8:00 am Nov. 1, 2011
City Comptroller John Liu will have to pay half-million dollars for violating the city's law against putting up posters without proper approval, following his 2009 citywide campaign. The Daily News editorial board criticized Liu's technical argument that the fines were sent to his old campaign treasurer and should therefore be tossed out.
Relatedly, the Bloomberg administration settled for $70 million with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a case where the city was accused of charging the federal government's Medicaid program before getting proper authorization.
The Times noted that Bharara criticized the city's corporation counsel Michael Cardozo for saying, publicly, that the case was "technical record-keeping deficiencies and nothing more." Bharara said Cardozo's comments "contradict the stipulation that he personally signed and submitted to the court, in which he acknowledged that the settlement was fair and reasonable."
His point being that what officials say in court should be what they say out of court, too.
The New York Post editorial page dismissed Politico's Herman Cain story as a "weekend hit piece" and referred to the outlet -- where two of the best political journalists the Post ever produced, Maggie Haberman and Gregg Birnbaum, now work -- as a "left-tilting, web-centric press organization." [New York Post]
Same-sex marriage advocates try boosting support among African-Americans, a constituency that has opposed their efforts in Maryland, California and elsewhere. [Frank Bruni]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's aides can't prove the Office of General Services created an 11 p.m. curfew last week, which Occupy Albany protesters are supposedly violating. [Michael Powell]
Homeless people are settling into Occupy protests and causing tension. "We didn't come here to start a recovery institution," said a protester on security detail at Zuccotti Park. [Adam Nagourney]
Only one military absentee ballot wasn't counted on time in New York last year, state officials said. [Devlin Barrett]
The city comptroller lost his bid to challenge a $527,400 fine he got for illegal postering during his 2009 campaign. [Josh Margolin]
Liu's argument against the fines was weak. [Daily News]
Scott Stringer tells Cindy Adams, "If I'm mayor, [my wife and I will] have the youngest child ever in Gracie Mansion" and "I represent our biggest voting district and already raised $3 million." [Cindy Adams]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants more transparency from the city's Economic Development Corporation. [Joseph de Avila]
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara criticized comments from the city's corporation counsel, who characterized a $70 million settlement with the federal government for overcharging the Medicaid program as built on technicalities. [Anemona Hartocollis]
The city failed to get proper documentation before reauthorizing Medicaid payments to patients. [Drew Fitzgerald]
The Bloomberg administration "in general" supports Councilwoman Letitia James' bill requiring the city to notify the Council of contract overruns, but are balking at the bill's language. [David Halbfiinger]
Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said he just wants to make sure "we strike the right balance in reporting, between making sure the projects can move forward ... ." [Josh Margolin]
The editorial page agrees with Council Speaker Christine Quinn in opposing Bloomberg's use of fingerprinting applicants for food stamps. [New York Times]
The New York Times editorial page editor will blog and "be sharing my personal point of view." [Andrew Rosenthal]
Bloomberg, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and P.B.A. president Pat Lynch need to crack down on ticket-fixing cops, somehow. [New York Times]
Kelly hired a retired police detective, James O'Keefe, to run the police academy, ignoring elected officials who wanted the job to go to the head of the Latino Officers Association, who wasn't even interviewed. [Rocco Parascandola]
The city parks department removed horse patrols from Staten Island, and Councilman James Oddo is not happy. [Tom Wrobleski]
State Senator Dan Squadron and Assemblywoman Joan Millman's bill creating permit parking in some neighborhoods will having a hearing in the City Council
today tomorrow. [Rich Calder]
State Senator Tom Libous now flatly opposes the millionaires tax. [Erik Kriss]
Some State Senate staffers are getting pay hikes. [Erik Kriss]
About $700 million is missing from Jon Corzine's firm, but there's a chance it'll turn up. [Protess, de la Merced and Craig]
The $11 million severance deal in Corzine's contract with MF Global "seems almost criminal" considering he drove the price of their stock from $7 per share to $1.20. [Joe Nocera]
A Miami Herald columnist criticize's the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. [Leonard Pitts Jr.]
Central Park has to get cleaned up before the marathon on Sunday. [Lisa Foderaro]
There was no Halloween yesterday at governor's mansion in Connecticut. [Wall Street Journal]