Liz Benjamin

Commentary & Opinion
12:00 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Spitzer's Return

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.
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Commentary & Opinion
6:37 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Liz Benjamin: There's More(land) Where That Came From

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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.

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).

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Commentary & Opinion
12:19 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Crying Wolf?

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The following is a direct quote from Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

"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."

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Trouble For "Senator #1"

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Et Tu, Shirley?

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Liz Benjamin: The Future of Wilson Pakula

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Why is Governor Andrew Cuomo trying to neuter the leaders of New York’s most prominent minor political parties?

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Commentary & Opinion
12:03 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Another Corruption Scandal Rocks Albany

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In the wake of last week’s back-to-back corruption scandals that rocked New York politics, everyone’s looking for someone to blame.  

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Liz Benjamin: The Big Ugly

Governor Cuomo's supposedly no drama budget is coming to a rather dramatic end.

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:20 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Light and Shade

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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.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:30 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Liz Benjamin: Bread and Politics

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.

Things aren't completely cloudy for the governor, however. His favorability rating is better than two-to-one, ND well above that magic 50 percent mark.

Also, New Yorkers broadly support Cuomo's top legislative agenda items this year.

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Politics
7:06 am
Mon January 21, 2013

On inauguration day, YNN's Benjamin checks in from Washington

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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.

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