7:59 am Oct. 16, 2012
In a New York Times report on New York as "the only state with a statistically significant increase in its unemployment rate" over the past year, the Cuomo administration questioned whether the unemployment rate was truly an accurate measure of the state's economic progress, pointing instead to other metrics like job growth and the number of new unemployment insurance claims.
Cuomo didn't question the numbers when I asked him after his big policy conference in August whether he felt like his policies had begun to take effect, and whether New Yorkers could expect the unemployment rate to come down. Instead, he explained the contextual and cultural factors that the state has had to overcome.
"I think you're going to see the number come down over time," he told me. "There are a number of factors, primarily the overall national economy, right? We're one state."
Cuomo said the state could be an "aggravating or a compounding factor" within that context.
"I think over the past 18 months we've made dramatic progress," he said. "Because look, the problems that we're facing are cultural to New York. We did not get here overnight and the solution isn't going to be an overnight solution. This is decades in New York of just not being attuned to what we should have been attuned to, to be economically competitive.
"It's decades of tax policy and regulatory policy. It's decades where the state government really didn't see its role as an economic generator. It's just not the way we thought in New York."--Reid Pillifant
Mitt Romney's campaign returned a $2,500 contribution from Rep. Michael Grimm. [Liz Benjamin]
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, inspired by Michael Bloomberg, will propose using "social-impact bonds" to pay for his early education initiative, by contrast with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio's proposed tax on wealthy New Yorkers. [David Chen]
Luxury apartments don't appear to account for their fair share of property taxes. [Elizabeth Harris]
More on a judge's ruling to block the Working Families Party from replacing its candidate in the SD-60 race with incumbent Republican Mark Grisanti, calling it "an abuse of the process." [Robert McCarthy]
"June primary would help Christine Quinn — another reason UFT likely to be softer on her during budget talks."—Sally Goldenberg
"It makes more sense than where they put that other one in Brooklyn, the Barclays." [Dana Rubinstein]
"We don't interfere in American elections," the Israeli ambassador told a crowd in Park Slope last night. "What has been perceived that way here is because everything in this country is glimpsed through the prism of elections." [Reid Pillifant]
The New York Times is "at least considering all the major languages as being potential markets," foreign editor Joe Kahn said in an interview. [Joe Pompeo]
"Mayor Michael Bloomberg's monumental disdain for the city's dysfunctional Board of Elections may be more powerful than his desire to see his ally, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, elected mayor next year." [Dana Rubinstein]
A homeless shelter slated to open in Carroll Gardens ("around the corner from a Mexican slow-food restaurant, a wine store and several expensive condo buildings") is something of an inside job. [Andrew Rice]
Kirsten Gillibrand spends lots on her Senate race despite not being in a competitive race. [Reid Pillifant]
10:30 a.m. Assembly members Joseph Lentol, Michele Titus and Andrew Hevesi host a roundtable discussion about human trafficking, following up on a report about this topic released by Hofstra University, in the Assembly hearing room at 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.
11 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at the New York State Police Academy graduation ceremony, at the Empire State Plaza convention center, in Albany.
Noon. NY-24 Democratic candidate Dan Maffei calls on Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle to oppose fracking, in Thornden Park, at 501 Ostrom Ave., in Syracuse. Map to site, here.
12:15 p.m. Councilman James Sanders breaks ground on a $69 million water and sewer infrastructure upgrade, at Springfield Blvd. and 146th Ave., in Queens.
12:30 p.m. Monroe Democratic County Chairman Joe Morelle condemns Republican Sean Hanna's campaign as "the dirtiest, most dishonest campaigns in Monroe County history," at Monroe Democratic County Headquarters, 1150 University Ave., Building #5, in Rochester.
12:40 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will speak about expanding legal services and unveil an early childhood education proposal, during a keynote speech to the Public Affairs Committee of the New York Bar Association, on the 2nd floor of 42 W. 44th St., in Manhattan.
1 p.m. Cuomo's Education Reform Commission meets at the Bank Street College of Education, at 610 West 112th St., in Manhattan. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will give testimony. The meeting will stream live here.
7 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at reception honoring seven artists and entrepreneurs, at Vanderbilt Hall, at Grand Central Terminal, in Manhattan.
7 p.m. The Manhattan Young Democrats have their general meeting and later, a debate watch party, at Village Pourhouse, 64 Third Ave., in Manhattan.
8 p.m. City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Political Power through Organizing (P2O) host a debate watch party, at Vivid Cafe, 4617 Avenue D, in Brooklyn.
8 p.m. Reshma Saujani, Jose Vargas and Michael Skolnik host a debate watch party, at DCTV, 87 Lafayette St., in Manhattan.
8:30 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn hosts a debate watch party, at Brass Monkey, 55 Little West 12th St., in Manhattan.
8:30 p.m. The Metropolitan Republican Club and the New York Young Republican Club host a debate watch part, at the Met Club, 122 East 83rd St., in Manhattan.
9 p.m. Hofstra hosts the second presidential debate, at 1000 Fulton Ave., in Hempstead. Attendees are expected to include. Cuomo will be among the attendees.
"I take responsibility" for Benghazi, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [Elise Labott]
Flashback: Clinton says "the buck stops in the Oval Office." [Andrew Kaczynski]
Five things to watch in tonight's debate. [Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush]
The full "memorandum of understanding" laying out the groundrules for the debates. [Mark Halperin]
President Obama might have been too accommodating with China in his first year, but Mitt Romney's proposed policies would "upend" U.S.-China relations. [Sharon LaFreniere]
In NY-18, Democratic candidate Sean Patrick Maloney welcomed Republican Nan Hayworth "to the equality team" following her comments at their debate last night. She called him a "Pelosi Democrat." He said he was a "Clinton Democrat." [Paul Schindler]
Maloney has been raffling off a chance to meet Clinton, his old boss, at Michael Bloomberg's townhouse. [Christian Wade]
In NY-24, the three candidates have spent $6.2 million, and the League of Conservation Voters said they'll run $200,000 worth of ads against incumbent Republican Ann Marie Buerkle because she doubts the existence of global warming. [Mark Weiner]
In NY-27, a pro-Republican PAC will air $700,000 in ads attacking Democrat Rep. Kathy Hochul, bringing the total spending by outside groups in the district to nearly $3 million. [Robert McCarthy]
If a deal in Washington isn't reached, $38 million could be cut from of $4.3 billion James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. [Chelsia Rose Marcius]
Senators Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibramd, Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Peter King, Jerry Nadler and others said the fund should be exempt from federal cuts. [Vera Chinese and Ben Chapman]
New York is the only state in the country "with a statistically significant increase in its unemployment rate," though Cuomo aides note jobs here grew by 1.4 percent and unemployment claims have been falling. [Danny Hakim]
More on New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office investigating Assemblyman William Boyland and other legislators' travel reimbursements. [Erik Kriss]
Walgreen's has to stop advertising offers of "free" flu shots and refund people they charged for them, under a deal they struck with the state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman. [AP]
Corporations give to whichever party is in the majority, according to a report from the Center for Working Families, a left-leaning advocacy group. [Jimmy Vielkind]
The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is seeking former JCOPE member Ravi Batra's notes, as part of its investigation of leaks to the media. [AP]
The mayors of Yonkers, Syracuse and Rochester said the anonymously Cuomo-sourced Post story claiming they want state "handouts" because they're "close to bankruptcy" is inaccurate. [Colin Gustafson]
Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner said she doubts Cuomo authorized anyone to tell the Post she and two other mayors were begging for state aide. [Tim Knauss]
State Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Richard Gottfried will hold a public forum on issues facing transgendered New Yorkers. [Paul Schindler]
State Senate candidate Mindy Meyer had about 25 people at her fund-raiser, along with a live elephant and film crew from Bravo. [Tara Palmeri]
Raising the M.T.A. monthly Metrocard price to $125 would "wallop" the middle class and "lose the MTA money." [Nicole Gelinas]
An educator tells state education commissioner John King what's wrong with Buffalo's expensive and underperforming public schools: a bloated and "lack of coherent leadership at the central office." [Mary Pasciak]
2013 / City Hall
The Democratic mayoral candidates, whom Tom Allon attacked while announcing he would run as a Republican, ignored his comments. A spokesman for John Liu said they wished him well. [Ivan Periera]
Newly announced Brooklyn district attorney candidate Ken Thompson did not want to talk about the incumbent, Charles Hynes, and fended off questions about his handling of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case. [Mosi Secret]
New York City Board of Election officials want to move the 2013 primary date to June, but Bloomberg said a later date would allow more people to enter the race. Also: the B.O.E. opposes a bill in the Council requiring them to submit annual performance reports. [Grace Rauh]
B.O.E. staffers "will be using laptops to read portable memory devices" to count votes faster. [Ivan Pereira]
Bloomberg is leaving his successor a headache in the form of expired union contracts and empty financial reserves. [Michael Powell]
The New York City Department of Homeless Services canceled an interview after they learned the AP interviewed shelter residents not hand-picked by the department. [Meghan Barr]
An assistant district attorney in the Bronx testified about why she found some NYPD arrests made under the "Operation Clean Sweep" problematic. [Joseph Goldstein]
Footage posted by CrownHeightsInfo.com contradicts an officer's account of being attacked first by a topless, unarmed man in a Jewish center. [Wendy Ruderman]
Former NYPD commissioner Bernie Kerik repeatedly said "I don't recall," "I don't remember," and "I have no idea," when forced to testify against contractors who did work on his apartment in exchange for getting help landing city contracts. [Doug Montero]
"Mr. Kerik's tears on the witness stand were another strange twist in the life of an underprivileged boy from Paterson, N.J., who improbably landed in the upper echelon of law enforcement only to take a precipitous fall that left him imprisoned like the men he once guarded." [Pervaiz Shallwani and Sean Gardiner]
The Times follows up on DNAinfo's scoop about the school zoning changes in Park Slope and Washington Heights proposed by the city Department of Education. [Vivian Yee]
There's a proposal to tax properties near Hudson River Park in Manhattan to help pay for maintenance there. [Matthew Katz]
Did you know Cindy Adams was in Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis? [Cindy Adams]
In the season premiere of Tim Allen's TV show "Last Man Standing," his character tries convincing an 18-year-old to vote for Romney. "The Democrats will tax [your] inheritance and probably use that money to throw gay weddings for illegal aliens," Allen's character says. [Sean Daly]
A preview of the upcoming documentary about an unemployed Bronx man whose life is turned around when it's discovered he resembles Obama. [Ryan Murdock]