Bloomberg urges Obama, while the N.R.A. vows ‘meaningful contributions’

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N.R.A. Open Day (N.R.A. via flickr)
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2013

Yetta Kurland, one of the candidates running for the seat soon to be vacated by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, was endorsed by CWA Local 1180. [Celeste Katz]

Albany

The state's structural deficit is "papered over with gimmicks," Dick Ravitch and Paul Volcker warned. [Andrew Hawkins]

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Cuomo said the state won't push back the mid-January deadline for schools and teachers unions to strike a deal on teacher evaluations. [Jessica Bakeman]

State Senator Bill Perkins has done what Rev. Al Sharpton has not: blame Cuomo for the State Senate mess. [Nick Reisman]

Another reason the Senate Democrats' new leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, is notable: she's not from New York City. [Chris Bragg]

Washington

White House spokesman Jay Carney outlined gun control measures President Obama would support. [Colin Campbell]

In an op-ed, Cuomo laid out his gun control agenda: ban automatic assault weapons, expand background checks and make gun-trafficking a felony. [USA Today]

"All he has to do is get out his pen," Bloomberg said of Obama's ability to use the power of executive orders and recess appointments to make progress on federal gun control efforts. [Morning Joe]

Bloomberg's description of mass shootings as uniquely American, and the Newtown massacre as the worst school shooting ever, are, technically, inaccurate. [Tom Blumer]

The N.R.A.'s long-awaited comment after the Newtown shooting refers vaguely to "meaningful contributions to make sure this never happens again." [Dana Rubinstein]