8:21 am Aug. 13, 2012
Editorials in the Post and News call into question Governor Andrew Cuomo's commitment to what they consider to be meaningful education reform.
The Post says Cuomo's self-described role as "student lobbyist" is "a sham," since he's failed to get teacher evaluation rules passed in 500 school districts because of opposition from the teachers union.
And the Daily News editorial page compares Cuomo unfavorably to Chris Christie, saying New York is trailing New Jersey when it comes to holding teachers and public schools accountable for their performance.
Cuomo, whose job approval rating was at 73 percent in a recent Quinnipiac poll, exchanged fire with the teachers unions earlier in the year, but eventually reached an accord with them over teacher evaluations.
"Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice." [@RupertMurdoch]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. Rep. Joseph Crowley hosts a campaign event where he'll donate school supplies and host a back-to-school drive with Woodside on the Move, at P.S. 11, 54-25 Skillman Ave. in Woodside, Queens.
11 a.m. Republican senate candidate Wendy Long has a press conference on the East Steps of the Capitol in Albany.
11:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after he, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott break ground for expansion of Beacon High School at 521 West 43rd St. in Manhattan..
11:30 a.m. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver announces funding to help young immigrant residents with education, employment and economic development on the 23rd Floor of 250 Broadway in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Long has a meet-and-greet with NY-20 District Advocates Liberty Forum, UCC and Saratoga 912 at 695 MacElroy Road in Ballston Lake.
By selecting Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney changed it from "pure referendum" to "a choice election," which is what Obama wanted. [John Heilmann]
Picking Ryan is proof that Romney, "the turnaround artist," saw his campaign wasn't working. "Taking risks like these is not what you do if you think you have a winning hand already." [Nate Silver]
Here's a chart showing Ryan "is the most conservative Republican member of Congress to be picked for the vice-presidential slot since at least 1900." [Nate Silver]
With Ryan, "the conservative movement ceased to control the politicians from behind the scenes and openly assumed the mantle of power." [Jonathan Chait]
The root of Ryan's economic education: Empower America. [Gerald Seib]
"He certainly can’t pretend to turn around the economy by eliminating the deficit." [New York Times]
"In Florida, the most prized swing state in the general election, Mr. Ryan’s scheme is positively toxic." [Aaron Gell]
Ryan looks like Gabe from "The Office." [Rebecca Fishbein]
The challenge for headline writers in Wisconsin: is it "Romney, Ryan" or "Ryan, Romney." [Tumblr]
Rep. Kathy Hochul's Republican challenger, Chris Collins, "is mum" on Ryan's budget. [Jerry Zremski]
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin live in a swanky Manhattan apartment owned by a prominent Democratic donor.[Jeane MacIntosh, Jennifer Goud Keil and Josh Margolin]
State Senator Malclolm Smith expects to break the record with his upcoming gun buyback this upcoming Saturday. [WPIX]
"Yes, maybe Malcolm [Smith] is taking a very strong look" at running for mayor as a Republican, said Smith, referring to himself in the third person. [WPIX]
Bloomberg claimed business owners will fire employees in order to downsize and qualify for an exception to the Paid Sick bill, if it's ever passed. [David Seifman]
In the wake of the Wisconsin shooting, City Comptroller John Liu wants the NYPD to ease its policy and allow turbans of all sizes and beards of all length to be worn by religious members of the police force. [Carl Campanile]
A brief history of Transportation Alternatives, the group that was once alternative but is now having a large impact on transportation policy in Bloomberg's third term. [J. David Goodman]
There are more people in city shelters now than in the city's history, and the city's Department of Homeless Services is rushing to open more shelters. [Aaron Edwards]
Bloomberg will talk about immigration with Bill Daley and later, with Rupert Murdoch, at events in Chicago and Boston in an attempt to get Obama and Romney to talk about immigration policy. [Kate Taylor]
The city's Conflict of Interest Board is expected to rule on wither politicians can accept free tickets to the U.S. Open, which politicians have been accepting from organizers for years. [Sally Goldenberg]
Cuomo's description of himself as the "student lobbyist" is a "sham" since 500 school districts, including New York City, missed the July 1 deadline to create teacher evaluation guidelines, as Cuomo's law required. [New York Post]
New York trails New Jersey in teacher and school accountability. [Daily News]
A look at some of the gun control bills in Albany which Cuomo could push. [Erik Kriss]
An upstate newspaper is asking online readers to grade Cuomo's job performance. [The Daily News]
The senior editor of City Journal has a lengthy piece saying that legalized gambling doesn't help fill the state's coffers and that, according to one study, 36 percent of the money comes from "problem gamblers." [Steven Malanga]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is OK with a casino opening in Coney Island or Willets Point. [Ken Lovett]
As Joe Martens, the state's department of environmental conservation commissioner, is poised to approve fracking in limited areas, an environmental group he helped found five years ago is among his biggest critics. [Jon Campbell]
Cuomo aides and city officials are working on a deal to build a soccer stadium next to where the Mets play. [Fred Dicker]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is cheered for probing donations to social welfare organizations that appear designed only to influence elections. [Times Herald-Record]
Schneiderman spoke to NPR's Latino USA about car wash wage theft. [Andres Callabero]
How did Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera's boyfriend end up on her payroll? [Chuck Bennett]
The "all-but dead" negotiations over who controls the site may break, now that Bloomberg, privately, signaled he is softening his position. [Josh Margolin and David Seifman]
A lawsuit from a strip-club owner claims Westchester D.A. Janet DiFiore billed taxpayers for legal expenses on a prior suit while claiming in court she was acting in her capacity as a private citizen. [Erik Kriss]
The NYPD can't say how many interrogations they've recorded during their two-year pilot program, but they're expanding it to one precinct in each borough. [Sean Gardiner]
Starting this week, Frank Morano's radio show, "Morano," will air Saturday mornings 1 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 9710 The Answer.
Nobody was watching Paul Ryan's back door. [Michael Barbaro]
Legendary reporter Wayne Barrett: @BarrettBeast
Romney-Ryan spokesman and Bloomberg alum Michael Levoff @MLevoff