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SCOOP: Incoming NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is meeting privately with a number of Muslim community leaders today, laying the groundwork for the kind of public outreach that he made a focal point during his seven-year stint at Los Angeles’ top police officer.
HILLARY’S MORALE BOOST FOR MONEY MEN -- “Lament of the Plutocrats: Why Wall Street is fed up with the White House—and Republicans too,” by Ben White and Maggie Haberman in POLITICO Magazine : “On a recent afternoon, executives at Goldman Sachs invited a few hundred major investors to the auditorium of the firm’s gleaming headquarters in lower Manhattan. The bankers and their guests filed into the sleek, futuristic room and turned their eyes to Hillary Clinton. … Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, … declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish.
“Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy—it needs to stop.
“Goldman’s Jim O’Neill , the laconic Brit who heads the bank’s asset management division, introduced Clinton by saying how courageous she was for speaking at the bank. (Brave, perhaps, but also well-compensated: Clinton’s minimum fee for paid remarks is $200,000). Certainly, Clinton offered the money men—and, yes, they are mostly men—at Goldman’s HQ a bit of a morale boost. ‘It was like, “Here’s someone who doesn’t want to vilify us but wants to get business back in the game,”’ said an attendee. ‘Like, maybe here’s someone who can lead us out of the wilderness.’” http://goo.gl/swcg0D
EXCLUSIVE: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino was in Washington yesterday for a day of meetings as he ponders a gubernatorial run against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. A G.O.P. source in the nation’s capital says Astorino huddled with Republicans in the New York delegation to discuss the topic -- and while he was non-committal on a run, all emerged “very encouraged.” Astorino adviser Bill O’Reilly confirmed the trip but didn’t disclose any other details of the itinerary. (He did say there was no fund-raiser.) Cuomo was in D.C. on Sunday and Monday.
DE BLASIOS: FROM BROOKLYN TO GRACIE -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: The “Mayor-elect … announced his family will relocate from their Park Slope rowhouse to the Upper East Side manse, which has not had a full-time occupant since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office in 2002. … The drawn-out decision about whether to live in Gracie, which de Blasio had initially said would be decided in November, became a stand-in for a larger question about de Blasio's decisiveness, a narrative that goes back to at least 2000, when he managed Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign.” http://goo.gl/IXE78W
--NYT’s DAVID CHEN: “With the move to an opulent home in a wealthy corner of the Upper East Side, Mr. de Blasio will be relinquishing a major symbol of his political brand.” http://goo.gl/z4RTYX
--TOP OF THE MORNING – “Comparing 2 Houses,” by NYT’s Michael Barbaro : “Living space: PARK SLOPE 1,200 square feet GRACIE MANSION 20,000 square feet … Number of bathrooms: PARK SLOPE One GRACIE Eight … The look: PARK SLOPE Shabby chic GRACIE 18th-century Federal-style opulence … Neighborhood stereotype: PARK SLOPE Bike-riding, townhouse-renovating organic food connoisseurs GRACIE Cab-taking, co-op-owning fine wine collectors … For sale in the area: PARK SLOPE Two-bedroom for $819,000 GRACIE Two-bedroom for $3.4 million … Food scene: PARK SLOPE Vibrant boutique restaurants run by young chefs GRACIE Slim pickings … Trek to the subway: PARK SLOPE Around the corner GRACIE Urban eternity: nearly a mile.” http://goo.gl/QbKhV3
--CORRECTION DU JOUR, on NYTimes.com’s main Gracie story : “An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect ZIP code for Gracie Mansion. It is 10128, not 10028. An earlier version of a headline also misspelled the mayor-elect’s last name. It is de Blasio, not de Balsio.”
--HOW IT’S PLAYING : NYT, “Trading Rowhouse For Mayoral Home” … WSJ N.Y. front, “Gracie, a Home Again” … News cover tease, “Goodness Gracie, Bill! De Blasio finally chooses a home” … amNewYork cover shows the de Blasios in a car with a stuffed roof rack, “WE’RE MOVING: De Blasios giving up Park Slope for Grace Mansion.”
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THE TABS: News, “GRINCH STEALS BABY’S EARRINGS: Day care gal yanks off gold hoops” and “Pricey Colon for Mets: Ink hurler for two years, $20M” … Post, “WHITE AND WRONG: ‘Slay’ judge: I’m guilty of reverse bias” and “Red hot: O’s great Dane a real Helle-cat” … Newsday, “EYE ON SCHOOL SAFETY: How LI school districts have ramped up security in year since Sandy Hook” and “STOLEN CARS: $15.5M RING TARGETED LI, CITY.”
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“PAGE SIX” – “Bloomberg’s next career move,” by Emily Smith: “Mayor Bloomberg is thinking, and probably joking, about his next career move. At the American Friends of Magen David Adom’s benefit dinner at the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, New York’s mayor congratulated Katie Couric on her new job with Yahoo, and joked about sending her his résumé since he will be unemployed in 21 days, reports a fellow guest. Couric, who was named Yahoo’s global anchor late last month, attended Monday’s gala with her handsome fiancé, John Molner.” Pic of Katie and the Mayor http://goo.gl/NwEG06
19 DAYS LEFT IN OFFICE: At City Hall this morning, the Mayor will make an announcement about illegal guns, and sign into law a bill allowing people to donate to local candidates via text messaging. It’s just another day in the waning moments of a tech-loving, health-obsessed mayor who’s been lauded for his war on gun crimes.
--WHAT MAYOR BLOOMBERG IS READING – “Gun-Law Fights Go Beyond Democratic States a Year After Newtown,” by Bloomberg’s Annie Linskey : “The biggest gun-control fight next year is shaping up as dueling ballot initiatives in the state of Washington … It's the only place in the nation where both sides are seeking to use the ballot box at the same time. It's one of a handful of areas where national activists will press for gun- control laws after a measure to expand background checks on firearms buyers failed in the U.S. Senate. Other battlegrounds will include states known for hunting or ranching, including Minnesota, Oregon and Nevada.” http://goo.gl/smwNQ1
LEGACY TIME -- Bloomberg’s mandatory flu shots -- Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “The New York City board of health voted Wednesday morning to require all children between six months and five years old who attend a city-run daycare or preschool program to receive a flu shot. ...represents the last hurrah of an activist Bloomberg administration that frequently pushed controversial public health policies. The flu vaccine is no exception. About 90 percent of all comments the health department received were against the proposals. That did not sway board members.” http://goo.gl/2YljWE
TODAY: Bill de Blasio makes an announcement at 12:45 in Manhattan. Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no announced public schedule. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will be in Riverdale to talk about non-profit fraud this morning. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will be in Buffalo for a 1 p.m. announcement on sustainable housing.
CUOMO CLAUS -- Cash prizes for upstate, coal for NYC: For the third time in as many years, the five boroughs were passed over at Cuomo’s annual festival of state funding, the award ceremony for Regional Economic Development Councils. The city won $57.4 million of the $715 million distributed — a dead last finish. The governor has taken the normally boring and ministerial process of distributing state grants from dozens of programs and consolidated into one Cuomo-centered show. He also set up a competitive process for a pot of bonus funding, which after three years, New York City is the only area that has never won. And as Mike Gormley notes, the whole process “also has a lot of old-school Albany pork-barrel spending.”
--WINNERS – “NY's job grants also fund pork-barrel projects” – AP/Albany : “The $715 million in NY job creation money awarded under new economic development system praised for green lighting high-tech mega projects also has a lot of old-school Albany pork-barrel spending. It includes: $166,667 to help restore the 1926 Hollywood Theater in Gowanda, Cattaraugus County … $40,085 for a high-definition video projector at the performing arts center at Bard College in Dutchess County … $200,000 to restore a bell tower and roof of the Historic Salem Courthouse in Washington County … $100,000 to pay for a three-week summer residency of the Cirque Eloize circus troop in Schenectady. … $250,000 to buy fermenting and aging tanks for the Matt Brewing Co. in Utica. … $42,000 to pay for a building and training building for use by the Saratoga Rowing Association to attract more regattas.”
--(Albany) Times-Union, all six columns across top of A1, “$82.8M win for region: ‘Rebuilding cities’ focus draws cash to Park South in Albany, mixed-use projects in Troy, Schenectady,” Jordan Carleo-Evangelist: “The Capital Region has gone from worst to ALMOST first in the state economic development mega-millions sweepstakes.” http://goo.gl/WZdNwy
TIME’s SECOND RUNNER-UP for Person of the Year (after Edward Snowden) – “Edith Windsor, The Unlikely Activist: In her ninth decade, she started a judicial odyssey, fighting a battle she never expected to wage—let alone win. Now she's the matriarch of the gay-rights movement,” by Eliza Gray : “Edith Windsor’s living room is filled with mementos of a battle she never expected to wage. Growing up gay in America, Windsor, now 84, mostly kept a low profile with her sexuality beyond a vibrant circle of friends. But when her spouse Thea Spyer died in 2009, it triggered a series of events that prompted Windsor to fight for her rights in the U.S. Supreme Court—a fight that concluded with a landmark victory for gay marriage this year. And so the modest Greenwich Village apartment that Windsor and Spyer shared for more than 30 years now houses trophies alongside relics of the rich life they led together. Near a framed copy of the couple’s New York Times wedding announcement, there’s a photograph of Michelle Obama stooping to give Windsor a tight congratulatory hug. …
“Right now Windsor is the matriarch of the gay movement. She has accelerated a positive shift that was already taking place. The Supreme Court decision in her case smoothed the way for New Jersey’s high court to legalize gay marriage there in October. The same thing may happen soon in New Mexico. When Windsor’s lawsuit was filed in 2010, gay marriage was legal in five states. Now it is legal in 16. Windsor’s role has its challenges -- speaking several times a week and living as a public figure for the first time in her life is tiring. (Although if her new convertible and plans to appear on a Caribbean cruise with Maya Angelou in February are any indication, she won’t let that stop her.) Mostly, Windsor is having fun, enjoying meeting all the people in the past few months who stop her in the street to tell her they are getting married or to ask her advice about love.” http://goo.gl/w2VkVW
HOLLYWOOD ON THE HUDSON -- “Weinstein brothers sue Time Warner over ‘Hobbit’ films,” by Reuters’ Jonathan Stempel in N.Y. : “Movie producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein have sued Time Warner Inc for at least $75 million over its decision to divide the screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's book ‘The Hobbit’ into three parts, and refusing to pay them for the second and third films. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, the Weinstein brothers and Miramax LLC said executives at Warner Brothers and its New Line Cinema unit chose to split ‘The Hobbit’ as a pretext to deprive them of 5 percent of the gross receipts from the last two films. … Warner Brothers countered that the Weinsteins simply made a business mistake when they sold the film rights to New Line.” http://goo.gl/z8KGBQ
LIZ KRUEGER PUSHES HER MARIJUANA BILL — Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: “It will end discriminatory drug arrest policies that disproportionately impact minority communities,” she told reporters in a frigid press conference outside City Hall, surrounded by sympathetic legislators, and legalization activists from places like the Drug Policy Alliance and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “It will free up our law enforcement resources for better use to go after real criminal activity. It will take the market in marijuana away from the criminal enterprises, just as happened when alcohol prohibition was ended. It will provide additional tax revenue to the state, some of which can be reinvested in communities most impacted by drug abuse and the failed drug wars. It creates economic development opportunity, particularly in agricultural regions of the state.” http://goo.gl/62fTBU
-- A Cuomo spokesman called the bill a “non-starter.” http://goo.gl/HJgKXR
MR. MORELAND — Onondaga County D.A. Bill Fitzpatrick gives Cuomo’s commission legitimacy — Capital’s Jessica Bakeman: Cuomo's first line of defense is Fitzpatrick, one of the commission's three co-chairs, who, unlike the others, is a Republican. His party affiliation alone allows Cuomo to deny that any political bias exists within the inner-workings of the panel. Beyond that is his public persona. It's not that Fitzpatrick hasn't made enemies in his 21-year stint as district attorney. But nearly all of the individuals interviewed for this article, including his colleagues and even former political opponents and courtroom adversaries, paint Fitzpatrick as a man of integrity who is guided by his moral compass and little else, a tough but fair prosecutor, a straight-shooter. The savvy and yet down-to-earth, colorful figure is seen by most as someone who won’t bend to any political will. http://goo.gl/uqHq8n
HAPPENING TODAY – “JPMorgan Chase Launches $250 Million Global Economic Opportunity Initiative: Through research, data and investments, ‘New Skills at Work’ aims to revolutionize the way employers and skills trainers develop talent for jobs in local high-growth industries” – Release out later today : “JPMorgan Chase & Co. today [will launch] a … five-year, $250 million global workforce readiness and demand-driven training initiative called New Skills at Work. The new initiative will be the largest ever private-sector effort aimed at addressing the ‘skills gap’ that exists across many industries, such as healthcare and advanced manufacturing, where not enough trained workers have the specific skills to fill the jobs available.
“The announcement [will be] made at an event in Washingto n … hosted by the Aspen Institute featuring JPMorgan Chase Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, and Aspen President and CEO Walter Isaacson.” See the release. http://goo.gl/Tf1rXg
THE HOME TEAMS -- Capital’s Howard Megdal : Knicks 83, Bulls 78: An undermanned Bulls team manages to overcome a 23-point deficit, but Knicks hold on thanks to Carmelo Anthony and (!) Amar'e Stoudemire. The Mets signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal to be an older, rounder Matt Harvey. And Bill de Blasio just heard about the NYCFC stadium proposal for the Bronx, and he's not sure he likes it. http://nyti.ms/1jQvrqz
--@HeyNowJO: “Forget banning homeplate collissions, now that he's a Met lets have rules banning collisions between Bartolo Colon & the buffet table #2yrs?” http://goo.gl/r2S2Gv
#UpstateAmerica: How high do you score on the ultimate Buffalo trivia quiz? http://goo.gl/M7vtp6
BLUE JASMINE RETURNS -- Woody Allen’s bi-costal dramady hitting 300 screens -- Deadline.com: “Sony is following a similar and previous strategy that they implemented for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris which, after opening in May of 2011, was re-released two and a half months later. The expansion pushed its box office to $58 million. ‘When we did this with Midnight in Paris, we re-invented the movie in the marketplace … We opened Blue Jasmine in July, so this is a good opportunity to get this back into the conversation (during awards season),” said Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classics co-president.” http://goo.gl/wOI4OL
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