A very happy Purim from John Catsimatidis

Briefing: Catsimatidis talks to WNYC. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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"The real estate industry loves Christine Quinn, so much so that they've poured over $800,000" into her campaign. [Andrew Hawkins]

Also? [Dana Rubinstein]

Carrion inches closer to the Independence Party endorsement. [Jill Colvin]



Lhota was endorsed by State Senator Marty Golden of Brooklyn, where the G.O.P. chairman is backing Carrion. [Carl Campanile]

Lhota said he can handle extreme weather. [Colin Campbell]

Catsimatidis is advertising in all Jewish newspapers for the upcoming New Year. [Jacob Kornbluh]

More on Catsimatidis calling Carrion "Ross Perot." [David Seifman]

898 absentee ballots were returned in the CD31 special election, where Donovan Richards leads Pesach Osina by 26 votes. [Celeste Katz]

Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes was endorsed by Teamsters Local 237. [Celeste Katz]

Yes, Joan Flowers really is running for City Council. [Chris Bragg]

City Hall/ City Council

L.A. wants to find out why so much television and film production is being lured away to places like New York City. [Ted Johnson


Cuomo wants the minimum-wage hike done by June. [Nick Reisman]

A Cuomo spokesman slaps down the lawsuit seeking to overturn the property-tax cap. [Nick Reisman]

More guilty pleas in the Shirley Huntley scandal. [James Odato]