8:09 am May. 8, 2012
Until now, their main candidate-recruitment strategy has been to beat the drum for police commissioner Ray Kelly, in hopes that he'll consider running for mayor if his candidacy is the product of what looks like a draft movement.
But Craig Eaton, the chairman from Brooklyn, seemed indicate that the unofficial draft Kelly movement has run its course: "Until he reaches out to us, says I'm interested, I want to talk, there's really nothing we can do."
Today, the Republicans will focus their attention on President Obama, who is visiting upstate New York and appearing with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
9 a.m. former governor George Pataki and N.Y.S. G.O.P. chairman Ed Cox host a conference call in advance of Obama's visit upstate.
11 a.m. Quinn and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly discuss combatting domestic violence, at 1 Police Plaza.
1:35 p.m. Obama speaks at NanoFab Extension, at 141 Fuller Road, in Albany.
2 p.m. Bloomberg discusses the impact of the media and entertainment industries on New York's economy, at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.
Having Biden and Duncan support same-sex marriage before Obama does is "smart politics. But it's hardly audacious and not so inspiring." [Frank Bruni]
"Obama risks dampening the enthusiasm of allies without gaining the support of equality’s opponents." [New York Times]
So much for the draft Ray Kelly movement: "Until he reaches out to us, says I'm interested, I want to talk, there's really nothing we can do," the Brooklyn G.O.P. chairman said, appearing on "Inside City Hall" with three other G.O.P. chairmen. [NY1]
The Times power list didn't mention Diana Taylor's prospective mayoral bid. (Neither did the G.O.P. chairmen. See above). [Christopher Robbins]
"Moderate-to-conservative Democrat" Adolfo Carrion hasn't shut the door on the G.O.P. "If Boomberg could run as a Republican, why can't he?" asked Jerry Skurnick. [David Seifman]
Obama nixed a joke at the White House Correspondents Dinner about dumping Joe Biden. [Mark Leibovich]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Rep. Yvette Clarke and others agree: there will be a female president of the United States. One day. Soon. [amNewYork]
Adriano Espaillat is "intensifying his outreach to Latino voters" as illustrated by the Fernando Ferrer endorsement, and Espaillat is "the most prominent of several Democratic challengers" to Rangel. [Kate Taylor]
Painful Lede of the Day: "Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama are keeping their distance from Rep. Charlie Rangel as he fights one of the toughest re-election battles of his career." [Jill Colvin]
The ongoing feud between the Zalman and Aaronite sects of the Satmar community in Ellenville--two hours north of the district--is trickling into Democratic congresswoman Nydia Velazquez's re-election bid against primary challenger Councilman Eric Dilan.
"I cannot back someone who has no respect about what I'm doing."--Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the Brooklyn Democratic Leader who backs Dilan. [Courtney Gross]
Policing the Police
Bloomberg's attack of a study critical of the NYPD was inaccurate. It was not "paid for by one of the unions" but rather Molloy College. The study showed a 90 percent increase in emergency room visits from 1996 to 2005, but a 50 percent decrease in reported assaults. [Michael Powell]
Last week, the Bloomberg administration moved to "close" 24 schools and reopen new ones in their place. "As the new schools are technically different schools, union job protections will not apply." [Lindsey Christ]
"These are sham closings…This was an attempt to go around collective bargaining," said Ernest Logan, president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators. [Rachel Monahan]
A1 in the Times: Former N.Y.C. schools chancellor Joel Klein is busy in News Corp. helping them deal with the phone-hacking scandal. [Amy Chozick]
A Post writer puts Cuomo's fund-raiser for Assembly Democrats into perspective: "he's done little to help minority-party Democrats in the state senate." Hank Sheinkopf: "It seems that the governor is happy to work with the people who are in power to get things done." [Erik Kriss]
The low-profile power players: Roman Hedges, Robert Mukica, Brian Mera, Mylan Denerstein, Joe Percoco, Mike Del Giudice. [Tom Precious]
"The speaker has indicated that there is no clear sense of the conference" and "Therefore, it will not come to the floor for a vote this year," a spokesman for the Assembly speaker said, thus killing the chance to legalize Mixed Martial Arts in Albany. [John Eligon]
Lesson: If the majority of the majority doesn't agree, they don't bring the bill up for a vote.
Flashback: Congestion pricing. [N.Y.O.]
Andrew Cuomo's solution to the lax oversight of state-run facilities for the disabled is the creation of a new agency that can investigate allegations of wrongdoing, subpoena records and convene grand juries. Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver support it, but don't yet endorse it.[Danny Hakim]
"It’s a sad commentary that vulnerable citizens need a full-time special prosecutor to protect them from the taxpayer-supported caregivers charged with keeping them safe and healthy." [Bill Hammond]
Bill O'Reilly: "Black Americans, and we saw this in California with the referendum out there--"
Juan Williams: "Yeah, buddy."
Bill O'Reilly: "are opposed and this could suppress the turnout if Barack Obama put up the banner of 'I want gay marriage.'" [Fox]
On Hardball, Sam Stein: Obama's reluctance to announce his support of same-sex marriage may be because of North Carolina referendum on the ballot, seeking to ban it. [MSNBC]
Invading Williamsburg"Here he is, a local celebrity, pounding on the door of one of the most coveted jobs in broadcasting, the glitter of national-talk-show fairy dust sprinkled in his neat blond hair. And there he goes, moving from a fabulous penthouse on the Upper West Side to a house with vanilla-colored siding that is across the street from a hardware store and costs half as much as the place where he lives now." [Elizabeth Harris]
"Following Death of Adam Yauch, Grieving China Frees Tibet" [The Onion]
The clouds part for Corey Johnson. [Erik Bottcher]
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