A.M. Roundup: Cuomo Calls For Nixon to Release Tax Returns

May 4, 2018

By Ben Mehic, TimesUnion

Bickering over the release of tax returns happens outside of the White House, it seems. Once again, Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for his primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, to release her tax returns Thursday. Nixon, who’s already promised to release the information, took shots at the cost of attending a Cuomo fundraiser while one of the governor’s consultants called Nixon a “Prosecco-sipping Manhattanite masquerading as a progressive.” (Politico/TU)

Cuomo’s call for Nixon to release her tax information comes after it was learned that Nixon has donated thousands of dollars to several progressive groups that have endorsed her campaign for governor. (Politico)

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, who’s quickly become the GOP’s top candidate for governor, has decided to reveal his tax returns – but didn’t do it without knocking Cuomo for claiming to be a property taxpayer without paying property taxes on the home he lives in with his partner. (TU)

Even if she doesn’t become the next governor, Nixon has sparked discussion on a number of issues, including legalizing marijuana state-wide. Cuomo hasn’t shown the “all-in” commitment that Nixon has during her campaign, but most New Yorkers support legalizing marijuana, a Qunnipiac poll revealed. (DN)

Nixon was in the Bronx on Thursday proposing housing plans that would protect tenants and “not corporate landlords.” Cuomo’s spokeswoman Abbey Fashouer responded by saying, “The governor’s record protecting and strengthening the rights of all of New York’s tenants is unmatched — we’ll leave the unfunded promises and election-year rhetoric to others.” (DN)

Brooklyn Democrat Jumaane Williams, who’s looking to unseat Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, offered the Times Union a preview of his plans to change the state’s tax structure and address growing wealth inequality. (TU)

A pair of state legislators put their respective party differences aside to proclaim May 8 as “Sock Out Cancer Day.” The Palace Theatre in Albany and the Forum Theatre in Binghamton will host the William Close and The Earth Harp Collective for benefit shows to support financially strapped cancer patients. (TU)

The SUNY system’s board of trustees are the latest to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree. (TU)

Gary Greenberg, who formed a PAC to advance the Child Victims Act, is optimistic about the legislation’s chances of reaching the Senate floor before the end of session in June. (TU)

Sen. Brad Hoylman and Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to committee Chairman John Bonacic calling for a hearing on the Child Victims Act. (DN)

The labor union 1199SEIU is launching radio and print advertisements that remind voters that three New York representatives voted in favor of repealing parts of the Affordable Care Act. (TU)

Stillwater Town Board member Lisa Bruno is running to succeed retiring Sen. Kathy Marchione. (TU)

After a public protest over his delayed response to the issue, Mayor Bill de Blasio is supporting the plan to open facilities in New York City where people suffering from opioid addiction can receive supervised injections. (DN)

Former Cuomo aide Joe Percoco, who was convicted of bribery and conspiracy, had his sentencing postponed to July 20. (Syracuse)