8:25 am Jan. 14, 2013
John Liu, who has embraced the title "embattled comptroller" as a means of mocking it, has raised more than $500,000 in six months, from more than two thousand contributors, and spent $345,000 during that same period.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Liu touts his fund-raising team and says he gets encouragement wherever he goes in the city.
Liu's former campaign treasurer and one fund-raiser are facing federal charges of skirting campaign donation limits and lying about the source of about $16,000 in donations.
That investigation led some of his fellow Democrats (to say nothing of those of us in the media who affixed him with that "embattled" label) to discount Liu's mayoral prospects, referring to the Democratic primary as a three-way race between Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson.
But Liu seems determined at least to prove that he won't be forced to withdraw by his circumstances, and suggested to the Journal that other candidates are facing problems similar to his: "There are other investigations concerning my possible rivals that are, as far as anybody can tell, ongoing because the government has never said 'We're finished.'"
Liu later said he was referring to Quinn's handling of a Council slush-fund scandal, which came to light under her watch but started years earlier.
"I'm very proud of the way we've conducted our campaign and fundraising." — John Liu
How the N.R.A. was taken over by extremists and thrived in Washington. [Joel Achenbach, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz]
Michael Bloomberg hopes to change the Republican Party on guns rather than defeat it. [Jason Horowitz]
A New York City editorial board sides with Timothy Cardinal Dolan and asks Cuomo why he's promoting abortion rights "while doing nothing significant to promote the alternative of adoption, or to help women avoid unintended pregnancies in the first place". [Daily News]
Assemblyman David Weprin is pushing a bill to undo mayoral control. [Carl Campanile]
Governor Andrew Cuomo's gun bill is in peril. [Fred Dicker]
Eddie Murphy got his brother out of serving in Lebanon by writing jokes for Al D'Amato. [Larry Getlen]
Rep. Charlie Rangel hopes Obama holds firm against House Republicans in the debt-ceiling showdown. [Reid Pillifant]
Cuomo's spokesman, who has had an unusually contentious relationship with the media, got a promotion. [Joe Pompeo]
New York should have a "true" bus rapid transit system, according to a Cuomo-appointed commission. [Dana Rubinstein]
New York Police Department commissioner Ray Kelly doubts any legislation passed in Washington or New York will make a significant dent in the number of guns in America, and cops have to deal with that reality. [Azi Paybarah]
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"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
9 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers the opening address at the "Summit on Reducing Gun Violence: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis," at John Hopkins University, at 615 North Wolfe Street, in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will stream live here.
9:15 a.m. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony of the outdoor plaza of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.
6:30 p.m. Stringer speaks at his Haitian heritage event at the Lecture Hall 63 of John Jay College, 524 59th Street, in Manhattan.
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: political consultants.
Mayoral candidates, be warned: the local newspaper in Rockaway is not in the business of educating candidates about the area. [The Wave]
Bill Thompson's fund-raising has been "a bit overwhelming," said one of his fund-raisers, Betsy Gotbaum. [Anna Sale]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio pressed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to pass the Paid Sick Leave legislation, as the flu season approaches. [Jim Smith]
The Washington Post notes the Emily's List endorsement of Quinn for mayor. [Rachel Weiner]
George McDonald's lawsuit challenging the donation limit set by the New York City Campaign Finance Board gets some praise. [New York Post]
City Comptroller John Liu raised $522,000 from 2,052 contributions in the last six months. [Michael Howard Saul]
John Liu: "All systems go, full steam ahead!" [Carl Campanile]
The Manhattan County Republican chairman denied there was a link between his support of John Catsimatidis for mayor and a $20,000 check. [Celeste Katz]
City Hall / City Council
An editorial board warned that the New York City Board of Elections may hire someone who is unqualified to be its new executive director. [Daily News]
Noise plagues New Yorkers. [Nicole Gelinas]
Ethan Geto wanted Ed Koch to announce he was gay while serving as mayor of New York. Koch, who does not discuss his sexuality, said he was shocked when he learned of Geto's remarks, made public in a new documentary. [David Seifman]
A local newspaper warned Staten Island residents not to rebuild their homes before new housing restrictions are finalized by FEMA and City Hall. [Staten Island Advance]
Cuomo has gone from "jobs, jobs, jobs" to "passing a progressive social agenda." [Jessica Backerman]
Cuomo declared a flu emergency for the state, allowing pharmacists to give flu shots to people younger than 18. [AP]
The New York State Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, reached a deal to improve translation services with the Nassau County Police Department. [AP]
The state comptroller is warning that the state is reaching its debt limits, and wants to stop the practice of back-door borrowing. [Tom DiNapoli]
An accomplished shooter who writes a weekly political column for two newspapers thinks stricter gun controls in the state would be wrong. [Thomas Kaplan]
Meet Assemblyman Tony Jordan, who will be debating Democrats. [Jimmy Vielkind]
Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, a possible rival to Cuomo in 2016, will make his own push for strict gun control laws, including fingerprinting prospective gun owners. [Aaron Davis and John Wagner]
N.R.A. president David Keene said a federal assault weapons ban doesn't have the votes. [Sean Sullivan]
Chuck Schumer will meet with Chuck Hagel this week, in what could be a make-or-break meeting for the nominee. [Jennifer Steinhauer]
"What seems abundantly clear is that if Schumer could make his decision on Hagel in a political vacuum, he would probably vote 'no'. But he can’t." [Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake]
The House Rules Committee will consider amendments to the Sandy aid bill on Monday night, with $16 billion in community block grants creating friction among Republicans. [David Rogers]
A $17 billion bill will come to the floor first, followed by a $33.7 billion amendment. [Raymond Hernandez]
Bill Clinton showed up at the Golden Globes. [Dorsey Shaw]
Two former staffers to Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle landed jobs at lobbying firms. [Mark Weiner]
Replace the phrase "gun violence" with "gun murder." [John McWhorter]