8:04 am Oct. 18, 2012
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's answers to a gun control question at their most recent debate appears to have been the last straw in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's frustration with partisan politics, sort of.
Bloomberg's political giving hasn't always lined up with his stated legislative goals, as Blake Zeff and others have pointed out. For example, Bloomberg gave $1 million to help keep Republicans in control of the State Senate in Albany, despite their refusal to support a key gun control law Bloomberg himself has been lobbying for. (Having Democrats, who advocate higher taxes for the rich and more government spending on social programs is apparently less desirable the mayor.)
Bloomberg also donated to Republican Senator Scott Brown, who by the mayor's admission is "not good on guns generally," for opposing a single piece of legislation supported by the National Rifle Association. (Brown's opponent is a major proponent of tough Wall Street regulations, which, in general, Bloomberg seems not to favor.)
One race he won't be spending his money on is the presidential race, according to his aide Howard Wolfson, the once-staunchly Democratic operative, who will take a leave of absence to run Bloomberg's Independence PAC.
"The New York Post and some of these good government groups want to change government so that it doesn’t look like us"—Councilman Leroy Comrie
"Since we don't have "pre-crime" law enforcement, we can not reliably predict who will turn to gun violence."—Bronx4Life
"After the debate, [NY-18 Democratic candidate Sean Patrick] Maloney objected to the notion that he supports Obamacare." [Michael Novinson]
Bloomberg's new $10 million plan to back moderates in both parties demonstrates "the role he sees himself playing when he leaves office," an unnamed mayoral source says. [David Seifman]
Chris Christie leads Cory Booker 46-42 in a new Quinnipiac poll testing a hypothetical governor's race. [Salvador Rizzo]
An ode to the "unfinished" Roosevelt Island. [Tom McGeveran]
The Times suspended Andrew Goldman for four weeks because of his "Twitter outburst." [Joe Pompeo]
Bill Clinton said nobody thinks Hillary Clinton's commission will whitewash their investigation into security failures at Benghazi. [Azi Paybarah]
9:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg opens a new manufacturing facility for Shapeways, at 30-02 48th Ave., in Queens.
10 a.m. The New York City Campaign Finance Board will discuss the complaint against Bloomberg's 2009 campaign regarding pre-election payments to the Independence Party, and possible penalties against Councilwoman Diana Reyna, former councilwoman Maria Baez, and Council candidates Steven Behar, Rock Hacksaw, Billy Talen and Yudelka Tapia, in Conference Room E on the 6th Floor, of 40 Rector St., in Manhattan.
11 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Zahn School of Entrepreneurship, at the Grove School of Engineering, at 140th St. and St. Nicholas Terrace, in Manhattan.
Noon. State Senator Eric Adams and T.W.U. president John Samuelsen call on the M.T.A. to expedite the installation of bus partitions, at the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot, at 871 5th Ave., in Brooklyn.
1 p.m. The Districting Commission will hold an organizational meeting, at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, at 199 Chambers St., in Manhattan.
1:30 p.m. Senator Chuck Schumer will endorse State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., for re-election, along side State Senators Michael Gianaris, Toby Stavisky, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, in front of the Queens Community House, at 108-25 62nd Drive, in Forest Hills, Queens.
3 p.m. Bloomberg gets a courtesy visit and photo-op with the Right Honorable Lisa M. Scaffidi, Lord Mayor of Perth, Australia, at City Hall.
6 p.m. David Chen of The New York Times moderates a discussion of the role of superPACs in the 2013 election at New York Law School, at 185 West Broadway, Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. The 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner takes place at the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Ave., in Manhattan.
7 p.m. Stringer, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Lennon, Josh Fox and Yuka Hondo host a screening of the movie Gasland, at the IFC Film Center, 323 6th Ave., in Manhattan.
7:45 p.m. Juniper Park Civic Association, the Daily News, the Times-Ledger, Times News Weekly and Capital New York host two debates: Congressional candidates Grace Meng versus Dan Halloran; and State Senator Joseph Addabbo versus City Councilman Eric Ulrich, at Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium, 61-21 71st St., in Queens.
8 p.m. City Councilman Danny Dromm and the New Visions Democratic Club host an event honoring Spanish Heritage Month, with Civil Court Judge Carmen Velasquez as the guest speaker, at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 37-06 77th St., in Queens.
Romney is trying to blunt the idea that he's severely conservative on social issues, in order to attract more women voters. [Jim Rutenburg and Jeremy Peters]
Romney's final stretch mirrors his 1994 race against Ted Kennedy. [Jason Horowitz]
Obama is ready to play hardball on tax increases for the highest earners, with sources threatening a veto. [Lori Montgomery]
He and House Speaker John Boehner haven't even talked about it in four months. [Jake Sherman]
Tagg Romney wanted to "take a swing" at Obama during the debate. [McKay Coppins]
Obama's reference to an "act of terror" in his Rose Garden remarks was not a reference to the Benghazi attack but rather a broader statement about American troops serving in dangerous locations. [Michael Walsh]
Bloomberg, again, lamented the way Obama and Romney are talking about gun control. [Kathleen Horan]
Congress / Washington
Bloomberg's new $10 million Super PAC is his "boldest move yet" to influence national politics. [Tina Moore]
Bloomberg "intends to keep his wallet open after he leaves office," an unnamed top Bloomberg adviser said. [Raymond Hernandez]
Only two other billionaires have spent eight figures on this election: Sheldon Adelson and Harold Simmons, both for Republicans. [Clare O'Connor]
None of Bloomberg's Super PAC money will be used on to influence the presidential election, Howard Wolfson said. [Michael Howard Saul]
"[N]o moments" in the debate between Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican challenger Wendy Long "appeared to change Gillibrand's status as a clear front-runner." Also: Gillibrand said taxpayer money should not have been used to settle Assemblyman Vito Lopez's sexual harassment case. [Thomas Kaplan]
Gillibrand raised health concerns about fracking, which Long called "phony." [Jimmy Vielkind]
In NY-11, Rep. Michael Grimm is the first person mentioned in a Politico story headlined "The top 5 scandal races." But the article notes he is "still leading" his Democratic rival. [John Bresnahan]
In NY-18, footage from a debate between Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth and Democratic challenger Sean Patrick Maloney. [Emily Stewart]
In NY-24, a spokesman for Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle bristled at the notion that Democratic challenger Dan Maffei is a moderate, as Bloomberg has argued. [AP]
The F.B.I. arrested a Bangladeshi man here who tried blowing up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. [Tamer el-Ghobasy and Devlin Barrett]
2013 / City Hall
Bloomberg, Quinn and City Comptroller John Liu said the city will save about $200 million annually by accelerating the timing of some capital improvement projects. [Michael Grynbaum]
The program could create 8,000 new jobs, mostly construction. [Aaron Marks]
Pamela Anderson invited Quinn on a date to a gala to help ban horse-drawn carriages — something Quinn has resisted supporting. [Page Six]
Quinn wants the FDNY to allow members to keep their outdated helmets free of charge. [Sally Goldenberg]
"[Rep. Gregory] Meeks said [Bill] Thompson should be elected not 'just because of the color of his skin,' but 'because he’s the right guy to get the job done.'" [Rich Bockmann]
Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky wrote in an email to city officials saying that endorsing a taxi-hailing app would be a "political loser" because of opposition from the livery cab industry but "probably a modest winner with the broader public." [Matt Flegenheimer]
Former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik is trying not to contradict earlier testimony he gave. [Russ Buettner]
In defending Operation Clean Sweep, Inspector Kerry Sweet of the NYPD legal department told a federal judge, "Even a vestibule of the building [where the buzzers are located] is private property." [Joseph Goldstein]
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Daniel Squadron, City Councilman Brad Lander and Assemblywoman Joan Millmen sent a letter to the city's Department of Homeless Services raising concerns about a potential conflict of interest involving a homeless shelter slated for Carroll Gardens. [Joseph Berger]
Flashback: That potential conflict of interest was revealed in a Capital story by Andrew Rice.
Bloomberg, Cuomo and Bill Clinton cut the ribbon on the new FDR Four Freedoms state park. [Tina Moore]
"In what many business owners increasingly see as an obstacle to Harlem's resurgence, a rigid law forbids the state from issuing full liquor licenses to businesses on the same street and within 200 feet of a house of worship or a school." [Sumathi Reddy]
Newly elected district leader Chris Olechowski gets an unflattering headline. [Garth Johnston]
Cuomo's sister, Maria, produced a movie about a Virginia Tech survivor's efforts to get gun control bills passed in Washington. [Living for 32]