Bloomberg joins a nationwide effort to legalize same-sex marriage

Associate Professor Grace Davie interrupting Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Azi Paybarah)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is traveling to Washington tomorrow to help launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, which seeks to legalize same-sex marriage in states around the country.

Bloomberg has teamed up with (and organized, in some cases) other mayors to push for issues like stricter interstate gun-control measures and better infrastructure funding.

Launching big, nationwide coalitions and traveling the country, if not the world, talking about national and international affairs is something Bloomberg genuinely seems to enjoy. It's also the sort of thing a rich, term-limited mayor is free to do.

Andrew Cuomo, a popular and ambitious governor who may run for president in 2016, hasn't left the state much, and has generally tended to let the action come to him when it comes to addressing national issues. So far.

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Same-Sex Marriage

Bloomberg helps launch a new coalition of mayors to advocate for it, along with Rahm Emanuel. [John Byrne]

The new group will include "75 Republican, Democratic and independent mayors from cities across the country." [BJ Lutz]

SOPA

Rep. Gary Ackerman of NY-05 announced on Facebook he'll oppose the legislation. [Ackerman]

Rep. Nita Lowey of NY-19 said the bill could "censor legal web activity, hinder economic growth and innovation." [Jessica Glenza]

NY-10

United Food and Commercial Workers endorse Democratic challenger Hakeem Jeffries against Democratic incumbent congressman Ed Towns. [David Freedlander]

NY-27

The wife of retiring congressman Maurice Hinchey was arrested for drunk driving. [Joseph Spector]

SD-27

Lew Fidler talks to ulta-Orthodox Jews. [Colby Hamilton]

Fidler spoke about his mother's volunteerism. [Andrew Hawkins]

CD-6

Here's a deep look at who's donating to the Democratic candidates for the seat Gale Brewer is vacating in 2013. [Avi]

Pensions

Tom DiNapoli defends the current pension system, arguing against moving to a 401K program, which Cuomo advocates. [Liz Benjamin]

It's a direct rebuke of Cuomo's proposal. [Joseph Spector]

Redistricting

"Candidly, the (congressional) lines haven’t been drawn yet, even as a rough draft," said Assemblyman Jack McEneny. [Jon Campbell]

Democratic assemblyman David Weprin, Democratic state senator Tony Avella and local civic association leader Bob Friedrich oppose a redistricting plan designed by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. [Ross Barkan]

"Dividing communities that have been together for decades to create new ethnic districts is gerrymandering in reverse." [State Senator Tony Avella]

A man by 250 Broadway is overhead saying, "I'm telling you, if this is not resolved you can kiss the f-ing Senate goodbye...I am not term-limited." [@BethFertig]

Budget

The Daily News said Cuomo's response to a protester had a "silencing" effect on her. [Irving de John and Corky Siemaszko]

The effect was temporary. [Hunter Walker]

City Council

Republican Peter Koo of Queens will become a Democrat. [Kate Taylor and David Chen]

Danny Dromm supports the city barring religious organizations from using pubic school facilities. Ruben Wills and Fernando Cabrera don't. [Kevin Korber]

Media

A book about Andrew Cuomo is being written by Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Shnayerson. [Dylan Byers]

A Times reporter is eager to buy it. [Nick Confessore]

Images

Cuomo eyes the crowd at Queens College. [Azi Paybarah]

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Up close at Cuomo's speech. [Councilman Peter Vallone]

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Hinchey announces he won't seek re-election. [mhinchey]

Maurice Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection

 

[CORRECTION: Because of an editing error, the original version referred to an upcoming CD-6 race as a community board contest.]