Jeff Klein’s argument for preserving a Republican-led State Senate
State Senator Jeff Klein has spoken.
In an interview in the New York Times, Klein explains why he's considering throwing the support of his breakaway four-member bloc of Democrats to the Republicans to form a "bipartisan" majority in the Senate, suggesting essentially that a plain old Democratic majority would mean "dysfunction."
In a distinct echo of Andrew Cuomo, Klein argues that he's not selling out his party or its agenda, even if his apparent decision would keep the Republicans in power, because he'll get the Republican conference to enact a Democratic agenda.
Got that, voters?
"Assuming no difference in policy agenda, four white senators are siding with 31ish white senators 2 keep black-led [conference] out of power" — Jimmy Vielkind
Former congressman Anthony Weiner co-wrote an op-ed in the Daily News with Rep. Greg Meeks, talking about the federal aid needed for parts of Queens hit by the hurricane. It's the latest step in his public reemergence. [Jonathan Lemire]
"Things are very tough in Far Rockaway, but it’s not New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward." [Michael Benjamin]
Chris Christie leads Cory Booker 53-35 in a hypothetical New Jersey governor's race. [Quinnipiac]
Councilman Dan Garodnick is dropping out of the comptroller's race and is now eying a run for Council Speaker. [Azi Paybarah]
When does Andrew Cuomo's abandonment of Senate Democrats get awkward? [Josh Benson and Jimmy Vielkind]
Jill Abramson says angry sources keep talking to the Times because it's the Times. [Joe Pompeo]
10:45 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg meets with Senator Lamar Alexander in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington.
11:15 a.m. Bloomberg meets with Senator Susan Collins in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington.
1 p.m. Bloomberg meets with House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Canter in the Capitol Building in Washington.
2 p.m. Bloomberg meets with House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi in the Capitol Building in Washington.
2:30 p.m. Bloomberg has a Q&A after meeting with Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss Hurricane Sandy funding requests, in Room S-120 in the Capitol Building in Washington.
3 p.m. Bloomberg meets with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Capitol Building in Washington.
3:45 p.m. Bloomberg meets with Senator Saxby Chambliss in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.
4:15 p.m. Bloomberg meets with Senator John McCain in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington.
5 p.m. Bloomberg meets with Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell in the Capitol Building in Washington.
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8:15 p.m. Bloomberg attends the tree-lighting ceremony, at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan.
President Obama will go on a campaign-style public relations tour to pressure Republicans on the fiscal cliff. [David Nakamura and Zachary A. Goldfarb]
Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles are on tour too. [Jackie Calmes]
Blowback for Rep. Pete King for abandoning Grover Norquist's "no tax increase" plan. [Joseph Straw and Thomas DeFrank]
Chuck Schumer says Republicans like King want a "divorce" from Norquist. [Katie Glueck]
A meeting between Susan Rice and Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain did nothing to quiet the Republicans' criticism of the potential Secretary of State nominee. [Mark Landler and Jeremy Peters]
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The chorus at P.S. 22 was invited to sing at Obama's inauguration. [Jen Carlson]
Cuomo did not repeat his remarks about Hurricane Sandy being more "impactful" than Hurricane Katrina. [Ken Lovett]
More on that comparison. [Andy Newman]
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State Senator Jeff Klein wants a power-sharing deal in Albany. [Nick Reisman]
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More on the latest court ruling ordering Bloomberg's administration to turn over emails related to former schools chancellor Cathie Black. [Christopher Robbins]
Bloomberg criticized the City Council for blocking the sale of 22 Reade Street in order to get a guarantee that it'll be turned into a museum for the nearby African burial ground. [Sally Goldenberg]
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There's a proposal to have New York City and State provide legal representation for immigrants fighting deportation charges. [Kirk Semple]
Headline: "Fake Press Releases are a public service" [Jack Shafer]