9:00 am Jun. 19, 20121
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a fund-raiser for her mayoral campaign in Los Angeles this weekend, with talent agent Ari Emanuel serving as one of the hosts.
These trappings of celebrity set Quinn apart from her prospective 2013 competitors, as does her online presence.
Quinn recently got her 10,000th follower on Twitter, which is considerably more than any of her rivals has. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has 4,650, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has 4,548, City Comptroller John Liu has 2,527, former city comptroller Bill Thompson has 1,652, and publisher Tom Allon has 319.
(Quinn also has a Klout score of 59, just ahead of Stringer and de Blasio.)
Of course, none of this necessarily means she'll actually end up with more votes next year than her rivals. Nor does it give Quinn a pass from the parochial issues she'll continue to have to deal with in her current capacity, like the expansion of the Chelsea Market, which is in Quinn's backyard and landed on the front page of The Times last week.
Andrew Cuomo is in Albany and has no public schedule.
9:45 a.m. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at the P.S. 176 graduation ceremony at 850 Baychester Avenue in the Bronx.
10 a.m. Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Rio+C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change Conference, in Ri de Janeiro, Brazil. The event will be streamed here.
2:30 p.m. Council Member Gale Brewer honors West Side schools and staff for contributions to successful District 3 Composting Pilot Program at PS 199, 270 West 70 Street in Manhattan.
Obama's immigration move last week was "politically brilliant." [Buffalo News]
New York's competitive congressional primaries show the state is having its own Arab Spring. [Michael Powell]
"Rangel became the poster image of congressional irresponsibility … [Espaillat's] "record is one of a genial pol whose field of vision is far too narrow for Washington." [Daily News]
Rep. Charlie Rangel: "It’s not a challenge that requires any type of original effort." [Daily News]
State Senator Adriano Espaillat criticizes Rangel for not having enough energy. [John Eligon]
Craig Schley hasn't filed a financial disclosure statement. [Jill Colvin]
Christine Quinn will have a fund-raiser in L.A. on Thursday. Among the hosts: Ari Emanuel. [Page Six]
How to get more news out of Bloomberg: "throw some ice cubes in the Michelob and let the man work!" [Christopher Robbins]
Bloomberg has to do more than deliver speeches at black churches to "mend" stop-and-frisk. [New York Times]
Bloomberg defended using a checkpoint that requires 129th Street residents in Harlem to show their ID before proceeding. [Leonard Greene, Kevin Sheehan, Jessica Simeone and Josh Saul]
Years after applying for the job, Veronica White is the city's new parks commissioner. [Jill Colvin]
An aide to City Councilman Leroy Comrie, Al-Hassan Kanu, is running for a seat in Sierra Leone's parliament. [Sarah Maslin Nir]
Cuomo's 11th-hour legislation would block schools from releasing teacher evaluation info that could identify a specific teacher to the public. Parents would get teacher evaluation info for their child's current teacher. Also: "Cuomo's effort to decriminalize marijuana appeared to have died Monday." [Jacob Gershman and LIsa Fleisher]
It's "disconcerting that Cuomo himself has been trying to limit the disclosure of teacher data. This, despite his pledge earlier this year to be the 'students’ lobbyist.' Some lobbyist." [New York Post]
If Cuomo and the legislature don't reach a deal, the full evaluations will be released. [Ken Lovett]
After passing same-sex marriage and raises taxes on high-income earners, Republicans in the State Senate, are reluctant to decriminalize small possession of marijuana, which the Conservative Party opposes. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo joked that his secret to making Albany work is "large quantities of alcohol late at night with multiple lawmakers." [Beth Defalco]
Legislation to be afraid of: one that gives doctors "bargaining" power against H.M.O.s, and another that drags the government into investigating claims of unpaid salaries for freelancers. [Bill Hammond]
Joe Lhota: Non-union M.T.A. workers and managers deserve a raise since they haven't gotten one since 2008. To get it, union workers need to forgo their salary increases in the current budget talks. [New York Post]
Cindy Adams said Sue Simmons was fired for a younger, cheaper replacement. [New York Post]
Challenger Erik Dilan has raised more than $70,000 from the real estate industry, compared to Rep. Nydia Velazquez's $1,000. [Dana Rubinstein]
Senator Chuck Schumer will address Charles Barron's congressional candidacy soon. [Reid Pillifant]
Chris Collins' brief membership in Bloomberg's coalition against illegal guns is being used against him in his Republican congressional primary. [Reid Pillifant]
Bodie from "The Wire" opposes stop-and-frisk. [Azi Paybarah]