8:21 am Jan. 16, 2013
A Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows three major Democratic candidates for mayor beating Joe Lhota, the leading Republican mayoral candidate.
Those head-to-head matchups, between Lhota and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former comptroller Bill Thompson, aren't close.
The poll did not ask about a hypothetical match-up between Lhota and the current city comptroller, John Liu, whose campaign treasurer and fund-raiser are facing federal charges for skirting campaign finance laws.
Among Democrats, Quinn retains a double-digit lead over her likely rivals. Thirty-five percent of Democratic voters pick her for mayor, compared to 11 percent who pick de Blasio, 10 percent who pick former Thompson and 9 percent who picked Liu.
Quinn has steadily risen in Quinnpiac polling, going from 26 percent percent in May to 35 percent today. The other candidates have basically held steady, including de Blasio, who got a short burst of attention when an old magazine essay written by his wife was rediscovered by the media.
When asked if they have a favorable or unfavorable view of De Blaiso, Liu and Thompson, a majority of Democratic voters said they "haven't heard enough" to form an opinion. For Quinn, only 26 percent say they haven't heard enough.
The poll also asked about former mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is supporting Lhota, and who remains a polarizing figure in the city. Giuliani's favorability rating among all voters is 48-43 percent. Among Democrats, it's 38-55; among independents, it's 55-37; among black voters, it's 32-62.
"A 90 year old should not run for another 6 year term in the U.S. Senate. Period."— SeanNJ
After weeks of infighting, the House approved $50.7 billion in relief money for the states affected by Hurricane Sandy. [Raymond Hernandez]
The Post's former editorial page editor eviscerates Governor Andrew Cuomo over his new gun control bill, and accuses him of being a slave to poll numbers and chasing national headlines. [Bob McManus]
Cuomo's bill is good, but passed with "disturbing speed," unfairly restricts access to gun records and leaves a lot of uncertainty about confiscating guns from mentally disturbed people. [New York Times]
Essential facts about New York State's new gun control law. [Casey Seiler]
"In a bizarre development, owners of at least 69 homes severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy are going to receive average property-tax increases of 4.3 percent." [David Seifman]
The New York Cosmos want to build a stadium in Elmont, not far from where Major League Soccer wants to build theirs. [Dana Rubinstein]
Quinn wants tablets to replace textbooks, and is working out details about what would trigger a school closure if she were in charge. [Dana Rubinstein]
Three major Democratic mayoral candidates, Quinn, de Blasio and Thompson, testified in favor of Schneiderman's push for more transparency in 501(c)4 campaign spending. [Reid Pillifant]
Public advocate candidate Reshma Saujani raised more money than rival State Senator Dan Squadron, but Squadron has more money eligible for matching funds. [Reid Pillifant]
Cuomo's new gun legislation triggered a revolt by Fred Dicker. [Azi Paybarah]
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes was vastly out-raised this filing period by his two challengers, Ken Thompson and Abe George. [Azi Paybarah]
Chelsea galleries, after Hurricane Sandy. [Whitney Kimball]
Dick Stevenson is the Times' new chief correspondent in Washington. [Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Department of Sanitation's graduation and promotion ceremony, at the Brooklyn Aviator Sports and Events Center, 3159 Flatbush Avenue, in Brooklyn.
10 a.m. City Council Public Safety Chairman Peter Vallone Jr. chairs a hearing on the city's emergency planning and response during and after Hurricane Sandy, at the Council Chambers in City Hall.
11:30 a.m. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces the result of his homeowner protection program, at Hudson River Housing Facility, 291 Mill Street, in Poughkeepsie.
1 p.m. City Council Government and Operations Chairwoman Gale Brewer holds a hearing on proposed changes to the New York City Campaign Finance Board, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.
2 p.m. City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin's campaign for Manhattan Borough President picks up the endorsement of the El Nuevo Caribe Democratic Club president Raul Reyes, district leaders Peggy Morales and Harry Rodriguez, at 155 East 106th Street, in Manhattan.
6 p.m. The mayoral candidate forum on public health is hosted by Long Island University and several other organizations, at the Kumble Theater on the L.I.U. Brooklyn campus, One University Plaza, in Brooklyn.
On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: N.R.A. board member Tom King, and commentary from Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.
A fifth of City Comptroller John Liu's campaign spending is on legal fees. [Tina Moore and Erin Durkin]
Headline: "Lots of Liu elex $$ to lawyers." [Tara Palmeri]
"[Former City Comptroller Bill] Thompson received the biggest applause when he said flatly: 'I’m going to bring my own team. I’m not keeping other people’s people.'” [David Chen]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got booed in Harlem when she repeated her remark about the next mayor being "lucky" if NYPD Ray Kelly stayed. [Tina Moore and Daniel Beekerman]
Quinn proposed e-text books, and a red-alert system for public schools. [David Seifman]
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An editorial board excoriates the bus driver's union for the strike. [Daily News]
The deadline to reach a deal on teacher evaluations is approaching. [Yoav Gonen]
The U.F.T. asked for the state to help with the negotiations. Bloomberg called that "laughable." [Tina Moore and Rachel Monahan]
Bloomberg welcomed the first FDNY class of new recruits since 2008, and hailed it as the "most diverse…ever." [Ikimulisa Livingston]
Cuomo raised $22 million this filing period, but has not maxed out with many of his contributors. [Bill Mahoney]
Sources say Cuomo was eager to be the first in the nation to sign a new gun law. [Laura Nahmias]
A lexicon for the gun control debate. [S.E. Cupp]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a new deal to improve language access services for voters in Dutchess and Putnam Counties. [ag.ny.gov]
New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said he'd freeze the state's investments that were already in publicly traded gun manufacturers. [Joseph Spector]
More on the state's new restrictions to accessing gun permit data. [Christine Haughney]
"Cuomo is showing that consensus action is possible, even if it is messy, secretive and slightly paranoid." [Michael Goodwin]
For the first time ever, Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated to the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee. The size? $250,000. [Jessica Bakerman]
Now, Republicans are raising an issue over two Democrats who have the highest office rent: Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx and Liz Krueger of Manhattan. [Ken Lovett]
President Obama is looking to propose gun restrictions that address the daily effects of gun violence, not just the recent spate of mass shootings. [Michael Cooper, Michael Luo, and Michael Shear]
House Republicans don't seem very open to new gun laws. [Jonathan Martin and Jake Sherman]
The N.R.A. is fighting back, unleashing its lobbyists on Capitol Hill and releasing an ad calling Obama an "elitist hypocrite." [Evan McMorris-Santoro]
One House Democrat, from Tennessee, voted against the $50.7 billion aide package for Hurricane Sandy victims. [Mark Weiner]
The roll call on final passage. [House.gov]
Elbowing New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg out of politics isn't so bad, considering how he returned to it: by replacing scandal-scarred senator Robert Torricelli at the last second. [New York Post]
A slow clap for Senator Chuck Schumer's endorsement of Chuck Hagel. [New York Post]
"Dad of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz blames government for suicide." [Tom Francis and Lia Eustachewich]
Capital held its first panel-discussion event yesterday. [Peter Sterne]