9:00 am Feb. 17, 20122
The New York Post editorial page highlights a decision facing Cy Vance, calling on the Manhattan district attorney to go easy on Ryan Jerome, a man facing weapons charges after he tried to check his Indiana-registered gun with officials at the Empire State Building.
The Post, joining a national outcry from conservatives and the gun lobby that has had a strongly anti-New York tone, notes Jerome's military service and says prosecutor has discretion to let him off since the D.A. participates in gun buyback programs where no questions asked of those who participate.
The call for discretion bumps up against the city's law requiring a sentence of 3 and a half years for possessing an unregistered weapon.
Jerome has rejected a misdemeanor plea agreement that wouldn't require jail time.
A Romney campaign spokeswoman said Grimm was "not an official surrogate," but Molinaro and Ulrich said the embattled congressman would still have a role in the campaign. [Anne Barnard]
"They are picking on the wrong marine," Grimm said of people making allegations he improperly took money. [Tom Wrobleski]
Engel no longer has Nick Spano as a lobbyist. [Joseph Spector]
The Times recounts Liu's troubles and mentions the economic platform he rolled out yesterday. [David Chen]
"Nobody in my campaign has done anything wrong," Liu told the Journal. [Michael Howard Saul]
Campaign Finance Reform
A former D.N.C. finance chair argues the only way to get rid of super PACs is to further loosen regulations on donors and repeal McCain-Feingold. That will let unlimited money, again, flow to political parties, but at least those transactions will be more transparent. [Lindsay Mark Lewis]
The Times praises the deal, and notes Cuomo "wisely" used his budget powers to make it happen. [New York Times]
Cuomo is the "clear winner" and "stole the spotlight" from Bloomberg. [Fernanda Santos]
He spent hours mediating between Bloomberg and the U.F.T. [Jacob Gershman and Lisa Fleisher]
The News sides with Bloomberg for refusing U.F.T. demands to shutter 33 failing schools, and praises Cuomo for backing the mayor on that point. [Daily News]
Those schools were going to be shut, then re-opened with up to half the teachers replaced, was because there was no teacher evaluation plan in place. [Anna Phillips]
Cuomo is officially the "education governor" and the "much-maligned standardized test isn't king." [Joe Williams]
The Post says Manhattan district attorney should exercise discretion and drop charges against a marine who took his Indiana registered gun to Manhattan. [New York Post]
A blogger posted a Democratic district leader's mortgage information to bolster the claim that he lives primarily in Rockland County, not Queens. [Adam Lombardi]
Bloomberg and Walcott. [Kristen Artz]