A New York Democrat sees a 2013 opportunity in the Republican void

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Briefing: Carrion. (Azi Paybarah)
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Adolfo Carrion is considering a run for mayor as an independent and Republican.

That says something about the politics of this former Bronx borough president and former Obama administration official, who has clashed with organized labor and has long positioned himself as a rebel against party dogma.

It also says something about the current state of the local Republican party, which is in need of a recognizable standard bearer for next year's mayor's race.

Carrion's move is reported against the backdrop of last week's election, in which Republicans performed disastrously among Latino voters and women. So in theory, there ought to be a robust market for a politically capable Hispanic Republican who isn't a scary conservative. 

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That's a longer-term consideration, though. The more immediate one, probably, is whether a Republican-independent candidate for mayor can get anywhere without Michael Bloomberg's money at his disposal.

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Adolfo Carrion, the former Bronx borough president and Obama administration official, left the Democratic Party and is likely to run for mayor as an independent and Republican. [David Chen]

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Why are Democratic victories in the State Senate so complicated? [Jimmy Vielkind]

Cuomo on what it means to be LIPA's overseer. [Azi Paybarah]

Red Hook soil, after the storm. [Jed Lipinski]

Al Sharpton's spokeswoman responds to Fred Dicker's column, and takes a jab at Fox. [Azi Paybarah]

Bloomberg keeps gas rationing, while it's done away with in New Jersey. [Dana Rubinstein]

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand won't stand in the way of Elizabeth Warren for a seat on the Banking Committee. [Reid Pillifant]

The Daily News is scrambling to relocate staff. [Joe Pompeo]

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Noon. City Council members Gale Brewer, Jumaane Williams, Assemblyman Brian Kavangh, Susan Lerner of Common Cause NY, NPIRG and others unveil a "Reform Agenda in Response to Election Day," on the steps of City Hall.

12:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after announcing a one-stop-shop to help hurricane victims, at 10-01 Beach 20th Street, in Queens.

3:15 p.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and MTA Chairman Joe Lhota make a transportation announcement, at the entrance of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel, at S. Street Viaduct and West Street, in Lower Manhattan.

Congress

Unlike 2010's Tea Party wave, this year's newly elected Congress members are an ideological mix. [Raymond Hernandez]

Cuomo's request for an additional $30 billion in federal aid may not pass Congress, with a spokeswoman for a key Republican lawmaker noting "FEMA has not indicated that more is needed at this point." [Raymond Hernandez]

Next up for same-sex marriage advocates: Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Rhode Island, Minnesota, New Jersey and Oregon. [Eric Eckholm]

Nany Pelosi is still mum on whether she'll run for minority leader again. [John Bresnahan]

Susan Rice will probably succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, but John Kerry might get Secretary of Defense. [Karen DeYoung and Greg Miller]

2013 / City Hall

Right now, "every New York City public-employee union—all 152 bargaining units—is working without a contract." [Michael Howard Saul]

Carrion is trying to avoid a bruising Democratic primary. [David Seifman]

"But if he is to be successful he will have to explain his past misdeeds." [Stephen Rex Brown]

Bloomberg has a list of 14 development projects that are part of his legacy which he wants completed before he leaves. Other projects are getting far less attention. [Sally Goldenberg]

Cuomo said the next mayor has to figure out how to prepare the city for extreme storms. [Michael Powell]

Councilman David Greenfield wants to ease rules to allow motorists to stand near fire hydrants without getting ticketed. [Sally Goldenberg]

A judge refused to throw out charges against two people accused of illegally fund-raising for City Comptroller John Liu. [Robert Gearty and Erin Durkin]

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Cuomo, again, said he'll investigate LIPA and other power companies. [Erik Kriss and Josh Margolin]

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Readers react to Cuomo's handling of LIPA. [New York Post]

Majority Leader Dean Skelos said Hurricane Sandy "puts things in perspective" and that his Republican conference will be in the majority. [Thomas Kaplan]

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi's parole request should be rejected, to help make him an example of what happens when lawmakers break the law. [New York Post]

An editorial board hopes they see "no more caving in by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature on the payroll tax that many suburban legislators despise." [New York Times]

Expect more political ads from Super PACS in New York. [Jimmy Vielkind]

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