Caroline, Come to Albany By Henry J. Stern

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Caroline Kennedy Would Make a Cool Lieutenant Governor Day 30 of the Blackberry Turnover brings smoke signals that the hissy fit in the Senate is close to some kind of resolution, for better or worse. Not every peace treaty is a good one, though. Recall what followed Versailles.

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Senators’ Strike Continues By Henry J. Stern

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Fail Again to Reach Agreement; Impasse Costs NYC $2M a Day Yonkers Could Lose as Much as $15M Overall Today the New York State Senate deadlock enters its fifth week.  By our count, it is Day 29 since the Blackberry Turnover June 8 coup, which did not involve the use of any force greater than 32 senators raising their hands …

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Senate Fiddles as New York Burns By Henry J. Stern

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Senate Stumbles Into Food Fight Today is July 1, the 24th day of dereliction for the New York State Senate. It is also the first day of the city’s new fiscal year (FY 2010).  Each level of government has its own unique calendar; the Federal government's fiscal year begins on October 1 and the State's on April 1.  The only …

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When Will They Ever Learn? By Henry J. Stern

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Time Pressure Mounts on Senate Squabblers as Deadlines Approach It’s Monday afternoon, Day 22 of the State Senate stalemate. The current impasse follows the Republican coup on June 8, in which new leadership was elected and installed before Democratic staff members turned off the lights and the microphones in the Senate chamber.

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The Blackberry Revolution By Henry J. Stern

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Malcolm Didn't Listen When Big Tom Visited,He Was On Blackberry Back in January 2007, in the enthusiasm following Eliot Spitzer's landslide victory in the race for governor, we picked up on a slogan that had been used by the Spitzer campaign – "Day One: Everything Changes."  We continued to keep time in days for some months after Day One, but …

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Deliver Us From Evil By Henry J. Stern

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State Senate Sputters as Solons Switch Sides and Supplant Senator Smith We have spent a lot of time – and words – describing the classically dysfunctional legislature in Albany.  Yesterday, the lid blew off the pot as two Senators, each with unresolved legal issues, switched control of the body from Democrats to Republicans.

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Under the Influence By Henry J. Stern

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NYS Government is Held in Low Regard but Citizens We Know are Uninvolved with It For several years, I have been attending a discussion group that meets monthly at the home of a local physician, Dr. Bruce Yaffe, and his wife, Karen.   Attendance varies from 25 to 35.  Many of the participants are patients of Dr. Yaffe.  They are often …

eHeziUnder the Influence By Henry J. Stern