The focus of New York politics shifts to Denver this week (and next) as the candidates for President have their made-for-TV conventions.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Most of New York’s political elite is there, too.
361New Yorkers are delegates to the convention.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Only two of them are named Clinton, though one of the two will get more attention than the other 360.
VP pick Joe Biden has a strong tie to Central New York.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He’s a graduate of Syracuse University’s law school and his first wife, who died in a car crash with their young daughter weeks after he was elected to the Senate, hailed from Auburn.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â SU, naturally, is pleased.
So much for that.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Elsewhere:
- Gov. Paterson (who’s in Denver and will speak at the convention) finally took the gloves off a little and did some partisan slapping-around of the Republican-run State Senate.
- The Gov. wants more power to get rid of regulations that businesses don’t like.
- He’s frozen medical malpractice insurance rates for a year.
- And he’s finding that not everyone loves a budget cutter.
Outside Of Albany:
- More farmers markets will take food stamps.
- Cornell students build car that gets 100 miles a gallon, aim to have it ready next year.
- Upstate New York’s only Olympic medalist comes home.
- We told you about the skydiver who lost his artificial leg in mid-air.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â He’s got a new leg, and jumping out of planes again.
Those of you who’d like to see New York City become its own separate state could just get your wish…but not the way you’d think.
[The Briefing is a daily roundup of news from around the state.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It is neither straight news nor commentary. It is also just back from vacation.]