Cuomo’s Waldorf birthday, Barron’s analysis and Bloomberg’s cuts

Briefing: Liu, Quinn and Bloomberg. (Spencer T. Tucker via flickr)
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Washington

President Obama had an unpaid team of academics who helped counsel the campaign on social science. [Benedict Carey]

What Michael Grimm's labor support says about the current state of organized labor. [Matthew Yglesias]

Steve Israel on Grimm: "his vulnerability is just a matter of time. He’s got bigger problems than re-election." [Jon Lentz]

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Hakeem Jeffries was on "Up with Chris Hayes" this weekend. [MSNBC]

Cher has a thing for Hayes. [National Enquirer staff]

Albany

Andrew Cuomo will celebrate his 55th birthday at the Waldforf next month, with tickets going for $1,500 to $25,000. [Casey Seiler]

Charles Barron spoke at the University of Albany today. [Knickerbocker Ledger]

"I reduced Cuomo to (making) robocalls," Barron said of his congressional primary race. [@TUCapCon]

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said Hurricane Sandy "is our Katrina." [Nick Reisman]

2013 / City Hall

Bloomberg defended his budget cuts to the school lunch programs and library funding. [Colin Campbell]

Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Comptroller John Liu announced a $500 million plan to help repair schools and hospitals damaged by the storm. [Celeste Katz]

Bill Thompson: "The steps announced today by the city are welcome, as it moves forward to make sure our school system meets the challenges of this crisis. It should not take 14 days to find out that three major New York City public hospitals are so significantly damaged and in desperate need of repair. Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy, those who are powerless and without a voice, living in 23 NYCHA buildings are being ignored. Many seniors, families and city workers are trapped in the cold and dark. This is not indicative of a world-class response to a crisis."

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio doesn't want NYCHA to ease their rent collection for hurricane victims. [Celeste Katz]