8:08 am May. 25, 2012
After a speech to the New York State Democratic Party in Albany during which he urged the state to give Barack Obama a mandate and talked broadly about electing Democrats locally, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he doesn't want to talk politics until after the legislative session is over.
"We’ll discuss political decisions in the political season, but we are now in the government season and we’re trying to get government bills passed," Cuomo told reporters.
The answer was in keeping with Cuomo's regular theme. But it's probably worth noting that he didn't actually say he was disengaged from politics, but simply that he doesn't want to talk about it.
Next week he's helping Assembly Democrats raise money, a courtesy he has yet to extend to Democrats in the State Senate. Earlier this month, Cuomo held a $5,000-per-person fund-raiser in Buffalo, and then worked to avoid reporters waiting outside.
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Andrew Cuomo is in New York City.
Michael Bloomberg has no schedule.
10:30 a.m. Bob Turner talks about his support of religious groups suing the Obama administration, in Buffalo.
Noon: Rep. Charlie Rangel will be endorsed by Giullermo Linares at 159th Street and Broadway.
12:30 p.m. Adriano Espaillat hosts a rally with Dominican supporters at 3938 Broadway.
Washington Post-ABC News Poll
Question: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of you and your family?
White Voters: 50-37, Romney over Obama
Non-White: 71-22, Obama over Romney
Question: Who do you think would do more to advance the economic interests of middle-class Americans?
White Voters: 48-43, Romney over Obama
Non-White: 73-24, Obama over Romney
Obama and Romney want to talk about Bain Capital. [Ashley Parker]
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: "The early engagement reflects the acceleration of politics in the age of Twitter, when every attack must be countered in real time." [Peter Baker]
"Romney campaign officials understand their challenge with black voters against a Democratic incumbent, particularly when that incumbent is also the first African American elected to the presidency. Still, they insist they will try." [Nia-Malika Henderson and Philip Rucker]
John Liu was blocked by state officials from getting a slot at the Democratic National Convention. [Sally Goldenberg and Erik Kriss]
Politics has always been a dirty business. [Cindy Adams]
"This isn't an ink blot. This is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's schedule for 2011." [Courtney Gross]
Attacking Velazquez: One rival, Dan O'Connor, said, "Most people don't know who she is. On top of that, She brought the least amount of money back to her district of any representative in all of New York State," and "She gets all of her donations from lobbyists, big banks, big corporations. She only got one donation from the district last year." [Inside City Hall]
As Rangel picks up Guillermo Linares' endorsement, Adriano Espaillat will host a rally nearby. [Celeste Katz]
"Maybe for Charlie the endorsements sort of serve as an ‘in lieu of’ for campaigning." Kate Taylor]
Flashback: Rangel skipped a candidates debate and said he never knew about it. [Capital]
Linares is not the first Dominican elected in the United States. [Hunter Walker]
Diane Savino said her Republican challenger is running "with negative sound bites prepared by other people." [Tom Wrobleski]
The head of Community Board 6, Mark Thompson, sent a letter to constituents and launched a campaign site. [Mary Johnson]
How close will Andrew Cuomo get to the Obama campaign? [Reid Pillifant]
Bloomberg dismissed Scott Stringer's commuter tax plan as "not politically viable" and predicted "Albany's not going to do it." [Dana Rubinstein]
Yesterday "the Patz news was leading the homepages of all the city's major outlets, including The New York Times, The New York Post, the Daily News, Newsday, DNAinfo and the local affiliates for NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC, which broke into 'The View' to carry Mayor Bloomberg's remarks during a press conference ... about the latest developments." [Joe Pompeo]
Meet the reporters working in City Hall. [Azi Paybarah]
Bloomberg supports raising taxi fares. [Bill Sanderson]
Cuomo's move to eliminate fingerprint imaging for food-stamp applicants will lead the city to spend more time investigating those applications. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg's diss of the New York Times, and Ray Kelly's vindication in New Jersey, are cheered. [New York Post]
Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter disagreed with Bloomberg's characterization of Philly's crime problem, but also said the New York Times "got some things wrong" in their editorial. [Grace Rauh]
City Councilwoman Letita James explains why she had to FOIL info from the Bloomberg administration. [Inside City Hall]
Maggie Haberman: “I think it’s O.K. for Room 9 to not look disgusting.” [Michael Grynbaum]
It's totally fine not to curate 900,000 newly released photos of vintage New York. [New York Times]
Hewlett-Packard charged $374 an hour to install wires at the city's 911 communication center in Brooklyn. [Juan Gonzalez]
"Jersey's fine with NYPD Muslim spying" [Josh Margolin]
"The findings mean New Jersey Muslims have no state recourse to stop the NYPD from infiltrating student groups, videotaping mosque-goers or collecting their license plate numbers as they pray." [Associated Press]
Ray Kelly's claim about stop-and-frisk saving 5,600 lives in the last decade is "demonstrably false." [Donna Lieberman]
"We're totally jealous" [Garth Johnston]
"[I]t was unclear Thursday night what evidence, beyond Mr. Hernandez’s confession, the prosecutors have in hand. Mr. Kelly acknowledged that there was no physical evidence implicating Mr. Hernandez, though he said the investigation was continuing." [William Rashbaum and Joseph Goldstein]
Cuomo said he doesn't want to talk politics until after the legislative session ends, and is having a fund-raiser for Assembly Democrats next week. [Ken Lovett]
“Obviously I have pissed some people off enough to the point where they would send in jackbooted thug police officers to do an anal search on someone I believe they thought was my wife,” said the investigations editor at the Albany Times Union. [Danny Hakim and Nick Confessore]
Cuomo sounds like E.J. McMahon, noting the pension fund fell short of its obligations, despite a recent uptick. [Jon Campbell]
"Many gay couples in New York and Connecticut are learning that even though their state allows them to marry, they still must take more steps than straight couples to protect their assets." [Arden Dale]
Pollution fines can be reduced or eliminated for companies that agree to a self-auditing deal with state environmental officials. [Sarah Crean]