8:10 am Jan. 26, 20121
Yesterday, the New York Times editorial page urged New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly "to apologize for the film" called "The Third Jihad." The commissioner had sat for a 90-minute interview with the filmmaker, and the final product was shown to nearly 1,500 police officers last year.
Late yesterday, Kelly apologized for his role in the film and for the fact that it had been shown.
The free papers are big on this story: amNewYork leads with Kelly's apology. Metro takes a harsher view, saying pressure is mounting on Kelly to resign, quoting a professor who said Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't want this to taint his legacy.
One of Kelly's critics is Linda Sarsour, a prominent Muslim-American activist from Bay Ridge, who said yesterday, "Keep your apology Commissioner Kelly cause we didn't ask for one." She and others are gathering signatures on a petition that calls for Kelly's ouster.
The next question will be how many elected officials get on the fire-Kelly bandwagon. So far, none have.
New York State Attorney General Eric Schnedierman will discuss in more detail his new role helping the Obama administration investigate the mortgage crisis at a press conference on Friday. [Edward Wyatt and Shaila Dewan]
Bloomberg, Rep. Steve Israel and John McCain's daughter--an independent, a Democrat and Republican--supporting moving Election Day to the weekend in order to increase voter turnout. [Jacob Soboroff]
Ed Koch said creating a 63rd seat in the State Senate is "an outrage." [Michael Gormley]
Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell is getting married. [Bobby Cuza]
By pushing for a referendum, Governor Chris Christie gets a political boost. "To a public suspicious of government, Mr. Christie might come across as reasonable — why let 121 people in the Legislature decide? — rather than retrograde. And by affirming that he opposed same-sex marriage and would veto the Democrats’ legislation, he avoided alienating the conservative voters who are the key to the hopes of any Republican with national ambition. Putting the issue on the ballot could even help burnish Mr. Christie’s image among national Republicans; same-sex marriage ballot initiatives have tended to bring out a swell of conservative voters to defeat them, which could help a Republican presidential nominee even in a blue state like New Jersey." [Kate Zernike]
"Buffalo's need, I believe, is greater than any other city in the state," Cuomo said. Reporters note Western New York is "the only region of the state where [Cuomo] lost to Republican Carl P. Paladino in 2010." [Robert McCarthy and Denise Jewell Gee]
The apology is front page news in amNew York. [Erik Ortiz]
"Pressure mounts for top cop to step down" is Metro's front-page headline. They quote a college professor saying it's not a far-fetched idea to oust Kelly in order to protect Bloomberg's legacy. Story also includes a "Scandal timeline." [Metro]
The Manhattan D.A.'s office is reportedy investigating a rape allegation against Ray Kelly's son, a co-anchor on Fox 5 News. Kelly's lawyer said his client "strenuously denies any wrongdoing" and is fully cooperating with the probe. [Jamie Schram]
The Manhattan District Attorney's office is investigating the case, instead of the NYPD, to avoid a conflict of interest. [William Rashbaum]
"Fox 5 mention of Kelly accusation came 7 minutes into newscast. Just after the story about a missing cub scout trailer." [@PatKiernan]
"[T]he city had to fight tooth and nail to remove lawbreaking, abusive teachers," the Post reports, after obtaining details of disciplinary hearings under FOIL. [Carl Campanile]
The United Federation of Teachers pays for the rent, phone, Internet and utility costs for the office now occupied by the campaign arm of the State Senate Democrats. It's reported as a $4,483 in-kind contribution. [Ken Lovett]
A cop said he was penalized for not meeting a stop-and-frisk quota that the NYPD denies exists. [David Seifman]
A professor who studies the convention industry is skeptical of Cuomo's plan to reap huge revenues by building the country's largest convention center in Queens. [Irving deJohn]
A Pentagon spokesman said it's premature to have a ticker tape parade for Iraq War, since some troops are still there. [Sally Goldenberg]
To overcome a communication glitch, the city will use $8.6 in federal aid to buy 2,700 Motorola radios for transit cops. [Sally Goldenberg and Josh Margolin]
Bloomberg liked Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, the book and movies. [Michael Grynbaum]
Here, for reference, is a slightly longer version of the mayor's Tinker Tailor critique. [Dan Rosenblum]
Another A1 story in the Times about Apple, this one about the conditions under which the iPad is made: "Some former Apple executives say there is an unresolved tension within the company: executives want to improve conditions within factories, but that dedication falters when it conflicts with crucial supplier relationships or the fast delivery of new products." [Charles Duhigg and David Barboza]
"You'll have to trust me on this, but that's ME getting a big hug from President Obama last week!" [Jon Cooper]
A new desk will debut on The Call on 1/30. [John Schiumo]
"Dylan doing 'Dylan' onset in Miami." [Jonathan Capehart]