7:48 am Oct. 4, 2012
Mitt Romney had a good debate last night in Denver, and Barack Obama had a bad one. Conservative pundits went to bed, and are waking up, gleeful. Liberals ranged from puzzled and morose to apoplectic.
A couple of days ago, Newsday reported on the massive, unsatisfiable demand for tickets to the Oct. 16 return-engagement presidential debate on Long Island, at Hofstra. One can only imagine what the clamor is going to be like now.
"Put another way, the man who would be President is ducking the premier energy debate of our time."—Wall Street Journal editorial about Governor Andrew Cuomo
"What was Romney doing? He was winning."—Chris Matthews
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others speak at the rededication of The Public Theater, at 425 Lafayette St., in Manhattan.
11:30 a.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after making an announcement at 631 Belmont Ave., in Brooklyn.
11:30 a.m. Quinn honors 35-year FDNY veteran Al Benjamin for his service, at Rescue Company 1, at W. 43rd St., in Manhattan.
Noon. Stringer and the "Stroller March of Parents for Paid Sick Leave" deliver petitions urging the Council to vote on the bill, at City Hall.
1 p.m. Quinn attends a City Council Contracts Committee hearing on a bill to expand business with companies owned by minorities and women, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
3 p.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer distributes local, fresh produce bags to West Side seniors at Goddard Riverside Community Center, at 593 Columbus Ave., in Manhattan.
5:30 p.m. The New York City Districting Commission holds a hearing on their draft of new City Council district lines, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at 515 Malcolm X Blvd., in Manhattan.
5:45 a.m. Stringer attends Rabbi Friedman's annual Succah Reception, at 52 Broadway (at the corner of Wythe Ave.) in Brooklyn.
6 p.m. Cornell West speaks at Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts (which was once slated to close), at 215 W. 114th St., in Manhattan.
6:15 p.m. Quinn speaks at the Neighborhood Improvement Association’s 14th Annual Community Recognition Dinner, at Gargiulo's Restaurant, at 2911 W. 15th St., in Brooklyn.
6:30 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the City Parks Foundation Annual Gala, at Gracie Mansion.
Video and transcript. [New York Times]
"The president at times acted more as if he were addressing reporters in the Rose Garden than beating back a challenger intent on taking his job." [Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg]
Romney "falsely stated that Mr. Obama had doubled the deficit." [Michael Cooper, Jackie Calmes, Annie Lowrey, Robert Pear and John Broder]
Obama failed to mention Romney's 47 percent remark, or the issue of his record working at Bain Capital. [Geoff Earle]
Romney tried making the debate a referendum on the past four years. Obama: "The question is not where we have been, but where we are going." [Thomas DeFrank and Jonathan Lemire]
"I have no more idea what Obama would do in a 2nd term than I did b4 the debate" [Michael Goodwin]
Both sides avoided their harshest attack lines. [Carol Lee and sara Murray]
Romney sounded like a moderate. [Joshua Greenman]
"The Romney Reboot Arrives" [Daniel Henninger]
"Virtually every time Mr. Romney spoke, he misrepresented the platform on which he and Paul Ryan are actually running." [New York Times]
"Ben Smith calls it first at 9:42, then the pile on begins." [Washington Free Beacon]
New York, a congressional battleground with lots of conservative groups spending money. [Raymond Hernandez]
An "anti-Super PAC" co-founded by Jonathan Soros will spend $200,000 in the NY-24 race, with Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkel and Democratic challenger Dan Maffei. [Mark Weiner]
Buerkle and Green Party candidate Ursula Hill agreed to debate on YNN, even if Maffei decided to skip it. [Mark Weiner]
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long attacked Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for opposing fracking. [Brian Tumulty]
A Working Families Party-backed coalition is targeting Quinn for her opposition to the current Paid Sick Leave bill. Also: Quinn "offers her staff 12 paid sick days a year." [Sally Goldenberg]
A state judge knocked down Binghamton's two-year-old moratorium on fracking. [AP]
Cuomo "isn't helping his 2016 credentials with his pusillanimity on natural gas fracking." [Wall Street Journal]
Cuomo sided with Bloomberg and vetoed a bill that would have required an additional 80 hours of training for firemen. [Erik Kriss]
Reforming New York State's campaign fineness laws before 2013 is uncertain, in part, because Republicans seem less willing to accept that in order to get pay raises for legislators. [Jimmy Vielkind]
A former Goldman Sachs V.P. cheers State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's civil complaint against J.P. Morgan. [Wallace Turbville]
Assemblyman Vito Lopez spending $150K on lawyers. [David Seifman]
Lopez's Republican opponent is "a 26-year-old political unknown who said he isn't actively campaigning or raising money." [Jacob Gershman]
The Latimer-Cohen race in Westchester could help determine which party controls the State Senate. [Joseph Spector]
The founder and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary African and Diasporan Art, Laurie Cumbo, will leave her post and run for the City Council seat in Brooklyn being vacated by Letitia James. [Janet Upandhye]
A plan to expand the Upper West Side's historic district got an initial green light. [Sally Goldenberg]