8:00 am Oct. 17, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo made an unexpected visit to the spin room last night after the presidential debate in Hofstra.
After saying (along with all the other Democrats there, and some Republican-leaning pundits on TV) that he thought President Obama won, Cuomo gave a lengthy answer to Maggie Haberman's question about Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attack without actually mentioning the Secretary of State by name.
Cuomo, a prospective presidential candidate in 2016 whose plans would be greatly affected by Clinton's, said he "felt for" Obama in the way that he took responsibility for the actions of one of his cabinet secretary when asked about her at the debate, much as he himself takes responsibility for the actions of his commissioners in Albany.
Asked separately by Hunter Walker why he hadn't been on the Obama campaign's official list of spin-room surrogates, and in fact why he didn't have a sign like all the others, Cuomo gave a studiedly nonchalant answer.
“I didn’t know you had to sign up for an official surrogate,” he said.
Cuomo, who recently hired a communications director with extensive national media experience, said, “I’ve been in the spin room many times, I don’t think I’ve ever had a sign, as a matter of fact. I wonder if that means something?”
It was spin alley, after all.
"Oh no he didn't @MittRomney didn't go to the 100% BS! Dummy @BarackObama didn't talk about the 47% it was you Guv."--Gerson Borrero
To justify arrests NYPD officers made under Operation Clean Sweep, a lawyer representing New York City said a police booth outside the River Park Towers complex in the Bronx demarcated a line beyond which a person could be considered trespassing. A federal judge said, "I'm very troubled by that," since several businesses open the public are located behind that area. [Joseph Goldstein]
In response to actions by the Bronx district attorney, the NYPD ordered officers to document and record instances in which district attorneys are not prosecuting valid cases. [Kirstan Conley]
A huge amount of money is being spent, mostly on three State Senate races, by independent groups. [Thomas Kaplan]
Obama won an instant poll of undecided voters, 37-30 percent, with 33 percent calling it a draw. [CBS News]
The president won 46-39 in another instant poll, with 73 percent saying he did better than expected. [CNN-ORC]
The big takeaway from last night's debate: "the candidates' overall attitudes." [Blake Zeff]
Rep. Charlie Rangel's office delivers a lengthy response to a gun-store owner. [Reid Pillifant]
Rep. Michael Grimm "re-donated" to Romney, and is attending his events. [Azi Paybarah]
The celebrity supporters of 2013 mayoral candidates. [Azi Paybarah]
The latest attempt to break the Guinness World Record for traveling every inch of the subway system in New York City. [Dana Rubinstein]
10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and others attend the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park dedication ceremony, at South Point of Main St., on Roosevelt Island.
10 a.m. Councilwoman Gale Brewer addresses small business owners at Google Helps Manhattan Small Businesses Website Development Workshop, Google New York, 111 8th Ave., in Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. Bloomberg accepts the Sephan Weiss Apple Award, at Urban Zen, at 711 Grennwich St., in Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. Brewer presents Tenant of the Year Award at the Supportive Housing Network of New York Annual Gala, Capitale, at 130 Bowery, in Manhattan.
The two candidates squared off "face to face, almost chest to chest, in the middle of the stage, as if they were roosters in a ring.” [Peter Baker]
"Offense is the best defense," and five other takeaways. [Maggie Haberman]
"So sure, President Obama won last night." [John Podhoretz]
Candy Crowley "took charge" of the debate last night. [Erin Durkin]
A Post columnist said Mitt Romney held his own. [Michael Goodwin]
Senator John McCain said Secretary Hillary Clinton's comment taking responsibility for the fatal attack in Libya was "a laudable gesture." [Thomas DeFrank]
The Romney campaign will litigate the candidate's assertion about Libya. [McKay Coppins]
Jay-Z appears in a new ad for Obama. [Kia Makarachi]
In NY-25, Republican challenger Maggie Brooks said she doesn't plan to use robocalls. [Berkeley Brean]
In NY-24, Rep. Ann Marie Beurkle raised $531,000 in this latest filing period, compared to Democrat challenger Dan Maffei's $493,000. [Robert Harding]
In NY-11, Rep. Michael Grimm met with Geraldo Rivera, at a FDNY and NYPD appreciation day. [Flickr]
In NY-04, Republican challenger Fran Becker's campaign distributed a flier at a Baptist church "offering free scratch tickets in exchange for a voter's name and contact information." [Michael New]
In NY-01, "a high school student largely stole the show when she scolded both candidates for their negative campaigns." [Kathryn Menu]
2013 / City Hall
Federal prosecutors released excerpts of the wire-tapped phone calls that appear to include City Comptroller John Liu talking directly with Oliver Pan, who is facing charges he circumvented the city's campaign donation limits. [David Chen and Benjamin Weiser]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is trying to keep Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market from relocating outside the city. [Lisa Fickenscher]
Geraldine Ferraro will be honored when part of Austin Street at Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills is named after her, thanks to City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. [Nigel Chiwaya]
The New York City Department of Education wants more leeway in hiring teachers. [Yoav Gonen]
The teachers union said the city hasn't prepared students for rigorous exams coming up this spring. [Lisa Fleisher]
The city's 311 hotline "is not taking the complaints and processing them" some Brooklyn residents said at a public meeting last night. [Richard Calder]
More details from the court where the NYPD's Operation Clean Sweep is under scrutiny. [Reuven Fenton]
A company that created an app for hailing a taxi appears to be pulling the plug on its operation in New York City, blaming the Taxi and Limousine Commission. [Matt Flegenheimer]
"In response to NYPD spying on Muslims in New Jersey, a state legislative committee has advanced a bill that would require out-of-state law enforcement to notify New Jersey officials if they plan on conducting surveillance in the state." [Samantha Henry]
In talking about a legislative pay raise, Cuomo insists legislators pass other pieces of his agenda. [Glenn Blain]
Trading policy proposals for legislative pay raises appears "disreputable" but Cuomo should get what he can out of this "quid pro quo" situation for taxpayers. [Daily News]
The governor should get rid of the "per diem" system for legislators, a tabloid editorial page urged. [New York Post]
Cuomo was in the spin room without a sign after the debate. [Hunter Walker]
A Manhattan Institute fellow argues that like his position on fracking, Cuomo should have a moratorium on erecting wind turbines until their health impact has been studied too. [Robert Bryce]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman got a $1.2 million settlement from a crooked pharmacist. [Douglas Montero]
Some upstate mayors want Albany's help to combat rising union costs. [Jacob Gershman]
The need for an M.T.A. fare hike is due to state legislators not funding the agency. The base fare should go up 25 cents and the agency should "start equalizing fares and fare hikes among the broad spectrum of passengers." [Daily News]
Lincoln Restler, a vocal critic of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, lost his district leader race. [Reuven Blau]
Why hasn't Roland Martin been on CNN lately? [Betsy Rothstein]