8:30 am Aug. 20, 20121
A poll of likely voters this weekend found freshman Rep. Kathy Hochul and her Republican challenger, Chris Collins, the former Erie County Execuitive, in a statistical dead heat, 45-47 percent, with 7 percent in the NY-27 district undecided.
A clear majority of voters in the district told pollsters they wanted President Barack Obama's health care legislation repealed (56-40 percent), which is driving much of the conversation on the campaign trail. (The Buffalo News has a front page story this morning all about Medicare and the role of "Mediscare" in the campaign.)
Fewer voters, though still a majority, want the Bush tax cuts for high income earners repealed: 50-47 percent.
The poll shows Hochul with a stronger base of support among Democrats than Collins has among Republicans: 80 percent compared to 74 percent. But Collins is dominating Hochul is among independent voters, leading in that category 47 - 41 percent.
Eric Koch, a Democratic operative who worked for Rep. Anthony Weiner, State Senator Jeff Klein and City Councilman Eric Gioia, is back from a stint out of town and working with Hiltzik Strategies.
"Bill [Thompson] will be at every debate, and he will spend every dollar he has on television ads to show New Yorkers that he’s black."—unnamed source in the Post
8:15 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the AFL-CIO executive council breakfast, which is closed to the press, at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 7th Ave. in Manhattan.
9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Dept. of Youth and Community Development's annual convention at the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 3rd Floor Grand Ballroom, in Manhattan.
10 a.m. Bloomberg receives the Chancellor's Medal at the CUNY Convocation, at the New York Public Library, Bartos Forum, 455 Fifth Ave. in Manhattan.
10 a.m. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and others discuss congressional tax breaks to help tech start ups in the borough at Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator, 890 Garrison Ave. in Hunts Point.
Noon. Gillibrand, Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, Rep. Lilly Ledbetter and Sally Quinn of the Washington Post discuss issues affecting women in the upcoming elections on "Now with Alex Wagner" on MSNBC.
1 p.m. Cuomo and local electeds discuss the Tappan Zee Bridge, at The View on the Hudson, 101 Shad Row, in Piermont.
1:30 p.m. Gillibrand, Democratic congressional candidate Hakeem Jeffries and others discuss raising the federal minimum wage, at 388 South Ave., at Mariners Harbor on Staten Island.
2 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A following an announcement at 105 Metropolitan Ave., in Brooklyn.
3:30 p.m. Gillibrand speaks at Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowit'zs 30th annual MLK Summer Concert Series, at Wingate Field in Brooklyn.
4 p.m. Democratic challenger Mark Murphy calls on Republican congressman Michael Grimm to return $500,000 in donations connected to the recently arrested fund-raiser Ofer Biton, at 70 Bay Street on Staten Island.
6 p.m. The city Department of Education hosts a public hearing on The WHEDco Bard Academy Charter School's application to open next fall in school district 7, at 501 Courtland Ave., in the Bronx.
6 p.m. Assembly candidate Nily Rozic has a fund-raiser, at 37-15 79th St., in Jackson Heights, Queens.,
6:45 p.m. Rep. Gregory Meeks and local residents protest a proposed hotel, at Beach 44th St., and Rockaway Beach Blvd., in Queens.
7 p.m. DL21C hosts New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor who discusses her book, The Obamas, with MSNBC's Alex Wagner, at Suite 55, at 47 W. 55th St., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Democratic district leader Lincoln Restler has a fund-raiser, at Bellwether, 594 Union Ave., in Brooklyn.
"Instead of glossing over Mr. Romney’s career as a private equity executive, they will highlight it in convention videos and speeches." [Jeremy Peters]
"A close look at Romney’s leadership in his church shows how his actions sometimes clashed with his political positions."[Jason Horowitz]
"[Romney] kept the bishop’s schedule, taught teenagers church-approved history and slept in a luggage compartment on a bus to the Washington Temple." [Jason Horowitz]
More on Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's comment that "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." [John Eligon and Michael Swchwartz]
A Times columnist fact-checks Newsweek's cover story about the need to oust Obama and finds "multiple errors and misrepresentations." [Paul Krugman]
Grimm's former fund-raiser Ofer Biton was arrested for falsifying his immigration documents. [Helen Freund]
"Grimm’s spokeswoman said Sunday night that the congressman was not naked when he jumped in [the Sea of Galilee] and has not been interviewed by the F.B.I.," which is investigating the trip he and other House Republicans took. [Bill Hutchinson
Rep. Kathy Hochul trails her Republican challenger, Chris Collins, 45-47, in a new Siena poll. [docstoc.com]
Gun control is flaring up as a key issue between Democratic state senator Joe Adabbo and his Republican challenger, City Councilman Eric Ulrich. [Ken Lovett]
Formercity comptroller Bill Thompson: "I’m not concerned with what people say or write about me now." [Annie Karni]
The head of Transportation Alternatives basically accused Public Advocate Bill de Blasio of tailoring policy to the wishes of rich donors. [David Seifman]
De Blasio's call for changes to the Land Use Review Process and bureaucratic hurdles that face small businesses is welcomed by one conservative columnist. [Michael Goodwin]
"It's going to be hard for a lame duck speaker to keep the body together," said the City Council's Republican leader, Jimmy Oddo. [Tom Wrobleski]
Cory Booker: "I would consider running for governor, absolutely. But I don’t know if I would do that over staying where I am." [Page Six]
Bloomberg would veto a Council bill requiring affordable housing contractors to disclose what City Hall considers unnecessary information on workers wages. [Charles Bagli]
City Comptroller John Liu will investigate how the Tavern on the Green bid was won by Jim Caioia, who did not disclose he is the brother-in-law of Bloomberg's former top aide, Kevin Sheekey. [Michael Gartland]
"Off the record, I am speechless," said one rival who learned of Caioia's family connection. [David Seifman]
In defending StudentsFirstNY, one editorial board notes that the organization has 9 of 14 board members enrolled in the Democratic Party, and that their critics are really saying, "schools shouldn’t be subject to the kind of accountability common in the private sector." [New York Post]
The Taxi and Limousine Commission fines brought in $2.8 million, compared to $1.07 million last year. [Sally Goldenberg]
Andrew Cuomo wants to bring the Ryder Cup to New York. [Fred Dicker]
Bloomberg's former spokesman Stu Loeser notes that the Standard Chartered settlement is a coup for Cuomo. [NPR]
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera helped her live-in boyfriend land a job at the Bronx Economic Development Corporation. [Candice Giove]
State Senator Malcolm Smith's gun buyback event got 509 guns, including an AK47. [Sabrina Ford]
Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and Education Commissioner John King "are grading on a very generous curve." [Daily News]
If the state legalizes gambling? "New Yorkers would stay in New York to gamble and the number of gambling New Yorkers would rise sharply. And that’s not a good thing. [Daily News]