8:49 am Apr. 30, 2012
The Ray Kelly drumbeat continues in the New York Post, as Fred Dicker, a columnist familiar with Andrew Cuomo's thinking, suggests the governor would back the police commissioner for mayor if he runs.
The Post editorial board strongly supports Kelly, taking criticism of the city's law-enforcement policies as an opportunity to do so all the more stridently.
Of course, backing from News Corp. properties only goes so far, particularly once its chosen candidates are actually in office. From Jennifer Preston's story in the Times about Rupert Murdoch's influence in New York, based on his testimony last week in London:
In response to a question about the perception that he trades political support for favors, Mr. Murdoch cited Mr. Bloomberg as proof that was not the case.
“I think it’s a myth,” he said about political influence. “And everything I do every day, I think, proves it to be such. Have a look at — well, it’s not relevant, but how I treat Mayor Bloomberg in New York. Sends him crazy. But we support him every time he runs for re-election.”
"You know how I feel about this administration. It's not even a tenth positive," said WOR radio host John Gambling.
“We’re in trouble now. I’m three scotches into it, ladies and gentlemen," joked Rep. Michael Grimm at a Staten Island fund-raiser. [Tom Wrobleski]
Cuomo "is open" to backing Ray Kelly in 2013, but is not planning on endorsing during the primary. [Fred Dicker]
"Grace Meng used a North Korean sympathizer to help out with her upcoming primary race." [Michael Gartland]
Flashback: John Choe was active for years in an organization that encouraged cultivation of ties to North Korea while serving as an aide to John Liu. [Dana Rubinstein]
Councilman Eric Dilan's congressional campaign did not disclose employer information for more than half of his contributions. The Daily News said they come from the real estate industry. [Benjamin Lesser and Alison Gendar]
Clyde Williams' effort to get on the ballot is used as an example of New York having unfair ballot-access laws. [New York Post]
Williams' petitions are no longer facing challenges, an expert notes. [Jerry Skurnik]
City Council hearings will be televised live. [Julie Shapiro]
Ticket prices for Cuomo's fund-raiser on Wednesday begin at $5,000. [Robert McCarthy]
Cuomo makes history all the time, by his reckoning. [Thomas Kaplan]
Part-time staffers get paid full-time salaries, but have plenty of time to do campaign work. [Ken Lovett]
$44,919 was spent on cigars and tobacco by state candidates since 2008. [Ken Lovett and Glenn Blain]
In New York City "last year 50,000 people — one every 10 minutes — were arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana." [Brent Staples]
A lawyer accused Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes of not strongly prosecuting "Orthodox Jewish sex criminals." [Michael Lesher]
An upstate newspaper calls on George Maziarz to withdraw his Stand Your Ground legislation. [Buffalo News]
O.W.S. protesters plant to "shut the city down" and to target Wells Fargo in particular. [Jessica Firger]
NYC will sell 6,000 licenses for outer borough taxis. [Heather Haddon]
"Cuomo recalled in an interview on Friday that he helped Mr. Murdoch on multiple occasions." [Jennifer Preston]
The new taxi. [Kristen Artz]
Obama's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. [JimmyKimmelLive]
Jimmy Kimmel's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner. [CSPAN]