8:48 am Apr. 23, 2012
Local opponents of Walmart are seizing on allegations that the company paid bribes in Mexico for building permits and other government approvals to bolster their argument that opening a store here would be bad for New York.
The union representing retail workers, RWDSU, issued a statement in response to yesterday's Times story about the alleged bribes.
Minutes later, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who was elected to his current office with crucial help from labor and is counting on union support for his mayoral run next year, said New York City isn't for sale. De Blasio's Democratic rivals, who are also courting labor, reacted similarly: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer criticized the company and City Council Speaker Chrstine Quinn called the allegations the "the latest in a litany of despicable business practices."
Walmart has spent millions of dollars trying to enter the New York market, and somewhat optimistically joined a local business group long before they were actually close to having a business here.
Emily Giske, a lobbyist and friend of Quinn, reportedly tried to "negotiate something" with Stringer to get him out of the race. She denies it. Also, Stringer is telling people Quinn's allies are spreading rumors he'll run for comptroller. [David Seifman]
An election lawyer was hired by Republicans to get paperwork ready for Ray Kelly's mayoral run, which Kelly hasn't expressed any interest in doing. [Fred Dicker]
De Blasio emphasizes his outer-boroughness. Ed Koch says so what. [Michael Howard Saul]
Oddo said Quinn "has a great record on Staten Island." [Tom Wrobleski]
Simcha Felder's candidacy for state office while keeping his job in the city comptroller's office prompts an editorial board to call for his boss, John Liu, to quit. [New York Post]
Does the Harlem-based congressional seat still hold a symbolic value for black politics in America? [John Eligon]
"Bellavia for New York" has not answered questions raised about its finances, like why it paid itself $11,139 for food, fuel and office expenses. [Jerry Zremski]
The election for the soon-to-be-eliminated seat vacated by Carl Kruger will cost a million dollars. [Carl Campanile]
The company tried covering up a massive bribery scandal in Mexico. [David Barstow]
Walmart could face millions of dollars in fines. [Miguel Bustillo]
Flashback: "Wal-Mart Opens Major Campaign to Take New York" last January. [Elizabeth Harris]
The allegations are "the latest in a litany of despicable business practices," said Quinn. [Sally Goldenberg]
Flashback: Wal-Mart joined the Association for a Better New York back in January 2007. [Observer]
Cuomo shifted millions of dollars the state won in a settlement into an account controlled by the governor, nine days before leaving leaving the attorney general's office. [Jacob Gershman]
Cuomo appointed "scandal-scorched ex-governor" Paterson to the M.T.A. board. [Ken Lovett]
"[W]e have a karaoke night. It’s just the legislators who go out afterward and they all have to sing—whoever comes," said Assemblyman Francisco Moya. [Kristen Meriwether]
"I think people make pedagogical mistakes in thinking that test prep will lead to better outcomes," the state education commissioner said. [Jill Jorgensen]
Homes used by top prison officials may be sold by the state. [Erik Kriss]
Donald Trump, Ron Lauder and John Catsimatidis are among the billionaires in New York City who have gun permits. [Brad Hamilton and Gary Buiso]
"NBC used all of the powers at its disposal to amend the mistake, except the high-visibility airtime where the bad clip ran in the first place." [David Carr]
A new "anti-Obama" book coming out is titled "Leading from Behind." [Cindy Adams]
A new book about the House of Representatives said Weiner and Schumer cried when the congressman confessed to him about his sexting habit. [Josh Margolin]