared with the other gubernatorial campaign that I’ve been paying attention to, is that it is hopeful, forward-looking, aspirational, and proposes solid ideas for real change. I look forward to a vigorous campaign season based on competing ideas for bringing about that change, and am confident that the Republicans will select and promote a candidate who wants the same return to greatness for this state, but recommends a different path.

The Race for Attorney General

14 May

Courtesy of Robert Harding, here is the state of the Attorney General’s race on the Democratic side. Although NY Superintendent of Insurance Eric Dinallo has the largest volume of county endorsements, they don’t amount to much. Meanwhile, Nassau DA Kathleen Rice and State Senator Eric Schneiderman are close to the 25% threshold to reach the ballot thanks to large weighted votes from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Also see this piece from Room Eight, which acts as a sort of spring training preview of the field.


Neither Niagara nor Erie County have endorsed any candidate. The GLOW counties have backed Dinallo. Notably absent from the race is current AG Andrew Cuomo, who (a) is running a campaign for calendar year 2010; (b) but isn’t campaigning for any office yet.

On the Republican side, the only almost-announced candidate is Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan.

Whom Do Those AGs Represent?

24 Mar

Here’s what the governor of Washington has to say about that state’s Attorney General filing suit to block Romneycare Obamacare. (Let’s keep calling that, k?)


Republicans’ hatred for government means that when elected, they are pretty much fundamentally unwilling and unprepared to govern.