Bloomberg’s limited-engagement hurricane tour

Briefing: Bloomberg in the Rockaways. (Azi Paybarah)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proud technocrat, has never embraced the "comforter in chief" aspect of his job during his decade in office.

Following a visit by President Obama to hurricane-damaged parts of Staten Island yesterday, the Times' Michael Grynbaum, who has compared the communication styles of Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie and the mayor during the disaster, writes about Bloomberg's unemotive nature at press conferences in parts of the city damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

Bloomberg's aides haven't generally sought to publicize his appearances, which they say aren't meant for the media. That also has had the effect of making the events easier to manage, from a PR standpoint, particularly since they've gotten ugly at times.

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Paroled former state comptroller Alan Hevesi will still get to keep his two pensions. [Erik Kriss and Andy Stolis]

The Bronx D.A.'s office received more than $800,000 in overtime payments, while having a less than 50 percent conviction rate for people busted for violent felonies. [Sally Goldenberg and Dan Macleod]

Hurricane Sandy hit homes and stores outside of flood zones, where victims normally don't have flood insurance or coverage to help pay for damages. [Andrew Grossman and Alison Fox]

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Hillary Clinton is the only potential 2016 candidate who can take as long as she wants before deciding whether to enter the race, said Sean Sweeney, a former Schumer and Clinton aide who worked in the White House. [Reid Pillifant]

Barry Diller contemplates a $35 million donation to the Hudson River Park. [Dana Rubinstein]

Nate Silver, feted at Nick Denton's loft. [Glynnis MacNicol]

Tracy Connor is one of three departing Daily News staffers. [Joe Pompeo]

How some New Yorkers reacted to the violence in Israel and Gaza. [Azi Paybarah]

Senator Kirsten Gilibrand and senator-elect Elizabeth Warrenare pushing a petition in support of reforming the filibuster. [Reid Pillifant]

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said Democratic senator-elect Simcha Felder's decision to caucus with Republicans isn't "throwing a knife in the Democratic Party. He doesn't want to do that." [Azi Paybarah]

Events

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

8:30 a.m. Bill Thompson speaks at the Mount Hope Housing Legislative Breakfast, at the faculty dining room at Lehman College, at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, in the Bronx.

11 a.m. State Senators Gustavo Rivera and Jose Serrano, Retail Wholesale and Department Store Workers union (RWDSU), WASH New York, New York Communities for Change, Make the Road and others speak out in support of striking car wash workers, at Sunny Day Car Wash, at 169 Lincoln Avenue, in the Bronx.

Noon. Assemblyman Nelson Castro and State Senator Gustavo Rivera hosts their Second Annual Job Fair, at St. Joseph's Church, at 1948 Washington Avenue, in the Bronx.

6 p.m. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, State Senator Adriano Espailat and Assemblywoman-elect Gabriela Rosa host a free screening of the movie Habanastaion, as part of the closing night festivities for the KidsCinemaFest, the Uptown Young People's Film Festival, at the Isabella Geriatric Center, at 515 Audubon Avenue, in Manhattan.

Washington

"He felt my pain," a Staten Island resident who didn't vote for Obama said after talking to the president when he visited Staten Island. [Leonard Greene]

"[C]omforter-in-chief." [Jennifer Bain, Lorena Mongelli and Todd Venezia]

Staten Island residents said Obama's visit cheered everyone up a little. [Nicholas Rizzi]

There's still grumbling about Christie's embrace of Obama, amid the chatter of 2016. [Jeff Zeleny]

Eric Holder said the FBI handled the Petraeus investigation "in the way we normally conduct a criminal investigation." [Sari Horwitz, Carol D. Leonnig and Greg Miller]

Petraeus will testify at a closed-door hearing on Benghazi today. [Scott Wong and Seung Min Kim]

A timeline of the Benghazi scandal. [Gavin Aronsen]

Senators are getting out of the way of the fiscal cliff talks between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. [Jonathan Weisman]

Obama is the only American president to have disagreements with Israel, if you don't count Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and everyone else. [Ezra Friedlander]

"Israel could be a big loser in last week’s presidential and congressional elections — and not because of the re-election of a president whose middle name happens to be Hussein." [James Besser]

Jill Kelley attended a Marc Rubio fund-raiser. [Page Six]

Headline: "Mitt still doesn't get it." [John Podhoretz]

Albany

Contrasting the fortunes of Cuomo (good) and Christie (uncertain). [Elise Young and Freeman Klopott]

The latest headache for Assemblyman Vito Lopez: Christina Fisher, a political ally and former executive director of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council, pled guilty to lying to federal prosecutors about a pay increase she received. [Jacob Gershman]

Lopez still has about $1 million in his campaign account. [Bruce Golding and David Seifman]

Readers respond to Felder's decision to caucus with Republicans. [JoeMyGod]

The Jewish Express does some photoshopping on Felder. [Yori Yanover]

Former state comptroller Alan Hevesi was released from prison and his son, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, praised him for taking responsibility for his failings. [Steve Mosco]

Hevesi is subject to a curfew and can't leave the state without permission. [David Chen]

Hevesi will stay with his son. [Ken Lovett]

New Jersey and Connecticut reported an uptick in jobless claims, an early sign of Hurricane Sandy's impact on the economy. [Anjali Athavaley]

2013/ City Hall

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has an op-ed in a local Queens paper advocating for early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. [Queens Tribune]

City comptroller John Liu said Carnegie Hall owes the city $2.1 million. [David Seifman]

Republican county leaders are excited abut Adolfo Carrion Jr.'s candidacy, but are waiting to see who else runs. [Bobby Cuza]

Former councilman Kendall Stewart was hit with $61,000 in fines stemming from his failed 2009 re-election bid. [Celeste Katz]

Four "revolutionaries" and stop-and-frisk critiques were found guilty of disorderly conduct for blocking the entrance to a police station. [Christina Carrega]

A former Wall Street Journal editor contrasts the city's effort to block Walmart from opening a store in New York City to the company's generous donations to Hurricane Sandy victims. [Naomi Schaefer Riley]

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