Russell Simmons emphasizes Bloomberg’s common ground with protesters; Cuomo simmers

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Occupy Albany protesters. (MikeCNY via flickr)
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Michael Bloomberg is not the enemy of the Occupy Wall Street protesters, said rap producer Russell Simmons, who also implored the mayor to raise his voice about the corrupting influence of corporate and special-interest money in politics.

Simmons is trying to draw Bloomberg out on what is, arguably, the one topic on which the mayor is in firm agreement with the protesters.

Simmons might do better to turn his attention to another New York executive, Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has implored Albany's mayor Jerry Jennings to arrest the protesters, and is apparently annoyed with Jennings, a longtime ally, for refusing.

For better or worse, the substantive argument the protesters have with the governor is fairly straightforward: they (to the extent that their goals can be spoken about in general terms) want him to renew the "millionaire's tax," and Cuomo has said that he won't.

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Simmons is a longtime Cuomo supporter.

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A writer in Massachusetts says Mitt Romney is still a Massachusetts guy, whether he wants to talk about it or not. [Christopher Benfy]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and other prosecutors could charge bankers for causing the financial meltdown if boilerplate warnings are considered not to have been sufficient warning to investors. [Jeff Madrick and Frank Patrnoy]

"Nearly half of students who started ninth grade in 2006 are enrolled in college right now, but only a quarter of them were ready for it, city data shows." [Rachel Cromidas]

"It's unacceptable that the number is so low," said New York City's chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky [AP]

Andrew Cuomo "seems to have gotten himself on the wrong side of what could well become a core element of the Democratic Party" by opposing the Occupy movement. His national polling numbers could be dented. [Ben Smith]

Cuomo's push to have protesters arrested may now make him the focus of the protests. [Jimmy Vielkind]

New York Post state editor said the people leading Occupy Albany are "very well-dressed, slender men" who "look like trust-fund baby-type people." [@azipaybarah]

A blogger follows Fred Dicker's wording of Occupy Albany protesters, closely. [David King]

"Occupy Albany Gains Attention" [Nick Reisman]

"Occupy Mike Bloomberg!" [Suzannahartist]

"Stuart Appelbaum…expressed his support with the air of a man paying tribute to an ally he was not sure he trusted or understood." [Michael Greenberg]

"Bloomberg also acknowledged that the encampment at Zuccotti Park has become a tourist attraction." [Stan Brooks]

Bloomberg is not the enemy, but he should speak out more about the influence of corporate money and special interests in politics. [Russell Simmons]

Maybe the cold weather will help Bloomberg clear Zuccotti Park. [Joyce Purnick]

There was no coffee at the NYC Food Manufacturers Business Expo, so a Bloomberg aide "went across 25th Street to grab him a cup." [RudofskyAssociates.com]

A third of the state's counties might consider overriding Cuomo's 2 percent tax cap. [Thomas Kaplan]

The developer of Atlantic Yards moves from "guaranteeing" jobs to "focusing" on delivering them and other benefits. [Norman Oder]

Z100 gets a proclamation from Bloomberg. [fmbq.com]

Sandra Lee's Halloween outfits. [Sara Firshein]

The TSA is investigating how a note saying "Get your freak on girl" scribbled on a TSA notice got inside a passenger's luggage. [John Del Signore]

John Haggerty posted $250,000 bail but public records don't say who paid it. [Michael Howard Saul]