Supporting Ray Kelly is not going out on a limb
At a mayoral forum in Harlem hosted by Al Sharpton, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn stood out from her colleagues by suggesting she'd keep NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly in his post if she were elected mayor. The crowd booed, she soldiered on, and that was the story.
But embracing Kelly is still good politics, broadly speaking. He's popular among voters in general, among Democrats and with a majority of black voters.
In part because of his political skills, Kelly is functionally insulated from the vicissitudes of public opinion on the police department and its policies, as Reid Pillifant noted in an important story way back in 2011.
This morning, Quinnipiac released a poll showing Kelly with an all-time-high job-approval rating. Although stop-and-frisk and some of the department's antiterrorism surveillance programs are controversial, and notwithstanding the sentiment of the crowd at Sharpton's event, Kelly, for the most part, is not.
"Bustards" — New York Post
One editorial board hopes Congress can pass the gun legislation recommended by Vice President Joe Biden. [New York Times]
Randy Mastro and Al D'Amato are fund-raising for Bill Thompson. [David Seifman]
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly got a 75 percent approval rating, his highest to date, in a new Quinnipiac poll. [Wendy Ruderman]
"If Ray Kelly has even the slightest inclination to enter the race for mayor he might want to do so right now." [David Seifman]
"Gillibrand announces a meeting with Morsi in Egypt, after the fact." [Reid Pillifant]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg sees City Hall's influence on the White House's gun legislation. [Dana Rubinstein]
A debate on FOX about Cuomo's gun legislation gets silly fast, thanks to Sean Hannity and State Senator Greg Ball. [Azi Paybarah]
Graphs showing how much the mayoral candidates have spent during each filing in his election cycle, and how much they have left to spend under the spending cap. [Azi Paybarah]
Felix Salmon, Edmund Lee and Kevin Delany explain how financial news is made. [Joe Pompeo]
The Star-Ledger is getting hit with layoffs. [Joe Pompeo]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
6:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will attend the Real Estate Board of New York's 117th Annual Banquet, at the Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan.
Rudy Giuliani may be a headache for Joe Lhota. [Michael Howard Saul]
Flashback: How much Giuliani can Lhota take? [Capital]
Adolfo Carrion wrote an op-ed blaming the U.F.T. for the stalemate with City Hall over teacher evaluations. [Daily News]
Quinn was endorsed by the Empire State Pride Agenda. [Michael Howard Saul]
More on Christine Quinn getting booed at a mayoral forum in Harlem for praising NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. [Jill Colvin]
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. leads the way in fund-raising for the Queens borough president's race. [Lisa Colangelo]
Betsy Gotbaum is endorsing State Senator Daniel Squadron for public advocate, even though her own stepson is also in the race. [David Chen]
Lincoln Restler conducted a poll and asked voters if they knew Councilman Stephen Levin worked for Assemblyman Vito Lopez. [Andrew Hawkins]
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An editorial board leans on the U.F.T. to strike a deal with the city over teacher evaluations or risk losing hundreds of millions of dollars in education aid. [Daily News]
Perhaps unhappy with Governor Andrew Cuomo's restrictions, some casinos may not fund a campaign to win a voter referendum on gambling. [Alexandra Berzon and Laura Nahmias]
Australia's former prime minister writes about how he threatened a national referendum to change the country's constitution in order to get an assault-weapons ban passed. [John Howard]
The White House denounced a video from the N.R.A. calling Obama an "elitist hypocrite." [Michael Shear]
The N.R.A. has already defeated gun-control measures at the state and local level. [Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger]
Dennis Kucinich signed a deal with Fox News. [Rosie Gray]