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NY Times Refuses to Endorse Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo GThe New York Times doesn’t care for either candidate in next month’s Democratic primary. The Times’ editorial board explained that it wasn’t endorsing a candidate because Andrew Cuomo hadn’t done enough to stop corruption, and his rival, Zephyr Teachout, doesn’t have the experience required.

As for Cuomo, the Times said that his first campaign promise was to “clean up Albany,” and he failed miserably:

Mr. Cuomo became governor on that platform and recorded several impressive achievements, but he failed to perform Job 1. The state government remains as subservient to big money as ever, and Mr. Cuomo resisted and even shut down opportunities to fix it. Because he broke his most important promise, we have decided not to make an endorsement for the Democratic primary on Sept. 9.

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Governor Jerry Brown Wagers the Food Equivalent of a Hockey Puck

StanleyCupFinalLogoThe media are wasting no time calling a game misconduct on California Governor Jerry Brown for promising to shower his Empire State counterpart with rice cakes (and a book) should the Rangers win the Stanley Cup. Maybe it’s just Brown’s crafty way to de-incentivize the LA Kings’ 2014 opponents.

Jimmy Traina, who compiles the daily MSN/Fox Sports’ Big Buzz feature, headlines the Brown-Andrew Cuomo Stanley Cup wager as the “worst sports bet ever.” He links to a WSJ “Metropolis” item that, though not quite as emphatic, basically agrees that Brown’s response to Cuomo’s much richer half is egregious:

It wasn’t immediately clear why Cuomo agreed to such a lopsided wager, but perhaps he was convinced of the Rangers’ likely victory by that team’s super-fan, state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who not only regularly brings along fellow lawmakers to Rangers games but has been known to interject stories about his fondness for the team into question-and-answer sessions with reporters concerning legislative business.

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Disney to Film Marvel Series For Netflix in NY

iger cuomoDisney has announced the upcoming Marvel series for Netflix will film primarily in New York, representing the largest film or television production project commitment in the state’s history.

Speaking at a press conference with Governor Andrew Cuomo this morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger said New York was “aggressive” in pursuing the company’s business — and that authenticity was very important to the project. The series will focus on Marvel’s “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen”: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.

“It’s very, very important for us to be in New York,” Iger said from ABC’s studios in Times Square.

The series will begin filming this summer and will debut on Netflix in 2015. The finished product will include nearly 60 episodes and is expected to create at least 3,000 jobs in New York, including 400 full time jobs, according to a statement from Disney and New York State. The Wall Street Journal reports the deal includes incentives worth about $4 million.

Last year, Netflix and Disney inked a distribution deal that gives Netflix exclusive rights to Walt Disney Studios movies, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm.

Sean Hannity Says He Can’t Wait to Ditch Cuomo’s Empire State

WCNYLogoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo offended a wide swath of Catholics and conservatives Friday with comments made during a WCNY 93.9 FM with Susan Arbetter. Here’s what is being objected to:

“Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

This morning via Catholic Online, Deacon Keith Fournier is calling on Cuomo to apologize to all “pro-life and pro-marriage New Yorkers.” Meanwhile, Sean Hannity hinted this may be for him personally a final New York state straw. Here’s what Hannity said on his radio show Monday night, per The Global Dispatch:

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York. I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore.”

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Republicans Give Up, Seek Donald Trump for Governor Run

Great idea!

Things are so bad for New York Republicans that they want Donald Trump to run for governor against Andrew Cuomo next year. The New York Post reports that Rochester assemblyman Bill Nojay is circulating a memo about how, exactly, Trump could beat Cuomo. Below are two actual sentences from Nojay’s note:

In many respects, Trump is not considered a Republican — he is his own brand, an almost iconic figure of Rockefellerian proportions. This will benefit him because many people who could never bring themselves to vote for a Republican would vote for Trump as Trump.

Here are — in no particular order — some more things that Trump is considered: 1) An idiot 2) An attention whore 3) A blowhard. But hey, that does make him like a lot of current politicians.

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Andrew Cuomo to GQ: ‘People Had Enough of The Failure’

In the January issue of GQ, Governor Andrew Cuomo gives one of his more thorough interviews since taking office. He discusses gay marriage, why he was able to have almost immediate success in office, comparisons to his father, and even touches on his relationship with Sandra Lee, the Food Network star. Below are a few choice quotes from Cuomo. You can pick up the January GQ on December 20.

On why he pushed for gay marriage to be legalized:

“Look, there are issues that come across your desk… that you just say, ‘This is absurd.’ Marriage equality changed life for people. When we did the gay-pride parade after the passage? I can’t tell you how many family members, friends, sisters, and brothers… It provided a level of acceptance for millions of people. And their families.”

On why he was able to make good on campaign promises:

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Outgoing Governor Paterson Co-Hosting with Mike Francesa Today on WFAN

Governor David Paterson is taking his last lap with the media. Yesterday, he gave an extended interview to WCBS-AM anchor Steve Scott. But this afternoon, the governor is sitting in with WFAN’s Mike Francesa for the day on Mike’d Up from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  

Paterson, a frequent guest on WFAN, makes his first (and likely only) appearance in studio as co-host.

The governor is an avid and knowledgable sports fan.

Andrew Cuomo will be sworn in as the state’s next governor on January 1.

LAT In 90 Seconds

teleshot.jpgInland Empire: Spanish-language television network Telemundo apparently doesn’t have the cojones to fire Mirthala Salinas. So instead it will force her to quit. The one-time anchor, who was suspended without pay for two months in August for reporting on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while having an affair with him, will return to the station. As a reporter. In Riverside. This all but guarantees she’ll say adios to the station before her contract expires in December.

newslobdell.jpgHarvey Keitel Is A Small Fish: This has to be news to the acclaimed actor. But according to Living Vicariously columnist William Lobdell, who spent the day as a paparazzo, if Keitel were a fish, “I’d have to throw him back.” Next week, Lobdell will spend the day as an aged actor whose life work is reduced to a bad analogy and until he’s tossed aside like a skinny minnow.

32779727.jpgCuomo “Pokes” Facebook: New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo is investigating Facebook’s safety claims. He’s just mad, because nobody has written on his wall.