A story about Bloomberg and a story about homeless youth

Briefing: Bloomberg. (Joseph Reyes via nyc.gov)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg is reportedly $5 billion richer this year than he was last year, good for the number 13 spot on a Forbes list of billionaires.

According to a new report being released today and previewed in the Wall Street Journal, "More than 21,000 children—an unprecedented 1% of the city's youth—slept each night in a city shelter in January, an increase of 22% in the past year."

The two stories are unrelated, but the combination of the storylines provides grist for the rhetorical argument made by public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has taken to referring to New York, as Freddy Ferrer used to, as a tale of two cities.

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According to a report from the Coalition for the Homeless, New York City has seen a bigger increase in its homeless population than other cities have. [Michael Howard Saul]

Governor Andrew Cuomo said it's "just not accurate" to say a conversation with his former brother-in-law, environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr., swayed him from approving fracking. [Joseph Spector]

The special prosecutor investigating the Working Families Party is a Democrat who donated to the Conservative Party. Why is he on this case? [Michael Powell]

Bloomberg wants to fund the creation of four new charter schools linked to his Young Men's Initiative. [Yoav Gonen]

Bill de Blasio said the protest outside his Wall Street fund-raiser last night was "political stunt" orchestrated by Christine Quinn. [Andy Jay Hawk]

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Joe Biden joked about stealing "the president's thunder," while making a personal case for protecting Israel, at AIPAC. [Reid Pillifant]

Bloomberg still wants Major League Soccer to build a stadium here. [Dana Rubinstein]

Bloomberg on his Rockaway hecklers: "They've been dealt a bad hand by God." [Dana Rubinstein]

Both tabloids yesterday hit newsstands "with a thud." [Tom McGeveran]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Times reporter Nick Confessore discusses Organizing for Action and Obama's big money strategy. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @NickConfessore @OFA_NY #BigMoney

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: guests to be announced. [Talk1300]@Fud31

10 a.m. Members of the MTA and NYC Transit testify at a New York City Transportation Committee hearing about the budget, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. @MTAinsider @NYCTSubwayScoop @GaleABrewer @DanGarodnick @NYCgreenfield @JessLappin @DarleneMealy @Ydanis @CMDebiRose @JimmyVanBramer @VincentIgnizio @PeterKoo2009 @Eric_Ulrich #NYCbudget #NYCtransit

10:15 am. New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott vistas a pre-K program at P.S. 147, 325 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn. @NYCschools #PreK

11 a.m. Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky testifies at a New York City Transportation Committee hearing about the budget, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. @DavidYassky @GaleABrewer @DanGarodnick @NYCgreenfield @JessLappin @DarleneMealy @Ydanis @CMDebiRose @JimmyVanBramer @VincentIgnizio @PeterKoo2009 @Eric_Ulrich #NYCbudget #taxis

11:30 a.m. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio talks about the "Borough Bias" faced by small businesses in Booklyn, at 1545 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn. @BilldeBlasio #NYC2013 #BoroBias

11:45 a.m. Representatives from the New York City Department of Transportation testify at a New York City Transportation Committee hearing about the budget, on the 14th floor of 250 Broadway, Manhattan. NYC_DOT @GaleABrewer @DanGarodnick @NYCgreenfield @JessLappin @DarleneMealy @Ydanis @CMDebiRose @JimmyVanBramer @VincentIgnizio @PeterKoo2009 @Eric_Ulrich #NYCbudget #NYCtransportation #BikeLanes #NYCbikes #NYCcars

12:30 p.m. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver discusses the New York State Assembly's passage of a bill to raise the state's minimum wage, in room 342 of the State Capitol, in Albany. NYSA_Majority #RaiseTheWage

1:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A after announcing with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Councilwoman Margaret Chin the sale of two city-own buildings, 49-51 Chambers Sttreet, Manhattan. @Mikebloomberg @ScottmStrnger @CM_MargaretChin

3 p.m. De Blasio tours the Flatbush Development Corporation after-school program, at P.S. 152, 752 East 23rd Street, Brooklyn. @BilldeBlasio #NYC2013 #NYCschools

6:15 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception in honor of Women's History Month, at Gracie Mansion, 86th Street and East End Avenue, in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #WomensHistory

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall" tonight: Brooklyn borough president candidate Eric Adams; Madelyn Wils of the Hudson River Trust; and the Wise Guys segment with Al D'Amato, Ruth Messinger and Gifford Miller. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @NYSSenAdams @AlDamatoNY #NYC2013 #Brooklyn2013

7 p.m. DFNYC, Act Now NY and Living Liberally host a forum for the Democratic candidates for mayor, with at least three candidates confirmed to attend, at The Tank, 151 West 46th Street, Manhattan. @SalAlbanese2013 @DeBlasioNYC @JohnLiu2013 @DFNYC @ActUpNY @LivingLiberally #NYC2013 #TankForum

7:15 p.m. Bloomberg speaks at Yext Housewarming Party, 24 24th Street, Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #Yext

2013

John Catsimatidis' campaign isn't saying how much they're spending 30-second radio spot, the first in this year's mayoral race. [Jill Colvin]

"State Sen. Squadron fires his consultant while she mourns her father's death" [Celeste Katz]

Rev. Floyd Flake endorsed Melinda Katz for Queens borough president. [Lisa Colangelo]

A former councilman whose son pled guilty to ripping off elderly people from their life savings now wants to run against State Senator Eric Adams for Brooklyn borough president. [Reuven Blau]

City Council candidate Steven Matteo gets more endorsements for his race to replace his term-limited boss, Councilman Jimmy Oddo. [Tom Wrobleski]

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Bloomberg is $5 billion richer than he was last year. [David Seifman]

"Can the momentum of the Bloomberg years continue?" [Ryan HoleyWell]

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the lack of minorities in gifted and talented programs does not mean those students aren't getting a good education. [Alison Fox and Lisa Fleisher]

Bloomberg's budget director said the city stopped paying into the pensions of some private day care and cultural institution employees because they overbilled the city. [Sally Goldenberg]

The budget director, Mark Page, said the automatic spending cuts from the federal government will cost New York City $800 million. [Erin Durkin]

Assemblyman William Colton said a report about toxins in the sediment at the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Transfer site is the "smoking gun" needed to stop the project. [Lore Croghan]

If the new City Council districts are approved, it will be the first time in 30 years there are three self-contained districts on Staten Island. [Tom Wrobleski]

Residents sued to block the city from allowing Fresh Direct to move to the South Bronx, saying the city underestimated the impact of the increased vehicular traffic. [Winnie Hu]

Shimon Gifter, a Williamsburg photographer, took a picture of the motorist suspected of driving the car the fatally slammed into a livery cab carrying a young pregnant woman and her husband. [Larry Celona, Reuven Renton, Jessica Simeone and Jean Macintosh]

Albany

Cuomo wants to rearrange how health care programs are funded, making them more results-based. [Rick Karlin]

Cuomo said there's no timetable for when he'll make a decision about fracking. [AP]

More on Cuomo discussing his conversation with Robert Kennedy Jr. [Erica Orden]

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos said the budget could be passed without language about where casinos may be cited. [Jimmy Vielkind]

Skelos: "I believe the governor is going to be pretty firm about seven bullets — unless it’s in the home." [Erik Kriss]

Skelos said he expects significant changes to the state's new gun control law. [Joseph Spector]

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will lead his chamber in passing a bill to raise the state's minimum wage this afternoon. [Teri Weaver]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman got a Bronx contractor to pay $1 million to construction workers who were underpaid. [Erica Pearson]

More on Schneiderman's lawsuit against a Native American cigarette company. [WKBW]

State Senator Eric Adams wants to increase penalties for motorists who flee the scene of an accident. [Reuven Fenton]

Some of the rhetoric at a recent pro-gun rights rally in Albany was "crazy talk." [Bill Hammond]

The state paid more than $1 million to settle sexual harassment accusations against state employees over the last four years. [AP]

An exhibit promoting gender equality opened in in the capitol. [Haley Viccaro]

Washington

A Dominican woman who said she was paid for sex by Sen. Robert Menendez recanted her allegations, and said she was paid to make a videotape accusing the senator. [Carol Leonnig]

NRCC chairman Rep. Greg Walden visited Syracuse looking for an opponent to run against Rep. Dan Maffei. [Mark Weiner]

Bill and Hillary Clinton took a stroll through Union Square. [Page Six]

Huma Abedin left the State Department's payroll on February 1, the same day as former secretary Hillary Clinton. [Josh Margolin]

President Obama's picks for the E.P.A. and the Energy Department "send an unmistakable signal" that the president plans to tackle climate change. [John Broder]

Cory Booker said he's kept very little "if any" of the approximately $1 million he earned from speaking fees. [Kate Zernike]

The Times backs Jerry Nadler's lonely crusade to prevent federal Sandy aid from directly funding houses of worship, on First Amendment grounds. [New York Times

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CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly described the background of the candidate running against Eric Adams for Brooklyn borough president.