8:03 am Apr. 12, 2012
Should the mayor's office have the power to grant exceptions to the city's "living wage" legislation, which is still being negotiated?
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said no, and, as Sally Goldenberg writes it, sided with organized labor on this point.
Kate Taylor notes the provision was not publicly disclosed earlier when Quinn and the business group, the Partnership for New York City, first announced its support for the bill. The partnership withdrew that support last night.
It's not clear how damaging this is to Quinn's plans to run for mayor, given the way she's entrenched herself over a period of years as the most business-acceptable among the Democratic candidates. But the labor group she sided with, RWDSU, probably won't forget her support of their signature issue.
Unrelated, other than that it also affects the 2013 landscape, is the hefty fine former comptroller Bill Thompson may have to pay for posting signs on public property in 2009. As David Seifman points out, the roughly half-million dollar fine is nearly equal to Thompson's current campaign account.
Quinn sided with RWDSU over the Partnership for New York City in a fight over the living wage bill. [Sally Goldenberg]
The Partnership for New York City dropped its support for the compromise Quinn proposed, because it won't let the mayor's office grant waivers to the new rule. [Kate Taylor]
In another notable step away from the mayor, Quinn described some of Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts as "unacceptable." [Associated Press]
Thompson's 2009 campaign was fined $594,375 by the city Environmental Control Board for putting posters on public property. [Tina Moore]
The fine is nearly all the money Thompson has in his current campaign account. [David Seifman]
Rangel ally Keith Wright compared the 81-year-old congressman to Strom Thurmond. [Jeff Mays]
In the G.O.P. primary to take on freshman Rep. Kathy Hochul, former county exec Chris Collins has no county endorsements, and he's now trying to run as an outsider. [Robert McCarthy]
Bloomberg will "imminently" sign an executive order so the power to set the salaries for 10,000 public trade workers will shift from the comptroller's office to the mayor's. [Reuven Blau]
For a century, the comptroller has been setting those salaries based on "prevailing wage"; now, they'll have to negotiate with the mayor's office. [David Seifman]
Mailers showing Republican state senators Marty Golden of Brooklyn, Greg Ball of Putnam County, Roy McDonald of Saratoga and Mark Grisanti of Buffalo each "awash in $100 bills" will be sent to their constituents by a wealthy coalition pushing for public financing of campaigns. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo said releasing teacher evaluations broadly to the public was a "knee jerk" approach; Bloomberg disagreed. [Ken Lovett]
Prosecution of parents who share teacher evaluations would be "absurd," Cuomo said. [Eric Kriss]
The debate is moving into the courtroom, where it can be reasonably argued and decided. [Daily News]
"[T]he Stand Your Ground law should be on trial as well." [New York State]
Bloomberg's trip to Washington was grandstanding and he should focus on getting Albany to pass a "plea-bargain-proof, one-strike-and-you're-out law" for criminals who use illegal guns." [New York Post]
Rep. Allen West didn't provide names of the 78 to 81 House Democrats he said were Communists, but his office said he was referring to the 76-member Congressional Progressive Caucus. [Associated Press]
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