What’s a lawsuit over homeless policy between long-term political friends?

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Michael Bloomberg and Christine Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is taking the rare step of suing the administration of her ally, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, over a new homeless policy critics say unfairly turns away people in need.

The suit cites the administration's alleged failure to notify city lawmakers before rolling out the plan. (That's something the city's homeless commissioner Seth Diamond strongly denied to Capital.)

In the papers, the lawsuit is described in two ways: the natural extension of a policy fight, and the latest sign the 2013 mayor's race is creeping closer.

For Quinn, a leading candidate, suing the Bloomberg administration would play well in a Democratic primary. Although it's the first lawsuit between Quinn and Bloomberg, it's been described as a "modest" break in their relationship, in the Times. The Journal puts the political angle lower in their story, although they also refer to it as "an attention-grabbing move." The Daily News puts the politics at the top: "Determined to prove she's not the mayor's lackey."

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As our Dana Rubinstein put it in her write-up yesterday, the suit "represents a low-key policy disagreement Quinn will be able to point to as evidence that she stood up to the administration on principle when she needed to."

Some links:

Barack Obama will visit Scranton, home to the white working class voters who historically have been drifting away from Democrats, a conservative editorial page notes. [Wall Street Journal]

Mitt Romney will get the backing of Nassau GOP County Joe Mondello, whose county is influential. [Carl Campanile]

Rep. Barney Frank, "a Top Liberal" won't seek re-election because congress today is too partisan. And his district has 300,000 new constituents. [Abby Goodnough]

"[E]conomically, Mr. Frank is essentially a centrist" and the financial bailout package he helped create "was hardly a foot on the neck of the financial system," said one New York Times editorial board member. [David Firestone]

Frank helped cause the mortgage collapse; his retirement may signal Democrats won't win the House majority, and he led Democrats to the far left, argues a conservative editorial page. [Wall Street Journal]

Governor Andrew Cuomo "appeared to backpedal" from earlier comments yesterday when he called pension funds an "investment vehicle" for rebuilding the Tappan Zee Bridge. [Jacob Gershman]

Cuomo's plan is "gimmickry" and "crude politics" that State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli should block, according to a conservative editorial page. [Wall Street Journal]

Another conservative editorial page blames Albany lawmakers for a recent spike in Con Ed bills, and notes Cuomo wants to close Indian Point, thus, reducing the state's ability to produce energy, which could make bills even higher. [New York Post]

"[Matilida] Cuomo told us Andrew whispered in her ear at dinner, 'Mom, this is awful." [Page Six]

The Queens County Democratic Party is more reliant on doing business with the Surrogate's Court than winning elections, explains a Times columnist. [Michael Powell]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn lawsuit against the Bloomberg administration is a "modest" departure from her close alliance with the mayor. The lawsuit is "over a procedural issue." [Kate Taylor]

Quinn's lawsuit is "an attention-grabbing move." [Michael Howard Saul]

Quinn's lawsuit is "the first in their cozy joint tenures." [Sally Goldenberg]

"Determined to prove she's not the mayor's lackey…" [Reuven Blau]

A woman who said she had an "intimate relationship" with Councilman Seabrook testified about how she got money from the lawmaker. [Colin Moynihan]

The woman said she had a four-year-long affair with the married Councilman. [Scott Shifrel]

Baruch cancelled some classes early to help clear the building before CUNY trustees voted for a series of tuition hikes. [Richard Perez-Pena]

Life inside the Gehry building by City Hall: "Mr. Farina said he could often hear the protests from his 50th-floor apartment, although he said he did not mind." [Kate Taylor]

"Female participation in target shooting in the U.S. grew by 46.5% between 2001 and 2010, to 4.89 million shooters." [Sophia Hollander]