A taxi-bill hold-up that has nothing to do with livery
Governor Andrew Cuomo may have been refusing to sign legislation legalizing street hails for livery cab drivers in New York City for reasons that have nothing to do with taxis, livery cars or transportation at all, according to the Post.
It's about the city and state fighting over money from a non-profit health care provider being
that's been converted, lucratively, to a for-profit. Politics in New York have always been about grand bargains and multiple, unrelated issues getting resolved all at once so everybody can claim victory in something to their respective constituencies. This report, by Fred Dicker and David Seifman, would seem to undermine some of the public rhetoric offered by state officials who attributed the taxi-bill hold-up to concerns among "stakeholders."
Although most voters disapprove of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's handling of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and say he's lost focus in his third term, a majority of them still like the job he's doing, according to a new poll. [David Chen]
Opponents of "living wage" legislation often point to a scuttled deal at the Kingsbridge Armory as a cautionary tale about scaring off job creators; one anecdotal counterargument is that an executive for the company that refused to pay people $10 an hour to work there just paid about $15 million to become a named an arts organization. [Choire Sicha]
Cuomo said he was on Al Gore's shortlist to be his vice president, and said his father may have been "too open" as he decided whether or not to run for president. [Lisa dePaulo]
A progressive editorial page urges Cuomo to sign Bloomberg's taxi legislation. [New York Times]
A conservative editorial page says the death of Officer Figoski, who lived in Suffolk County, disproves the need for new residency requirements for cops, advocated by Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, and others. [New York Post]
The holdup may have nothing to do with taxis, according to sources, but with whether the state and city can agree on how to share money after a major healthc are provider is restructured. [Fred Dicker and David Seifman]
The "living wage" bill will be amended to exclude existing deals, and will now focus on tenants in subsidizes projects rather than the landlords. The bill will go to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's desk this week. [Reuven Blau]
If a judge forces New York to have congressional primaries in August, which Assembly Democrats oppose, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he'd advocate holding separate state and local primaries in June. [Ken Lovett]
City Comptroller John Liu found city public schools paying "$2.32 for parsley that costs 26 cents." [Yoav Gonen]
Here's an explanation for how the new ethics watchdog body in Albany works. [Yasmeen Khan]