5:53 pm Feb. 8, 2012
While speaking out against cutting public services in her Brooklyn district, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery held out the specter of Brooklyn residents being forced to go to Staten Island to get help.
"You know how we don't like Staten Island essentially, anyway," Montgomery said.
The comment provoked an immediate reaction from Staten Island lawmakers in attendance.
The dig was, if nothing else, inartful. (Professional Brooklyn-booster Marty Markowitz often touts his borough as being better than all the rest, and even when he manages to get the those other boroughs' attention, there are rarely any hard feelings.) But it also seems to speak to some very real geographical tensions, which critics of the newly drawn district lines for legislators have been chattering about for some time.
Sharpton is featured in Human Rights Campaign's ad. [Thomas Kaplan]
The two-time finance chairman for Democrats in the State Senate says he's not helping anyone out this time around. [Jon Campbell]
Valezquez may be vulnerable to a challenge from the head of the Brooklyn Democratic establishment, because the Assembly candidate she backed lost to a candidate they backed. [Robert Perez]
Erik Dilan would have "a shit-load of fucking money to raise all of a sudden," observed an unnamed politico. [Colin Campbell]
Dilan's father, the state senator, sat on the committee which drew the lines, but it's unclear what influence he had. [Liz Benjamin]
Dilan's decision is "days away," an unnamed source said. [Chris Bragg]
Cortlandt Democrats endorsed hometown favorite Richard Becker in the crowded primary. Also from Cortlandt is Duane Jackson, who's gotten a lot of press recently. [Cortlanddems.org]
Matt Alexander noted he has the support of Democratic committees in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill. [Facebook]
"I spoke with Assemblyman Jack McEneny, the head of LATFOR, and told him of the issue and urged him to draw Ms. Alcantara back into the district," wrote Wright. [Roberto Perez]
Four Democratic candidates looking to replace Quinn are all LGBT, but varying degrees of progressive. [Laura Nahmias]
Brooklyn Borough President
Adams jumps in, officially. [David Freedlander]
Cuomo's onetime fund-raiser is now helping the insurgent. The incumbent openly clashed with Cuomo about Occupy Wall Street protesters. [Liz Benjamin]
"Teachers Union Trusted More Than Bloomberg, Poll Finds" [Jill Colvin]
"Voters disapprove 61-26 percent of Bloomberg's handling of the public schools and say 57-24 percent that his take-over of the schools has been a failure." [Quinnipiac]
"20 Muslim Americans were charged in violent plots or attacks in 2011, down from 26 in 2010 and a spike of 47 in 2009," a new report found. [Scott Shane]
The Post identified the woman who accused him of rape in an updated version of the story they posted last night. [Daily Intel]
Gothamist posted her photograph. [John Del Signore]
A newspaper in lower Manhattan backs Stringer in opposing Bloomberg's plan to sell three buildings on Chambers, Reade and Broadway. [Down Town Express]
"Something's up: Scheiderman press conference on $25 billion mortgage settlement, scheduled for 6 pm, has just been 'postponed indefinitely' " [Alison Frankel]
Salon's editor in chief writes about his evolving traffic philosophy. [Kerry Lauerman]
An iconic Times photographer was photographed at the parade yesterday. [Ben Yakas]
Montgomery disses Staten Island. [Tom Wrobleski]
Reporters are getting younger and younger. [Edward Reed]