7:46 am Feb. 9, 2012
Requiring kindergarten for all five-year-olds is the only major part of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's annual State of the City speech that has trickled out in advance, and it's being seen as a way to appeal to a core constituency for her presumed mayoral campaign in 2013.
Yesterday, Quinn also rolled out a plan to change the way the New York Police Department carries out stop-and-frisk policing but not to scrap it altogether, which could at once help brandish her credentials with liberals who think it unfairly targets black and Latino young men, while giving her separation from some of her prospective liberal opponents.
And during her debut on the "Rachel Maddow Show," Quinn endorsed the idea of a parade not just for Iraq vets, but for those who served in Afghanistan too. She steered the issue away from City Hall and said the hold-up was at the Pentagon, keeping her good working relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, intact.
Democrat congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy's NY-04 district may get carved up in a move designed to favor Rep. Gary Ackerman in NY-05, and preserve the NY-09 seat, because the Assembly Speaker thinks Democrats can win it back from Republican Bob Turner. [Ken Lovett]
"In this matter, I just do not agree with Fiedler. I do not think David or a racist, not a Nazi. It is ridiculous to talk about it," said Democratic assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. [Gennady Katsov]
Quinn cheered Washington's vote to legalize it. [Council.nyc.gov]
Quinn's State of the CIty
Quinn will propose making kindergarten mandatory for all five year olds, affecting about 3,000 children. [Rachel Monahan and Reuven Blau]
She'll propose creating a loan program to cover 50% of childcare costs for families making between $40,452.50 and $111,750. [Jill Colvin]
Quinn's education policies "should appeal to parents, a key constituency". [Winnie Hu]
Democratic state senator Liz Krueger fears Cuomo's proposed rule changes could strip "the entire purpose of the legislature in budget negotiations." Cuomo said he's trying to reform the status quo. [Karen DeWitt]
Cuomo said a few more months are needed to study fracking. [Jon Campbell]
Cuomo's plan to build the country's largest convention center in Queens, six miles from where Bloomberg was going to build one in Willets Point, is ambitious. [Joseph Berger]
State agencies should not fine small businesses so stringently, says a conservative editorial board. [New York Post]
Hotel and Motel Trades Council members got a generous contract because tourism is up; 32BJ members didn't, because cleaning offices is less lucrative. [Patrick McGeehan]
The woman who accused him of rape is pictured on the front page. "Not remembering is not tantamount to being raped," an unnamed source said of the accusation, and why it's not being pursued in court. [Laura Italiano]
One Marine said arguing about whether to have a parade is "silly." [Erik Ortiz]
The woman who accused Greg Kelly of rape is on the front page of the Post. [newseum]
Quinn's appearance on MSNBC yesterday help put the issue on amNewYork's front page. [newseum]
An Obama shrine in Sunnyside, Queens. [Aimee Baldridge]