8:09 am Jun. 4, 2012
According to Gabriel Sherman's cover story in New York magazine, Michael Bloomberg's next act will probably involve expanding upon what he did as mayor, and will probably not involve having a boss.
Bloomberg has ruled out a number of fantasy scenarios he's considered or been associated with, including taking potential job as head of the World Bank, buying The New York Times, and running a self-funded campaign for president.
Instead, his most attractive option is turning out to be to export the Bloomberg model of governance and public service through his philanthropic organization, which the mayor's aides giddily describe as potentially more powerful than his current job.
His pollster, Doug Schoen, says Bloomberg "could well end up more influential and important than the next president, whoever he may be."
Bloomberg's embrace of life after City Hall—and this story about it, for that matter—is well-timed to counter the idea, which is usually prevalent around this time in a mayor's last term, that he's a lame duck.
Later today, Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce his support for the decriminalization of the possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana, potentially reducing the number of stop-and-frisk arrests made by the New York Police Department.
The move could strengthen Cuomo's support among black-and-Latino lawmakers, many of whom have disagreed with him on economic issues, and catch him up to a neighboring Democratic governor, Dannel Malloy, who on Friday made Connecticut the latest to legalize medical marijuana, something Albany has failed to do for years.
It also inserts the governor into the affairs of the city yet again, giving him some degree of control a policy matter that had previously been left to Bloomberg and his commissioner.
This follows a pattern Cuomo set with his actions on an overhaul of the city's taxi and livery-car system and, more recently, on food-stamp requirements.
Bloomberg will have little choice but to tolerate it, for now.
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Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and will update his schedule to include an announcement in favor of the decriminalization of possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana in public view.
12:30 p.m. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends Rep. Charlie Rangel's education event at 2581 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
5 p.m. Education secretary Arne Duncan, the state educationcommissioner and the city schools chancellor participate in a panel discussion at Philanthropy New York's annual meeting, at 399 Park Avenue.
7:30 p.m. Dennis Walcott attends New York Public Library's Spring Gala at the library.
7:30 p.m. Bloomberg hosts the 'Made in NY' awards, at Gracie Mansion.
7:30 p.m. Charles Barron debates the Green Party and Republican Party candidates in the NY-08 race at 126 Saint Felix, between Hanson Place and Lafayette Avenue. Hakeem Jeffries will not attend.
How bad was Friday's economic news? "Pretty awful … The economy needs to generate at least 125,000 jobs per month just to keep up with population growth." [Associated Press]
Mitt Romney's state chairman Guy Molinari on Trump's birther theory: "People don't want to hear about that crap."
And on Trump: "You can't associate yourself with the man." [Tom Wrobleski]
Obama and Romney both like chicken, Star Trek and "are introverts operating in a province of extroverts." [Mark Leibovich]
Obama has avoided the election to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. [Jeff Zeleny]
The Bloomberg-alligned StudentsFirstNY is sending six-figures-worth of mail in support of Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, even though he sued City Hall over Cathie Black's appointment as school's chancellor. [Ken Lovett]
Retiring congressman Ed Towns backed one of his most vocal critics, Councilman Charles Barron, over Jeffries. [Andrew Grossman]
Towns said Jeffries would be beholden to special interests. [Gersh Kuntzman]
Rep. Charlie Rangel said he signed a plea deal with House ethics investigators because of pressure from party leaders, and that the whole investigation into him was illegal. A memo from the committee's former chief counsel said Republicans were improperly given overly negative info about Rangel. [Sam Roberts]
Rep. Nan Hayworth should fire her consultant, Jay Townsend, for saying, "Let's hurl some acid at those female Democratic Senators…" [Times Herald-Record]
Townsend apologized for posting "a stupid, thoughtless and insensitive comment on a Facebook page…" [Hudson Valley YNN]
He also apologies if anyone "misconstrued" what he meant. [Poughkeepsie Journal]
There was no misconstruing Townsend's message, or Hayworth's silence. [Cliff Weathers]
The first openly gay state senator in New York, Tom Duane, won't seek re-election. [Paul Schindler]
Candidates to replace Duane: Assembly members Deborah Glick and Brian Kavanagh and community board presidents Corey Johnson and Brad Hoylman. [David Chen]
Duane's current district: contiguous. [nysenate.gov]
Republican challenger Paul Saryian on not getting the Conservative Party line: "It might be a blessing in disguise." [Tom Wrobleski]
Michael Bloomberg turned down a job at the World Bank and decided to run for a third term in late August or early September of 2008 after meeting with Doug Band, a lawyer who helped Bill Clinton set up his foundation. [Gabriel Sherman]
"Probably a lot of calories in a B.L.T. when you put as much mayonnaise on it as I do," said Bloomberg. [Reuven Blau]
The Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council spent $2.5 million on lawyers while it was under investigation. [David Seifman]
A teacher busted last week for molesting a nine-year-old would have been kicked out of teaching sooner if the city's school chancellor, and not an arbitrator, had the power to remove the teacher. [Sally Goldenberg]
U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew should back School Chancellor Dennis Walcott's plan to get that power and quickly get rid of teachers accused of inappropriately contacting students. [Daily News]
An anti-Bloomberg ad, first written about in the Times. [Annie Karni]
George Will: "What Bloomberg is saying is, the government helps with your health care, the government is implicated in your health, therefore, we own you. Therefore, the government can fine-tune all the decisions you make pertinent to your health." [This Week]
"[E]very Liu audit needs to be regarded as an exercise in political theater." [New York Post]
Cuomo will announce his support for decriminalizing 25 grams or less of marijuana in public view. This doesn't go as far as Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and State Senator Mark Grisanti, who wanted to decriminalize smoking too. [Thomas Kaplan]
The NYPD made 50,684 arrests last year for possession of a small amount of marijuana. [Bill Hutchinson]
Next Door: Medical marijuana was legalized in Connecticut Friday by Gov. Dannel Malloy. [Associated Press]
Cuomo's aides said they've allowed fewer double-dippers than their predecessors. [Joseph Spector and Sean Lahman]
It was story was Rochester's front page on Sunday. [Flickr]
Cuomo said commissioner salaries are so low, it's hurting his ability to hire people and needs to be fixed "sooner or later." [Jon Campbell]
Campbell's story was PoJo's front page on Sunday. [Flickr]
Las Vegas companies are looking to build and operate a convention center and casino in Queens, after Cuomo said Genting was backing out of the project. [Fred Dicker]
Assemblyman William Boyland is under investigation for filing phony travel reimbursements. [Ken Lovett]
Six cops in Long Beach say their boss, a Democrat, demoted them because they're Republicans and are actively helping candidates this season. [Kathianne Boniello]
The state will pay $2.995 million to 98 people attacked by state troopers in a 1997 clash on Onondaga Nation territory. [John O'Brien]
Footage here. [Ongwehonweh]
On June 19, the Rochester City Council will vote on Councilwoman Loretta Scott's application for a moratorium on fracking
franking. [Democrat and Chronicle]
Alec Baldwin screened the anti-fracking move Gasland in Syracuse, but said he couldn't get a pro-fracking spokesman or politician to join his panel discussion. [Bob Niedt]
Alec Baldwin: "In New York right now the governor and the legislature and everybody is talking jobs, jobs jobs. And they're going to come here and they're going to decimate this area and a lot of the money is going to leave this area … This is not going to lower the price of energy in the United States in the long-term. [Post-Standard]
"Actor Alec Baldwin, who at this point must qualify as an honorary Central New Yorker…" [Maureen Nolan]
Asembly members Jim Tedisco, George Amedore and Pete Lopez are joining with State Senators Hugh Farley and Patty Ritchie in introducing the Family Famers and Apple Growers Relief Act. [Associated Press]
Embarrassed to report you're a victim of a cybercrime? Companies "need to get over it," report it immediately, and plan better. [Preet Bharara]
Wayne Barrett: "I wish he was as concerned about too-big-to-fail as he is too-big-to-drink." [Inside City Hall]