8:17 am Aug. 15, 2012
With all the usual caveats about polling a year before the election, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn appears to be reasonably well positioned for her mayoral run next year.
A Quinnipiac poll out today put her support among Democratic voters at 29 percent, compared to 10 for former comptroller Bill Thompson and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. City Comptroller John Liu is at 9 percent, with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at 4.
There's lots of room for all of this to change. Thompson's support among African-American voters, for example, is only 21 percent in the poll, three percent behind Quinn's. That's unlikely to hold up.
Quinn also is taking the lion's share of the Hispanic vote—28 percent, with her nearest rival, de Blasio, at 11.
Interestingly, 52 percent of voters in the Quinnipiac poll say the next mayor should have government experience, compared to 27 who said "business" and 16 who said "other."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating held steady at 51 percent in this poll.
Yesterday, Thompson gave his own thumbs-up to Bloomberg, telling RNN that overall, Bloomberg's done pretty well.
"Official: I think I’ve answered that Q. @LisaFleisher: But you haven’t. So can you just say yes or no? Official: I think I’ve answered the Q" via @LindseyChrist
10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo hosts "a yogurt summit" in the Hart Lounge inside the Egg Center for Performing Arts in Albany.
Noon. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Rep. Yvette Clarke and others speak at a New York Immigration Coalition press conference at St. Mary's Church at 440 Grand Street, Manhattan.
Noon. State Senator Michael Gianaris and members of the legislature, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, and other groups discuss "sensible gun proposals" on the steps of City Hall.
Noon. State Senator Adraino Espaillat holds a press conference criticizing the Dominican Republic's policy of cracking down on clothing donations, at 5030 Broadway, Suite 701, in Manhattan.
1 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer delivers remarks at the Met Council's Annual Builders' Luncheon at 409 East 59th St. in Manhattan.
2 p.m. Stringer, Councilwoman Gale Brewer and others attend Community Board 7's rodent management training at 250 West 87th St., 2nd Floor, in Manhattan.
3 p.m. Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long has a meet and greet with Democratic state senator Ruben Diaz Sr., at Westchester Square Hospital, 2475 Saint Raymond Ave., in the Bronx.
5:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosts a fund-raiser for Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts at 17 East 79th St., in Manhattan.
5:30 p.m. UnitedNY and other groups protest Bloomberg's fund-raiser for Senator Scott Brown, at 17 East 79th St.
6 p.m. Brewer hosts a voter registration drive at Positive Influence's Basketball Trophy Night, in Bennerson Park, at Amsterdam and West 64th St., in Manhattan.
6 p.m. Congressman-elect Hakeem Jeffries and Councilwoman Letitia James host a fund-raiser for Democratic assembly candidate Walter Mosley, at Two Steps Downn, 240 Dekalb Ave., in Brooklyn.
6 p.m. NY-06 Democratic congressional candidate Grace Meng hosts a fund-raiser for young professionals, at the home of Jennier Tsai, 225 5th Ave. in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Stringer appears on Inside City Hall, on NY1.
7 p.m. 40th Assembly District candidates Ethel Chen, Yen Chou, Martha Flores-Vazquez, Phil Gim, Sunny Hahn, Ron Kim and Myungsuk Lee are expected to attend candidate's forum at the Queens Public Library, 41-17 Main St., Flushing.
8:15 p.m. Quinn speaks at the Jackson Heights Merchants Associations celebration of India's Independence Day, at Mumbai Grill, at 37-33 74th St., in Queens.
"When Mr. Bloomberg talks about bringing common sense to the immigration debate, it’s Mr. Romney and his fellow Republicans who most need to listen." [New York Times]
A Democratic super PAC has raised $1 million for New York races. [Andrew Grossman]
Gov. Chris Christie's keynote address at the RNC probably won't refer to New Jersey's poor economy. [Michael Powell]
Christie as a keynote speaker is "a terrific choice." [New York Post]
Josh Margolin reported that Christie would keynote the RNC last month.
Headline: "Ryan Pick shakes up NY races" [Gerry Shields]
City Comptroller John Liu's political aide, Chung Seto, was hit with a warrant from the state Department of Taxation and Finances for $25,924. Also, Liu has a fund-raiser on Aug. 28. [David Seifman]
Bloomberg was right to defend the NYPD officers who shot a deranged man in Times Square. [Michael Goodwin]
The Post quotes a recent shooting victim who favors stop-and-frisk. [Natasha Velez, Kevin Sheehan and Cynthia Fagen]
After the NYCLU revealed the overwhelming majority of students arrested at school are black or Latino, the city's Department of Education announced they'll "focus on strong counseling and youth development support, rather than just on suspensions for low-level infractions." [Lisa Fleisher]
Victims of identity theft include Manahttan D.A. Cy Vance, Council Speaker Quinn, and Councilwoman Brewer. They, along with Councilman Robert Jackson, announced a $4.2 million grant to upgrade the cyber unit at Vance's office. [David Seifman]
The front-runner to replace former councilman Larry Seabrook is Andy King, who came in second during a previous race against Seabrook and has strong ties to 1199 SEIU and other unions. [Daniel Beekman]
The Bronx Democratic organization will back King. [Celeste Katz]
Quinn wants the $10 million NYCHA report released immediately. [Tina Moore and Greg Smith]
Council members Rosie Mendez, Inez Dickens, Leroy Comrie, Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Brewer, and State Senator Gustavo Rivera were among the electeds who spoke in defense of NYCHA, after a spate of bad press. [Jill Colvin]
A newspaper editorial board reminds Bloomberg and NYCHA's chairman its their job to make public housing "livable." [New York Times]
Councilman Jumaane Williams talks about going to public school while dealing with Tourette Syndrome. [Beth Fertig]
Flashback: More on Williams, including his role in two music videos. [NYO]
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver "need to back off" their plan for publicly financing state elections. [New York Post]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants the Supreme Court to uphold racial preferences for college admissions. [Michael Virtanen]
More on Schneiderman's crackdown of synthetic marijuana and bath salts. [Steve Lieberman]
Former assemblyman Jimmy Meng hired a lawyer who recently defended John Edwards. [John Marzulli]
"What the gun control movement can learn from gay rights" [Blake Zeff]
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long will release one year of tax returns, after demanding that her opponent Kirsten Gillibrand release five. [Reid Pillifant]
Don't debate Simpson-Bowles, Rep. Jerry Nadler asks. [Reid Pillifant]
Bloomberg sees Bill Clinton and George W. Bush as more substantive campaigners than Obama and Romney. [Dana Rubinstein]
A dispatch from the scene of the shot dog. [Steven Boone]
State Senator Greg Ball's campaign sent out an email under his opponent's name, which may violate a law Ball voted for. [Azi Paybarah]