8:14 am Oct. 8, 2012
The deadline to register as a member of a political party in time for the 2013 elections in New York City is not anytime next year but this week, well before the vast majority of people have begin thinking about the mayor's race.
Almost two years ago, Michael Bloomberg, Al Sharpton and a number of city and state elected officials announced their support for several election law changes, including one that would have given voters more time to switch parties. The effort went nowhere, one result of which is that the Democratic Party's dominant position in deciding most races remains unaffected.
Related: This morning, the managing editor of the conservative New Criterion wrote of his plan to register as a Democrat in order to "have a say in the future of my city in the sweeping 2013 elections."
Michael Wines, until recently the China bureau chief for The New York Times, tells Capital he's "permanently rebased in New York, doing elections for the moment." Wines had an A1 story on Saturday morning (dateline Boston) challenging Mitt Romney's claim to bipartisanship during his time as governor. [Michael Wines]
"It doesn't matter at all. Obama has won the election. Please forgive me for posting this. Enjoy the victory party."—John Podhoretz
"Nothing says classy like a full window deal."—@TWkNYC
11:15 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A before marching in the 68th Annual Columbus Day Parade, at Fifth Ave., and 47th St., in Manhattan.
Noon. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and other lawmakers march in the the 68th Annual Columbus Day Parade, at Fifth Ave., and 47th St., in Manhattan.
Seina poll numbers
45%-Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo
43%-Republican city councilman Eric Ulrich
57-27%: Ulrich leads Addabbo among independent voters.
46-39%: Addabbo leads Ulrich among moderate voters.
47%-Republican state senator Mark Grisanti
23%-Democratic candidate Michael Amodeo
17%-Conservative Party candidate Charles Swanick
6%-Working Families Party candidate Gregory Davis
51-24%-Grisanti leads the Democratic candidate among moderate voters.
50-29%-Grisanti leads the Conservative Party candidate among conservative voters.
The Dartmouth years: Wendy Long converted to Catholicism and covered the 1980 primary; Kirsten Gillibrand learned Mandarin and was friends with Tammy Taylor. [Raymond Hernandez]
Taylor, real name Connie Britton, gave $1,000 to Gillibrand in April. [FEC]
"Clear Eyes. Full Hearts." says the subject line of an Ann Romney email on Sunday. [No link]
Buzz Bissinger, who wrote Friday Night Lights, is voting for Romney. [Daily Beast]
Romney will deliver a big foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute tonight in an attempt to contrast himself with Obama. [David Sanger]
The tech industry has given $8.9 million to Romney this cycle, not so far behind its $13 million to Obama.[Somini Segupta]
A bank forgave nearly $100,000 owed by Rep. Steve Israel on a mortgage loan. [Carl Campanile]
Rep. Nita Lowey gets singled out in a Washington Post story about wealthy members of Congress getting wealthier, but a spokesman says the paper overestimates her gains. [Dan Keating, Scott Higham, Kimberly Kindy and David S. Fallis]
Rep. Michael Grimm's former business partner has close ties to the Gambino crime family. [Mitchel Maddux and Dan Mangan]
Hugo Chavez won re-election with 54 percent of the vote, which happens to be a significantly lower share than Cuomo, Schumer or Gillibrand got in 2010. [William Neuman]
Congressional candidate Dan Halloran is 2.5 years late in filing campaign finance reports with the state Board of Elections, and owes more than $3,000 in fines. [Josh Margolin]
Tucker Carlson can't get an interview with Romney, and says he still doesn't know what Jon Stewart meant when he said to him, "You're hurting America." [Brian Stetler]
Republican senate candidate Linda McMahon "seemed befuddled by a question about legalizing same-sex marriage, saying, 'I absolutely support America’s law for, you know, same-sex marriage.'” [Michael Grynbaum]
JCOPE is asking how Assemblyman Vito Lopez paid for a trip to Atlantic City where he allegedly sexually assaulted a staffer, and how he paid $32,000 to help settle sexual harassment claims. [Sally Goldenberg]
Senate Democrats picked LaShann DeArcy, who has ties to Bloomberg and the Rev. Floyd Flake, to replace Ravi Batra at JCOPE. [Ken Lovett]
State Senator Tom Libous, a fracking supporter, said, "If the governor goes past the end of the year into the legislative session then it becomes a real problem." [Fred Dicker]
Michael Tobman was hired to help the Oneida Indians in their push to give local voters approval-power on where casinos are located. Also: Councilman David Greenfield is working to block a casino from coming to Coney Island, one location Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has said is a possibility. [Jacob Gershman]
The U.F.T.'s attack on Sean Hanna, an Assemblyman and a Republican state senate candidate upstate, is "mostly true." [Jessica Alaimo]
2013 / City Hall
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn sent a letter to eBay demanding they stop selling FDNY keys. [Sally Goldenberg]
Quinn has gotten $250,000 in campaign donations from people who signed a letter opposing the Paid Sick Leave bill. [Erin Durkin]
Five Democratic mayoral candidates are on the record calling for tax hikes. And Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's comment about teachers who make $50,000 annually "paying the exact same tax rate as a CEO making $500,000" is, according to E.J. McMahon "not accurate." [New York Post]
Stringer was at Al Sharpton's birthday party. [Page Six]
One tabloid wishes Public Advocate Bill de Blasio would focus on "cost-free" ways to improve education, rather than ones that would require raising taxes. [New York Post]
"The instinct to raise taxes, even on the wealthy, as a first resort bodes ill for a de Blasio mayoralty." [Daily News]
Bloomberg and the Staten Island borough president rushed plans for a giant ferris wheel "to get something…as their legacy," said the former Staten Island borough president. [David Seifman]
Stop letting the City Council do street renaming, urges City Councilman Jimmy Oddo. [Tom Wrobleski]
The restaurant run by Lady Gaga's parents got a C grade from health inspectors. [Tara Palmeri and David Li]
"A high grade from the city, you see, doesn't necessarily mean a school is truly good -- nor does a low grade mean it's bad. That's because the grades largely measure student 'progress…'" [New York Post]
Former Giuliani aide Russell Harding blogged about killing himself before his suicide last month. [Russ Buettner]
Critics questioned whether the NYPD followed protocol before a mentally ill man in Harlem who tried stabbing two police officers was shot and killed. [Joseph Goldstein]
"In their excessive zeal, the police are undermining respect for the law," an editorial board wrote after a lawsuit challenging some NYPD practices proceeded towards trial. [New York Times]
The judge who made that ruling, Shira Scheindlin, appears to be biased against the NYPD. [Daily News]
Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who ordered new measures to better diversify the FDNY, once opposed integration efforts as a school board member in Bayside. [Mosi Secret]
To "improve the diversity" in the gifted and talented programs, city education officials will rely more heavily on a new NNAT exam that "relies on abstract spatial thinking and largely eliminates language, even from the instructions." [Sophia Hollander]
What Bloomberg initiative will "Parks and Recreation" spoof next? [Carrie Melago]
Actors Jay Pharaoh and Jason Sudeikis got the final scripts for the "Saturday Night Live" skit about the Obama-Romney debate at 6 p.m. Saturday Night. [Bill Carter]
Five notes from that Jon Stewart-Bill O'Reilly debate on Saturday night. [Sean Sullivan]
Tucker Carlson can't get the Romney campaign to call him back, even after posting an old Obama video last week that he thinks should have been a big deal. [Brian Stelter]
Big Bird takes the high road, refusing to respond directly to Romney's plan to cut government spending on PBS. [Saturday Night Live]