Monday’s Briefing: Gov. Nice Guy (Not)

Lest you think our new Governor is just a nice guy, maybe too nice, here are a couple of things to consider:

He has cataract surgery on Saturday and on Sunday, marches in New York City’s annual Gay Pride Parade with Mayor Bloomberg.

And then there’s this: The Gov’s collegial tone will not survive attempts to upstage him, as the Republican who runs the State Assembly’s minority caucus found out:

“Those that think he’s a pushover should hold onto their hats. Because you don’t want that kind of run-in,” said Senate Democratic floor leader Malcolm Smith.

The New York Times takes a look at the year just ended in Albany, one of the wildest ever.

And this final thought, on why Joe Bruno’s retirement isn’t just bad news for Republicans — it might be bad news for all of Upstate NY, for the first time in 230 years.

Leftovers:

Speaking Of Which:

The bizarre gets more so downstate, where the guy who was gonna run for an open seat in Congress, and for a while was gonna have to run against his own, identically named son, died. Guess what happened at the funeral?

Leftovers, Continued:

Even Beano Won’t Help These Gas Pains:

Apropos Of Not Very Much:

And Finally:

“Dammit, Jim, I’m a volunteer acting in a garage and playing a character made famous on TV. I’m not a miracle worker!”.

Live long and prosper, and if there’s anything we’ve missed, use the hailing frequency below (okay, the comments) to drop us a line. It’s lonely here in space….