4:28 pm Feb. 17, 2012
The beauty of Republican state senator Michael Nozzolio's defense of creating a new State Senate seat near Albany was its brutal simplicity.
During a public hearing in Buffalo, a Democratic state senator had said the newly created seat—which will exist because the Republicans wish to maximize their odds of hanging onto their narrow majority—should be located in the part of the state where the biggest population growth has been.
Nozzolio responded by saying that means this Democrat only wanted that as a way of giving preference to New York City. So the argument wasn't about the implausibility of a partisan gerrymander-scheme, but about upstate versus downstate, which never gets old.
Points for transparency.
Of Obama's 70 bundlers in New York in 2008, 20 are bundling this time around. [Anna Sale]
Quinn said she would hold public hearings in the City Council if MSG and Time Warner can't resolve their dispute. [Facebook]
Apparently they've resolved their dispute. [Ken Lovett]
Stringer backs a different approach: "I strongly support New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s continuing efforts to facilitate discussions." [Email]
Brewer said she's definitely running for Manhattan borough president. [Hunter Walker]
That's just what Robert Jackson wants. [Capital]
A friend of Storobin writes a piece in the American Spectator headlined "Support Your Jewish Republican." [Ross Kaminsky]
Republicans in the State Senate gave Storobin $27,000, much less than the astronomical figure he suggested. [Liz Benjamin]
Nozzolio plays the upstate-downstate card in response to a Democrat's complaint about a proposed new 63rd State Senate seat. [Nick Reisman]
A recent rules change gives state party chair Frank Mackay a lot of power, except in New York City. [Chris Bragg]
The city will not face a cut in federal funds. This year's allocation is more than $150 million. [Joseph Straw]
A councilwoman who wants to let churches rent space in schools said the K.K.K. should have the same right too. [Andy Humm]
Walcott ordered a review of D.O.E. investigations going back to 2000, after a recent spate of sexual-abuse allegations against teachers. [Rachel Monahan and Matthew Lysiak]
Storobin's TV ad, in Russian. [Youtube]
Storobin's print ad, in Russian. [docstoc.com]
White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew (left), and Jarrod Bernstein (right), the White House Jewish-outreach director, met for the first time with Jewish leaders at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York office this morning. [David Pollock]