8:38 am Jul. 12, 2012
City election officials are warning Albany, now, that they might not be able to count votes in the 2013 Democratic mayoral primary in time for a possible run-off election two weeks later.
The warning follows problems the board of elections had counting the vote from electronic machines in the NY-13 congressional primary, in which the process of hand-counting the numbers from machines somehow led to initial reports that zero votes were cast in dozens of election districts.
It's not clear what state officials can do to fix the problem. One city board official has said election officials should simply rely on "memory sticks" from the machines, not hand-tabulated scores, on election night.
But Jerry Skurnik said shortly after the primary-vote count was finally resolved in Rangel's favor that no one directly involved with the process seemed to have a particularly instructive explanation for what happened, and problems are likely to continue unless laws governing the election process are changed.
Ray Kelly: "You're not reporting it. The media is not reporting it then." [NY1]
Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.
Michael Bloomberg has no public schedule.
10 a.m. Mathieu Eugene and Vincent Ignizio's 2009 City Council campaigns are among the issues that will be discussed by the New York City Campaign Finance Board meeting at 40 Rector Street in Manhattan.
11 a.m. The NYC Independent Budget Office will release a report on 3rd to 8th graders' achievements on state assessment tests.
At the NAACP's annual meeting, Romney succeeded in criticizing Obama but didn't succeed at explaining his agenda, one attendee said. [Patrick O'Connor]
Romney won some applause from the NAACP audience when he said he would defend "traditional marriage." [New York Post]
"The mistake is thinking that the NAACP represents average black voters. While it has a venerable history through the civil-rights struggle, the group has become a partisan liberal operation that is less and less relevant to the real problems of black America." [Wall Street Journal]
Vito Fossella has advice for Romney. [Todd Beamon and John Bachman]
Corey Johnson shows an ability to raise all the money he needs for his City Council race three months after officially kicking it off. [David Chen]
Nan Hayworth, an eye doctor, explains her support for repealing Obamacare. [Hayworth.house.gov]
The race is fueled by money from outside the district. [Mark Weiner]
Convicted felon John Haggerty has an "informal" role on City Councilman Eric Ulrich's campaign for State Senate, he confirmed. [David Seifman and Erik Kriss]
Rep. Charles Rangel endorsed Guillermo Linares for State Senate against Adriano Espaillat, whose campaign plans to make an issue out of Linares' position on redistricting.
Also: Mark Guma is working on Linares' campaign. [Alexander Heffner]
Bloomberg will help fund-raise for Linares, his former commissioner. [Ken Lovett]
New York City Board of Elections Commissioner J.C. Polanco is a hero for urging his colleagues to use "memory sticks" rather than manually calculating votes cast on election day. [Daily News]
The board told state lawmakers they may not be able to certify the winner of the September 10, 2013 Democratic mayoral primary in time for a possible September 24, 2013 run-off election. [David Seifman]
The board "fails stress test." [Brigid Bergin]
Two Borough Park brothers filed petitions to run against Assemblyman Dov Hikind and State Senate candidate Simcha Felder. They are Abrahama Tischler, 21, and Moishy Tischler, 20. [Reuven Blau]
One newspaper's editorial board is very glad New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating charities that are used hide the sources of political contributions. [Newsday]
The Buffalo angle on Schneiderman's i-stop program for perscription drugs. [Anthony Congi]
Schneiderman's office is expected to ask the court for lenient sentencing for two people convicted in the state's massive pension fund scandal because their cooperation helped bring down former state comptroller Alan Hevesi. [Ken Lovett]
"In the midst of a power struggle over Ground Zero, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided no elected officials will speak" at the anniversary ceremony. [MIchael Howard Saul]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's spokesman said "we are supportive of it." [Michael Grynbaum]
"[T]heir enforced silence will lessen the chance of unseemly egotism" and "It will be that much harder for anyone -- a future mayor, governor or even President -- to commit such an offense act" at the memorial ceremony. [Daily News]
For the first time, the 9/11 event "won't serve as a site for political point-scoring." [Erik Kriss]
The Bloomberg administration dropped plans to change a majority of the staff at 24 failing schools, in part, because they were blocked by the courts and ran out of time. [Lisa Fleisher]
Councilman Oliver Koppell said the way member items are distributed needs to be reformed. [Adam Wisnieski]
Councilman Dan Garodnick has some concerns about plans by the City Planning Commission Chairwoman Amanda Burden to upzone parts of of midtown East. [Laura Kusisto and Eliot Brown]
One editorial page contrasts Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.'s call not to name landmarks after living people with the fact that he, like many of his colleagues, put his name on garbage cans throughout his district. [Daily News]
Turns out a lab mistake may explain how law enforcement officials discovered a link between DNA found recently on an Occupy Wall Street-tied barrier and at an eight-year-old murder scene. [Sean Gardiner and Pervaiz Shallwani]
The NYPD commissioner declined State Senator Eric Adam's invitation to walk the streets in his district, dismissing it as a stunt. [Kirstan Conley, Ikimulisa Livingston and Dan Mangan]
Councilman Jumaane Williams and incoming congressman Hakeem Jeffries are among those criticized for not doing more to urge residents to cooperate with the police to stop violence and gun crimes in their districts. [New York Post]
Some imams are boycotting the NYPD's annual pre-Ramadan conference in protest of the department's practice of monitoring Muslim groups. [NY1]
A Times op-ed about Apple employees who refuse to sell products to customers that speak Farsi. [Jamal Abdi]
Mitt Romney was booed by the NAACP for his position on Obamacare, but conservatives are having a hard time defending it, too. [Reid Pillifant]
None of the Democrats who voted to repeal it yesterday are from New York. [Reid Pillifant]
The rise in crime could push stop-and-frisk off the 2013 agenda. [Azi Paybarah]
How long will Andrew Cuomo resist responding to barbs from Eliot Spitzer? [Azi Paybarah]