8:20 am May. 31, 2012
After failing to get a soda tax passed in Albany, or to convince federal lawmakers to prohibit food-stamp recipients from purchasing sugary drinks, Michael Bloomberg announced a plan to ban large-size sweetened beverages from being sold in New York City.
A Wall Street Journal story notes that Bloomberg's plan, which would take the form of an amendment to the city's health code, would only have to be approved by the Board of Health, which he controls. The amendment wouldn't require a vote from the City Council.
Bloomberg doesn't have a public schedule today, so he probably won't be asked about the plan until his weekly radio appearance with John Gambling.
Michael Bloomberg has no public schedule today.
Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.
12:30 p.m. Christine Quinn discusses resolutions in support of the federal Farm Bill and a state bill to reform the Rent Guidelines Board at City Hall.
City Council agenda
-Gale Brewer's resolution for state lawmakers to "to modernize and streamline the procedures for the election night canvass and the reporting of unofficial election results"
-David Greenfield's bill to require every bicyclists wear a helmet
-Robert Jackson's resolution to support federal legislation to prevent the student loan interest rate of 3.4 recent from doubling in July
-Jessica Lappin's resolution "calling upon employers in New York City to hire more workers over 55 years of age"
-Melissa Mark-Viverito's bill "making police data machine-readable"
-Diana Reyna's resolution for state lawmakers "to change from mayoral control to municipal control" of city public schools
Quinnipiac poll of New York voters
56-31, Obama leads Romney among voters
43-33, Obama leads Romney among independent voters
46-41, Obama leads Romney among white voters
36-51, Obama trails Romney among Catholic voters
"Too Much Power for a President": Obama, like other presidents, should be required to get "the consent of someone outside his political inner circle" before authorizing the killing of American citizens and suspected terrorists on the "enemy kill list." [New York Times]
"Someone in Mitt Romney’s campaign had a Dan Quayle moment …" [Gerry Shields]
Shareholders at 150 Fortune 200 companies are not embracing the push to disclose corporate political spending. [Wall Street Journal]
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York authorized $20,000 payments to priests accused of sexually abusing children while he was the archbishop in Milwaukee. [Laurie Goodstein]
Rory Lancman is OK with not being endorsed by Rep. Gary Ackerman, in whose office he once interned. [Matthew Hampton]
"Espaillat will need a dramatic turnout of the district's Hispanic voters in his favor if he stands a chance of ousting an incumbent." [Susan Davis]
The anti-incumbency PAC targeting Rep. Charlie Rangel helped unseat a eight-term Democrat in Texas. [Danny Yadron and Nathan Koppel]
Rangel's staff didn't respond to "repeated requests" for an interview with the Daily Beast, for a story that calls Espallat his "most dangerous" challenger. [Patricia Murphy]
Stonewall Democrats endorsed Rangel, who skipped their candidates meeting. [Celeste Katz]
Unlike his failed bids to tax soda or stop food-stamp recipients from buying it, Bloomberg's proposed first-in-the-nation ban on sales of soda in big containers won't require outside approval. [Michael Grynbaum]
The ban could start next March, just before St. Patirck's Day, but it won't affect sales of alcoholic drinks or milkshakes. [Jen Chung]
"Getting a ban signed into law is certainly not easy, and it will also be controversial." [Jeff Pegues]
"The proposal completely bypasses the City Council and essentially enacts the ban by mayoral fiat." [Michael Howard Saul]
"Here He Goes Again" [CBS New York]
John Liu's audit accused Hewlett-Packard of overcharging the city by millions of dollars for upgrading the 911 emergency-call system. He forwarded his findings to the Manhattan district attorney. [David Chen]
About 225 school employees, mostly members of DC37, could be laid off, according to schools chancellor Dennis Walcott. [Grace Rauh]
A new law signed by Bloomberg could create a secondary market for unused time on muni-meters. [Matt Flegheimer]
The NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy "makes black boys grow up thinking of white people as a menace." [John McWhorter]
A retiring NYPD officer argues that the AP description of the Muslim surveillance program was wildly inaccurate, because some officers were "plainclothes officers" not "undercover officers," supposed "mosque crawlers" didn't enter mosques, and "observation reports" were retained, rather than reports on specific people. [Mitchell Silber]
"The AP didn't come within a long mile of documenting a single case in which the NYPD snooped on anyone or any group in violation of any law, regulation or constitutional principle." [Daily News]
Flashback: AP reporter Matt Apuzzo said back in February that he never approached it as a legal issue. [Capital]
"Job Polarization": Although 228,000 were regained in New York City, there are fewer "middle-skilled positions." [Lauren Weber]
The M.T.A. will allow turbans, yarmulkes and other religious headdresses to be worn, but only if they are "plain, solid navy blue." [Ted Mann]
"We're re-imagining the 'I Love New York' icon." [Rick Karlin]
Lee Saunders on Tier 6: "We think it was grossly unfair, what the governor did, what he proposed. We still disagree with that. We will always disagree with that." [Inside City Hall]
John Heilemann: "New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada. The president wins all those states, and he holds onto Viginia, which has about 10 percent Latinos and a growing economy…he can lose Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Iowa, New Hampshire and he still gets to 270." [Inside City Hall]
Steve Hayes on Trump: "He's a clown. He's always been a clown. He doesn't make arguments. He doesn't know what he's talking about half the time." [Fox News]
CNN talks to a Republican health official who has "no doubt" Obama was born in Hawaii. [Gary Tuchman]
"Fox and Friends" twice aired a nearly four-minute video yesterday "that looked similar to a campaign advertisement" and later took it down from their web site. [Associated Press]
"As Cuomo knows, people are willing to pay for the pleasure of defacing the 'I ♥ NY' logo. He didn't need to pay $5 million for the indignity." [Tom McGeveran]
Blame China? Bloomberg said America should look in the mirror. [Dan Rosenblum]
John Liu elaborated on his critical audit of Hewlett-Packard, which he began leaking last week. [Dana Rubinstein]
Kirsten Gillibrand's numbers are solid, and her Republican rivals are pretty much unknown. [Reid Pillifant]