8:28 am Sep. 21, 20121
Ken Lovett reports that the Manhattan district attorney is examining allegations that three of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children are voting from his apartment on Grand Street, although they live in Brooklyn, Long Island and New Jersey.
The fact Silver's children were still voting from Silver's home address was first reported by the Post last week. Since that time a number of good-government groups have criticized the practice, with Citizens Union executive director Dick Dadey telling me that it is "illegal."
The Democratic commissioners at the New York City Board of Elections blocked a call for the B.O.E. to ask the Manhattan D.A. to investigate the situation.
Silver's aides make the case that state law permits voting from any place to which the voter has a meaningful connection.
Not an earth-shattering case on its own, perhaps. But along with the Vito Lopez-related stuff, and against a backdrop of Cuomo sources publicly assessing Silver's continuing feasibility, not helpful to the longtime speaker, either.
Quote of the Day
"i like this mitt clouds thing. that's the human mitt i can get behind. he's like keats. daydreamy. romantic."—Zachary Wolfe
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for Barclays Center at 620 Atlantic Ave., in Brooklyn.
Tim Pawlenty is leaving his job as co-chair of the Mitt Romney campaign for a lucrative banking job. [Geoff Earle]
Romney has "just $35 million" on hand and spent twice as much as usual last month. [Nicholas Confessore, Jo Craven McGinty and Derek Willis]
Tommy Thompson: "The presidential thing is bound to have an impact on every election." [Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg]
Headline: "Did Romney Apply Bronzer for Hispanic TV Audience?" [Christopher Robbins]
The House passed a bill by Rep. Michael Grimm, making it easier for a lab to keep its license after making an "honest mistake." [Tom Wrobleski]
Freshman Republican congressman Chris Gibson has a 16-point lead over his Democratic challenger, Julian Schreibman, according to a Siena Research poll. [Brian Tumulty]
In the ongoing recount, so far, Republican Stephen Saland gained 37 votes and his primary challenger picked up 22 votes. [Jessica Bakeman]
There are 675 ballots to be counted. [Thomas Kaplan]
2013 / City Hall
"Bloomageddon": The mayor is set to leave office with the same structural deficit facing the city when he first arrived in 2002. [Nicole Gelinas]
Bloomberg's office confirmed he's going to speak at the Conservative Party conference in England next month. [David Seifman]
"Despite a promise from schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to beef up parent engagement, there was significantly less participation in workshops, phone calls and parent-teacher conferences in 2011-12 than in the previous year, according to the annual checkup on city agencies that was released this week." [Lisa Fleisher]
Attention Chicago: The teachers union in NYC shows how strikes aren't the only way a teachers union flexes its muscle. [Michael Benjamin]
Mayoral hopefuls are suing the Bloomberg administration more often. [David Chen]
The Manhattan district attorney is reportedly investigating how three of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's children vote from his Grand Street home. [Ken Lovett]
Flashback: The executive director of Citizens Union said voting from an address that is not the voter's residence is "illegal." [Capital New York]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's probe of tax strategies used by private equity firms should prompt some action in Washington. [Times Union]
Tax collections are $274 million below what they were projected so far this year. [Beth Defalco]
Cuomo's latest batch of schedules shows meetings with Assemblyman Vito Lopez, Robert De Niro and a flight from Albany to Syracuse by private helicopter. [Jessica Bakeman]
The state's top environmental regulator wants the Dept. of Health to appoint a panel of experts to advise him on fracking. [Jon Campbell]
The regulator, Commissioner Jack Martens, rejected the idea of putting together his own outside commission, saying, "To suggest private interests or academic experts bring more independence to the process than government is exactly wrong." [Mireya Navarro]
Common Cause New York heard complaints about voter fraud in the Lincoln Restler-Chris Olechowski district leader race in Brooklyn. [Sally Goldenberg and David Seifman]
A businessman who once loaned Rep. Greg Meeks $40,000 is close to striking a plea deal with federal officials. [Mitchell Maddux and Chuck Bennett]
Cheers for Barclays Center. [Daily News]
An Albany reporter looks at the re-election races for a Republican state senator who voted to legalize same-sex marriage and asks "So, what the hell went wrong?" [Jimmy Vielkind]
Former Rep. Scott Murphy is having a fund-raiser for Senator Claire McCaskill in Manhattan. [Reid Pillifant]
Chuck Schumer thinks Romney "is taking the whole ticket down." [Reid Pillifant]
Some photographs to go with the accusations of widespread voter fraud in Hasidic Williamsburg. [Azi Paybarah]
A newspaper on Long Island is having a fund-raiser in its office for congressional candidate Dan Halloran. [Azi Paybarah]
"Why is New York still stuck with the Metrocard?" [Dana Rubinstein]
In Pawnee, Indiana, local media is booming. [Tom McGeveran]