Monday, January 22, 2007

Albany Notebook---Suozzi/Spitzer make nice

New York Times

"It was like Muhammad Ali making nice with George Foreman. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi, who threw jabs at each other during last year’s Democratic primary for governor, were all smiles last week when they both attended a $25,000-a-couple private fund-raiser for the state Democratic Party. " Hey....boys will be boys...I love this Spitzer jab at the old Suozzola “Spitzer said, ‘I’m glad he’s(Suozzi) here for two reasons,’ ” the Democrat briefed on the exchange said. “He said, ‘First, he’s been a voice for reform in New York State, and second, he didn’t drive himself.’ ”
The governor was apparently alluding to the crash of Mr. Suozzi’s county car last Tuesday, when the vehicle, driven by a police detective, went through a red light with its siren and emergency lights on and ran into another car. No one was injured." It is good to see they have buried the hatchet and are now working together "Now, the former rivals are taking their act public.
They have recorded a radio ad together for Craig M. Johnson, the Democrat running for an open State Senate seat in Nassau County." meanwhile back at the ranch....... "The Republican candidate, Maureen O’Connell, recently wrote a letter to Governor Spitzer urging him to support a Nassau County Democrat, Assemblyman Thomas P. DiNapoli, below, for state comptroller.
“As the taxpayers’ advocate, the state comptroller must possess independence and integrity,” Ms. O’Connell wrote in the letter, which was also published in a local newspaper. “Assemblyman DiNapoli personifies these traits and, through his lifetime of public service, he has earned the public’s trust.” At least Maureen has good taste.......the next thing we will hear is Maureen changing her party registration............and more Pataki "slight of hand" is revealed...."Shortly before he took office, Governor Spitzer said he would do away with the Pataki-era practice of having appointees to various commissions switch their party affiliations to circumvent rules requiring political balance on the boards.
“The game that has been played there, unfortunately, is that sometimes people have been asked to switch their party affiliation in order to create the appearance of balance when in fact it wasn’t there,” Mr. Spitzer said. “We are not going to permit anybody to change their party affiliation in order to generate that supposed neutrality or bipartisanship.” I am so happy Pataki is gone.....this nonsense has been going on for years......and finally...."The Spitzer administration is working on a major high-technology deal that will be announced in the coming weeks, according to Alain E. Kaloyeros, chief administrative officer of the State University at Albany’s College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering." It appears Alain..a Pataki Appointee may be trying to get his job??? andy

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