Disgraced former U.S. House member Chris Collins pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit securities fraud and making false statements to law enforcement officials Tuesday, bringing his federal insider trading case to conclusion. Collins, a Republican who resigned from the House of Representatives on Monday, had represented the 27th Congressional District since 2013. Collins’ sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2020.
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s political focus skipped ahead a year as he and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi hosted a rally focused on 2018 House of Representatives elections. Tuesday afternoon saw Cuomo turn away from more immediate concerns, such as the looming end of the state legislative session and the 2017 election that will include a New York City mayoral election and a statewide ballot question of whether to convene a state constitutional convention. Instead he joined six current New York Democratic House members, former Rep. Charles B. Rangel and former Rep. (and current Lieutenant Governor) Kathy Hochul in urging a crowd of 500 or so to work toward electing a Democratic House majority in 2018. Continue reading Cuomo Skips Ahead→
Mayoral candidates Paul Massey and Nicole Massey attended the Metropolitan Republican Club’s annual dinner Monday night, with each speaking separately and then doing a joint audience Q&A. Such close engagement has been very limited so far in the mayoral campaign, with Massey and Malliotakis appearing together just twice. In just one of those joint appearances, at a candidate forum hosted by the Manhattan Republican Party, did they engage before the audience.