A chaotic-sounding plan to avoid chaos in Albany
More details today about the power-sharing arrangement State Senator Jeff Klein would like to see, though not necessarily more clarity: "Under a coalition government there doesn't have to be one person in charge," he said, according to the Associated Press.
"The comments from Klein may further cloud control of the Senate," wrote Joseph Spector and Jon Campbell. "How a three-conference Senate of 63 members would work in January is unclear."
Klein, in essence, is positioning himself and his four-member bloc of dissident Democrats as gatekeepers, deciding which bills come to the floor for a vote and, perhaps, pass.
Depending on the result of one still-undecided contest, the Republicans may be able to form a majority without relying on Klein's group. Which, apparently, would be the only way they'll get a majority at all.
“I’m not going to act like a gentleman when it’s gangster time … It’s gangster time.” — Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis
Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn't visited Washington, scheduled a trip there or spoken directly with House Speaker John Boehner, in contrast to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent yesterday lobbying members of Congress. [Raymond Hernandez]
Headline: "Pols hold Albany hostage in push for bipartisan coalition to lead chamber." [Ken Lovett]
Jeff Klein: "Under a coalition government there doesn't have to be one person in charge." [AP]
Rep. Joe Crowley is now in the House leadership. [Reid Pillifant]
Business leaders have "consternation" about who the next mayor will be. Plus, John Liu spoke about working in his mother's store while in high school. [Azi Paybarah]
Scott Stringer discounts John Liu as a mayoral candidate. [Azi Paybarah]
Footage of Cuomo saying Hurricane Sandy had a bigger impact on New York than Hurricane Katrina did on New Orleans. [Azi Paybarah]
CNN touts some positive news about their ratings. [Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
Noon. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn have a Q&A after announcing a property tax relief plan for hurricane victims, at 1976 Hylan Boulevard, on Staten Island.
The contours of a fiscal cliff deal have already taken shape, with taxes going up about $1.2 trillion and at least $400 billion in cuts to entitlements, primarily Medicare. [Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei]
The White House is backing Harry Reid's fight for filibuster changes. [Sam Stein]
Hillary Clinton spoke at the 20th anniversary of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, a group for LGBT members of the State Department. [Jim Lopata]
"Do Clintons ever truly go away?" [Amy Davidson]
Christie 2016 is good for Republicans, even if he's not successful. [John Cassidy]
Nate Silver wonders if Democrats' strength with the tech sector could make it tough for Republicans to recruit top talent for future campaigns. [Nate Silver]
An editorial board cheered Rep. Peter King for saying he'll abandon Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge. [Daily News]
A Democratic consultant warns Democratic lawmakers "that cocky approach could cost them, and the nation, dearly." [Evan Thies]
That bipartisan coalition State Senator Jeff Klein is talking about actually "looks more like a coalition from the Deep South of old than it does the diversity of New York," according to Assemblyman Karim Camara. [YNN]
Independent Democratic Caucus member David Valesky has not spoken publicly yet about the leadership fight. [Teri Weaver]
Senate Democrats may brand Jeff Klein the new Pedro Espada. [Adam Wisinieski]
The group that won a historic restructuring of state education aid may sue Cuomo. Among the organizations in that group is the United Federation of Teachers. [Danny Hakim]
2013 / City Hall
The next mayor probably won't be as pro-business as Bloomberg. [David Seifman]
The would-be successors tried to assuage business leaders. [Tina Moore and Erin Durkin]
The race is, in a nutshell, about whether to continue or abandon or adjust Bloomberg's economic policies. [Michael Grynbaum]
Bill Thompson: "When we put money and resources into our schools, what happens to them? They get better." [Alessandra Poblador]
Bloomberg was optimistic after lobbying Congress members for Hurricane Sandy relief aid yesterday. [Joseph Straw and Jonathan Lemire]
The Daily News picks up on an a pair of inflammatory emails by Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre, who said his opponent, a "White / Jewish candidate," needed to be stopped. [Douglas Feiden and Michael Feeney]
Councilman Dan Garodnick's immediate withdrawal from the comptroller's race was in keeping with his "no drama" campaign promise. [Tina Moore]
Comptroller John Liu is surprised Garodnick dropped out so quickly. [Jill Colvin]
"[W]hether there's an emergency or not, more elected officials are taking to Twitter and Facebook to communicate with New Yorkers." [Ivan Pereira]
New York Communities for Change and others will try unionizing fast food workers. [Steven Greenhouse]
There are "rumors" that the founder of the Barack Obama Democratic Club is trying to oust its current president for backing Assemblyman Guillermo LInares and his daughter, Marya, in recent races. [Roberto Perez]