March 1, 2013 |
The nation's toughest gun control law hasn't even taken effect, but New York lawmakers are considering tweaking the restrictions, especially if the gun owners happen to be from Hollywood. Permitting filmmakers to use genuine assault weapons -- banned under the state law passed in January -- is one of the measures under consideration by legislators in the state capital, Albany. Another possible change that lawmakers say might be necessary: exempting law enforcement officials from the assault weapons ban. At a news conference this week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded that some "technical corrections" may be necessary to permit the entertainment industry to use genuine assault weapons -- without real ammunition -- while shooting movies and TV series in the state.
February 4, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- To his family, Ed Koch was "Uncle Eddie. " To New Yorkers, he was "hizzoner," the omnipresent three-term mayor who was remembered Monday as the man who lifted a grim city to glory but who always had time for his nieces, nephews, and a dizzying array of friends ranging from his Greenwich Village neighborhood to the White House. Koch died Friday at 88 of congestive heart failure, 23 years after leaving City Hall, but anyone who doubted his pull after so many years out of office had to look only at the faces inside Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
February 28, 1986 |
He is perhaps the best orator in the Democratic Party--a complex, charismatic, intuitive, gladiator-style trial lawyer who has become a potential presidential contender and the target of Reagan Administration rhetoric and wrath. But hours before he was to deliver the speech that would establish his national political reputation--the keynote address to the 1984 Democratic National Convention--Gov. Mario M. Cuomo was nervous. Things were going wrong.
June 11, 2006 |
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, who twice ran against Mario Cuomo for political office, has endorsed Cuomo's son Andrew in his bid for state attorney general. Koch praised the younger Cuomo's tenure as secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton administration. Koch and Mario Cuomo battled in the 1977 Democratic primary for mayor -- won by Koch -- and the 1982 primary for governor -- won by Cuomo.
May 23, 2010 |
Democratic state Atty. Gen. Andrew M. Cuomo announced his long-expected candidacy for New York governor Saturday, promising to fix the state's colossal budget crisis and reform its troubled political culture. Cuomo, making his second try for governor, outlined his plan to restructure the state's government and plug a deficit that is likely to balloon to $20 billion by January, when a new chief executive takes over in Albany. Incumbent Democratic Gov. David Paterson is not seeking to keep his job. "It's time for the people of the Empire State to strike back," Cuomo, 52, said at a rally Saturday in front of Manhattan's Tweed Hall, a former courthouse named for a crooked 19th century political boss who stole millions of dollars from New York City taxpayers.
June 25, 2011 |
New York's Andrew Cuomo may be a freshman governor, but he's no rookie. For 12 years, during his father's two terms in the governor's mansion, and as attorney general, Cuomo had an up-close look at how Albany works — and its famously gross dysfunction. By all assessments, he drew on that experience to have a productive first legislative session, capped by passage of a same-sex marriage bill while the whole country was watching. Just two years earlier, a measure to legalize same-sex marriage had failed.
May 8, 2009 |
In this time of consumer money troubles, numerous debt settlement companies promise to make debts disappear. But New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday called debt settlement "a rogue industry" and issued subpoenas to a law firm and 14 companies, including five in California, as part of an investigation of their business practices.
February 24, 2010 |
Owners of recalled Toyotas who don't feel comfortable driving their cars to a dealer for repairs can have them picked up by the carmaker at their homes -- if they live in New York state, that is. Toyota USA also will give customers loaner vehicles at no cost while the repairs to prevent potential unintended acceleration are being made. New York Atty. Gen. Andrew Cuomo announced the agreement with the company Wednesday, saying it would affect the owners of about 500,000 Toyotas in the state.
February 5, 2010 |
Former Bank of America Chief Executive Ken Lewis now holds the inglorious distinction of being the first top figure from a major bank to be sued by the government over the financial industry's debacle of the last 18 months. The New York attorney general's office Thursday accused Lewis, the bank and another former top official of fraud in connection with Bank of America Corp.'s acquisition of investment bank Merrill Lynch & Co. at the height of the financial crisis. Bank of America and its top executives misled the government and its shareholders about the size of Merrill Lynch's losses, according to the civil lawsuit filed in New York state court.