Cuomo saved Dean Skelos and permanently messed up the redistricting process to save New York from John Sampson

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Briefing: Governor Andrew Cuomo during a presentation today. (Cuomo's office via flickr)
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What's the deeper meaning of Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to sign gerrymandered legislative lines into law, and lock in place a profoundly compromised redistricting process for the foreseeable future?

The Times, Democrat and Chronicle and Post-Star editorial pages say it cements dysfunction in Albany, and Albany-based Daily News columnist Bill Hammond trashed it as a trade-off by which the governor agreed to facilitate a massive gerrymander in exchange for, well, more awfulness.

A "source close to the Cuomo administration" explained to Post state editor Fred Dicker the governor's behavior by saying that he was worried about what would happened if the Senate was taken over by the "borderline corrupt" Democratic leadership of John Sampson. So Cuomo, according to this source, signed bad legislation and endorsed a constitutional amendment that could be in place for generations based not on the merits but rather on what he thinks of individual lawmakers. 

In theTimes Union is a front-page analysis from Jimmy Vielkind concluding that Cuomo is now "just another man admitting he'll make the best political deal he can given the circumstances."

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GOP 2012

There's a "possibility of courtroom-like hearings run by lawyers that could decide whether the nomination is settled before party members take their seats" at the convention in Tampa. [Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg]

A Democratic former Tennessee congressman who often takes conservative positions argues that Obama should create additional corporate tax breaks and permit hydrofracking. [Harold Ford Jr.]

Gillibrand 2012

Her Republican opponents aren't likely to get much financial support, according to a Cook Political Report analyst. [Gerry Shields]

2013

Liu's office gave $6 million worth of business to a troubled company under investigation by the state attorney general and U.S. attorney. [Carl Campanile]

"Behold the Gillibranding-ing of Christine Quinn." [Annie Karni]

Quinn takes spin classes at Soul Cycle in Tribeca. [@AnnieKarni]

That place may become very popular with political reporters. [@SallyGold]

SD-27

A conservative editorial board says Storobin the lawyer is better than Fidler the "shill for the trial lawyers." [New York Post]

NY-06

Rory Lancman notes he has a head-start in fund-raising over Grace Meng. [Liz Benjamin]

A Republican councilman says something very nice about Meng. [@Eric_Ulrich]

GraceMeng.com is not about Grace Meng. [Twitter]

GraceMengforCongress.com was bought Sunday evening by Michael Tobman of Hudson TG. [Who.GoDaddy.com, h/t Colin Campbell]

NY-13

Rep. Michael Grimm defended his "Goes Postal" press release before his office changed the wording. [Tom Wrobleski]

NY-20

Freshman Republican congressman Chris Gibson got the Independence Party's endorsement. [Jimmy Vielkind]

NY-28

"it won’t be a critique on anyone’s record or credibility," said Republican county executive Maggie Brooks, who is eying a challenge to Democratic congresswoman Louise Slaughter. [Jill Terreri]

Republicans are making a "major announcement" at 10 a.m. [Jeff Blackwell]

Cuomo

Cuomo is "just another man admitting he'll make the best political deal he can given the circumstances." [Jimmy Vielkind]

"Cuomo can work the system. The question that remains is, can he change the system?" [Democrat and Chronicle]

[T]his deal guarantees that the back-room politics that have infected Albany for generations will govern for another decade." [New York Times]

The editor of the Post-Star said what Cuomo did "was ensure ensure the political system, the reason for all this dysfunction, would remain the way it is for at least another 10 years." [Ken Tingley]

Cuomo signed gerrymandered lines because he thinks the Senate Democrats lack leadership, principle and an agenda compatible with his, according to "a source close to the Cuomo administration." [Fred Dicker]

Cuomo's deal-making strategy apparently applies to auditing the Medicaid program, with an aide saying, "An audit is successful when people agree." [Nina Bernstein]

Since Cuomo negotiates with Silver and Skelos individually, Albany has gone from three men in a room to two. [Michael Gormley]

Re-Occupied

A Times reporter offers some first- and second-hand accunts of alleged police misconduct during skirmishes with demonstrators. [Colin Moynihan]

A glass door was broken as police arrested a man many said was a medic and not resisting arrest. [Ben Yakas]

"Mayor Bloomberg did us a big help last night in terms of fundraising," an OWS spokesman told Reuters. [Chris Francescani]

A Post story notes OWS demonstrators broke park rules by erecting a tent. [Kenneth Garger and Kirstan Conley]

Cecily McMillan, the woman who had a seizure, elbowed a cop in the face. [Rebecca Harshbarger]

The NYPD is trying to find out the identify of the person who tweeted "we wont make a difference if we don't kill a cop or 2." [Jessica Firger and Pervaiz Shallwani]

Here's footage of McMillan assaulting the cop. And the guy who sent the threatening tweet about killing cops said it was a joke and that he's in Florida. [Barry Paddock]

DNAinfo said the NYPD is investigating threatening phone calls made to two officers and their family on Saturday. [Tom Liddy]

Councilman Ydanis Rodriquez said "The NYPD crossed the line…arresting people in an unfair way." [Twitter]

"Some of us personally witnessed police officers beating demonstrators without cause" and there's video and photographical evidence, said Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez. [Twitter]

Councilman Brad Lander laments there's no independent way to verify what the NYPD is saying. [@BradLander]

A demonstrator livestreaming the events said the 'Hipster cop' apologized. [Twitter]

Bike Lanes

Chuck Schumer was photographed riding along the Prospect Park West bike lane. [Paul Steely White]

It's news because Schumer's wife is a "raving opponent" and Schumer previously declined to talk about it. [Joseph Alexiou]

Bloomberg

Bloomberg's hometown is afraid he won't pay attention to them anymore. FYI: Bloomberg' niece now lives in the home there where he grew up. [Michael Grynbaum]

The mayor of Medford today is the son of the mayor who "handed out diplomas" at Michael Bloomberg's high school. [Michael Grynbaum]

Local

A pedestrian mall in Jackson Heights' Little India is hurting businesses, some claim. Councilman Danny Dromm is still supportive of it. [Sarah Maslin Nir]

Second Avenue Subway construction is causing air quality problems, according to a study requested by Assemblyman Micah Kellner. [Jennifer Fermino]

Media

A Times columnist notes advertisers fled Limbaugh for insulting a woman but haven't abandoned Village Voice Media, whose BackPage.com is known for helping pimps sell underage girls for sex. [Nick Kristoff]

Images

Around the 10:20 mark, a man in a fedora who was turning away from the police is grabbed by cops, thrown to the ground and arrested. [We Are Change NYC]

At the 7:15 mark, demonstrators see a Cecily McMillan having a seizure and scream at cops to assist her. [We Are Change NYC]

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An NYPD officer looks at the glass door broken while cops arrested an OWS demonstrator on the Lower East Side Saturday night. [Tumblr]

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Schumer rides his bike on the bike lane his wife wants to get rid of. [Paul Steely White]