5:16 pm Jan. 27, 2012
A federal judge ruled late this afternoon that New York's congressional primary date will be moved to June 26, 2012. In making his ruling, Judge Gary Sharpe noted that the decision is only for congressional primaries, not state or presidential primaries.
"[T]his decision by no means precludes New York from reconciling their differences and selecting a different date," Sharpe wrote.
That possibility seems unlikely.
Assembly Democrats told the judge they wanted a June 26 date for the primaries "in order to reliably meet the mandates" of mailing ballots to military personnel overseas. The State Senate argued against a June date for a number of reasons, including that June is at the end of the legislative session and members "would force its members to have to weigh their elected responsibilities against the need for political presence in their district."
Governor Andrew Cuomo did not express an opinion to the court, the judge noted.
A federal judge's ruling to move the date of the congressional primaries is closer to what the Assembly Democrats wanted than what the Senate Republicans wanted. [Casey Seiler]
Cuomo's latest threat to veto the lines moves on the wires. [Associated Press]
Gianaris blames Republicans. [Glenn Blain]
The gerrymandering of Gianaris' district is noticed widely. [Geoff Pallay]
Weprin doesn't like his lines, but Goldfeder and Miller like theirs. [Anna Gustafson, Michael Gannon and Paula Neudorf]
An interactive map shows if your residence is now in a new district. [Lohud]
Cuomo's new state senator would be Republican Greg Ball. [Joseph Spector]
"In Lower Manhattan, the East Village, Greenwich Village, Soho and Tribeca have each been split into multiple Senate districts where previously they had been whole. In the Assembly map, the insiders split the East Village between three districts, and Battery Park City between two. Important parts of our community, such as Village View and Independence Plaza have been intentionally carved out from their surrounding neighborhoods." [Paul Newell]
The fourth Democrat in the race is the cop who foiled a bomb attempt in Times Square in 2010 and was commended for it by President Obama. [Art Cusano]
A Republican looking to run for the seat said he's already invested "six figures of my own money" on the race. [Liz Benjamin]
The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund likes having a majority-Asian district but called this one "distorted".(clarified) [Colby Hamilton]
The Republican incumbent will officially announce his re-election soon. [Mike Risinit]
A Republican "confirms he's exploring" a run in 2013. [Colin Campbell]
Crowley is the first congressman to visit Burma on official business in 12 years. [Richard J. Bocklet]
A tabloid touts his "flawless management" of the NYPD and tells critics "Lets move on" and that "A less respectful elected official would simply have said, 'Get lost.'" [Daily News]
Bloomberg defends Kelly, but says it's time to move on. [David Seifman]
Kelly didn't answer questions about rape allegations leveled against his son. [Kirstan Conley and David Seifman]
A union-run blog asks whether it's appropriate for a hedge-fund manager accused of financial wrongdoing to fund charter-school efforts here. [Christine Collins]
Addabbo wants to raise the minimum age from 18 to 21. [Michael Gannon]
Lander and Levin vote to approve a new historic district in downtown Brooklyn, despite some opposition. [David Dunlap]
Meeting with Gen. Mattis in Washington. [Hillary Clinton]
The NY-19 Democratic candidats. [Art Cusano]
A spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, hanging out with New York reporters before Cuomo's scrum. [flickr]
The view from 250 Broadway. [Amy Spitalnick]
"happy weekend from Zazzoom world HQ" [Jay DeDapper]
Western Queens. [Kim Teixeira]