It’s surprising when a candidate for office tells you exactly what he’ll do if elected. It’s even more surprising when that candidate is Eliot Spitzer. The former Democratic governor of New York resigned in 2008 after being exposed as a client of a high-priced prostitution ring, but as the New York Times revealed earlier this month, he’s getting back into politics by running for an office few can even pronounce: New York City comptroller.
On MSNBC this morning, Eliot Spitzer, who's trying to reemerge on the New York political scene, said that he's gone through "A lot of pain. A lot of pain." He then tried to cry:
The MSNBC host asked, "So as personally as you can answer this question, don't give me a pat answer, don't give me one that you prepare in your mind: How are you different than you were five or six years ago? What has changed of who you were?"
New York City "Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.
In late December 2012, congressional Republicans took enormous heat in the media for daring to reduce the size of the Hurricane Sandy aid package. New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the move was “insensitive at best.”
Cuomo later issued a joint statement with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, proclaiming that “the people of our states can no longer afford to wait while politicians in Washington play games.”
Alec Wilder met Lorenz Hart in 1942, while listening to Mabel Mercer at Tony’s on 52nd Street in New York. At the time, Hart was working on All’s Fair, to become By Jupiter, his last show with Richard Rodgers. Years later, Wilder would write:
[Hart] told me that all his lyrics were concerned with character delineation and plot. He considered a lyric that ignored either of these to be unprofessional and untheatrical.
Chuck Schumer would not comment this morning on former congressman Anthony Weiner's political rehabilitation:
"Senator Schumer, before we go, need to ask you about somebody who -- some have called your former protege, Anthony Weiner," said the ABC host. "Obviously, he left Congress in disgrace, now is considering a run for mayor. I don't expect you to make endorsements for the mayor's race. But tell me: Does Anthony Weiner deserve a second chance?"
New York Nearly 40 years after his death, the legendary architect Louis Kahn (1901-1974) has finally completed his first project in New York City. A monument to Franklin Delano Roosevelt known as Four Freedoms Park, it stands at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, a skinny strip of land in the East River that stretches for two miles between Manhattan and Queens.
Senator Schumer is playing to his softer, more rural side, again. First, he proposed subsidies to stimulate maple syrup production in upstate New York. Now, he wants to reduce the taxes paid by producers of hard cider.