8:52 am Dec. 13, 2011
Former Mayor Ed Koch has been talking up the qualities of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for some time. Yesterday's remarks about endorsing her for mayor are the culmination of their public relationship.
Still, Koch only committed to her after he determined that his preferred potential candidate, police commissioner Ray Kelly, was not going to run.
Koch said Quinn is the likeliest to continue his policies, and those of the current mayor, Michael Bloomberg.
And that's what at least one of the mayoral candidates, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, has been asserting too, referring indirectly to Quinn by talking about the prospect of New York being governed by a "Bloomberg 4."
Kathleen Sebelius overruled an F.D.A. director, Peggy Hamburg, who Bloomberg said made a decision about the availability of a birth-control product that was not "based not on politics - it was based on real scientific research." [Kate Taylor]
Sebelius said the data wasn't strong enough to support the F.D.A.'s recommendation. [Reuven Blau]
A judge said he'll set New York's new date for primaries, because the legislature has failed to adhere to the federal MOVE act. Assembly Democrats prefer June, and Senate Republicans want a later date. [Celeste Katz]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's tax plan is "inherently unstable" because it relies on a few rich people paying more money, said E.J. McMahon. [Teri Weaver]
A columnist is waiting for a Cuomo spokesman to provide details about the vetting process that the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council before getting hundreds of thousands of dollars in state funding. [Michael Powell]
New York City's rich tax payers pay most of the taxes, according to a new analysis. [David Seifman]
Koch sees Quinn as "the best able to follow in the steps of Mayor Bloomberg and myself." [Kate Taylor]
"She's exactly my philosophy - a liberal with sanity," Koch said. [Reuven Blau]
John Liu "has now been relegated to the back burner, if he's still even on the stove at all." [Liz Benjamin]
A longshot 2013 candidate criticizes Quinn for not shutting down "the putrid swamp" of member items. [Tom Allon]
At a hearing about poverty, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito said the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policies helped alienate young minorities and deter them from other city services. [Jill Colvin]
"For the first time, State Senators and Assemblymembers will be under the jurisdiction of a joint ethics commission." [Karen DeWitt]
Ironically, some commission appointees "barely meet, or don't quite meet the criteria to serve" according to a blogger who's been following this issue closely. [David King]
Commission members get $300 for each day worked. [Erik Kriss]
The Senate Democrats' appointee to the new ethics watchdog body in Albany is Ravi Batra, who, in 2006, defended Ada Smith from accusations she threw a cup of hot tea at an employee. [Michael Johnson]
Batra's selection means something to Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson and Brooklyn County Leader Vito Lopez, a blogger says. [David King]
Some good-government groups were unhappy with Batra's selection. [Ken Lovett]
A conservative editorial page demands answers from Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes and a judge, Evelyn Laporte, about why they didn't keep behind bars Lamont Pride, a man now accused of killing a police officer. [New York Post]
North Carolina officials had an awkwardly worded warrant for Pride, but refused requests to take him once he was in custody in New York. [Rocco Parascandola, Barry Paddock and Bill Hutchinson]
YouTube now has an education channel, for classroom use. [Chelsia Rose Marcius]