Liz Benjamin en Liz Benjamin: Spitzer's Return <div>The biggest question about Eliot Spitzer's decision to throw his hat into the New York City comptroller's race isn't why he's doing it - the disgraced former governor has been dropping not-so-subtle hints about his desire to return to public life for years now.</div><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 68694 at Liz Benjamin: There's More(land) Where That Came From <p>It may be difficult for legislators to truly relax on their summer vacations this year, with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's latest Moreland Act Commission about to swing into high gear.<br><br>Cuomo wasn't kidding when he said he planned to move quickly on convening the commission to investigate the state's woefully loophole riddled campaign finance system following the Legislature's failure to pass any anti-corruption reforms before the session's end late week (or early this weekend, given the Senate's Friday-to-Saturday all-nighter).</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:37:23 +0000 Liz Benjamin 67768 at Liz Benjamin: There's More(land) Where That Came From Liz Benjamin: Crying Wolf? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The following is a direct quote from Gov. Andrew Cuomo:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests."</span></p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 16:19:26 +0000 Liz Benjamin 64539 at Liz Benjamin: Crying Wolf? Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1" <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Et </span>Tu<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Shirley?</span></p><p>Since the revelation that former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro had been working as a double agent for federal prosecutors for almost the entire duration of his four years in office, the most popular political parlor game in Albany has been trying to guess who else might be wearing a wire.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 63963 at Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1" Liz Benjamin: The Future of Wilson Pakula <p>Why is Governor Andrew Cuomo trying to neuter the leaders of New York’s most prominent minor political parties?</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 62811 at Liz Benjamin: The Future of Wilson Pakula Liz Benjamin: Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Albany <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the wake of last week’s back-to-back corruption scandals that rocked New York politics, everyone’s looking for someone to blame. &nbsp;</span></p><div> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:03:41 +0000 Liz Benjamin 61703 at Liz Benjamin: Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Albany Liz Benjamin: The Big Ugly <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Cuomo's supposedly no drama budget is coming to a rather dramatic end.</span></p><p>The Senate held a rare weekend session – on Palm Sunday, no less – to pass a limited number of budget bills, while the Assembly, citing the Passover holiday that starts at sundown tonight, refused to return to Albany until Thursday.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 60608 at Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Cuomo made a big show last week of marking Sunshine Week - a national initiative launched in 2005 by the American Society of News Editors to highlight the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.</span></p><p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:20:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 60078 at Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade Liz Benjamin: Bread and Politics <p></p><p>Today's Siena poll brings some bad news for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, finding his job approval rating has continued its downward trajectory and bottomed out at 54 percent - its lowest point since he took office in January 2011.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Things aren't completely cloudy for the governor, however. His </span>favorability<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> rating is better than two-to-one, ND well above that magic 50 percent mark.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Also, New Yorkers broadly support Cuomo's top legislative agenda items this year.</span></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Liz Benjamin 59558 at On inauguration day, YNN's Benjamin checks in from Washington <p>WAMC's Ian Pickus speaks with Liz Benjamin, host of YNN's Capital Tonight and a WAMC commentator, who is in Washington to cover today's presidential inauguration.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Ian Pickus 56143 at On inauguration day, YNN's Benjamin checks in from Washington