Bloomberg's message to Hillary Clinton (and his would-be successors)
The latest evidence: his reported call "some months ago" to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ask her to consider running for mayor in 2013.
The report, in the Times, seems to have come as news to Quinn, who has constantly sought to balance her close relationship with the administration and its business-establishment supporters with the need to demonstrate her independence from them.
In that regard, the reported call from Bloomberg may at least hand Quinn a response to the argument that she's too close to the mayor, an idea that her primary rivals will be pushing aggressively in the coming months.
Hillary reportedly made it clear that she has no interest whatever in taking Bloomberg up on his idea. Maybe, if Bloomberg is still interested in getting a Clinton to run for mayor, it's time for Plan B?
"Since when do mayors determine who succeeds them?"—Neil King
Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked Hillary Clinton to run for mayor. [Michael Barbaro]
The commission which drew up proposed City Council lines and moved Assemblyman Vito Lopez's house into a favorable district will withdraw its plans. [Sally Goldenberg]
"[I]t looked like a perverse stroke of urban planning" to have New York's poor housed by the coastline. Thank Robert Moses. [Jonathan Mahler]
Cuomo tried for a quick and uncomplicated solution to getting federal aid for New York. [Reid Pillifant]
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins is sure Cuomo wants the State Senate situation resolved unchaotically, and soon. [Azi Paybarah]
The M.T.A. is considering rapid bus service from Brooklyn to LaGuardia Airport. [Dana Rubinstein]
Wall Street Journal employees were celebrating a new hire as The Daily employees three floors away were learning of the end of their publication. [Joe Pompeo]
The Daily wasn't just shut down because it was losing money. [Tom McGeveran]
10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo visits a local regional economic council, at the Buffalo Convention Center, at 153 Franklin Street, in Buffalo.
10:30 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after he, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and others attend a groundbreaking ceremony at Hudson Yards, at 30th Street and 11th Avenue, in Manhattan.
6 p.m. Stringer speaks at the East Sixties Neighborhood holiday party at 1081 Third Avenue, in Manhattan.
Republicans made a counteroffer on the fiscal cliff that includes $800 billion in revenue, but is heavy on spending cuts. [Jonathan Weisman]
Republicans would bear most of the blame if there's no deal on the fiscal cliff, with 53 percent saying they'd fault the G.O.P. and just 27 percent blaming President Obama. [Washington Post-Pew]
Roger Ailes tried to recruit General David Petraeus to run against Obama. [Bob Woodward]
Hispanic megadonors are organizing a new group to back comprehensive immigration reform. [Anna Palmer]
Ashley Judd has spoken with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. [Manu Raju]
Dustin Hoffman thinks Hillary Clinton will be president soon. [TMZ]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's $42 billion request for federal aid is larger than the entire budget for the Department of Homeland Security. [Andrew Grossman]
A proposal to raise taxes on alcohol could hurt that industry. [New York Post]
Democratic state senator Malcolm Smith is aligning with the Independent Democratic Caucus, or, as the headline describes it, becoming part of a "GOP coalition." [Carl Campanile]
State Senator-elect Simcha Felder's constituents are OK with him caucusing with Republicans. [Joseph Berger]
Assemblyman Karim Camara wrote an op-ed urging policymakers to find a way to keep Catholic and other religious schools open so parents have more educational choices for their children. [New York Post]
More on Republican delay tactic in two State Senate races Democrats could ultimately win. [Bill Hammond]
2013 / City Hall
Bloomberg asking Clinton to run for mayor really speaks to his level of displeasure with the current crop of mayoral candidates. [David Seifman]
Billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis is opening up an exploratory committee in advance of a possible mayoral bid. [Carl Campanile]
Catsimatidis said he would do this back on November 13. [Chris Bragg]
Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez is considering entering the race for public advocate. [David Seifman]
The struggle to solve homelessness is captured in the story of the homeless man who received $100 boots from a police officer, but has a history of refusing help. [Daily News]