9:00 am Jul. 18, 2012
A couple of stories about two very different constituencies with a stake in the actions of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:
One is a small item in the New York Post by Josh Margolin and Sally Goldenberg noting the fact that Quinn's 2013 campaign got some contributions "connected" to the Related Company, the real estate developer for the Hudson Yards. During the time she raised the money, Quinn also worked to exempt the company from the requirements of Living Wage legislation. Quinn's spokesperson said her actions were unrelated to Related's support for her.
The other is related to Gloria Steinem. Kate Taylor reports in the Times that the iconic feminist threw her support to Quinn's mayoral campaign on the condition that Quinn support paid sick leave legislation. That bill hasn't passed the Council but is a top priority for some of Quinn's members and labor leaders.
Eliot Spitzer, gamely, on whether it's too soon for Anthony Weiner to run for office: "Obviously I'm in a difficult position to talk about this." ["Inside City Hall"]
11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo has a press conference at 830 Varick Street in Utica.
12 Noon. Councilwoman Gale Brewer, labor activists and others rally in support of paid sick day legislation, on the steps of City Hall.
1:30 p.m. Brewer speaks to the Center for Independence of the Disabled New York’s (CIDNY) Consumer Action Network meeting at 841 Broadway (3rd Floor) in Manhattan.
6:15 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Grand Opening for La Marina, at 348 Dyckman Street in Manhattan.
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Mitt Romney surrogate John Sununu told reporters, "I wish this president would learn how to be an American," then went back out to say he should have been more specific. [Geoff Earle]
Romney should talk more about Bain Capital and contrast it with Obama's handling of the economy, says an editorial board that wishes him well in the election. [Wall Street Journal]
Unnamed Romney sources say a vice presidential announcement will be made after the Olympics. [Thomas DeFrank]
Not picking Chris Christie means Romney is actually getting more cautious, but also says something about Christie's brash style and future nationally. [Kate Zernike]
Christie is expected to give the keynote speech at the Republican National Convention on August 28th. [Josh Margolin]
"The student-loan bill puts the pension system in jeopardy. To cover future payouts, pension contributions will need to rise by as much as $50 billion a year." [Nathan Harden]
A telecom company is fighting an official government request for records on one of its customers. The company is likely based in California and part of its revenue goes toward liberal causes. [Jennifer Valentino-Devries]
John Bolton raises gun-rights alarms about the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. "The theme underlying the negotiations is that the private ownership of guns is inherently dangerous." [Daily News]
Christine Quinn took $17,000 in contributions "connected to Hudson Yards developer Related" around the same time she negotiated a deal to exempt the company from the living wage legislation passed by the Council. [Josh Margolin and Sally Goldenberg]
Gloria Steinem said her support of Quinn was given on the condition that Quinn back paid-sick day legislation. [Kate Taylor]
"His 'crime' was far worse than the coverup." [Michael Goodwin]
"Weiner’s sexual escapades were, in fact, the least of his sins. He proved to be a stone-cold liar as he tried to save his skin." [Daily News]
In the NY-13 congressional race between Rep. Charles Rangel and State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the votes of 514 people weren't recorded by an electronic voting machine. [Juan Gonzalez]
The Board of Elections approved a new way to count votes ahead of an August 8th hearing about how they counted the NY-13 primary results. [Kate Taylor]
"Computers will now count votes recorded on memory sticks and then transmit ballot results electronically on election night." [Michael Howard Saul]
"Among six big states, New York cut fewer government jobs proportionately than New Jersey, California, Texas and Illinois over the last three years, with only Virginia adding jobs." [Erik Kriss]
Math and reading test scores went up across New York State and New York City, according to figures released by the state eduction department. [Lisa Fleisher]
Improvements were greater at charter schools. [Sally Goldenberg and Beth Defalco]
That says something about the United Federation of Teachers. [Daily News]
A sarcastic clap for approving the N.Y.U. expansion plan. [Daily News]
The plan was reduced in scope by about 20 percent. [Sally Goldenberg]
A online debate about whether stop-and-frisk reduces crime. [New York Times]
Flashback: The law professor who wrote a favorable book about the NYPD's crime-fighting tactics and is cited by the NYPD commissioner says it's unclear what would happen if the program were modified. [Capital]
Donald Trump on The Dark Knight Rises: "They used the face of Trump Tower for this movie. They shot with the fake sign ‘Wayne Enterprises’ over it." [Cindy Adams]
Romney's explanation that off-shore accounts such as his are for foreign investments doesn't make a lot of sense, since he's not a foreign investor. [Reid Pillifant]
Bill de Blasio's campaign spokeswoman defended the candidate's donations from the taxi industry, which benefited from his actions. [Dana Rubinstein]
John Liu's filing shows about six percent of his donations came from bundlers, far less than any of his major 2013 rivals. [Azi Paybarah]