7:10 am Jul. 19, 2012
The $41,000 in travel expenses racked up by State Senator Malcolm Smith, Dick Dadey of Citizens Union says, "shows how bad our campaign finance laws are in New York."
Smith's expenses are totally legal, which is the problem Dadey is suggesting. Campaign committees are allowed to spend money pretty much however they like. Smith, for example, he used his warchest to underwrite trips to China, Canada and Palm Beach, among other destinations.
Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to revamp New York's campaign finance laws by reducing contribution limits and creating a public matching-funds program like the kind already used in New York City.
The hardest part may be redefining what is, and isn't, a legitimate use of campaign money.
John Gambling on Obama: "I believe that this man really, really is the progressive and is looking to change this country profoundly as the likes of Glenn Beck and others have been saying for three and a half, four years now." [WOR710]
Andrew Cuomo is in New York City and has no public schedule.
8:30 a.m. Michael Bloomberg meets with Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, at Gracie Mansion.
10 a.m. Bloomberg has "a brief Q&A" before he breaks ground at the Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill Development at West 155th and St. Nicholas Avenue, in Manhattan.
1:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the National Association of Women Lawyers' annual luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue, in Manhattan.
1:30 p.m. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy gives the Officer of the Year Award to retired state trooper Gerald Segur at 476 Maple Street, in Big Flats.
5 p.m. Al Shaprton, the parents of Ramarley Graham and others march as they "push for justice," starting at 749 East 229 Street in the Bronx.
7:30 p.m. Sharpton leads supporters in a prayer vigil for Ramarley Graham, at 3751 White Plains Road, in the Bronx.
6:10 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception in honor of Harlem Week at Gracie Mansion.
7:30 p.m. Nassau Young Republicans hold their monthly meeting, at 660 Frankling Avenue in Garden City. [Facebook]
Former assemblyman Michael Cohen is 63. [Facebook]
NYS Dept. of People with Developmental Disabilities spokesman Travis Proulx is 31. [Facebook]
Basil Smikle debunks the Mitt Romney as "Bane" theory. [Alexis Loinas]
Scott Stringer says he will recommend vetoing the expansion of Chelsea Market unless it's significantly reduced, putting pressure on Christine Quinn, who has not taken a position on the project, which is in her district. [David Chen]
After city students improved their match and test scores, candidates to replace Bloomberg have to find a way to not only hold on to those gains, but accelerate them. "Early indicators are depressing." [Joshua Greenman]
The New York City Board of Elections says they need 150 laptops costing $2,000 a piece. One skeptical editorial board doubts they'll get the new vote-counting technique right. [Daily News]
Cuomo's former chief of staff, Steve Cohen, strongly denied that Sean Patrick Maloney impeded a Cuomo investigation into then-governor Eliot Spitzer. [Andrew Grossman]
Anthony and Huma
Headline: "Weiner won't rule out a run." [Michael Howard Saul]
Headline: "Weiner: No plans to run for mayor." [CNN]
Lede of the Day: "Anthony Weiner's comeback campaign has officially begun." [Beth Defalco and Jeane Macintosh]
Weiner may not be as gifted as some other notable politicians who've made huge comebacks, and none of them had scandals with readily available images, like Weiner does. [Michelle Cottle]
Andrea Peyser says Huma Abedin "might drive Weiner back to the Internet." [New York Post]
John McCain's defense of Abedin was "impassioned." [Kristen Lee]
One editorial board is glad for McCain's defense of Abedin. [New York Times]
State Department spokesman Philippe Reines responds to Rep. Michelle Bachmann's accusation with his own vitriol. [Kate Taylor]
"We're happy to hear these two have moved past his infamous sex scandal and wish them a very happy future!" [Perez Hilton]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver did "what Gov. Cuomo has refused to do — spoke favorably about the Senate Dems’ effort to regain the majority." [Ken Lovett]
Senate Democratic Leader John Sampson got 23 parking tickets in 30 months. [Erik Kriss]
Cuomo said he uses Blackberry PIN messaging in order to avoid hackers, not the spotlight. Also: "A review by The News found that Cuomo did not send — or receive — any emails this year." [Ken Lovett]
Democratic state senator Malcolm Smith spent $41,000 on travel expenses in Beijing, Shanhai, Montreal, Chicago, Tampa, Baltimore, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Saratoga Springs, Newark and "the Crowne Plaza LaGuardia -- which is just a few miles from Smith's district." [Glenn Blain]
Bloomberg should try fighting alcohol abuse rather than sugary drinks. [Joseph Califano]
Quinn announces a new plan for students to get computer and tech training. [Kelly Faircloth]
Another onerous bill for city businesses -- with a $40 million annual cost -- may pass the Council. [Sally Goldenberg]
The mother of a slain teenager said if the gunman was stopped and frisked, her son would be alive. [Georgett Roberts]
Brian Lehrer on Romney"s V.P. selection: "The ghost of Sarah Palin, you know, hangs over this process." [WNYC]
Jon Stewart to Egyptians: Don't throw tomatoes at Hillary Clinton's motorcade. Throw local food. [Hulu]
Fox's Neil Cavuto found a way to use footage of model Kate Upton as a lead-in to talk about food stamps. [Media Matters]
Hank "The Terminator" Sheinkopf shows "The Daily Show" how to make a negative ad. [Hulu]
David Paterson: Bud Mishkin is doing a profile of me. [WOR710]
Fake people on a real trend in news. [The Onion]