Occupy Wall Street gets the rainy day it didn’t want

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Briefing: O.W.S. (nyclovesnyc vis flickr)
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Some Occupy Wall Street organizers are hoping to disrupt business as usual today, blocking traffic and distrurbing commutes in an effort to demonstrate that the protest movement that grabbed worldwide attention last year is still intact, despite having been unceremoniously evicted from its makeshift home in Zuccotti Park.

Organizers reportedly feared that rainy weather would dampen participation in the planned disruptions. 

2013

A spokesman for Ray Kelly said the commissioner "didn't recall" telling a writer for New York magazine that he was "contemplating" a mayoral run. [David Seifman]

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John Liu "gives strongest indication to date" that he'll run for mayor. [Tina Moore]

A quotable preacher at Liu's rally said, "There are haters that want to stop us from being history makers” and "the devil can’t ride your back when you’re standing." [David Chen]

One reporter writes that Quinn's walking away from a press conference because someone insulted Bloomberg was "a move that could damage her mayoral candidacy." [Michael Howard Saul]

Another reporter said the incident has "the potential to become a symbolic moment in Ms. Quinn’s campaign for mayor." [Kate Taylor]

May Day

Widespread O.W.S. demonstrations today are aimed nationwide. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the police, and the city, are prepared. [Larry Celona, Sally Goldenberg, Leonard Greene]

Bridges and tunnels, along with financial institutions are the target of demonstrations in New York City. [Joe Kemp and Reuven Blau]

Albany

One editorial board praises Cuomo for putting together a commission charged with fixing New York schools. [New York Post]

City Council

Fired aide David Segal was reportedly "offered his job back." [David Seifman and Laura Italiano]

In passing the "living wage" bill, the Council "sided with its labor union allies." [Sally Goldenberg]

"She champions a bill she neutered." [Michael Powell]

"[W]hy pass a 'living wage' at all if it’s not big enough to matter much, good or bad? Politics." [Nicole Gelinas]

Media

Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run a company like News Corp., according to a report from a British parliamentary panel. [Alan Cowell and John Burns]