A bipartisan coalition, and 'what the state actually looks like'
Al Sharpton is getting more vocal about the lack of diversity in the leadership in the State Senate, joining a growing number of black and Latino officials in Albany.
The Republican conference in the State Senate is all white, as was the breakaway bloc of Democrats who joined the Republicans, until State Senator Malcolm Smith finally decided to go along, too.
State Senator Jeff Klein, leader of the breakaway Democrats, defended the arrangement to the Times on the grounds that the deal he struck with Republicans will actually enable the chamber to pass legislation favored by minority lawmakers.
On the other side of that argument are State Senators Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx and James Sanders of Queens, among others.
Rivera said there needed to be "fair representation of what the state actually looks like in policy-making positions."
Sanders said, "People of color could have actually chosen to be one of the three people in the room," referring to the fact that the Cuomo-approved coalition that Klein is a part of is keeping the regular Democrats, and their leader, John Sampson, from having a say in what happens in Albany.
"That quote leads in the clubhouse for stupidest statement of 2013. Keep a list for next year's year end round up, Azi." — @Wbrian70
An unnamed operative says a story about Chirlane McCray is meant to block mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's appeal beyond his base. [David Seifman]
M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota acknowledged he's thinking of running for mayor, but wished "everybody who knows me would stop talking to the press about the possibility of me being a candidate for mayor." [Joseph Straw and Celeste Katz]
A loophole allowing religious nonprofits to avoid auditing from the state needs to change, one newspaper editorial board urged. [New York Post]
It looks like Cuomo, the head of the state Democratic Party, won't be supporting his party's nominee for New York City mayor, since he's "going to try to stay out of the politics of New York City." [Michael Howard Saul and Laura Nahmias]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
7 p.m. State Senator Daniel Squadron will appear on Inside City Hall.
8:30 p.m. City Comptroller John Liu will attend the Northern Manhattan Democrats for Change Holiday Party, at the American Legion, located at 3035 Corlear Avenue, in the Bronx.
Does Malcolm Smith solve the Senate "coalition" diversity problem? [Azi Paybarah]
State Senator Tony Avella said Cuomo has to intervene on the "insane" structure of the State Senate, and John Liu became the first Democratic mayoral candidate to endorse the idea of a Democratically controlled Senate. [Azi Paybarah]
The Chirlane McCray story draws voters' attention to the de Blasio family, which is what the campaign tries to do on a regular basis. [Josh Benson]
Bloomberg embraces Al Gore, but not sea walls. [Dana Rubinstein]
The extent of the firings at Newsweek is hard to gauge. [Joe Pompeo]
"Chris Christie got something Thursday that Gov. Cuomo did not: face time with President Obama. [Ken Lovett and Joseph Straw]
Jon Stewart grilled Christie, ending the honeymoon some on the left were having with the Republican governor. [Michael Grynbaum]
John Boehner asked Obama to leave the fiscal cliff to just the two of them. [Jonathan Weisman and Peter Baker]
Rep. Michael Grimm's legal bills are more than $677,000. [Nick Reisman]
Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton lead the 2016 field in very early polling. [Katie Glueck]
The head of the NAACP in New York, Hazel Dukes, criticized Cuomo over the power-sharing deal that blocks most black and Latino lawmakers from leadership roles. [Carl Campanile and Erik Kriss]
Black and Latino lawmakers complain about the lack of diversity in the Republican-IDC coalition, and in state government in general. [Thomas Kaplan]
State Senator David Carlucci wants the Republican-IDC model to go nationwide. [Joseph Spector]
"[Malcolm] Smith is no stranger to shifting alliances in the Senate." [Rich Bockmann]
Going over the "fiscal cliff" could cost New York State $43 billion, said State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. [Geoff Earle and Erik Kriss]
A state panel meant to examine hydrofracking "hasn’t met since mid-December 2011, and never met in public or issued any recommendations." [Jon Campbell]
Former state senator Hiram Monserrate should serve 27 months in prison, federal prosecutors urged. [Bruce Golding]
The mayor of Ithaca wants marijuana legalized in New York. [Joseph Spector]
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Alec Baldwin said he's voting for Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor. [Adam Martin]
M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota should decide soon whether to run for mayor because a few Republican county leaders may back Adolfo Carrion Jr., a Democrat-turned-independent, instead. [Gerry Shields and Carl Campanile]
Bloomberg told aides to make plans that will keep the city operating "come hell or high water." [David Seifman]
City comptroller candidate Scott Stringer is in a "very good situation," said current city comptroller John Liu. [Erin Durkin]
Liu's most recent audit found the city Department of Education paid consultants for work they probably didn't do. [Rachel Monahan]
The president of the teachers union, Michel Mulgrew, is supporting a lot of people for mayor right now. [Philissa Cramer]
More legal wrangling between city lawyers and documentary filmmakers who recently released the film "The Central Park Five." [Bruce Golding]
Headline: "Village Voice apologizes for criticizing Post fotog" [New York Post]