6:41 pm Nov. 22, 2011
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Andrew Cuomo blamed Washington and federal lawmakers for the failure to come up with a deal to cut the federal deficit by yesterday's deadline.
It was an opportunity for each New York executive to point out the shortcomings with the federal government. This in turn led to speculation that at least one of the executives was ... feeding speculation.
Senator Chuck Schumer said progress would probably be made once next year's primaries are done, because elected officials currently squatting on "both extremes" of the ideological spectrum will feel at liberty to move back toward the middle as they negotiate taxes and cuts to entitlement programs.
Robert Schlesinger, the opinion editor for the U.S. News and World Report, suggested that Bloomberg's criticism of Obama for the failure of the supercommittee is silly and "pernicious," and that in fact the stalemate did not come about for want of stronger leadership from the executive but rather because of the unwillingness of congressional Republicans to budge from the negotiating position they staked out from the start.
"Talk grows of a third party candidate," etc. [PRI]
Senator Chuck Schumer expects federal lawmakers to reach a deal on the deficit after the primaries. [Jimmy Vilekind]
"All the pieces are now in place for Windstream to become a major part of downtown Rochester," according to Schumer. [Christine Carrie Fien]
Two Democratic governors likely to run for president have different relationships with the current Democratic president. [David Freedlander]
Cuomo will raise money in Los Angeles on Dec. 2. [Tina Daunt]
The opinion editor at U.S. News and World Reports has a problem with the mayor blaming the president for the supercommittee's failure. [Robert Schlesinger]
Bloomberg didn't say whether Obama could have prevented the supercommittee from failing to strike a deal on cutting the deficit. [Erin Einhorn]
Another reporter sees Bloomberg continuing to blame Obama for the supercommittee's failure. [David Freedlander]
A British newspaper columnist says Bloomberg's "intervention into Washington politics" is a "rare" thing. [Toby Harnden]
A major Democratic donor argues campaign finance reform could bring about changes to the economy and income inequality. [Leo Hindery Jr.]
"They don’t even know what the problem is, much less how to fix it," Bloomberg said of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators. [Erin Einhorn]
Bloomberg signed into a law a bill blocking the city's Department of Corrections from handing over information about non-violent illegal immigrants in custody at Riker's Island. [Mirela Iverac]
"[T]here was no legislative redistricting between 1917 and 1943," according to a Times historian-columnist. [Sam Roberts]
The politics of opposing the Living Wage legislation is not good for a Democratic mayoral candidate, but it's not damaging Bloomberg or Cuomo. [Laura Nahmias]
"He's either going to be the next mayor or he's going to go to jail," said an anonymous Democratic consultant from Flushing about City Comptroller John Liu. [Connor Adams Sheets]
Liu "should announce, now, that he will not be a candidate for mayor in 2013," an editorial page urges. (It's not the Post.) [New York Observer]
Liu has not stopped issuing audits. [Michael Howard Saul]
A lawsuit filed by Governor Cuomo when he was attorney general, against First American Corp., is allowed to proceed. [Chris Dolmetsch]
Federal laws don't pre-empt the state attorney general from pursing charges, a judge ruled. [Associated Press]
Cuomo isn't giving Schneiderman a hand in strengthening the attorney general's office. [Liz Benjamin]
Cuomo's fund-raising trip to Los Angeles marks a "softening" in his "opposition to leaving New York," a Times reporter says. [@ThomasKaplan]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is a "straight shooter" lauded for "creative thinking." [HouseBeautiful.com]
Obama's campaign was slightly clumsy in describing the number of people he had dinner with. [Stu Loeser]
Democratic operative Edgar Santana lost weight. [Facebook]