The end of the Ed Towns era
Ed Towns will not seek re-election, according to reports. A statement is expected later this morning.
The news comes after he filed disappointing fund-raising numbers with the F.E.C.
Towns' exit would clear the way for Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, whose challenger for the seat is Councilman Charles Barron. Jeffries has a huge institutional and fund-raising advantage over Barron.
The Times notes that Towns lost political clout at home and Politico recapped his fallout with House minority leader leader Nancy Pelosi. Which is to say that in terms of clout, Towns had already fallen.
"The middle is probably more ideologically attuned to Romney — at least the old Romney — but finds Obama more likable…" [Bill Keller]
Pataki opened a PAC to help Republicans win seats in New York. [Joseph Spector]
Cuomo compiled a 35-page report on what they said was unfair coverage of them by Liz Benjamin; Cuomo's spokesman said the document was benign but the leak was a "dangerous precedent." [Ben Smith]
Rep. Ed Towns won't seek re-election, and suffered political setbacks in the run up to this year's race. [Matt Flegenheimer]
Hakeem Jeffries outraised Towns by more than $40,000, according to the latest campaign finance filings. [Alex Isetadt and John Bresnahan]
A "batch of [Towns] campaign mail just went out on Friday." [Chad Pergram]
Jeff Gottlieb was charged with arson for setting his apartment on fire in 1971. [Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein]
State Senator Velmanette Montogomery and Assemblyman Keith Wright have legislation to repeal mayoral control of public schools. [Carl Campanile]
Campaign Finance Reform
A benchmark for Cuomo is set: " No personal or noncampaign uses should be allowed for campaign money. There should be a nonpartisan group enforcing these changes, much like in the city." [New York Times]
Steve Levin, Debi Rose and Ruben Wills did not get their parking permits renewed by City Hall after failing to pay tickets on time. [David Seifman]
"Only 23,000 people have downloaded NYC311 since its launch, and only 4,000 have actually used it to file a complaint." [Juan Gonzalez]
Melinda Katz and Curtis Sliwa. [Annie Karni]
Al Smith could be Robert Caro's next subject, if he ever finishes with Lyndon Johnson. [Charles McGrath]
"Those snooty Times Boys still jealous over that front page NYT profile of me a year ago. Otherwise, why be so nasty?" [Fred Dicker]
Freedom of the press in Africa is diminishing as China's influence there expands. [Mohamed Keita]