8:00 am Oct. 19, 2012
Governor Andrew Cuomo has made formal his antipathy to his own party's conference in the State Senate, endorsing a Republican state senator, Stephen Saland of Poughkeepsie, against a Democratic general-election opponent.
The circumstances of this endorsement were somewhat special—Saland voted against the bulk of his conference in favor of same-sex marriage—and ostensibly make it distinguishable from Cuomo's general coziness with the Republican Senate majority. But in effect, the endorsement makes it that much harder for the Democrats to overcome a 33-29 deficit in the chamber, reinforcing the more lasting advantage the governor bestowed on the Senate Republicans when he broke a key campaign promise by approving gerrymandered redistricting lines.
Cuomo, who is reportedly about to ramp up his efforts to stump for the Democratic ticket nationally, has clearly calculated that his party credentials in other respects are strong enough that his hostility to the Senate Democrats won't hurt him down the road.
And for what it's worth, the Saland endorsement is unlikely to hurt Cuomo's relationship with the Senate Democrats themselves, which couldn't be all that much worse.
"Paul Ryan is such a good attack dog, Mitt Romney might strap him to the roof of the car."—Al Smith IV
"Welcome to the job market in New York City, where the burgeoning ranks of the unemployed are grappling with a grim prospect: settling for lower-paying jobs than they once had." [Anjali Athavaley]
Cuomo's campaigning for Obama will test "how well Mr. Cuomo's liberal New York pedigree and Queens accept play in swing states." [Andrew Grossman and Jacob Gershman]
Rep. Nan Hayworth has a seven-point lead over Sean Patrick Maloney, which includes Maloney on the Working Families Party this time. [Siena]
Romney and Obama both made Cuomo 2016 jokes. [Reid Pillifant]
Bloomberg's PAC will support "centrists, as Bloomberg defines them." [Dana Rubinstein]
Thompson hopes Bloomberg's PAC stays out of the 2013 mayor's race. [Dana Rubinstein]
NY-11 Republican candidate Dan Halloran warns Jewish voters about the last time Arabs controlled Jerusalem. [Azi Paybarah]
The landlord at the center of a fight over a proposed homeless shelter in Carroll Gardens is a controversial figure. [Andrew Rice]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
8:05 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks with radio host John Gambling on WOR710.
9 a.m. Lt. Governor Bob Duffy speaks at a press conference about Intelligent Jobsites, on the second floor of the McGraw Hill Conference Center, at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
9:30 a.m. Bloomberg speaks at the dedication ceremony of Music Island and the Esplanade, lakeside by the Concert Grove, at Prospect Park, in Brooklyn.
10:30 a.m. Bloomberg has a photo-op with Nina Gonzalez, the woman who asked the gun control question at the presidential debate at Hofstra University, at City Hall.
10:30 a.m. Duffy speaks at the rededication ceremony of the Horse Soldier Statue honoring armed forces on horseback, at Vesey St. and West Broadway, in Manhttan.
10:30 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio responds to news the City Council will hold a hearing on the Paid Sick Leave bill, at the Municipal Building, at 1 Centre Street.
11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the NYCLU, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and other groups announce an initiative to train escorts to be reproductive clinic escorts, in the Red Room, at City Hall.
11 a.m. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, and others deliver $920,000 in funding and cut the ribbon on the Floating Hospital's New Health Center, at 10-29 41st Ave., in Long Island City, Queens.
11:30 a.m. Republican senate candidate Wendy Long meets with the Buffalo News editorial board, at 1 News Plaza, in Buffalo.
1 p.m. State Senator Kevin Park offers residents free flu shots, and an opportunity to talk with employees from the state comptroller's office about unclaimed funds, at Parker's office, at 1300 Flatbush Ave., in Brooklyn.
1:30 p.m. Long has a press conference at the Erie County Republican Headquarters, at 715 Main St., in Buffalo.
2:50 p.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer gets interviewed by New York Times writer Sam Roberts, as part of the Municipal Art Society's Sustainability Summit, on the 5th Floor at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick Rose Hall, at 33 W. 60th St., in Manhattan.
4:30 p.m. Former city comptroller Bill Thompson, U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew an Anita Kartalopoulos, a partner at Milberg LLP, are guest of horn at Balcony's 2012 Golf Outing, at the New York Country Club, 103 Brick Church Road, in New Hempstead.
The day after Obama's aggressive performance in the town hall debate "was the biggest campaign fundraising day for the Obama campaign in history, including 2008," says a campaign aide. [Mike Allen]
Democrats' biggest donor to Obama: Jeffrey Katzenberg at $2.6 million. [Jack Gillum]
Republicans' biggest donor to Romney is Sheldon Adelson at $34.2 million. [Stephen Braun]
Arab-Americans for Romney prompts some complaints from pro-Israel Obama backers. [Rosie Gray]
Obama critic Dinesh D'Souza was ousted from his job as president of a Christian college after a magazine accused him of cheating on his wife. [Ariel Kaminer]
Effective punch lines by Obama and Romney at last night's Alfred E. Smith dinner. [Celeste Katz]
Obama had some more jokes on "The Daily Show." [The Daily Show]
Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long said being asked about the best selling erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey was "Out of left field, out of touch and outlandishly sexist." [Ken Lovett]
In NY-18, Rep. Nan Hayworth said she can work with Democrats. Her Democratic challenger, Sean Patrick Maloney, said, "I had nothing to do with Troopergate," fending off an accusation made by the Times editorial board which Hayworth circulated to voters. [Raymond Hernandez]
In NY-11, there's a big difference between Democrat Grace Meng's personal finances and Republican Dan Halloran's. [Jeff Morganteen]
Halloran would have voted for Paul Ryan's latest tax plan. [Joe Anuta]
Democrats are painting Republican votes against the health care law as giving themselves “taxpayer-funded health care for life." [Robert Pear]
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Quinn leads Thompson by 8 percent in the recent NY1-Marist poll, down from the last poll. [Celeste Katz]
Bloomberg's 2009 campaign didn't violate election disclosure laws because they rushed to send out checks before the new law's January 2010 start date. [David Chen]
Headline: "John Liu keeps weaseling out of paying for his illegal campaign signs." [Daily News]
"[T]hree cheers for City Council Speaker Chris Quinn, who’s resisting the crowd" supporting the Paid Sick Leave bill, said one editorial page. [New York Post]
"[Alec] Baldwin scored worse than former Rep. Anthony Weiner … and former Gov. Eliot Spitzer" in poll about potential mayoral candidates. [David Seifman]
"Noticing the dumbfounded looks of some elected officials who attended the ribbon-cutting, Mayor Bloomberg felt compelled to explain how 3-D printing works." [David Seifman]
City Comptroller John Liu's audit criticized the Bloomberg administration for giving discounts to companies that are delinquent in paying their parking summonses. The discount is meant for companies who pay their tickets promptly. [Daivid Seifman]
City Councilman Dan Garodnick wants pedicabs to clearly display their prices so customers aren't hit with a surprise $400 bill. [Patrick McGeehan]
A detailed look at the redistricting fight in Queens. [Ross Barkan]
Cuomo completed his takeover of the New York Racing Association by appointing the president of Cornell to lead the group. [Joe Drape]
Another new NYRA appointee, celebrity chef Bobby Flay, is a horse owner and "appears on the same Food TV Network as Gov. Cuomo’s girlfriend, Sandra Lee." [Erik Kriss]
The Republican county executive in Westchester, Rob Astorino, said Cuomo's tax cap was "a farce" because it didn't come with mandate relief, and can be so easily circumvented. [Elizabeth Ganga]
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny supports plans to construct a mosque in Sheepshead Bay, which critics have tried blocking on court. [Will Bredderman]
In SD-41, Cuomo endorsed Republican state senator Stephen Saland, who voted to legalize same-sex marriage. The Democratic candidate, Terry Gipson, said Cuomo needed "real allies." [Joseph Spector]
In SD-22, Republican state senator Marty Golden said it's wrong to spy on mosques, but it has not been proven that the NYPD has done that. [Shadi Bushra and Elain Mao]
In SD-37, a Republican PAC ad hit Democratic candidate George Latimer for spending $30,000 of campaign money on "fancy meals" and $50,000 were "unaccounted for." [Joseph Spector]
In AD-25, Nily Rozic challenges the "voter apathy" theory advanced by the Democratic primary opponent she beat. [Phil Corso]