Does Christine Quinn want Albany to bring it on?
If Albany acts on a request from the Board of Elections to move the 2013 primaries up from September to June, what effect would it have on the mayoral primary?
As things currently stand, it might provide an advantage for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the best-known and best-funded of the Democratic contenders. The advanced date might also keep some members of the City Council from supporting her rivals, for fear of retribution from Quinn in budget negotiations.
As one reader pointed out to me, the change is likely, since city election officials want it, and a similar change was made for state and federal election dates last year, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver.
But advancing that political calendar also could mean earlier, more intense criticism of Quinn, who's more vulnerable to pressure from the left in the liberal context of a competitive primary.
Related: This morning, the Times wrote this morning that it's Quinn's "duty" to schedule a vote on a paid sick leave bill, or find a compromise.
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Assemblywoman Vivian Cook requested "pre diem" money for a 12-day stay in Albany when the legislature was in session for just three days, which she missed entirely. Assemblyman William Scarborough said, "I don't think I have to give you proof," when asked why he got per diem expenses for staying in Albany when news accounts indicate he was at a town hall meeting in his Queens district. [Laura Nahmias and Susan Edelman]
Mark Murphy, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Michael Grimm in NY-11, is struggling for attention and has a hard time explaining why he's running. [Michael Grynbaum]
Obama leads among likely voters, 49 percent to 46 percent, "basically unmoved from the poll two weeks ago." [Washington Post-ABC News]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
9 a.m. Bill Thompson visits Rep. Gregory Meeks leadership breakfast, where he and others will discuss presidential and mayoral politics, at the Robert Ross Johnson Family Life Center, at 172-17 Linden Blvd, in Jamaica, Queens.
10 a.m. Tom Allon makes an announcement that "will change the Democratic Primary contest and the election for Mayor in 2013," in front of the Theodore Roosevelt Statue, at 200 Central Park West, in Manhattan.
11:15 a.m. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Jerry Nadler, Peter King, 9/11 first responders and union leaders discuss protecting the Zadroga Act from federal budget cuts, at 7 World Trade Center.
11:30 a.m. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will endorse Republican candidate Joe Carvin in the NY-17 race, at Hawthorne train station, at 398 Elmwood Ave., in Hawthorne.
12:15 p.m. Bain Capital employees, UnitedNY, New York Communities for Change, LaFuente and Make the Road discuss the Romney/Ryan economic plan, outside the company's New York headquarters, 57th St. and Madison Ave., in Manhattan.
1 p.m. Rep. Nydia Velazquez and Lucy Allain, who once confronted Mitt Romney at a city fund-raiser, discuss Romney's position on the Dream Act, outside Hofstra University's Student Center Theater, 1000 Fulton Ave., in Hempstead.
2 p.m. Rep. Michael Grimm, Geraldo Rivera host an NYPD and FDNY Appreciation Day, at L&B Spumoni Gardens at 2725 86th St., in Brooklyn.
6:15 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn attends PFLAG's NYC annual awards dinner, at Tribeca Three Sixty, at 10 Desbrosses St., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Melissa Sklarz, Corey Johnson, Brian Ellner and other LGBT activists host a fund-raiser for Democratic state senator Joseph Addabbo, at Elmo Restaurant, at 156 Seventh Ave., in Manhattan.
7:15 p.m. Quinn speaks at New York eHealth Collaborative 2012 Gala, at Pier Sixty in Chelsea Piers, in Manhattan.
8:15 p.m. Quinn speaks at God's Love We Deliver's sixth annual Gold Heart's Award dinner, at 25 Broadway, in Manhattan.
8:45 p.m. Quinn attends Elton Johns AIDS Foundation Gala, at Cipriani Wall Street, at 55 Wall St., in Manhattan.
Despite Mitt Romney's remarks and widespread reports, George Romney did not walk out of the 1964 conventions. He also secretly polled voters about a white backlash, and founded a third-way political group that didn't accept union or corporate donations. [John Bohrer]
Republicans are trying to get Gary Johnson off the ballot. [Jim Rutenberg]
"No Shame," says a New York Times editorial about Republicans who criticize security in Libya after cutting some funding for the State Department. [New York Times]
The Times' Albany bureau chief had a Boston dateline on Sunday, for a story about Mitt Romney being missing-in-action in Massachusetts. [Danny Hakim]
Its other Albany reporter had a co-byline on Paul Ryan from Portsmouth, Ohio. [Trip Gabriel and Thomas Kaplan]
Republican Wendy Long criticized Senator Kirsten Gillibrand for talking about transparency but not agreeing to more than the one debate that takes place on Wednesday. [Brian Tumulty]
"[O]utside group National Horizon attacks U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, claiming she cost New York jobs. We looked at the basic facts behind this ad, and they are true." [Jessica Alaimo]
More Gillibrand 2016 talk. [Ken Lovett]
Ursula Rozum, the Green Party candidate in NY-24 who gets little attention but will be in the debates, says she knows she'll be blamed if Democratic challenger Dan Maffei loses to Republican congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle. [David Rubin]
Howard Dean announced on Twitter that he and Sandra Fluke will attend a breakfast even for Dan Maffei on Friday. [Dave Tobin]
Senator Arlen Specter, a longtime voice of moderation in the Senate, died on Sunday. [Philip Rucker]
At a lunch with Specter in March, he talked about his impact on the Supreme Court. [Reid Pillifant]
Republican legislators tout their ties to Cuomo, despite some policy differences. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo wants a financial spending plan to reduce expenses before giving aid to the nearly bankrupt cities of Yonkers, Rochester and Syracuse. [Fred Dicker]
Cuomo "lacks a certain star power," but his liaison to Manhattan community boards, Erik Bottcher, "has become a fixture on Manhattan's social scene" and "acquired influence after hours with New York's glitterati." [Mike Vilensky]
DiNapoli's report says state spending has grown at twice the rate of inflation since 2008. [AP]
DC 37 denied it endorsed indicted assemblyman William Boyland and dozens of other lawmakers, even though the union published a list of them in their own newspaper. [Michael Gartland]
Independent Democratic state senator Diane Savino is not working to elect a Democratic majority. "I used to believe that if we had a Democratic majority that we’d solve all the problems of the state ... I learned the hard way that it’s just not the case." [Tom Wrobleski]
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It's Quinn's "duty" to have a vote on the Paid Sick Leave bill, or "help come up with a reasonable compromise." [New York Times]
Quinn “would be an ally if she ever became mayor. We’d be in great shape," said Republican Councilman Jimmy Oddo. [Tom Wrobleski]
Tom Allon raises expectations for his announcement today. [Colin Campbell]
A court hearing begins today in Manhattan that could, if successful, limit the NYPD "Operation Clean Halls" program. [Bruce Golding]
Some parents said they feared Rupert Murdoch would have access to their children's education information because a company associated with him is doing business with state education officials. [Rachel Monahan]
A charter school founder argues against individual teacher evaluations in place of holding principals accountable for school performances. [Deborah Kenny]
A UFT critic says state education officials may not renew the union's permission to run a charter school, and cites as a sign of its failure the "D" grade they got on their progress report. [Micah Lasher]
The inspector general overseeing the municipal hospital system conceded there are about 400 open investigations, some dating back to 2003. [David Seifman]
Crains Insider is now a blog. [Andrew Hawkins and Chris Bragg]
A parody of the V.P. debate. [Saturday Night Live]
What if the Romney campaign wanted to be made fun of on a sketch-comedy show, to improve their poll numbers? [30 Rock]
Picking up women by pretending to be one of Mitt Romney's sons, Tug. [New Girl]