8:24 am Aug. 27, 2012
On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo's spokesman released a statement on the sexual-harassment allegations against Assemblyman Vito Lopez that included the following: “These are serious allegations and if true, the governor believes he should resign.”
It's notable, in comparison to the reactions of other notable politicians, that the governor even bothered to say "if true."
Three prospective mayoral candidates called on Lopez to resign Friday, without hesitating or qualifying their remarks: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer ("he should step down immediately"), City Council Speaker Christine Quinn ("Because of the seriousness of these findings, Vito Lopez should immediately resign") and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio ("Today's findings have serious implications…It is time for him to resign").
The leaders of Lopez's Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club will reportedly urge him to resign, too.
"To prompt someone to participate in the Democratic process with a drink is atrocious."—Citizens Union executive director Dick Dadey
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
6 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the U.S. Open, at Arthur Ashe Stadium, in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's G.O.P. challenger Wendy Long is "at once an an immediately recognizable type and infinitely beyond classification." [Gina Bellafante]
Rudy Giuliani, George Pataki and John Boehner are expected to address the New York's Republican delegation. [Tom Wrobleski]
Rep. Michael Grimm is skipping the convention "due to the storm" but former congressman Vito Fossella is going and said, "The weather doesn't bother me one bit." [Tom Wrobleski]
Paul Ryan and Chris Christie aren't fiscal conservatives, says a progressive columnist. [Paul Krugman]
Christie didn't run for vice president because he didn't want to resign as governor of New Jersey, according to "insiders". [Josh Margolin and Beth DeFalco]
It's not easy being a Democrat dedicated to bipartisanship, thanks to Republicans. [Bill Keller]
Candidates who signed a pledge to reject support from StudentsFirstNY collectively got more than $250,000 in donations from the city and state teachers unions. [Carl Campanile]
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly confirmed all nine bystanders shot near the Empire State Building were hit by police gunfire. [Michael Wilson]
While the city is racing to open up homeless shelters, remember, they pulled the plug on a 400-bed shelter in 2005. [David Seifman]
Some cyclists decline to use the Brooklyn Bridge bike path because of the way it's designed. [Rich Calder]
Will new plans for Kingsbridge Armory really come to fruition? [Michael Benjamin]
A 2008 law requiring annual reports about private donors to parks has basically been ignored. A spokesperson for Helen Foster, who co-sponsored the bill and pushed it through the parks committee, which she chaired at the time, said, she "did not feel she remembered the legislation." [Jacob Hodes]
The City's Conflict of Interest Board ruled it improper for the USTA to give free tickets to the U.S. Open to city politicians and employees. [Sally Goldenberg]
Legislative pay raises will be a harder sell than ever, thanks to scandals involving Democratic assembly members Naomi Rivera, Vito Lopez and state senator Shirley Huntley. [Fred Dicker]
Huntley allegedly steered hundreds of thousands of dollars to her husband and relatives. [Ken Lovett]
Huntley pre-empted her arrest Monday with a press conference Saturday announcing it. [Michael Gartland, Josh Margolin and Aaron Feis]
A spokesman for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declined to respond to Huntley. [Andrew Grossman
Huntley said she'll be vindicated. [Thomas Kaplan and Randy Leonard]
Because of the lockout, Con Ed found an expensive way to estimate how much to charge customers whose meters they didn't read. [Patrick McGeehan]
State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr.'s daughter, NYPD Sgt. Damaris Diaz, was arrested for keying her ex-boyfriend's car. [Larry Celona and Annie Karni]
Judge Noach Dear throws out debt that defendants admit they owe. [Brad Hamilton and Gregory Breisiger]
Details of how work by political consultants Luis Miranda and Roberto Rameriz parallels work done by a Bronx-based nonprofit, The Hispanic Federation. [Candice Giove]
The statement from Cuomo's spokesman, Josh Vlasto, says the allegations are serious and that Lopez should resign "if [they're] true." [Thomas Kaplan]
This is not the first sexual harassment case settled against Lopez. [Danny Hakim and Thomas Kaplan]
Lopez's home political base, the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, reportedly will ask him not to seek re-election as county leader. [Sally Goldenberg, Chuck Bennett and Fred Dicker]
"Assembly powerbrokers instructed Lopez that she would no longer be required to show up for work but would remain on his payroll for several months; he was not allowed to fire her." [Ken Lovett]
Unnamed former staffers are talking. [Michael Gartland, Cynthia Fagen and Melissa Klein]