Opinion: Cuomo’s conundrum

By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

Elections results usually reveal answers to political questions. Last week’s Democratic primaries did that, but also raised a raft of new questions, some of which will determine the course of important policy issues next year.

Governor Andrew Cuomo defeated his rival Cynthia Nixon with nearly two thirds of the vote. Usually that would be cause for celebration in the winning camp. But the noticeable muted response from the Cuomo campaign speaks volumes.

In vanquishing his opponent, Cuomo outspent Nixon by almost 10 to 1, depleting his considerable campaign war chest. And along the way he made some bad gaffes which may come back to haunt him. Moreover, his political strategy over his first eight years in office of maintaining control over the state legislature seems to be coming to an end.

By tacitly supporting the breakaway Senate Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Caucus (IDC) for years, Cuomo enabled the Republican Party to maintain control over the State Senate. The Republican leadership in turn kept a lid on a number of progressive pieces of legislation emanating from the Assembly including tenant protections, health insurance reforms, tax policy, education spending and political campaign contributions.

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Police arrest man for allegedly choking woman at 14th St. diner

Second suspect, who police say choked the victim

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a second suspect in connection with an incident last month when a woman was choked and beaten at Good Stuff Diner.

On Tuesday, September 11, police arrested Bobby Williams, 27, a resident of Harlem. Williams is believed by police to be the one who started choking the victim. The other suspect, Caswell Senior, 31, of Brooklyn, was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with robbery.

Williams has been charged with robbery, assault and strangulation. He also has two prior arrests, one a weapon possession charge in 2010, the other a robbery charge in 2013.

Police said that around 4:40 a.m. on Sunday, August 5, the victim, a 23-year-old woman, got into an argument with three people, two male and one female, at the diner, which is west of Sixth Avenue at 109 West 14th Street. The woman had been recording the suspects and upon seeing this, one of them tried to snatch the phone from her hand to delete the video.

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