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Hannity to Cuomo: I’m Leaving New York.

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By Cathy Burke

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s dismissive critique of conservative Republicans as having “no place” in the Empire State may send popular talk shot host Sean Hannity packing.

On Albany’s The Capitol Pressroom radio show last Friday, the Democratic governor called out Republicans who are “right-to-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.”

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“If that’s who they are, they have no place in the state of New York because that’s not who New Yorkers are,” he railed.

Hannity responded Monday, telling his Fox News Channel television program fans he’s fed up not only with Cuomo’s dismissive line-in-the-sand — but also with New York’s sky-high taxes.

“Now I want to tell you something – I was born and raised in New York,” Hannity said, according to a video of the program on Breitbart news.

“I want you to know that and I can’t wait to get out of here. I really can’t. I don’t want to pay their 10-percent state tax anymore. I live in the second-highest property taxed county in the entire country in Nassau County.

“I can’t wait to sell my house to somebody who wants it.”

The Fox News personality said he also “can’t wait to pay no state income tax down in Florida or Texas,” though he hasn’t decided which state to adopt as his new home.

“… but I’m leaning Florida because I like the water and I like to fish,” he said.

Hannity joined the New York-based Fox network in 1996, and as host of Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sean Hannity Show,” is syndicated to more than 500 stations, boasting 13.5 million listeners.

Hannity’s threatened exit follows those of fellow conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh, who left New York for Florida, and Glenn Beck, who fled the Empire State for Texas.

“Gov. Cuomo, I’m going to leave and I’m taking all of my money with me – every single solitary penny,” he said.

“And by the way governor, because I work here – there’s a whole bunch of people that work for me and benefit because I do two shows. And I guess maybe some of them will be out of work, governor. I’m sure you’ll take care of them.”

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NYC’s de Blasio Set to Unveil Most Sweeping Liberal Agenda in a Generation.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, propelled by a landslide election and the hopes of a party out of power for a generation, will be quickly unveiling an ambitious liberal legislative program that could fundamentally reshape the role of government in the nation’s largest city.

De Blasio, a Democrat whose efforts will be closely watched and potentially imitated across the nation, is wasting no time. He has begun pushing for sweeping changes on several fronts, from the care of the homeless to police conduct, all while trying to leverage his political capital into a proposal that would be unthinkable for most politicians: to raise taxes.

“He’s trying to send a strong signal that he is going to be ambitious in his legislative goals,” said Costas Panagopoulos, a political science professor at Fordham University. “It’s a bold, risky strategy. He’s not at all trying to move in small steps.”

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The centerpiece of his first year in office is to fund universal prekindergarten and expanded after-school programs for middle school students by raising taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers. His proposal would increase the income tax rate from 3.9 to 4.4 percent on residents who earn more than $500,000 annually.

But the mayor of New York can’t raise taxes unilaterally and needs the support of the state Legislature and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. So de Blasio, both as mayor-elect and then after taking office, has devoted an enormous amount of time and energy to pushing the plan.

He and his staff have wooed lawmakers both in New York and in Albany. He has applied pressure through the media and trotted out a grassroots lobbying effort and powerful labor unions that support the idea. Cuomo has embraced the concept of universal pre-K, touting it again in his State of the State speech last week, but appears leery of raising any taxes.

And the tax hike has become key for de Blasio, who has repeatedly said he wants a dedicated revenue stream — not a one-time budget maneuver — to pay for the plan. As the hike on the rich plays well in liberal circles, de Blasio has refused to even consider alternative means of funding the pre-K plan.

De Blasio ran a very liberal campaign to survive the left-leaning Democratic mayoral primary and didn’t track to the center in the general election, refusing to budge from his plan to battle the city’s income inequality problem, which he dubbed “The tale of two cities.” He captured 73 percent of the vote on Election Day, posting the largest margin of victory by a non-incumbent while becoming the first Democrat to be elected mayor since 1989.

“Now I know there are those who think that what I said during the campaign was just rhetoric, just ‘political talk’ in the interest of getting elected,” he said during his inauguration speech. “So let me be clear: When I said we would take dead aim at the ‘tale of two cities,’ I meant it. And we will do it.”

To help pass his sweeping agenda, he helped install a partner at the controls of city government who shares much of his liberal ideology. De Blasio took the unusual step of forcefully interjecting himself into the City Council speaker race, lobbying councilmembers to defy the wishes of their party bosses to install Melissa Mark-Viverito as speaker.

After weeks of wheeling and dealing, she was voted in unanimously Wednesday.

De Blasio’s administration, while still not entirely filled out, believes it has the political capital to pursue multiple items on the agenda even as the future of the pre-K plan remains uncertain.

Many of his initiatives have long been pushed by liberals across the city and are a clean break from the policies set out by his predecessor Michael Bloomberg.

In the first days of his administration, de Blasio loosened the restrictions allowing access to homeless shelters, reversing a Bloomberg decision that would not let families stay in a city-run facility if they had relatives nearby who could theoretically provide them a place to stay. The number of homeless dramatically increased during Bloomberg’s time in office, and de Blasio, who says he was moved by a recent series in The New York Times about the plight of one 11-year-old girl, has pledged further changes.

The new mayor also campaigned on a promise to mend frayed relations between the police and some minority neighborhoods that he believes was caused by an overreliance on the police tactic known as stop and frisk. Critics say the police tactic to stop anyone they deem suspicious unfairly targets blacks and Hispanics.

Although de Blasio hired a proponent of stop and frisk, William Bratton, to be his police commissioner, both men have pledged to better explain the use of the tactic. De Blasio has also vowed to drop the Bloomberg administration’s objections to a pair of watchdogs — both an independent general and a federal monitor — who have been tasked with overseeing the NYPD. That could happen as early as next week.

In the first months of his term, de Blasio also aims to save a pair of Brooklyn hospitals on the brink of closing, perhaps by brokering a deal that would transform them into smaller urgent-care units.

And by year’s end, de Blasio — with help from the City Council — hopes to push liberal favorites like expanding paid sick days and living wage legislation and begin creating 200,000 new units of affordable housing.

All of his moves will be eyed by Democrats in power in other cities, and those eyeing the White House, as the party appears to shift to the left before the 2016 presidential election.

“Even if all of his moves aren’t emulated, other (Democratic) politicians will be watching to try and avoid potential pitfalls,” Panagopoulos said. “But what they may find is that the liberal environment to support those changes is unique to New York City.”

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Trump to New York GOP: I’ll Run for Governor if We Skip Primary.

Donald Trump is ready to run for governor of New York if the state’s Republicans will unify behind him, but state GOP Chairman Ed Cox says Trump should officially declare his candidacy if he’s serious about seeking the state’s top spot.

Trump told the New York Daily News, after a two-hour meeting with 50 Republicans in his office on Friday, that he is seeking full support of the party and wants no primary elections.

“You can’t have primaries,” said Trump. “You can’t have all the wasted time and effort in doing that. You have to pick somebody and go to win. If that couldn’t happen, I wouldn’t do it.”

Cox, though, said Trump should go through the process of running, like any other candidate.

“If Donald Trump is serious about running for governor, he should declare his candidacy, run and go through the process,” Cox is already supporting Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino’s potential campaign, the Daily News reports.

Astorino has not yet officially decided to run, but his spokeswoman, Jessica Proud, said he would not step aside and allow Trump to run unopposed.

“We think it’s great he’s thinking of running,” Proud said. “They both care deeply about the state and are both very concerned watching Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo manage its decline.”

Meanwhile, she said Astorino is “going to continue to go through his process, traveling around the state. We’re going to Syracuse next week and Oswego. If Mr. Trump is interested in running, we encourage him to go through his own process.”

Astorino has said he will spend the next two months speaking with donors and business owners, and others to decide whether he should run for governor.

Trump insisted his interest this time around is real, even though Republicans and Democrats alike criticize the real estate mogul for threatening to run for many offices, including the presidency, without following through.

Trump, though, said after his meeting with the 50 Republicans that he is very interested in running, and that daughter Ivanka and son Eric can run his businesses if he is elected.

Trump also thinks Cuomo can be defeated because of his unpopular policies on taxes and gun control.

Trump is already gathering some support among Republicans who think he is the only person who and defeat Cuomo. The billionaire is also expected to report that his campaign coffers already have more than $30 million available.

He has said that he will come to a decision early next month before his address to the Manhattan Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner.

Trump and Astorino met at Trump’s office Thursday, where they talked about New York’s issues, including the business climate and regulatory policies.

Proud said Trump and Astorino have had contacts in the past, including playing golf together, and Trump even donated $15,000 to a past Astorino campaign.

Buffalo businessman Carl Paladino, who lost to Cuomo last year, also plans to run, saying he’ll seek the party’s nomination if whoever the other Republican candidates don’t call to ouster the state Legislature’s Republican leadership.

Trump says he hasn’t spoken with Paladino, but he likes “his spirit and I like his drive. I’m sure he’ll come along. He wants to see a change. He has the state’s best interests in mind.”

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

Cuomo Fighting de Blasio over NYC Council Speaker.

By Lisa Barron

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has apparently picked his first fight with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s by trying to stop his liberal pick for City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito.

The Democratic governor has been trying to drum up support instead for Councilman Dan Garodnick, Councilwoman Mark-Viverito’s opponent in the race for the city’s second most powerful position, the New York Post reported Monday.

“It’s certainly not in Cuomo’s political interest to have another left-wing activist along with de Blasio running the city,” a Democratic city leader told the Post of Cuomo’s effort to upset de Blasio’s endorsement of Mark-Viverito. “The sense is that Cuomo wants to see de Blasio defeated on this one, so that he’ll start off as mayor weaker and not stronger, relative to the governor.”

Cuomo, first elected in 2010, has recently launched his 2014 re-election campaign, presenting himself as an economic moderate.

“The governor, who wants to run for president, doesn’t want to see the city turned into a People’s Republic of New York at the same time as he’s trying to make the state at least look like it’s business friendly,” a political observer told the Post, referring to .

De Blasio, who has called for higher taxes on the wealthy, endorsed Mark-Viverito, one of his strongest supporters in the mayoral election, for speaker earlier this month.

“The mayoral meddling in Council business was unsurprising but unseemly, especially from someone who used to accuse Speaker Christine Quinn of being too close to Mayor Michael Bloomberg,” wrote the New York Times Editorial Board on Sunday.

“Now we’re about to get a speaker with an enormous debt to the mayor, leading a legislative body that is supposed to be an independent counterweight to the executive.”

The Times editorial continued, “Meanwhile, there are 50 others in the council who need to remember that electing speaker is their decision, not any party boss’s or mayor’s. It is their institution whose role and reputation they are bound to protect.”

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Trump: ‘Let’s See What Happens’ on Run for NY Gov.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump said Monday to wait and see what happens on a possible run for governor of New York.

“I’ll make a decision at some time pretty soon … Let’s see what happens,” Trump told “Fox & Friends.”

Trump is considering a challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, after Republican leaders in the state urged him to run last week. He said he had “something else in mind” aside from running for governor, but declined to say if a run for president in 2016 was what that “something else” was.

New York state has a lot of problems. We have the highest taxes in the nation, which people are not exactly thrilled about. And there is no reason to have that. And there are a lot of other problems,” he said.

As for Obamacare, Trump questioned why President Barack Obama was not more involved leading up to its implementation. He maintained the healthcare law is a “total disaster” that was “built on a lie.”

“[Obama] said that he had nothing to do with it. How can you have nothing to do with it when your whole legacy is riding on Obamacare?” Trump asked.

With all the issues facing the White House over the past year, Trump said the United States was “not the same country that we were, in terms of respect, in terms of so many other things.”

“If you look at what’s going on, so many bad things happened,” he said. “This wasn’t really a wasted year. This was really a negative year.”

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Christie Appointee Resigns Over Huge Traffic Jam to NYC.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey resigned Friday over a mushrooming scandal involving charges that Christie masterminded a massive traffic jam for political payback.

Bill Baroni, the bi-state agency’s deputy executive director, stepped down in the furor over several access lanes being shut to the George Washington Bridge in September, resulting in a traffic nightmare that lasted three days.

Baroni’s move follows the resignation last week of Christie’s high-school pal David Wildstein, the Port Authority official who actually ordered the lane closures.

Democrats have charged that the lane closures in Fort Lee, N.J., were ordered to punish that city’s mayor for refusing to back Christie’s gubernatorial re-election campaign. The Port Authority claimed it was simply carrying out a traffic study.

The controversy is escalating as polls show the Republican governor is in a statistical dead heat with Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for the 2016 presidential race.

A recent Quinnipiac poll says Christie holds a 42 percent to 41 percent advantage. Christie has laughed off the controversy in his typical blustery fashion, insisting Democrats are merely playing politics.

Asked about the closures Monday, Christie quipped, “I moved the cones, actually unbeknownst to everybody.”

But Christie is definitely not laughing behind the scenes.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Christie phoned New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, to complain about a Cuomo appointee’s handling of the flap.

The newspaper says Christie complained that Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority, was “pressing too hard” to get to the bottom of the issue.

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By Bill Hoffmann

NY Post: Christie’s ‘Bizarre Behavior’ Raises Questions on 2016 Prospects.

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By Melanie Batley

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s loyalty to the Republican Party is being questioned after he refused to make a public endorsement of a possible GOP challenger to New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a move some say could hurt his chances of winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Cuomo has disputed an earlier Post report that Christie was prepared to back Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino should he get the Republican nomination for governor next year, saying Christie made a personal phone call to him to assure him otherwise,according to The New York Post.

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“Christie already has a problem with many Republicans refusing to forgive him because of his embrace of [President] Obama and his socially liberal policies,” a GOP operative told the Post.

“But this bizarre behavior in suggesting he won’t help a Republican defeat a Democratic governor, and a Cuomo no less, could finish off his chance of becoming his party’s nominee for president in 2016.”

Christie, who is the newly elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association, was criticized by many Republicans after he embraced President Barack Obama last November during a tour of areas that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. At the time, they said Christie had undermined GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s chances on the eve of the election.

Christie’s spokesman and political consultant have refused to comment on the reports, according to the Post, and after the initial report suggesting Christie would back Astorino, Cuomo told the paper, “I spoke to Gov. Christie this morning, who told me the exact opposite.”

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