Cuomo and Bloomberg channel public outrage after a slow storm recovery and botched vote

Tweet Share on Facebook Share on Tumblr Print

Every elected official needs a punching bag, particularly when constituents are in an angry mood.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority, which failed to restore power for many New Yorkers after Hurricane Sandy (and still had people waiting even as an unrelated northeaster blew in late yesterday).

When I asked Cuomo what recourse he had, he said, "The utilities, Azi, were not created in the Bible," by which he means that he can take steps to take away their franchise if those entities don't start performing better. (My colleague Dana Rubinstein has a more detailed explanation of just how the governor might do that.)

For Bloomberg (who has defended Con Ed's leadership in the past), his punching bag has long been the New York City Board of Elections, a local agency he doesn't control.

MORE ON CAPITAL

ADVERTISEMENT

Bloomberg thinks the board and the current system need an overhaul, and many of the New Yorkers who went to vote on Tuesday would agree.

But after Bloomberg's latest rant about what a poor job the board did in handling long lines and new voting machines, one commissioner said the mayor bore part of the blame, since he helped select the temporary polling places set up for displaced voters in Tuesday.

The mayor has not expressed any desire to take control of the board.

Quote

"Hey @LIPAnews ...The tiny fraction of homes that had power in Rockaway have just lost it again! #EPICFAIL" — @ypGoldfeder

Recommended

The money of big conservative donors was spent very, very poorly. [Nick Confessore and Jess Bidgood]

Governor Andrew Cuomo's home is without power and he's eating cold eggs. [Swapna Venugopal Ramaswamy]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wants Craigslist to identify price gougers. [Jeane MacIntosh]

From Capital

After all the saber-rattling here's what Cuomo can actually do to change Con Edison and LIPA. [Dana Rubinstein]

The M.T.A. has generated goodwill with its storm response but that won't make people less angry about fare hikes. [Dana Rubinstein]

CNN won the ratings game on Election Night. [Joe Pompeo]

The Election Night All-Stars. [Joe Pompeo]

A labor leader said it would be "unconscionable" for any Democratic state senator to cut a deal and keep Republicans in charge of that chamber. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."

11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends the funeral of Police Officer Artur Kasprzak, at 109 York Avenue, on Staten Island.

Noon. Rep. Paul Tonko Frank Mauro of the Fiscal Policy Institute, Michael Kink of Strong Economy for All Coalition, and others call on the president and the New York congressional delegation to avoid the "fiscal cliff" and end the Buh tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%, in the LCA press room, inside the L.O.B. in Albany.

Noon. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, UnitedNY, New York Communities for Change, SEIU 32BJ, Citizens Action and others call on congress to invest in infrastructure, create jobs, not cut funding, as New York recovers from the hurricane, at Campos Plaza, at Avenue C and 12th Street, in Manhattan.

1 p.m. Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, Rep. Greg Meeks, State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., and Queens residents call on Bloomberg, Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority "to take immediate action to provide relief to struggling residents" affected by Hurricane Sandy, at St. Francis De Sales Church, at 129-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd., in Belle Harbor, Queens.

2:30 p.m. Bloomberg gives an update on Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts, inside the Blue Room at City Hall. The event will stream live, here.

3 p.m. Stringer and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro delivers 200 blankets to Staten Island residents, at Miller Field, in New Dorp Lane, on Staten Island.

6 p.m. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott attends the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, at 35-12 35th Avenue, in Queens.

2012

"The Republicans’ Southern strategy appears to have run into a demographic wall." [Michael Shear]

"This may have been the last presidential election for a while in which the Republican Party puts two white men on its national ticket." [Joseph Straw and Thomas DeFrank]

A group of young professionals say they're trying to change the face of the party, at an exclusive party. [Max Abelson]

"Nothing will move in this [2016] race until Clinton either gets in or makes an airtight decision to stay out." [Chris Cillizza]

The electorate was 10 percent Hispanic, a record, and voted 71 percent for Obama. [Donna St. George and Brady Dennis]

Benjamin Netanyahu is facing a backlash at home for appearing to support Mitt Romney, and is trying to repair the damage with Obama. [Jodi Rudoren]

John Boehner now says he's open to "new revenues." [Zachary Goldfarb and Lori Montgomery]

What the Republican Party's immigration platform should be, in 140 characters. [@RupertMurdoch]

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said it's not his fault Romney lost. [Ken Lovett]

Romney's campaign, epitomized by The Donald Problem. [McKay Coppins]

2016: Clinton versus Bush? [Maggie Haberman]

2013 / City Hall

A look at public housing units which are still without electricity after the storm. [Laura Kusisto and Josh Dawsey]

Outgoing California Rep. Joe Baca blames Bloomberg's super PAC for his loss. [Michael Howard Saul]

The City Council will hold a hearing on December 5 about the problems with the New York City Board of Elections. [Kate Taylor and David Chen]

A Board of Elections Commissioner said Bloomberg was involved ini selecting the new voting machines that he's complaining about. [Sally Goldenberg]

The Bloomberg administration is proposing to drop the rule that requires new buildings in certain parts of Manhattan to provide parking space for residents. [David Seifman and Carl Campanile]

Councilman Jimmy Vacca leads the very unofficial field of possible Bronx Borough President challengers. [Roberto Perez]

An NYCLU lawyer said testimony from 3 NYPD officers helped "helped us" show why the stop-and-frisk policy needs to be changed. [Bruce Golding]

An editorial page commends two cops who questioned a fare-beater and found him carrying a gun. [Daily News]

"Students at a Staten Island high school were warehoused in the auditorium with no instruction yesterday because Hurricane Sandy evacuees were occupying their classrooms — until the refugees were booted with little warning." [Yoav Gonen]

A web site connecting people who need a place to stay and people with room to spare. [Ben Yakas]

Pictures of the snowfall. [Garth Johnstn]

Albany

Democrats won 31 state senate seats, or more, and are ahead to two more races where ballots are still being counted. But it's unclear if they'll control the majority. [Thomas Kaplan]

"The GOP’s best hope is to convince five renegade Democrats to join their team." [Ken Lovett]

Headline: "Democrats May Falter in Senate Power Bid" [Laura Nahmias and Andrew Grossman]

State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. wins. [Sally Goldenberg]

Cuomo fired his chief of emergency management after he ordered state workers to clear a tree from his driveway during Hurricane Sandy. [Danny Hakim]

Kuhr's actions were "staggeringly inappropriate," a Cuomo official said. [Selim Algar]

Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez suggested he may leave the Assembly, setting off speculation he could run for the City Council. [David Seifman]

Front Pages