Gary Ackerman has a suggestion for what to do with his district, and Turner’s
Gary Ackerman said he'll run for re-election no matter what shape his congressional district takes after redistricting. And, for what it's worth, he's suggesting it should extend further into Queens. That's because, according to Ackerman, there's no point in preserving the NY-09 district currently held by a freshman Republican who has no seniority.
It also happens to be the case that Ackerman has a long history in Queens, first as an educator, then as a local publisher and then eventually as an officeholder.
The Daily News reports that it's possibile that Ackerman will get go in the other direction, getting drawn into a district with his congressional neighbor and fellow Democrat Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island.
Obama's campaign filed 56,586 petitions to the state board of elections, 11 times more than was required. [Cara Matthews]
Ackerman made the seniority argument for protecting his districting and carving up Turner's in NY-09. [Rich Bockmann]
Ackerman may find himself drawn into a district with fellow Democrat Carolyn McCarthy of NY-04. [Alison Gendar and Ken Lovett]
Grimm's mailbox was stolen. [Jamie Schram and Daniel Prendergast]
Grimm defended his acceptance of a $3,000 donation from a company that would benefit from legislation he sponsored allowing a gas pipeline to be installed under part of the Gateway National Recreational Area. [Judy Randall]
"Insider-Trade Suspect Tied to Rep. Lowey" is the headline, but the $350,000 her husband invested since 2008 in a fund co-founded by Rajat Gupta would not be prohibited under the new Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act. [Michael Rothfeld]
Fidler is kicking himself for giving Storobin a line of attack. [Liz Robbins]
"Governor Cuomo must be a man of his word and veto these lines," Fidler writes in an op-ed in a local paper. [Lew Fidler]
Her call for a "community education" program and emphasis on affordable housing will help separate her from Bloomberg. [Jill Colvin]
The former Republican state senator is expected to turn himself in and plead guilty to not paying $42,000 in federal income taxes and $10,000 in state taxes from 2000 to 2008. [Jonathan Dienst and Shion Prokupecz]
Spano's lobbying firm said he "remains a major player in New York State government and political circles." [Joseph Spector]
The UFT president pointed to the 2,000 protesters at the Panel for Educational Policy meeting as a sign of the public's dissatisfaction with the mayor's education record. [Ben Chapman and Rachel Monahan]
Quinn arrives. [William Alatriste]
The audience of lawmakers. [William Alatriste]
"Council Staffer Extraordinaire Steven Feder before the Event" [William Alatriste]
Councilman Rivera and the Speaker Quinn's father, before the speech. [William Alatriste]
Striking a famous pose with Herman Cain's campaign manager. [Hunter Walker]