9:00 am Jun. 8, 2012
Ray Kelly, the New York Police Department commissioner, gave a wide-ranging interview to the Queens Chronicle which seemed motivated in part by a desire to correct what he considers inaccuracies in the public record.
The commissioner called the Associated Press reports on the department's anti-terror surveillance programs unfair and said he meets weekly with Muslim leaders, and that "certainly the meetings are cordial, but what we're fighting is misinformation."
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, who was also at the interview, referred to the police action to remove Occupy Wall Street demonstrators from Zuccotti Park and said that only one reporter was ever arrested during that activity. He said widespread stories of other reporters being arrested were "a total myth."
Which, in terms of the public record, will come as news to Gabe Pressman and the New York Press Club.
Andrew Cuomo is in New York City with no public schedule.
1 p.m. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott hosts Talent Unlimited High School Girls Choir at the Tweed Courthouse.
"Among some liberals, Clinton is seen as a potentially better standard-bearer than Obama, whose compromises on health care and the budget have frustrated his party’s base. To foreign policy hawks, she is pragmatic and unafraid of U.S. dominance. To Washington insiders, she is a like-minded realist who would play hardball with Congress and understands how the system works." And: "Potential 2016 Democratic hopefuls such as Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will need to start laying the groundwork for a national campaign right away." [Anne Kornblut]
Rep. Bill Pascrell: "We couldn't have a better candidate in 2016 if she wants to run." [MSNBC]
"Espaillat said the local media are making a big deal of his background to sell papers." [Jason Margolis]
Charlie Rangel, Adriano Espaillat, Clyde Williams, Joyce Johnson and Craig Schley have been invited to a June 11 debate in the Bronx. [Norwood News]
Private-sector unions contribute to the public-union-disputing, pro-Cuomo Committee to Save New York. [Nick Confessore]
"But while good government groups often lead the charge for transparency and openness in government, some made clear Thursday that they don't necessarily want to reveal their own donors either." [Zack Fink]
The Senate Democrats' appointee to J-COPE, Ravi Batra, said donations to 501(c)4 groups like the Committee to Save New York should be disclosed if they were made after the law was passed on August 15, 2011. [Associated Press]
"Cuomo would now prefer to see the development in Manhattan." [Danny Hakim and Charles Bagli]
Ray Kelly: "[W]hat we're fighting is misinformation."
Paul Browne: It's "a total myth" that reporters were arrested at Zuccotti Park. [Peter Mastrosimone]
Cuomo's plan to decriminalize public possession of small amounts of marijuana may have to be scaled back because of Republican opposition. [Jacob Gershman]
The Republican leader in the State Senate, Dean Skelos, "shows a lack of good sense" in opposing Cuomo's plan. [New York Times]
"The NYPD isn’t putting Islam on trial and isn’t 'stigmatizing' Muslims because of their religion. It’s monitoring the region to root out a dangerous ideology…" [New York Post]
Prosecutors cannot refer to the defendant simply as "Seabrook." Defense lawyers cannot equate him with Martin Luther King or other world leaders. [Benjamin Weiser]
"I have a sense…that he [Bill Clinton] is clearing the field for Hillary Clinton, for the next time. He doesn't want to see any opponents like Joe Biden or Andrew Cuomo or Martin O'Malley or Rahm Emanuel. He doesn't want anybody out there testing the water by running against her. He wants to be able to say to his spouse, you run, you may have to talk her into it, because there's not going to be any Democrat getting in your way." [Hardball]
"This is an admission of guilt, I think, on the part of the Republicans. They know they're wrong and if they go along with this [Obama plan] it will create jobs and that's the last thing they want to do right now." [The Ed Show]
"Mr. Romney gets caught saying things that are factually wrong. And the thing that is different about him is that he does not mind. He doesn't fix it. He doesn't even try to worm out of it. He doesn't' appear to feel any shame about it at all. And he is happy to keep telling the lie once he knows it is a lie." [Rachel Maddow Show]
Al Sharpton gives tips to Mitt Romney for winning over his neighbors in La Jolla. [Politics Nation]
Eliot Spitzer says Republicans didn't even bother debating the Fair Pay Act. [Viewpoint]