8:03 am Dec. 21, 2012
Gun-control advocates say there's more political momentum working in their favor now than at any time in recent memory.
What that means in practical terms, in terms of regulating the sale and distribution of guns, is another thing.
A federal database used for background checks for gun buyers has "significant gaps," thanks to uneven levels of cooperation from the states.
In previewing the action he intends to take in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo likened the state's current gun laws to Swiss cheese.
At his State of the State, Cuomo is expected to announce a significant new program of gun control at the state level.
And then two weeks later, at the same venue, there will be a gun show.
"I am an unwavering longtime advocate for gun control. Further, many progressive, outspoken politicians who advocate for gun control have been licensed for a firearm, including New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. I am not alone and continue to be a voice in efforts to make this world a safer place" — Yetta Kurland
House Speaker John Boehner was unable to rally his own members for a backup plan on the fiscal cliff, pulling his bill from the House floor last night, an embarrassing move that raises questions about whether he can survive as speaker. [Jonathan Weisman]
There are "significant gaps" in info needed to perform background checks on gun owners. [Michael Schmidt and Charlie Savage]
The NYPD is using the Internet to try to identify shooters before they strike. [Michael Wilson]
Republicans in Albany are said to be supportive of limiting access to assault weapons, but not microstamping. [Erik Kriss]
A George Pataki spokesman defended the gun ban they passed which Governor Cuomo now says is full of loopholes. [Laura Nahmias]
Cuomo has a shotgun, but hasn't fired it since becoming governor. [Reid Pillifant]
Liu's speech as the groundwork for a mayoral campaign. [Azi Paybarah]
Joe Lhota is an semi-known proposition. [Josh Benson]
What was the New York Post thinking with that front page yesterday? [Tom McGeveran]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in the New York City area."
9:35 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg makes an announcement in the Blue Room of City Hall.
1 p.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Jumaane Williams and others announce recommendations for reducing gun violence, in the Red Room in City Hall.
11:35 p.m. Bloomberg appears on ABC's Nightline.
Bloomberg's former campaign manager, Bradley Tusk, said that for Joe Lhota, just saying "I can do a better job running the city" is not enough to win. [Celeste Katz]
City Comptroller John Liu's speech yesterday was a feast for the eyes. [Erin Durkin]
One newspaper editorial board was not amused by the antics. [New York Post]
Jef Pollock: "For Liu, there’s a higher bar, because it’s an attempt to demonstrate complete normalcy with a situation that many people in the city are looking at as entirely not normal." [David Chen]
A Post columnist says Lhota has the most impressive resume of any mayoral candidate. [Charles Gasparino]
One newspaper editorial board that is not the Post's is happy to see Lhota in the mix. [Daily News]
Ed Koch said Joe Lhota's philosophy "is that of Rudy Giuliani, who antagonized a lot of people when he was mayor because of his pugnaciousness." [Sally Goldenberg]
Quinn had a funny nickname in college. [Colin Campbell]
More on Sal Albanese's bid for mayor. [Paula Katinas]
Headline: "Albanese Runs for Mayor" [Brooklyn Eagle]
A state appellate court reinstated a lawsuit challenging the NYPD's practice of keeping on file info collected from people who were stopped and frisked but later cleared of criminal charges. [Joseph Goldstein]
There are fewer people in prison in New York City than there were since 1986, the mayor said. [Sally Goldenberg]
Cuomo: "I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting.’ ” [Thomas Kaplan]
Cuomo was unable to get lawmakers back to Albany for a special session in order to deal with gun control, according to sources. [Jimmy Vielkind]
Headline: "Meet Gov. Cuomo on New Year's Day -- but leave your camera at home" [Ken Paulsen]
Former governor David Paterson is exploring other options after he and a handful of other WOR 710 employees were let go. [Danny Hakim]
Paterson's info was scrubbed from WOR's web site yesterday. [Erik Kriss]
Boehner's bargaining power is gone. [Chris Cillizza]
"Boehner nearly cried." [Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan]
Will he still be the speaker after January 3? [Ezra Klein]
Bloomberg plans on doing more to push gun control, nationally. [Michael Grynbaum]
Congress approved a bill to name the EPA building after Bill Clinton. [Josh Hicks]
An unnamed source said Patrick Gaspard, a former White House political director, advised Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for Senate and not to challenge Gov. Chris Christie. [Heather Haddon]
"[T]here must be no room for civilian-owned assault weapons." [Daily News]
One newspaper editorial board chided senators for focusing on Zero Dark Thirty rather than the fiscal cliff. [New York Post]
Gun manufacturers should be held liable for the damage their guns cause. [Robert Morgenthau]
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