The Working Families Party is finally ready to try its luck in a fight with Andrew Cuomo
Occupy Wall Street is getting results.
One is a decision by the New York Post to weigh in with a front-page editorial calling for "mayoral leadership" in order to clear the park and to use the police to do the job, if necessary. This call comes after Mayor Michael Bloomberg's harsh assessment of the impact the protesters have had on families and businesses, echoing comments in the press from some of the families and businesses themselves.
Another result, which may have farther-reaching political consequences, is that the movement, and the attention it has brought to arguments in favor of progressive economic fare like the millionaire's tax, seems to have emboldened the labor-backed Working Families Party to set a course for a big fight with Andrew Cuomo.
"We're in this fight full-throttle because the times simply demand no less of us," Dan Cantor, the party's executive director, told the Journal.
The Working Families Party endorsed Cuomo for governor last year, but Cuomo only agreed to accept their support and to run on their line (thus guaranteeing that they'd get the 50,000 votes they'd need to maintain their ballot status) after they'd gone through the somewhat humbling step of endorsing his austerity agenda.
The Internal Affairs Bureau of the NYPD hasn't uncovered recent cases of allegedly corrupt cops, and the mayor's Commission to Combat Police Corruption is "tiny" and "spread thin." [Rashbaum, Goldstein and Baker]
Cuomo, no longer remote, is giving of himself, and his high approval ratings, to candidates in some very local races. [Thomas Kaplan]
Some of the candidates didn't even ask for Cuomo's endorsement. [Joseph Spector]
Requiring parking permits for certain neighborhoods may not solve everyone's parking problems. Lew Fidler cast the only vote against the proposal during a City Council committee meeting. [Liz Robbins]
Some military veterans joined the Occupy Wall Street protest. [Jonathan Lemire and Kerry Burke]
A rape and other sexual assaults at Zuccotti Park have, at times gone unreported to police because protesters have tried policing themselves. [Andrew Grossman and Jessica Firger]
A front-page editorial urges Mayor Michael Bloomberg to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park because of the noise, drugs and smell. [New York Post]
Forbes says Bloomberg is more powerful than "scandal-plagued media baron Rupert Murdoch," a very non-Murdoch outlet writes. [Christina Boyle]
Democratic state senator Tony Avella fends off rumors his district will be torn apart by redistricting. [Howard Koplowitz]
The Common Council in Ithaca took steps to curb fracking on public land. [Liz Camuti]
The Working Families Party is organizing a media and ground campaign in support of a high-earner tax. [Jacob Gershman]