Bloomberg makes a positive decision for teachers, and maybe Christine Quinn
The big takeaway from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's budget presentation is that the budge ax is hanging over after-school and child-care programs, and firehouses, rather than the overall size of the teacher workforce.
Henry Goldman of Bloomberg L.P. notes that preserving the teachers' jobs is a shift from what the mayor planned in February, and it "satisfied a demand from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn."
Reuters took a more forward-looking approach, noting in their headline that the mayor's budget "freezes wages." What that means is there will be more pressure on the next mayor to give raises to union workers once those contracts come up for renewal.
Bob Hennelly of WNYC asked the mayor about this, referring to the "time-bomb of retro pay."
The mayor responded by saying it's unlikely future administrations will have money for pay increases.
Which will help lay the groundwork for the fight the next mayor will have to face.
Bill Clinton: "I don’t want any more briefings unless the president or the National Security Council – the White House people – want me to have it.’ Because I give too many talks, do too much work – I never want to inadvertently say something that complicates their job." [Devin Dwyer]
Christine Quinn's complaint about media bias is a media reporter's "Quote of the Day." [Dylan Byers]
A Harlem preacher at the "living wage" press conference criticized Quinn for leaving the event abruptly. [Stephon Johnson]
Gothamist is intrigued by the prospect a Diana Taylor candidacy. [Garth Johnston]
Mike Allen: "There's never been a better opening for a centrist, third-party candidate. Michael Bloomberg recognizes it's not his time. He's too liberal on social issues to make that run. But now he's finding power in a different way. In his third term as mayor he's finding that both sides recognize that in a time when the American people want a sort of more mute politics, this more centrist politics, that having him coming out for them would be huge." [Morning Joe]
Obama is going to the Albany area on Tuesday. [Jimmy Vielkind]
The chairman of the New York State Democratic Party, which answers to Andrew Cuomo, signed on to the effort to make same-sex marriage part of the Democratic Party's platform at their national convention. [David Freedlander]
A state senator who endorsed Adriano Espaillat is being challenged by a Democrat who is backing Rep. Charlie Rangel. [Roberto Perez]
Bloomberg said his successor probably will not have money to be able to give retroactive pay increases. [Reuters]
The fight with the Council will be over firehouses and restoring after school and child-care services. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bloomberg is "abandoning his February plan to eliminate teachers through attrition" which "satisfied a demand from City Council Speaker Christine Quinn." [Henry Goldman]
David Greenfield likes that Bloomberg restored funding to the four district attorneys outside Manhattan. [Yeshiva World News]
Bloomberg's revised budget includes $185 million more in spending. [Billy Rennison]
"The mayor has cut child-care and after-school programs for five straight years," according to advocates. [Saki Knafo]
The United Federation of Teachers doesn't like how Bloomberg put the onus on the union to agree with the city. [Bob Hennelly and Brigid Bergin]
Hiring / Firing David Segal
The tweet that reportedly "spooked" Ydanis Rodriguez into re-firing Segal was from Gerson Borrero. [CityandStateNY]
That infamous tweet. [@GersonBorrero]
Obama and Romney head to the middle, toward Bloomberg. [Mike Allen]
Around the 11-minute mark, Cuomo takes questions about whether his new commission will follow the state's Open Meeting Laws, which they are not obligated to do. [Times Union]