9:00 am Jun. 26, 2012
It's Primary Day for congressional candidates in New York, as the campaigns canvass for supporters in what promises to be a low-turnout election.
In the city:
Councilman Charles Barron is hoping to upset his better-funded and better-organized opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, for the seat being vacated by Ed Towns.
Charlie Rangel, who has the affirmed support of lots of Democratic leaders but not of the president, faces challenges from, among others, former presidential aide Clyde Williams and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who has the endorsement of, among others, the president of the Dominican Republic. (Obama is appearing on campaign lit for both Rangel and Espaillat.)
Assemblywoman Grace Meng is running, with the backing of Queens Democratic chair Joe Crowley, against Assemblyman Rory Lancman and Crowley's cousin, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Also: New York Republicans will decide a nomination fight between Rep. Bob Turner, Wendy Long and George Maragos for the right to face Senator Kirsten Gillibrand this fall. No one has run away with this one.
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Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.
9:30 a.m. Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley votes at P.S. 113, at 87-21 79th Avenue in Glendale.
10 a.m. Dr. Robert Mittman votes at Cardozo High School, 57-00 223rd Street in Bayside.
10:30 a.m. State Senator Adriano Espaillat votes at P.S. 98, 530 West 212 Street, in Manhattan.
11 a.m. Assemblywoman Grace Meng votes at the St. Andrew Avellino School, at 35-50 158th Street in Flushing.
11 a.m. Assemblyman Rory Lancman votes at P.S. 173 at 174-10 67th Avenue in Fresh Meadows.
9 p.m. Grace Meng's Election Night Party: Plum Restaurant, 47-39 Bell Boulevard, in Bayside.
9 p.m. Lancman Election Night Party: Queens Jewish Center, at 66-05 108th Street in Forest Hills.
9 p.m. Crowley's Election Night Party [RSVP required]: IBEW Local 3 HQ, 158-11 Harry van Arsdale Jr. Avenue in Flushing.
9:15 p.m. Espaillat's Election Party: 809 Restaurant, 112 Dyckman Street in Manhattan.
A gossip columnist hits Obama for not allowing Douglas Durst, a real estate developer and major Democratic donor, into a photo-op during his visit to Ground Zero. [Cindy Adams]
"It's important to get out and vote or we may get some nasty surprises." [McBrooklyn]
Every campaign is struggling to alert voters to the fact that it's Primary Day. [Thomas Kaplan and Kate Taylor]
"Brooklyn Cupcake Endorses Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez" [Brooklyn Cupcake]
Who can vote? [BrooklynScoop]
Hakeem Jeffries could face fines for having posters on public property. [Janet Upadhye]
Unity: "Both candidates share a class warfare position on the economy." [Kyle Thomas McGovern]
A longtime Central Brooklyn resident strongly disagrees with MoveOn's anti-Barron screed, and notes Hakeem Jeffries skipped a recent rally against Atlantic Yards. [Joan Gibbs]
Jews could help decide the race. [Yeshiva World]
A blogger criticizes Rep. Emanuel Cleaver for not denouncing Barron. [TheMunz.blogspot.com]
It's hypocritical for Cleaver and the Congressional Black Caucus to accuse others of racism and not denounce Barron, a blogger argues. [BidGoverment.com]
Obama's lack of support for Rangel is a glaring hole in the congressman's re-election campaign. [Alex Isenstadt]
Adriano Espaillat is handing out fliers that " showed a picture of President Barack Obama next to one of the state senator." [Andrew Grossman]
"Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez is calling for the Dominican community in New York to support Adriano Espaillat." [Caribbean Journal]
"What would Charles Rangel have to do to win Cuomo’s active disapproval?" [New York Post]
"Rangel actually picked up 24,500 African-American votes after his district was re-drawn." [Caryn Freeman]
It's Rangel's GOTV versus Espaillat's energized supporters. [Julia Marsh and Carl Campanile]
Super PACs are teaming up against Rangel, who is "the most powerful advocate in Congress on behalf of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico." [David Paterson]
Rep. Jerry Nadler said, "I think Charlie will win, but I don’t really know." [Russell Berman]
Two computers were stolen from Scott Stringer's campaign office. [Jamie Schram and David Seifman]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn struck a deal on the budget that is still predicated on getting more than $635 million from the sale of taxi medallions, even though a judge has so far blocked those sales. [David Chen]
"When asked how they were able to restore services without increasing taxes — even with the reduction of taxi revenue — Bloomberg simply replied, 'We just made it a priority.'" [Sally Goldenberg and David Seifman]
Teacher aides agreed to work 30 minutes less a day, and will get paid less, in order to avoid layoffs in the budget. [Michael Howard Saul]
The city's plan to offer a bike-share program but not require helmets is summarily criticize by a professor. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg's aides are started to head for the exits in numbers, finally. [Michael Grynbaum and Kate Taylor]
Eva Moskowitz, enemy of the teachers unions, fights hard for public dollars. [Michael Powell]
Before Thursday's vote, a real estate columnist criticizes a plan to limit store-front sizes on the Upper West Side. [Steve Cuozzo]
Councilman Steven Levin got 10 new tickets since his parking placard was renewed. [Rich Calder and Dan MacLeod]
Cuomo should "milk" legislators' desires for a pay rise in order to get reforms on pensions, contracts, campaign financing and lulus. [Bill Hammond]
State agencies paid state bills late, costing state taxpayers $2 million, according to state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. [Erik Kriss]
A $300 million bus and carpool lane could shave 15 minutes off the trip from Staten Island to Lower Manhattan. [Ted Mann]
Rupert Murdoch is reconsidering whether to split News Corp. into two companies, one for broadcast and entertainment and another for book publishing and newspapers. [Martin Peers, John Jannarone and Anupreeta Das]
Ed Towns hasn't done much for Charles Barron since the endorsement. [Reid Pillifant]
At times, Charlie Rangel has sounded like he doesn't care all that much about how his campaign is perceived. [Azi Paybarah]
Jose Serrano found the Supreme Court's "Arizona" decision "troubling" and thinks it sets the stage for Republicans to offend Latino voters in time for the presidential election. [Reid Pillifant]
Antonin Scalia's dissent was remarkable. [Ben Jacobs]
There's free Wi-Fi on the subway in Chelsea, in places. [Dana Rubinstein]
Aaron Sorkin makes a mistake in suggesting that cable news is lazy about covering breaking news stories. [Glynnis MacNicol]