9:04 am Sep. 28, 2011
What exactly is John Haggerty's defense strategy and what, really, is he on trial for? His lawyers aren't answering the first question.
Michael Powell has a crack at it, though. He gets past the highlights of the testy exchange Haggerty's lawyer had with top Bloomberg people to determine that Haggerty's defense is that Bloomberg is so careless with his money that he's essentially giving it away. The Daily News focuses on the fact that Bloomberg is paying the legal fees for two aides, Patti Harris and Kevin Sheekey.
Michael Goodwin wonders whether Bloomberg isn't guilty of trying to skirt disclosure rules.
Chris Christie's message to conservatives was, basically, "I get things done, and I would agree with you most of the time…pretty much." [John Podhoretz]
Chris Christie's brother, Todd, doubts he'll get into the race. [Ginger Gibson and Chris Megerian]
Obama's speech against Palestinian statehood was enough to make Ed Koch a supporter. [Kate Taylor]
Rep. Michael Grimm visited Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in prison. [Judy Randall]
Possible cuts to public housing and homeland security could drastically impact New York. [Devlin Barrett]
Behind New York's goal of raking in cash from legalizing gambling is a hidden imperative: to do it, the state will need "to produce new" gamblers. [Harry Siegel]
Manhattan Democratic County Leader Keith Wright did not disclose the name of people who vetted judicial candidates. [Daily News]
NYPD spokesman's Paul Browne's explanation of why an officer pepper-sprayed a group female protesters isn't supported at all by any available evidence presented so far. [Jim Dwyer]
Bloomberg's press office hired two former Weiner staffers; Andrew Brent departs, and Julie Wood takes over his portfolio. [Kate Taylor]
The PEF vote to reject a proposed contract is "one of the first real rebukes" to Cuomo. [Rick Karlin]
The mostly white-collar PEF union workers "were wrong" to reject a contract that wasn't all that severe. [Daily News]
Cuomo's operations director said layoffs would begin quickly absent a re-vote, but did not give a date. Layoffs could "further dent" Cuomo's image with liberals. [Tom Precious]
Layoff notices were already sent out and take effect in 21 days. [Glenn Blain]
A re-vote is "the only possibility" to avoid layoffs, because renegotiating with PEF would anger another union that struck a deal earlier. [Fred Dicker]
The PEF deal was similar to the one agreed to by CSEA. [Thomas Kaplan]
The union could afford to reject the deal because under the Triborough Amendment, perks in the expired contract remain in effect. [E.J. McMahon]
Cuomo announced five high-tech firms would create 2,500 jobs in the state. [Erik Kriss]
$100 million in energy subsidies for the companies. [Jimmy Vielkind]
The lawsuit Cuomo filed against Intel, one of the companies in the deal, is still pending. [Ken Lovett]
"These companies could have gone anywhere on the globe," said Cuomo. [Thomas Kaplan]
A city finance official admits to sending out a lot of erroneous bills. [Sally Goldenberg]
Cops may have been "too tolerant" of Occupy Wall Street protesters, and the cop who pepper-sprayed some protesters may have erred. "[T]hen again, he was surrounded by chaos" and any doubts about it now "is second-guessing." [Daily News]
Finally, the M.T.A. announced plans to sell or rent their former headquarters on Jay Street in Brooklyn. [Erin Durkin]
John Haggerty is accused of "a crime in search of a victim" but Bloomberg did "try to evade the disclosure rules." [Michael Goodwin]
Haggerty's strategy is to say Bloomberg and the people who spend his money were giving the money away. [Michael Powell]
Deputy Mayor Patti Harris couldn't say if she ever got written permission to spend Bloomberg's personal money. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bloomberg is paying the legal fees for Harris and Sheekey. [Grace, Einhorn and McShane]
What Haggerty was hired to do is sort of controversial. [Barbara Ross]
And reporters Wayne Barrett, Nick Confessore, Karen DeWitt, Liz Benjamin and pollster Steven Greenberg discussed Andrew Cuomo's media strategy last night.