A mayoral candidate (Tom Allon) tells John Liu to resign

John Liu (John Liu campaign via flickr)
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True to form, local publisher Tom Allon makes himself the first mayoral candidate to call for City Comptroller John Liu's resignation over his campaign's alleged fund-raising violations. (The other prospective 2013 candidates have declined to say much of anything, not condemning Liu but not offering support either.)

Allon, who is less well known than his elected-official opponents and who doesn't have anything in particular to lose by saying provocative things, has clearly bet than he can profit from being the plain-spoken candidate of the bunch: He was also the first and only to endorse the targeting of Muslims by the NYPD as a way to fight terrorism, for example, and accused the other mayoral candidates of being "soft on crime" for suggesting they potentially had concerns about it.

He also ran an ad about a rival's role in the closure of a hospital in her district, which asks, "Did Chris Quinn Bet Your LIfe to Become Mayor?"

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In her first interview, Liu's arrested treasurer still supports him. [Daniel Beekman, Reuven Blau and Larry McShane]

Redistricting

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Cuomo should veto and "keep on vetoing" the "sleazy redistricting deal" being offered by the legislature. [New York Times]

Rep. Yvette Clarke drew her own maps. [Thomas Kaplan]

Stavisky and Avella may get drawn into a district together. [Kyle News]

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Cuomo's allies in the Independent Democratic Caucus fire a shot at Cuomo's opponent, the state comptroller, by giving a report to a Post columnist saying that pension costs rose and pension returns dropped. [Fred Dicker]

City Hall

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NYPD

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Ray Kelly said critics of the NYPD surveillance tactics just don't understand them. [Josh Saul]

Education

"If city officials were trying to demoralize and humiliate the workforce, they’ve done a terrific job." [Michael Winerip]

Labor

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Images

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Biden officially congratulates newlyweds. [Elie Jacobs]

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On Staten Island. [Kristen Artz]

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Recchia and McMahon on Staten Island. [Councilman Domenic Recchia]

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Rangel, 1990. [Carlos Andres]

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Pataki, 1994. [Jim Maisano]