Obama and Cuomo praise each other, Quinn says Kelly is great right where he is
President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo praised each other at an event today in Albany in a way that should come in handy for both of them: Obama essentially said Cuomo had helped make Albany a national model, and Cuomo, significantly, said Obama had gotten America through an economic storm.
At New York Police Department headquarters, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appeared with Ray Kelly, the popular commissioner who has been talked about as a possible mayoral candidate, to promote a new campaign to reduce domestic violence.
After talking about the policy announcement, Kelly briefly stepped away from the event and Quinn fielded a question about Kelly's more controversial policing tactics (stop-and-frisk, and Muslim surveillance). Quinn defended them and said, "I do think Ray Kelly has been an outstanding police commissioner" and "Whoever is the next mayor of the city of New York would be incredibly lucky to have Ray Kelly stay on as their police commissioner."
Assuming the commissionership is all Kelly wants, that should serve both of them just fine, too.
The rollout: "President Barack Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday made clear a central theme that will emerge as this presidential campaign, and perhaps the next, plays out: The economy is getting better." [Michael Gormley]
The clarification: "On Air Force One, on the way here from Washington, Jay Carney, the president’s spokesman, was asked whether the two might discuss same-sex marriage. Mr. Carney said he did not know but he expected the president would be asked about it sometime soon in an interview or other venue and that he would likely clarify his views then." [Katharine Seelye]
Obama endorsing same-sex marriage would be a symbolic victory and possibly jeopardize his re-election plans. [David Klion]
Cuomo handled his hosting duties well. [Jimmy Vielkind]
This was Obama's third visit to Albany since taking office. [Joe Spector]
The debate over who gets credit for starting the computer plant Obama visited in upstate New York continues. [Nick Reisman]
2013 City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly appeared together to discuss efforts to curb domestic violence. [NewYork.CBSlocal.com]
Cuomo's forthcoming book about politics could be the latest in a long tradition of dangerously boring books by politicians. [Paul Waldman]
Congress members welcome Rangel. Nancy Pelosi: "You look wonderful!" [Andrew Grossman]
More on that "anti-incumbency group" targeting Rangel. [Josh Lederman]
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks makes the case for giving more tax breaks to spur job development, despite State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's latest report calling that connection into question. [David Andreatta]
Breaking Ranks: Assemblyman Micah Kellner said the bill legalizing mixed martial arts deserves an up-or-down vote. [Twitter]
Flashback: The bill was spiked because the Assembly speaker said the majority did not agree to it. [John Eligon]
DiNapoli will speak with the Westchester Journal's editorial board at 1 p.m. on Thursday. [LoHud]
Bloomberg's proposed budget cuts to homeless youth shelters sparks a reaction. [Erwin de Leon]
New York City's bike-share program is more expensive than the ones in London and Washington. [Garth Johnston]
$60 billion was spent by film and television companies in New York City since Bloomberg took office in 2002, according to a report the mayor commissioned. [Mariam Kreinin Souccar]
Detour: "The bike share program, it turned out, would NOT hit the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Park Slope, Cobble Hill, or much of Brooklyn beyond Bergen Street until a year from now.
"Sadik-Khan wouldn’t explain why, or when, this decision was made." [Andrea Bernstein]
Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Obama. [Jimmy Vielkind]
The cost of New York City's bike share program. [Gothamist]
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