The Adirondack Council has thanked New York Attorney General Letitia James, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos for standing up to the Trump administration’s rollbacks in environmental regulations and enforcement. [Read more…] about State Efforts Against EPA Rollbacks Applauded
Columbia County Historical Society and Hudson Area Library are set to co-sponsor a presentation by author and historian Dr. Christopher Leahy entitled “Historical Significance of Impeachment in the U.S.” .
Leahy will deliver an overview of the historical significance of impeachment in the United States, including: insights on impeachment, its historical basis, constitutional significance, and the impeachment process. [Read more…] about Significance of Impeachment Lectures Set for Hudson
It has long been the conventional wisdom that the Irish in America trend Democratic in their voting tendencies. This was more true in the late 19th Century and in the 1880s, Republican Party election committees were hell-bent on mitigating that trend.
The large Irish population, concentrated as it was in several northeastern cities, made it relatively easy for political parties to ‘segment the market’ and target voters. New York State, with its 36 electoral college votes, was seen as the make-or-break state – a strategic objective for campaign planners.
By the campaign of 1880 senior Irish American Republicans were determined to facilitate an ‘Irish bolt’ from the Democratic party. In New York State, Republican party operatives were especially challenged in this as they had to confront the formidable power of Tammany. Dirty campaign tactics, muckraking, and bigotry contributed to the voter coercion and vote manipulation widely practiced by both parties. [Read more…] about Collections Mystery: The Emancipator Newspaper in 1888
Longtime political reporter of the Buffalo News, Bob McCarthy is set to discuss a variety of political and related topics on Wednesday, October 23rd, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at the Buffalo History Museum.
McCarthy will be joined by Budd Bailey, a longtime colleague of his from their work together in The Buffalo News. [Read more…] about Politics, Journalism History Talk Planned in Buffalo
The recent death at age 99 of longtime Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau recalls his two attempts to run for governor of New York against Nelson Rockefeller. Obituaries featured brief references to his statehouse ambitions, but his 1962 run in particular is worth remembering for its national significance.
Morgenthau, grandson of Woodrow Wilson’s ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and son of FDR’s Treasury secretary, was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in early 1961 by newly elected President John F. Kennedy. He would soon be asked to aim higher. [Read more…] about Robert Morgenthau’s Statehouse Ambitions
On the most recent episode of the podcast A New York Minute In History, co-hosts Devin Lander and Don Wildman examine how two New Yorkers – Al Smith and Franklin Delano Roosevelt – influenced the Progressive Era of the early 20th Century. The episode also explores how the administrations of Smith and Roosevelt shaped modern day politics and the role of government. [Read more…] about Al Smith, FDR, and the Progressive Movement
Andrea Stewart-Cousins is positioned to become the first woman and first African-American state senate majority leader in New York state history after the New Year. Ms. Stewart-Cousins, a Yonkers resident, is currently the Democratic leader in the senate, a chamber her party will now control, with 39 seats out of 63, following the November elections.
It’s the first time Democrats will control the body in almost a decade, and their largest majority ever. (In fact, Democrats have only controlled the upper chamber for three years since World War II).
A few of Ms. Stewart-Cousins’ predecessors have also achieved prominence: [Read more…] about Stewart-Cousins to be Latest Historic State Senate Leader
One candidate was the incumbent, owner of a glittering resumé featuring roles in the Franklin D. Roosevelt and Truman administrations and a veteran of two tries for the Presidency, most recently with former President Truman’s overt backing. The other candidate, 17 years younger, was an electoral neophyte but a past holder of positions in the FDR, Truman and Eisenhower administrations.
One was the angular man in the back of the famous Yalta Summit photo taken in the dying days of the Second World War, an ear-whispering counselor to power and man of gravitas – a “wise man” role he would continue to play into his 90s. The other was a broad-shouldered bundle of energy and wide interests, a brash self-promoter who never met an issue he didn’t want to study, a public policy challenge he didn’t yearn to tackle. [Read more…] about Rockefeller, Harriman and 1958’s Battle of the Millionaires
This week on The Historians podcast, Tom Keefe, a retired Albany City Court Judge and a collector of political items, discusses a rare collection of early nineteenth century campaign broadsides found at the Albany Institute of History & Art. Keefe is currently cataloging the collection. [Read more…] about Tom Keefe: Politics in the Early 1800s