BLOG: Capitol Blog: A.M. Roundup: Cuomo Shifted Funds Before Leaving AG

By | April 23, 2012

(Source: Jimmy Vielkind Times Union, Albany, N.Y. (MCT) — Good morning! The weather is awful. It’s Monday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City without a specified public schedule; legislators aren’t due at the Capitol until Wednesday. I’m off for a few days — Casey and Rick will be minding the blog. Should you crawl back into bed? Nah. Don’t do it. We’ve got headlines for you…

April showers: heavy rain is drenching the state and leaving several inches of snow in the western portions of Upstate America and prompting flooding concerns in New York City. (AP)

Nine days before leaving the attorney general’s office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo transferred $56 million in settlement funds to the Department of Health, where he can keep some measure of control over the non-profit agency the money is funding. (WSJ)

Beer brouhaha: a bill heading for Cuomo’s desk pits brewers who want to amend contract law against beer distributors. (TU)

Cuomo is set to appoint David Paterson to the board of the MTA, Ken Lovett writes. (DN)

It cost taxpayers $1 million to hold a special election to replace Carl Kruger; balloting that has still not produced a winner. (NYP)

New York’s Republican presidential primary, on Tuesday, will conclude in a whimper. At least we still donate a lot. (Journal News/GNS)

Newt Gingrich held a rally in Buffalo Friday, a minor blip in his presidential run but a major coup in Carl Paladino’s efforts to be elected as a delegate (for Newt) to the Republican National Convention. (BN)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a vice presidential possibility, spent a numbing 45 minutes in a speech at the Republican State Committee dinner. (CapNY)

The Committee to Save New York missed a deadline to file paperwork as a charity. (AP)

E.J. Dionne on campaign finance reform: The idea is that to offset the power of large donors, citizens without deep pockets should be encouraged to flood the system with small contributions that the government would match. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has pledged to a state overhaul of this sort, based on the one already in force for New York City elections. In his state of the state address in January, Cuomo spoke of how urgent it is to “reconnect the people to the political process and their government.” He could make himself into a reform hero across the country if he and the Legislature created a model law for other states, and the nation. (WP)

Cuomo canceled a Friday fundraiser in Buffalo, Bob McCarthy reports. (BN)

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has closed his probe into former DEC wildlife pathologist Ward Stone, apparently before a letter was sent to him by Stone’s supporters, Jim Odato finds. (TU)

Bill Powers is masterminding efforts to draft Ray Kelly as the GOP candidate for NYC mayor, Fred Dicker writes. (NYP)

John Eligon looks at the changed demographics of Harlem, and how Rep. Charlie Rangel will now face a tougher climb to re-election. (NYT)

The Cuomo administration tried to have an OPWDD whistle blower dis-invited from a Senate panel today. (NYT)

New York kids will be spared questions about the trippy, fictional race between hare and talking pineapple. (Post-Standard)

Michael Carey, who became an advocate for the developmentally disabled after his son Jonathan died in state care, continues to push the government. (TU)

The state will install security cameras in vans used to transport the developmentally disabled. (DN)

Albany County Democrats settled on Frank Commisso as their nominee to succeed Jack McEneny in the Assembly, but he won’t escape a primary. (TU)

It’s all part of a gigantic political churn in the region. (TU)

To the west, Angelo Santabarbara kicked off his candidacy to succeed Assemblyman George Amedore. (TU)

Alan Chartock thinks campaign finance reform should pass, but likely won’t. (Daily Freeman)

After losing a spot on the town board, the Schaghticoke fire chief is suing the Rensselaer County Republican chairman. (TU)

With $5.6 million on the line, negotiations between Buffalo teachers union president Phil Rumore and State Education Commissioner John King have devolved into a personal dispute. (BN)

Awkward: Ricardo Montano, a Democrat, is waging a run against Sen. Owen Johnson without the support of the Suffolk County Democratic chairman. (Newsday)

With no New Yorkers in the race, political giving by Western New Yorkers is less than 15 percent of what it was in 2008. (BN)

Aides to New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn are trying to nudge Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer out of the race for mayor, David Seifman finds. (NYP)

Congressional hopeful David Bellavia has missed several letters of inquiry from the FEC. (BN)

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle will attend the conservative fundraising “Monday Meeting” today. (Politico)

Candidate Matt Doheny sat down with the Glens Falls Chronicle. (Chronicle)

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, too, is urging the federal government not to double interest rates on federal Stafford Loans. (DN)

Sen. Betty Little wants to train more people to search the woods for missing persons. (AP)

Alan Z. Feuer, who died earlier this year, was a modern-day Jay Gatsby. (NYT)

And here are some national headlines…

Wal-Mart is investigating allegations of widespread bribery by its executives in Mexico. (NYT)

Barack Obama is making use of the ultimate job perk: Air Force One for travel that mixes public and political purposes. (NYT)

Former Sen. John Edwards’ trial starts today. (CBS)

Bill Clinton is Obama’s campaign whisperer. (Politico)

An Associated Press analysis found 50 percent of recent college graduates are either unemployed or underemployed. (AP)

Charles Colson, Watergate conspirator who became evangelist to prisoners, 80. (AP)

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