Briefing: De Blasio. (Azi Paybarah via flickrM)
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Former M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota won't be at the transit forum Friday night. [Chris Bragg]

More on de Blasio claiming an outer-borugh bias in small business inspections and fines. [Alex Silverman]

Thompson's challenge may be his personality. [Stephon Johnson]



"Manhattan has more retail businesses than any other borough, but they are inspected 18 percent less than average." [Zachary Stieber]

The special election in Queens now goes to court. [Irving DeJohn]

Talking to voters in Queens. [John Kenny]

City Hall / City Council

In a win for Jimmy Oddo, Eric Ulrich and Dan Halloran, the Queens Republican County Organization drops their legal fight over who gets to pick Board of Elections commissioners. [Celeste Katz]

"According to Cummings, Mulqueen said he was eager to start killing officeholders including Cuomo, Bloomberg, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Nita Lowey and members of the Congressional Black Caucus." [AP]


Support for a constitutional amendment on casinos faces obstacles, according to a new poll. [James Odato]

The former state DOT employee who said he got in trouble for speaking to the media, has a complicated work history. [Nick Reisman]

A conservative think tank said they'll fight a judge's ruling barring the state from revealing the names of retired teachers who get pensions. [James Odato]

Paterson joins the faculty at Touro College in Harlem. [New York Times]


Politico's Glenn Thrush talks about Obama avoiding the national press. [Brian Lehrer]

The DCCC is targeting three New York Republicans: Michael Grimm, Chris Gibson and Tom Reed. [Liz Benjamin]