Hovering over Bloomberg's emphatic remarks on immigration, a story about helicoptering
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke extensively yesterday about the virtues of the New York immigration model, making a bottom-line case for liberalization of the rules on the grounds that foreign-born workers can fill jobs that native-born Americans won't, have skills that native-born Americans don't, and simply work harder than most American-born workers do.
As usual, he also framed his dissatisfaction with current immigration law in a criticism of both parties in Washington, jabbing the ostensibly liberal Obama administration in particular for actually stepping up deportation rates since the end of 2008.
But as is so often the case on days when Bloomberg decides to say something important, there were distractions too, of his own creation.
A couple living next to the 34th Street heliport filmed the mayor using the facility 16 times when it was suppose to be closed in order to cut down on noise and air pollution for nearby residents.
The footage is pretty clear and ABC's Jim Hoffer did a good job questioning the mayor about it. Bloomberg's answer was that, to his recollection, the facility is open on the weekends.
The helicopter story fits with the caricature of the mayor as a rich guy who thinks the rules don't apply to him, which sometimes doesn't seem like a caricature at all.
Other possibly troublesome stories for the mayor: The company running the parking facility near Yankee Stadium is faltering financially, and creditors just hired Rudy Giuliani's firm to try to straighten things out. The deal, which involved city and state subsidies and tax-exempt bonds from the city's Industrial Development Agency, looks in hindsight like an awful idea.
And federal prosecutors are investigating the nonprofit company that once provided glowing job-placement numbers for Bloomberg.
12 noon: Adam Clayton Powell IV will endorse Rep. Charlie Rangel for election in NY-13 at 125th and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
12:30 p.m. The Taxi and Limousine Commission testifies at a CIty Council budget hearing on the 16th floor of 250 Broadway
7 p.m. Clyde Williams, Adriano Espaillat, Joyce Johnson and Craig Schley are confirmed attendees at a NY-13 candidate's debate at 110 Cabrini Blvd.
7:25 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the World Resources Institute Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental.
8:15 p.m. Bloomberg attends the Rangers Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 against the Devils at the Garden.
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Michael Bloomberg criticized Obama for deporting more immigrants "than the last four or five presidents put together." [David Seifman]
Flashback: Bloomberg aides floated the idea that he may make an endorsement in the presidential race. [David Seifman]
Cardinal Dolan keeps up his criticism of Barack Obama. [Carl Campanile]
Judith Hope: "It's important to make the point that President Obama did not go after equity capital per se. He went after the Bain corporation because Mitt Romney is running on his experience as a business man." [Inside City Hall]
"We're going into Adriano's base": A Rangel insider claims the endorsement of Giullermo Linares, a Dominican-American assemblyman who is running for Espaillat's State Senate seat. [Carl Campanile]
"But one thing Charles B. Rangel almost never does is identify himself as a Hispanic man, even though he is half Puerto Rican." [John Eligon]
Headline: "Charles Rangel touts his Puerto Rican roots in primary battle against Latino challenger Adriano Espaillat" [Tina Moore]
Bloomberg broke the curfew at the 34th Street Heliport, angering neighbors. [Dan MacLeod, Dan Mangan and David Seifman]
Ron Sticco, a neighbor, filmed Bloomberg breaking the curfew 16 times.
"It's my understanding that it's not closed on the weekend," Bloomberg said. [Jim Hoffer]
Seedco, a company once favored by City Hall for job-placement services, is now being sued by federal prosecutors. Trouble with Seedco has been documented by the Times and Department of of Investigation. [Michael Powell]
Bloomberg should spend money for ads defending his agenda, since no one else is motivated to defend his record anymore. [Michael Goodwin]
Rudy Giuliani's law firm was hired to fix problems with a city-facilitated parking deal connected to the Yankees. [Juan Gonzalez]
Gun manufacturers who oppose micro-stamping of bullets, which Cuomo and Bloomberg support, got more than $6 million in state fund to create jobs. [Ken Lovett]
The man accused of being former state senator Carl Kruger's "bag man" was sentenced to two years in prison but would have gotten longer if not for his weight-related health problems. [Bruce Golding and Rebecca Rosenberg]
Long Shot: I'll Have Another has a better chance of winning the Triple Crown than Cuomo does of reforming NYRA. [New York Post]
NYRA's 25-member board will be replaced with 17 members. Cuomo will pick seven, and the chair. [Ken Lovett]
Cuomo's takeover of the agency comes ahead of the June 9 Belmont Stakes. It's not known if any of NYRA's current board members will sit on the new board. [Joe Drape]
Andrew Cuomo drops his long-running avoidance of the show and makes an appearance at the hotel before the curtain goes up. [@CapitalTonight]
Erik Kriss as Carl Kruger. [@DNDailyPolitics]
The state comptroller and Jimmy Vielkind. [@DNDailyPolitics]
The guys. [@DNDailyPolitics]