Local primary tests for troubled state legislators
Three of the many legislative primaries around New York State on Sept. 13 will feature Democratic incumbents with legal troubles: Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera is the subject of at least four investigations; Assemblyman William Boyland is under his second federal indictment; State Senator Shirley Huntley is under a state indictment.
Each of those incumbents has a good shot at getting re-elected.
Boyland has multiple opponents who may dilute the opposition vote, Rivera has held onto her support from organized unions and the Democratic establishment and Huntley, who a supporter has said is the victim of a "political lynching," may benefit from the perception that she's been unfairly targeted by the attorney general.
Governor Andrew Cuomo and in turn the Joint Commission on Public Ethics are feeling pressure to demonstrate that they can take meaningful steps to clean up Albany, which the voters want.
What will the voters do at the local level, when it comes to the legislators they know best?
"If I were Netanyahu, and with their proximity to this situation, I would probably attack while the presidential election is going on."—former Governor and WOR710 host David Paterson
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
10 a.m. City Councilwoman Gale Brewer joins fourth graders and Goddard Riverside seniors for Greenhouse to Goddard lettuce harvest at Manhattan School for Children Greenhouse at 154 West 93 St. in Manhattan.
Noon. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Economic Club of Washington at 999 Ninth St. in D.C.
Noon. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Brewer and others discuss the Council's vote on a bill to crackdown on illegal hotels at City Hall.
1 p.m. Quinn has a Q&A before the full City Council meeting in City Hall.
1:30 p.m. The full body of the City Council meets in the Council Chambers in City Hall.
6:30 p.m. Bloomberg receives the Fatherhood Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative at LaGuardia Community College at 31-10 Thomson Ave. in Queens.
7:45 p.m. Quinn speaks at the United Community Civic Association and the Port Authority's 9/11 commemoration ceremony at McManus Memorial Park at 81st St. and Crand Central Service Road in Queens.
Bill Clinton on Obama: "He's doing great." [Zeke Miller]
After the conventions, Obama and Romney are trying to appear like regular guys, and create some memorable campaign moments. [Peter Nicholas]
Benjamin Netanyahu criticzed Obama for not drawing "red lines" for Iran. [David Sanger and Isabel Kershner]
Will Obama succeed in getting a controversial 2008 surveillance law renewed? [Siobhan Gorman]
The teachers strike in Chicago, Obama's backyard, is "senseless", "unnecessary" and "based on union discontent with sensible policy changes." [New York Times]
A good overview of the primaries on Thursday. [Colin Campbell]
After attending a September 11th memorial ceremony at Ground Zero, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hosted a fund-raiser in midtown for Democratic candidate, Assemblywoman Grace Meng. [Reuven Blau, Rich Schapiro, and Ken Lovett]
Meng's campaign spokesman defended the fund-raiser's timing. [Carl Campanile]
State Senator Shirley Huntley's spokesman refused to denounced a supporter who said State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's prosecution of her is a "political lynching." [AP]
Republican councilman Eric Ulrich was attacked by his Republican-primary opponent Juan Reyes for being "gay-friendly." [Lisa Colangelo and Glenn Blain]
State Senator Martin Dilan isn't saying much about his ally Vito Lopez, but Dilan's opponent, James Otano, is. [Reuven Blau]
State Senator Adriano Espaillat's ad saying Assemblyman Guillermo Linares "betray[ed] us" by endorsing Rep. Charlie Rangel was criticized by the congressman. [NY1]
Espaillat's spokesman defended and also downplayed the ad. [Jill Colvin]
The Espaillat-Linares race has been brewing for more than two decades. [Casey Tolan]
Ethnic politics is a dominant factor in the crowded race for the seat Meng is vacating in Flushing. [Lisa Colangelo]
Republican state senator Roy McDonald's re-election is a referendum on his vote to legalize same-sex marriage. [Thomas Kaplan]
A tabloid editorial page endorsed Olanike Alabi for her record of "standing up against the Brooklyn machine." She's running against Walter Mosley, a district leader supported by Hakeem Jeffries. [Daily News]
There are only 2,080 registered Independent Party voters in the district who'll be voting in the primary contest between Democratic assemblyman Matt Titone and Republican challenger Paul Saryian. [Tom Wrobleski]
Embattled Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera has the edge over little-known businessman Mark Gjonaj. [David Seifman]
Brooklyn Civil Court (5th District) in Borough Park
"This one's a toss-up." The candidates are Charles Finkelstein, Steven Mostofsky and Theresa Ciccotto. [Daily News]
The Observer talks to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn about her future. [Hunter Walker]
The Cuomo-Bloomberg deal raises a bunch of questions, like, "If the Port Authority was willing to settle for just $17 million, why did it demand as much as $300 million — and then delay work at the site for nearly a year?" [New York Post]
A private tutoring company, Champion Learning Center, paid back $5.2 million in questionable billing submitted to the city's Department of Education. [Yoav Gonen]
The only city employee to clock more than 2,000 hours of overtime is a sewer worker whose base salary is $81,662 and who earned an additional $197,119. [David Seifman]
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. will introduce a bill creating a "do-not-adopt" registry for people who abuse animals. [Lisa Colangelo]
Silver may have avoided a JCOPE investigation if Cuomo hadn't spoken up. [Michael Goodwin]
Everyone, including Assemblyman Vito Lopez, wanted some form of confidentiality as part of the six-figure settlement that Silver later approved. [Ken Lovett]
Headline: "Kerry K. ready for war vs DA" [Reuven Fenton and Dan Mangan]
"Why doesn't it cost more to take Sheldon Adelson's money?" [Blake Zeff]
Shirley Huntley's opponent is attacked with a "Sanders Fried Chicken" ad. [Azi Paybarah]
The Observer's news editor is leaving. [Joe Pompeo]