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Despite first year legislative gains, Governor Cuomo is not setting an example on Campaign Finance Reform, an issue he campaigned on and offered a detailed agenda how to fix when in office. To date he has not only failed live up to his campaign promise, but failed to lead by example on the issue, by raising millions of dollars for his reelection using the same broken system. Only through addressing this issue can Albany be reformed and make state government more open, transparent and accountable to the people.




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“Capitalism is only as good as the respect it has from its citizens” New York, NY – After participating in the launch of the 99 New York campaign, a coalition of community groups, labor leaders and businessmen who want to … Continue reading



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Bill Samuels, whose New Roosevelt Initiative helped defeat dat Wascally Wabbit, west Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, broke some political news last Thursday at the Ben Franklin Dem club’s annual dinner. Samuels, one of the evening’s honorees, told the Riverdale club he’s backing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor.




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“I invite Paladino to visit State Senate districts in Albany, Rochester, Schenectady and Syracuse that are represented by incumbents who stand in the way of reform and are being challenged by independent, reform-minded women candidates, who deserve support. Regardless of who is the next Governor of New York, we have to get rid of lawmakers who want to maintain the status quo in Albany.”




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Senate Democratic candidates Robin Wilt and Mary Wilmot said they are endorsing Sen. Pedro Espada’s opponent, Gustavo Rivera.

Wilt and Wilmot, running against Sens. Joe Robach and Jim Alesi in SD-56 and SD-55, have joined three other Senate Democratic hopefuls, all of which are women, in supporting Espada’s rival.

The announcement from Wilt and Wilmot came under the banner of the New Roosevelt Initiative, spearheaded by former LG candidate Bill Samuels. The group has made ousting Espada its top priority.

Read more at http://blogs.democratandchronicle.com/voteup/2010/08/26/wilt-wilmot-say-no-to-espada/




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The Democratic-controlled State Senate is famously divided among blocs: There is an Hispanic bloc, an African American, and progressive bloc as well as a bloc of conservative/moderate Democrats.

Now there may be another bloc: Women Against Espada.

If they get elected, that is.

Read more: http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/31014/women-against-espada/




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Good morning! State Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. says Andrew Cuomo is the driving force behind a push to get him ejected from the Democratic Party. Cuomo says Bronx landlords discriminated against African-American tenants. But he won’t go so far as … Continue reading



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The invitation for the fundraiser later this month hosted by Rochester mayor and lieutenant governor candidate Robert Duffy for the New Roosevelt Initiative, which is looking to oust Sen. Pedro Espada from the Senate. The group is expecting to spend … Continue reading



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After being approached to challenge Cuomo on WFP line, Samuels embraces help for New Roosevelt Initiative By Edward-Isaac Dovere July 21st will be something of a festival of the would-be lieutenant governors, as Andrew Cuomo’s running mate Robert Duffy appears … Continue reading



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