8:29 am Jan. 4, 2013
Three New York City police officers were shot within an hour of each other yesterday, in two separate incidents. All three will live.
The shootings are yet another dark occasion for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to talk about the need for gun control at the federal level, to say nothing of its politically trickier local cousin, stop-and-frisk, and the broader NYPD mandate to control the proliferation of illegal guns.
For what it's worth, one of the police officers who was shot last night was unarmed, but was able to apprehend one of his attackers. Both of the other officers who were shot had guns.
At a press conference on the shootings at Lutheran Medical Center last night, Bloomberg said, referring to the N.R.A.'s formulation, "In recent weeks we’ve heard that what stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot.”
"Seems to me Boehner's job requires him to be responsive in a way Obama's doesn't."—WAM
Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation into State Senator John Sampson, and questioned him outside his gym last year. [Josh Margolin, Erik Kriss and Carl Campanile]
Charities in New York State raised $400 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced yesterday. [AP]
A Cuomo-appointed commission has recommendations on what the state needs to do to prepare for the next major storm. [Thomas Kaplan]
"Why The Next President Will Probably Be Black Too" [Ben Smith]
A problem with the Broken Windows theory? [Garth Johnston]
"Rodham," the movie. [Nancy Dillon]
Joe Lhota's public-sector libertarianism is more like Barry Goldwater's than Ron Swanson's. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo can reshape the state's top court. [Dan Rivoli]
Lower Manhattan is being rebuilt, for better or worse. [Dana Rubinstein]
A Bill Gates-funded teacher group calls for more extensive teacher evaluations. [Azi Paybarah]
The president of the board of CAIR-NY is bracing for his upcoming City Council race. [Azi Paybarah]
"The brief, bloodless revolution of Peter King" [Reid Pillifant]
What's the point of being Speaker Boehner? [Josh Benson and Steve Kornacki]
The year in transit, according to Gene Russianoff's group. [Dana Rubinstein]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
8:05 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears on the The John Gambling Show, on WOR 710 AM.
9:15 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at a Three Kings Day event, at El Museo's El Cafe, at 1230 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.
11:45 a.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu will discuss the city's ongoing litigation in the "Central Park Five" case, on the West Side of the Duke Ellington Circle, at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.
5:30 p.m. April Tyler and Women Together for Gun Regulation hosts a candlelight vigil and prayer "for all of the young people killed because of gun violence," at 2471 Frederick Douglas Boulevard, in Manhattan.
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Three police officers were shot within one hour in two different incidents last night. [Larry Celona, Daniel Prendergast and Doug Auer]
One of the officers was unarmed but was able to apprehend his attacker. [Ravi Somaiya and Wendy Ruderman]
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly's statement about the incidents. [New York Post]
City Comptroller John Liu found $86,000 worth of questionable expenditures at five public schools. [Ben Chapman]
Only $133,000 in spending was examined. [Yoav Gonen and Gillian Kleiman]
A charter school founder co-wrote an op-ed saying teachers need better training, not just evaluations, to be productive educators. [Dave Levin and Tim Daly]
A judge tossed out a discrimination case against Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz. [Rich Calder]
A retired dean of the School of Criminal Justice at the University at Albany rejects the N.R.A.'s more-guns-makes-us-safer argument. [Feura Bush]
One education reformer said the report from Cuomo's education committee is full of "easy-sell ideas sure to offend no one" and sidesteps tougher issues like "mayoral control," "parent trigger," "open enrollment," "student-based funding," and expanding the number of charter schools and school vouchers. [Brian Backstrom]
Cuomo should declare his support for fracking during his State of the State speech next week, one editorial board urges. [New York Post]
More on the leaked report by the state Health Department saying fracking can be done safely. [Erik Kriss]
A database of how charities explained their Hurricane Sandy-related fund-raising and expenditures to Schneiderman's office. [CharitiesNYS.com]
More on Schnedierman's push to have other state attorney generals force 501(c)(4) groups disclose their political donations. [Eliza Newlin Carney]
A lawyer representing the giant computer company being sued by the New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli for failing to disclose info about the company's political donations said the case is "without merit." [Jimmy Vielkind]
The stepdaughter of former governor David Paterson is reportedly being sued for attacking her ex-boyfriend. [Page Six]
John Boehner weathered twelve Republican defections to be re-elected speaker of the House. [Sheryl Gay Stolberg]
Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican and Boehner opponent, had a list of lawmakers he hoped would oppose Boehner on his iPad, with the title "You would be fired if this goes out." [Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan]
“If you have come here to see your name in lights or to pass off political victory as accomplishment, you have come to the wrong place," Boehner told the new members. [Jonathan Weisman]
After California residents, New Yorkers give more donations than residents from any state in the country. [Gerry Shields]
A congressional vote expected today could help deliver millions of dollars to Hurricane Sandy victims. [AP]
Taxpayers "should thank" Boehner for "putting the brakes" on a Hurricane Sandy relief bill laden with pork, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shouldn't compete to be "the next Charlie Crist" by bashing House Republicans, says an editorial board. [Wall Street Journal]
Rep. Jerry Nadler's trillion-dollar coin strategy is funny and nonsensical, says an editorial that doesn't address the legitimacy of the Republicans' debt-ceiling strategy, which the nonsensical coin idea is intended to underscore. [Daily News]
"Al Jazeera could bring an important international perspective to American audiences," and the network shouldn't be removed from cable or satellite networks. [New York Times]
You have to include handguns in the gun-control debate. [Mike Lupica]
Google was taking pictures of storm-damaged sections of Staten Island. [Dana Sauchelli and Dan MacLeod]