8:59 am Aug. 21, 2012
Seventy-one percent of New Yorkers now say they regret that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was allowed to run for a third term, according to a New York Times poll. And 65 percent of them also said they wouldn't vote for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to have a hypothetical fourth term.
Back in 2008, when the mayor pushed for the term limits extension, it was supported by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who said the "continuity in leadership" will help the city. Of course, the extension applied to the Council, too, and was something many of her members very much wanted.
Predictably, Bloomberg's third term has been a challenging one. As of yesterday, for example, the city is facing a $1.46 billion budget hole because Bloomberg's budget relies on revenue that was to be raised from selling 2,000 new taxi medallions as part of a plan that has now been halted by a legal challenge.
It should be said that the mayor's job approval ratings don't comport with the third-term remorse: The poll showed most respondents with an opinion think he's doing a good job overall and approve of his handling of major individual issues like crime.
But sentiment about that third term will probably lead some of the 2013 mayoral candidates--ones who aren't Christine Quinn--to redouble their efforts to remind Democratic primary voters of where on the extension.
Chris Coffey, assistant commissioner in the mayor's office of media and entertainment, is leaving after Labor Day to join Tusk Strategies. Coffey has the relatively rare distinction of having worked on each of Bloomberg's three mayoral campaigns. At Tusk Strategies, he'll reunite with Bradley Tusk (his former boss) and will focus on tech, media and LGBT-related work for clients in New York and across the country. Also, he tweets: @chriscoffeytalk.
"I've been to Israel several times, and had drinks over dinner, and I never had the urge to go in the water naked."--Dominic Carter, on RNNtv
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has no public events.
10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo attends the Regional Economic Council meeting in the Capitol in Albany.
2 p.m. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand endorses Grace Meng for the NY-06 seat at 164-16 Sanford Ave. in Flushing.
3:15 p.m. Gillibrand and State Senator Jose Peralta and others rally in support of raising the federal minimum wage, at 92-10 Roosevelt Ave. in Jackson Heights.
5:30 p.m. Senate candidate Wendy Long attends a "Rally for Wendy" at 295 Main St. in Buffalo.
Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Todd Akin co-sponsored a bill restricting federal funding for abortions for rape victims. [Bill Hammond]
Rep. Michael Grimm: "With regard to the media frenzy surrounding Ofer Biton's arrest, Mr. Biton's immigration matter has nothing whatsoever to do with me." [Tom Wrobleski]
Bloomberg said he'll have to "start cutting and economizing" well before there's an appeal in court to allow the city to sell 2,000 new taxi medallions, which was a linchpin of the mayor's budget. [David Seifman]
The judge's decision to block Bloomberg from selling 2,000 medallions creates a $1.46 billion hole in the mayor's budget. [Erin Durkin]
A critic knocks down Bloomberg's plan for rezoning the area around Ground Central Terminal. [Steve Cuozzo]
The mayor said it would have looked like name-dropping and been improper for the person bidding on the right to operate Tavern on the Green to proactively disclose he was the brother-in-law of former top aide Kevin Sheekey. [David Seifman]
"While he was at it, the mayor talked up other appointees who will likely need new jobs in 2014 when the administration comes to a close." [David Seifman]
"Ray Kelly, looking like a modern-day Eliot Ness in a sharp pinstriped suit and French cuffs," showed off weapons obtained from a gun buyback program organized by State Senator Malcolm Smith. [Jessica Simeone]
"The Bronx County District Attorney’s Office declines to prosecute thousands more cases than do the four other District Attorney offices – and one of the main reasons is an internal policy that cops say allows criminals to go free." [Ailsa Chang]
The Bronx district attorney and state attorney general are investigating Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera. [Erik Kriss, Sally Goldenberg and Candice Giove]
"[The Joint Committee on Public Ethics] needs to step in." [New York Post]
Legalizing non-Indian casinos and publicly financing campaigns are popular ideas, according to a new Siena poll. [Erik Kriss]
Eight subway signal inspectors were accused by the Manhattan district attorney of filing 33 false reports about inspections and repairs that were never conducted. [Russ Buettner]
State Senate candidate Sean Morse once broke a man's nose in a bar fight. [Erik Kriss]
Back in 2000, unlike this year, Andrew Cuomo was very eager to talk at the Democratic National Convention. He was attempting to build buzz and support for a run for governor. [Reid Pillifant]
"Todd Akin, the Republican of Chuck Schumer's dreams" [Reid Pillifant]
Kirsten Gillibrand is using Akin's "legitimate rape" comment to raise money for his Democratic opponent, Claire McCaskill. [Reid Pillifant]
"This is gonna hurt us," Bloomberg said about not being able to raise money by selling 2,000 taxi medallions after a judge's latest ruling. [Dana Rubinstein]
What happened to the old Bill de Blasio that bike advocates used to know? [Dana Rubinstein]
Hank Sheinkopf doesn't think BIll Thompson has to spend too much money reminding people he's black. [Azi Paybarah]