Bill de Blasio as cultural reference

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Bill de Blasio. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Compared to his chief Democratic rivals for mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hasn't actually had much experience being the center of attention.  

But de Blasio and his mayoral campaign were thrust into the public consciousness last week in an unusual way, with the surfacing of of a 33-year-old essay by his wife about being a lesbian, which was followed up by an offensive cartoon in the Post, and, this weekend, a reference on "Saturday Night Live."

Meanwhile, de Blasio's mayoral rivals have denounced the Post cartoon and the coverage of de Blasio and McCray.

The couple is appearing on "Inside City Hall" tonight, right around the time de Blasio appears at a fund-raiser with Steve Buscemi.

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"It sounds like he's just the man we need to turn the city around."—Saturday Night Live

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On the Sunday shows, Newt Gingrich said the "Republican Party today is incapable of competing" at HIllary Clinton's level in 2016, and James Carville said Democrats don't want a primary. [Reid Pillifant]

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"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."

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11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanks Dept. of Transportation workers, at Whitehall Terminal, at 4 South Street, in Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has a Q&A before the Council's stated meeting, in the Red Room of City Hall.

1 p.m. NYPD Officer Lawrence DePrimo is honored by the City Council for giving boots to a homeless man, in the City Council Chambers, in City Hal.

1 p.m. Yetta Kurland makes "a special announcement" about her candidacy for office, on the City Hall steps.

6 p.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has a fund-raiser featuring actor Steve Buscemi, at 55 Gansevoort Street, in Manhattan.

6 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at a reception in honor of Hanukkah, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, at 36 Battery Place, in Manhattan.

7 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at the UJA-Federation of New York's annual Wall Street Division dinner, at the Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan.

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Washington

Senators Chuck Schumer and Robert Menendez proposed tax breaks for people affected by the storm. [Raymond Hernandez]

"[E]liminating taxpayers’ ability to deduct state and local taxes from their federal tax returns — as some in Washington are discussing — would leave New York City residents holding much of the bill." [Michael Bloomberg]

President Obama and John Boehner met at the White House to talk about the fiscal cliff. [Brian Knowlton and Jackie Calmes]

Albany

Al Sharpton vowed to pressure four Democrats who struck a power-sharing deal with Republicans in the State Senate. [Thomas Kaplan]

At Sharpton's event, John Sampson announced he would step down as leader of the Senate Democrats if they were returned to the majority. [Denis Slattery and Larry McShane]

More on Sampson's remarks. [Jon Campbell]

"Democrats should put [the power-sharing deal] to the test and stop leveling loose charges of racial victimization." [Daily News]

Why Democrats should be in the majority. [Eric Adams]

"The partnership is as unprecedented as it was unnecessary." [Rochester Democrat and Chronicle]

Cuomo put $250 million of education aid at risk by effectively giving the teachers union veto power over the teacher evaluation negotiations. [New York Post]

The head of the New York State Conservative Party wants Republicans in the State Senate to reject Cuomo's "litmus test" of legislative bills. [Ken Lovett]

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State Senator Daniel Squadron said 3,000 apartments in lower Manhattan remain uninhabitable after the storm. [Patrick McGeehan]

The president of a nonprofit housing organization has departed while he was being investigated by New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. [Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein]

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"Barring the use of a super PAC, which brings its own headaches, this race will be a rare occasion in which the mayor’s money will be essentially irrelevant." [Blake Zeff]

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A timeline showing the obstacles to get help to residents in New York City Housing Authority buildings. [New York Times]

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One year later, the Park 51 project is a lot less than was promised. [Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein]

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