8:07 am Oct. 22, 2012
Last month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he knew which presidential candidate he was voting for. But you got the impression, between his constant complaints about the lack of substance in the campaign and his own ideas about running, that he wasn't happy about either option.
In an interview with Jim Rutenberg published over the weekend, Bloomberg made that last part explicit, dismissing the economic policies of both candidates, as well as their abilities.
The mayor who founded a wildly successful media company dismissed Mitt Romney's work at Bain Capital as a qualification for running the country. And he reiterated his displeasure with Barack Obama's leadership abilities.
The interview followed up on the mayor's announcement of his intention to spend $10-15 million through a super PAC to help moderate congressional candidates. Bloomberg, at least, sounds like he's had about enough of the presidential contest altogether.
"I didn’t move to sunny Albany to own a home"--Herman "Denny" Farrell, Jr.
One editorial board prefers keeping the 2013 primary date in September, saying that changing it because of problems with the voting machines is "nuts." [Daily News]
Lawmakers who stay overnight in their second homes in Albany get the same "per diem" as those who have to stay overnight in hotels. [Laura Nahmias, Michael Gartland and Susan Edelman]
Cuomo has been silent on the issue of campaign finance reform, while one of George Soros' sons and a co-founder of Facebook prepare to raise the issue in two State Senate races. [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo will pay people to go to the doctor. [Carl Campanile]
Time for the get-out-the-vote stories: Democrats have 104 field offices in Florida, to Republicans' 47. [Trip Gabriel]
"GM is alive in Defiance, Ohio. But Obama’s hopes here may not be." [Rosalind Helderman]
A Romney spokesman denies a rumor that the campaign had outsourced call centers to the Philippines. [McKay Coppins]
Neither Obama nor Romney have realistic economic recovery plans, but Obama is open to bipartisanship and Romney's flip-flops mean "he can't be trusted." [Star Ledger]
Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa dodges a question about 2016. [Alexander Burns]
The Times backs Democratic congressional candidates in the NY-11, NY-18, NY-24 and NY-25 races. [New York Times]
The Times also endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday, more enthusiastically than two years ago. [New York Times]
In NY-24, a pro-Israel group endorsed Republican congresswoman Ann Marie Buerkle for re-election. [Robert Harding]
In NY-25, a daily paper in Rochester endorsed Democratic congresswoman Louise Slaughter for re-election. [Democratic and Chronicle]
2013 / City Hall
A columnist still wishes Bloomberg ran for president. [Mike Lupica]
Bloomberg takes shots at Romney and Obama. [Jim Rutenberg]
What Bloomberg is advocating is not a "ban" but rather a "restriction" on the size of beverage cup sizes. [Biran Stelter]
Two councilmen from "very different neighborhoods" argue in support of the Community Safety Act and creating an inspector general for the NYPD. [Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander]
Filming police officers is legal, but not necessarily popular. [Christopher Robbins]
After a Post column on the issue, an inspector general's office revamped their inexplicable denials of FOIL requests on certain cases. [David Seifman]
The $80 million student-data system is used, on average, less than an hour a year by educators, according to an N.Y.U. study. [Lisa Fleisher]
A second car wash in New York City has unionized. [Steven Greenhouse]
Before agreeing to a pay raise for legislators, Cuomo should get them to agree to a change in arbitration law: instead of the benchmark being a government's ability to raise taxes to pay for union benefits, arbiters should consider if the payments can be made "without raising taxes or cutting services." [Daily News]
Cuomo's credibility is being tested "big-time" on fracking. [New York Post]
Hank Sheinkopf: "A disciple of Bill Clinton’s triangulation and a son of Mario Cuomo’s liberalism, Cuomo has combined the two in a novel way." [Daily News]
Footage from Eliot Spitzer's first appearance in Albany since resigning as governor, at a fund-raiser for WAMC. [Jon Campbell]
"A more diplomatic Mr. Spitzer was on display." [Jacob Gershman]
Spitzer can't imagine Cuomo mounting a primary challenge to Hillary Clinton in 2016. [Ken Lovett]
"Spitzer hardly ruled out another run for public office." [Jimmy Vielkind]
The Yankees never won a World Series while a Cuomo was governor. [Ken Lovett]
The Assemblyman who Cuomo appointed to be the co-chair of the state Democratic Party, Keith Wright, owes $224,410 in fines for putting posters on public property. [Ken Lovett]
What should pollsters do with all those tweets flying around during the debates? [Mark McGuire and Jimmy Vielkind]
"Saturday Night Live" shows Obama and Romney "answering" the assault weapons ban question at the Hofstra debate. [Saturday Night Live]
"An examination of the films hitting the screen recently and a look at the forces behind them shows that more and more, political interests are using movies to do their persuading for them." [Stephen Whitty]
"The list of actors openly supporting Romney is not long." [Nancy Dillon]
8:25 a.m. Republican senate candidate Wendy Long speaks with radio host Curtis Sliwa, on AM970.
10:30 a.m. Senator Kirsten Gillirand and State Senator Diane Savino call for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, at New Lane Senior Center, at 70 New Lane, on Staten Island.
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy speak at the M.T.A.'s dedication of the Brooklyn-Batter Tunnel in honor of former Gov. Hugh Carey, at Trinity Place and Greenwich St., in Manhattan.
11 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Mathew Wambua and others call on Loan Star to sell their buildings, at 556 and 570 West 190th St., in Washington Heights, Manhattan.
11 a.m. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., the Coca-Cola Foundation, and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation announce a grant to support a borough-wide health initiative, at Joseph Yancey Track & Field in Macombs Dam Park, at East 161 St. and Jerome Ave., in the Bronx.
Noon. Assembly candidate Phil Gim discusses his plan to deal with public spending, at his campaign office, at 31-22 Union St., in Flushing, Queens.
12:30 p.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Ambassador Mark Wallace denounce luxury carmakers who recently opened dealerships in Tehran, at the Southwest corner of 6th Ave. and Laight St., in Manhattan.
1 p.m. The New NY Education Reform Commission meets in the City Council Chambers, on the 3rd Floor of City Hall, 30 Church St., in Rochester.
3:30 p.m. Long speaks with the editorial board of the Syracuse Post-Standard, at 101 North Salina St., in Syracuse.
5 p.m. Long appears live in studio with radio host Bob Lonsberry of WSYR, at 500 Plum St., in Syrcause. It'll stream live here.
5:30 p.m. Long and Ambassador John Bolton attend the Central New York Conservative Party dinner, at the Holiday Inn, at 442 Electronics Parkway, in Liverpool.
6 p.m. Assemblywoman Nicole Maliotakis has a fund-raiser, at Bocelli, at 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 10A, on Staten Island.
6 p.m. Councilman Jumaane Williams hosts a Uitca Ave. / Church Ave. / Ave. D Business Corridor Forum with Dr. Roy Hastick, founder of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, at Jackson Rockingster, president of the Haitian American Business Network, at Top Civic Center, at 1098-1100 Utica Ave., in Brooklyn.
7 p.m. Rep. Joseph Crowley, the Queens Democratic County Leader, attends the inaugural event for State Senator Jose Peralta's run for Queens borough president, at Novo Restaurant, at 78-23 37th Ave., in Jackson Heights, Queens.
7:30 p.m. Councilman Dan Halloran has a fund-raiser for his NY-06 congressional race, at Staunton's Restaurant, at 224-07 Union Turnpike, in Oakland Gardens, Queens.
7:30 p.m. Quinn attends the Sage Annual Awards, at Gotham Hall, at 1356 Broadway, in Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. The 38th Assembly District Regular Democratic Club hosts a rally to support State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr.'s re-election, at Yerman's Irish Pub, at 7026 88th St., in Glendale, Queens.
8 p.m. Assemblyman Rory Lancman and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Democratic Club have their October meeting, and debate watch party, at Cornerstone Diner, at 162-16 Union Turnpike, in Flushing, Queens.
8 p.m. Harlem 4 Obama has a debate watch party, at Settepani, at 196 Lenox Ave., in Manhattan.
8:15 p.m. Astoria is for Obama, the Queens County Young Democrats, the Powhatan Democratic Club and the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens host a debate watch party, at Raven's Head House, upstairs, at 38-04 Broadway, in Astoria, Queens.
9 p.m. President Obama and Mitt Romney debate foreign policy in Boca Raton, Florida.