8:44 am Aug. 10, 20122
Eliot Spitzer offered Mayor Michael Bloomberg some advice for his efforts to limit the number of illegal guns on the streets of New York: Demand that gun manufacturers abide by a code of ethics if they want to do business with New York City, a huge purchaser of guns (for the police).
On one hand it's an idea that seems so obvious it's surprising it hasn't come up earlier, since Bloomberg has taken up residence on the national airwaves and repeatedly dared the American body politic to come up with specific ideas to combat illegal-gun trafficking. On the other, this particular idea would seem to run afoul of the sometimes-nannyish mayor's aversion to placing mandates on businesses.
Perhaps he'd be more inclined toward a consumer-targeted approach, taxing bullets the way he taxes cigarettes, although presumably that doesn't do much unless the tax is also put in place outside the city.
Another idea, which is not a new one, is for the city to spend money on local organizations that help steer young men away from violence.
"You have Kirsten Gillibrand there, if Hillary Clinton decides not to run."—Chris Cillizza
"Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
12:30 p.m. Jewish Association Service the Aged (JASA) West Side Senior Center seniors host Appreciation Lunch for Council Member Gale Brewer for budget restorations at 120 West 76th Street in Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny distribute Russian-language immigrants rights manuals at 3300 Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn.
The chorus of conservatives calling for Mitt Romney to pick Rep. Paul Ryan as his V.P. is growing louder. [Michael Shear and Trip Gabriel]
"Ryan is an ideologue in the best sense of the term." [Rich Lowry]
A Texas couple that has been writing monthly mortgage checks to Mitt Romney has nothing negative to say about him. [Mike McIntire]
Rep. Tim Bishop paid his daughter $513,305 for fund-raising work since 2002. "Congress isn't supposed to be a family affair," said Republican challenger Randy Altschuler. [Gerry Shields]
The S.E.C and Justice Department ended their investigations into Goldman Sachs with no further prosecutions or findings of wrongdoing. [Ben Protess]
This stands in contrast with the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations' finding in an April 2011 report. [Reed Albergotti and Elizabeth Rappaport]
"Tail Spin," a play about sex and politics "made up entirely of actual e-mails, IMs and press-conference transcripts." Pols featured are Larry Craig, Mark Sanford, Mark Foley and Anthony Weiner. [Elisabeth Vincentelli]
Former comptroller Bill Thompson got $444,029 from the Campaign Finance Board, which they owed him from his 2009 race. That could, potentially, help him pay down his $600,000 fine for illegal postering. [Sally Goldenberg]
Councilman Jim Gennaro wrote an op-ed explaining his opposition to the Paid Sick legislation. [New York Post]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's hearing raised questions about how the city's Department of Environmental Protection maintains water meters, explains spikes in water bills and treats customers. [Eric Newcomer]
Assemblyman David Weprin presented his own high water bill to the DEP during the hearing. [David Seifman]
A Brooklyn College professor said Bloomberg's approach has ignored local leaders who have alternatives. [Alex Vitale]
Eliot Spitzer said Bloomberg should use the city's bulk purchasing power to demand gun makers not sell high-capacity magazines to private citizens. [Ken Lovett]
Bloomberg should adopt the strategy articulated by Pat Moynihan and Chris Rock: raise the price of bullets. [Jim Dwyer]
The uptick in gun violence is a result of the NYPD conducting fewer stop-and-frisks. [New York Post]
"Cops must be able to make street stops in the hunt for illegal guns." [Daily News]
The Queens district attorney should have publicly announced this week that DNA evidenced exonerated a rape suspect whose arrest was publicized in September. [Times Ledger, page 5]
City Hall allowed Trojan to give away vibrators in the Meatpacking district. [Amber Sutherland and todd Venezia]
R.I.P. Ray Harding
A "burly, chain-smoking back-room tactician whose endorsements kept his party alive long after critics called it irrelevant." [Robert McFaden]
"[O]ne of the last old-style New York kingpins." [New York Post]
Harding's funeral is Sunday on Riverside Chapel at 11:45 a.m. [Celeste Katz]
Jets owner Woody Johnson reflects on Romney's fund-raising. [Reid Pillifant]
Sheldon Adelson's libel suit isn't likely to succeed, if the group he's suing can stand the pressure. [Reid Pillifant]
London's new taxi won't be like New York's new taxi because London's will be wheelchair accessible. [Dana Rubinstein]
Headline: "How some upstate environmentalists came to embrace franking" [Sarah Laskow]
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