9:29 am Mar. 1, 2012
The legislature released conflicting congressional redistricting maps around midnight last night. The differences between them were particularly stark in Queens, where Assembly Democrats drew Rep. Joseph Crowley into the same district as Rep. Bob Turner, thereby effectively eliminating the old district of Anthony Weiner.
Senate Republicans, on the other hand, focused their creative efforts on the seat of Rep. Gary Ackerman, whose Queens and Long Island district was redrawn to include his Democratic colleague to the north, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
The politics of each are obvious.
Related: former mayor Ed Koch, an early and loud advocate for redistricting reform last year, writes an opinion piece in the Daily News urging Cuomo to veto the legislature's lines rather than accept some version of them in exchange for a commitment to fix the process in time for the next redistricting tem years from now. Koch wonders aloud how anyone can "trust" a promise from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's for future reforms, considering his and Albany's track record on issues of governance.
A Post headline declares his mayoral hopes are over, and a story suggests, right at the end, that consultant Chung Seto or the campaign's former treasurer, Mei Hua Ru, could be indicted next. [Sally Goldenberg]
Liu is attempting to put daylight between himself and his campaign operations. [NY1]
Georgette Mosbacher toys with the idea of a self-funded run for Olympia Snowe's seat in Maine, where she doesn't live. [Page Six]
A Daily News columnist remembers McDonald's hubris during the same-sex marriage debate. [@nydnHammond]
"How can we trust Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver's promise" on redistricting, a reformer asks. [Ed Koch]
Assembly Democrats want to see Crowley vs. Turner. Senate Republicans attempt to eliminate Ackerman. [Ken Lovett]
In other words: Assembly Democrats erase Weiner's old district; Republicans pit Ackerman vs. McCarthy. [Erik Kriss]
Bloomberg uses his wallet to help the pension fight. [Glenn Blain]
A New York City mayor in Albany. [Edward Reed]