Anthony Weiner wants back in, as Christine Quinn's lead shrinks
Is there room for Anthony Weiner in the New York City mayor's race?
In a New York Times magazine cover story, which was posted online at 5 a.m., the former congressman who resigned over a sex scandal makes it clear he wants to run. He beat low expectations in 2005, aborted a bid in 2009 after being cuffed around by the Bloomberg campaign, and suggests that he views 2013 as a last chance.
The magazine refers on the cover to Weiner and his wife, longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, as a "former power couple."
An hour after the story was published, Quinnipiac University published a new poll, showing City Council Speaker Christine Quinn leading her rivals by five fewer points than in the last poll, in February. That five-point drop in her support, from 37 percent in February to 32 today, is the biggest change among any of the candidates.
Bill Thompson went up two points since February and is now at 13; Bill de Blasio is at 14 points, the same exact place he was in the prior poll; John Liu is down, from 9 points to 7. More Democrats are undecided, according to the poll.
"I think a lot of it came down to: I was in a world and a profession that had me wanting people’s approval." — Anthony Weiner
"Albany will not be reformed until its politicians preside over a government that spends less, taxes less and regulates less." [New York Post]
The editor in chief of ProPublica calls for prosecutors to be punished when they mess up. [Stephen Engelberg]
One editorial board endorses Cuomo's decision to fight political corruption by strengthening district attorneys. [Daily News]
The Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin interview. [Jonathan Van Meter]
Bloomberg keeps a scorecard on pols' gun control positions. [Reid Pillifant]
A mayoral forum touching on John Liu, the 7 line and 'Asian massage therapy' [Azi Paybarah]
Carrion vows to forge ahead with his campaign. [Dana Rubinstein]
Candidates talk about a five-borough, Metrocard-payable ferry system. [Dana Rubinstein]
Cuomo isn't appearing on Dicker's show as frequently. [Azi Paybarah]
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10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: guests to be announced. [Talk1300] @FUD31
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics on life and success. Plus: Julia Sweig from the Council on Foreign Relations discusses Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @Freakonomics @JuliaSweig
10 a.m. New York City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu makes a campaign announcement on the steps of City Hall. @JohnLiu2013 #NYC2013
11:30 am: Republican and Democratic mayoral candidates attend the City Action Coalition Mayoral Forum, at Monroe College King Hall, 2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx. #ActionForum
1:30 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a photo-op with former President Jimmy Carter, at City Hall. @MikeBloomberg
4:30 pm: Democratic mayoral candidates attend the NYC Mayoral Forum on Affordable Housing, in the Tishman Auditorium in Vanderbilt Hall, at 40 Washington Square South, Manhattan. #Housing2013
6 p.m. Bloomberg hosts NYC Connected reception to honor the city's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, at Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #nycConnected
6:30 pm: Democratic Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese attends a fundraiser for Democracy for NYC, Chelsea Manor, 138 W 25 Street, Manhttan 7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall:" New York City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral nominee John Liu. Plus, commentary from Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @JohnLiu2013 @CurtisSliwa @GersonBorrero #NYC2013
8:20 pm: The Three Parks Independent Democrats host mayoral candidates, at the Hostelling International, 891 Amsterdam Ave, in Manhattan. @3ParksDems #NYC2013
A live survey call, asking about Weiner, reached a reader in the Bronx. [Chris Bragg]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her rivals keep the attack ad against her in the news cycle for one more day. [Jonathan Lemire]
"I think it's an attempt to intimidate the press," said Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, of Quinn's call to pull the attack ad from television stations. [Sally Goldenberg and David Seifman]
Gloria Steinem comes back around on Quinn. [Michael Grynbaum]
After getting shut out from the Republican primary, Adolfo Carrion Jr. took a mild dig at the endorsement process, reminding voters of the recent corruption allegations. [Celeste Katz]
A judge denied a motion by the lawyer representing John Liu's former campaign treasurer who said the recent corruption scandals will taint the jury. [Rich Schapiro]
Potential jurors in the trial will be asked about Liu. [Benjamin Weiser]
City Hall / City Council
Al Sharpton endorsed the Community Safety Act, which calls for creating an inspector general for the NYPD. [Dan Rivoli]
A recently retired top NYPD official defended the agency's use of stop-and-frisk. [Bruce Golding]
That same NYPD official was told by a federal judge not to make speeches while giving testimony. [Joseph Goldstein]
Quinn said Councilman Dan Halloran's press release about discretionary funds was "one of the stupidest things I have ever seen and the height of arrogance." [Erin Durkin]
Halloran didn't attend yesterday's full Council meeting. [Sally Goldenberg]
Councilman Dan Garodnick wants to create 450 parking spaces for food trucks. [Rich Schapiro and Erin Durkin]
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. wants to either regulate or ban costumed characters like the Cookie Monsters who harassed a family in Times Square. [Ivan Periera]
The Cookie Monster incident is proof of how much New York City has been transformed into a safe place. [John Podhoretz]
More on Cuomo's anti-corruption proposals. [Erik Kriss]
Cuomo said the proposals needed to be passed now. [Erica Orden]
A Post columnist wants to see more "passion" and "righteous anger" from Cuomo in fighting public corruption. [Michael Goodwin]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he's not responsible for the string of corrupt legislators found in Albany. [Carl Campanile]
Mario Cuomo's former campaign finance director blames Silver for Albany's culture of corruption. [Talk1300]
A pessimistic, informed view of Albany. [Jim Dwyer]
The double life of Assemblyman Nelson Castro. [Thomas Kaplan]
Give local communities authority on casino citing, said a former assemblyman. [Michael Benjamin]
An associate of Assemblyman Vito Lopez got probation after apologizing for falsifying documents at the nonprofit the assemblyman founded. [Rich Schapiro and Bill Hutchinson]
"Gropez pal gets wristslap" [Frank Rosario and Bruce Golding]
An aide to Rep. Greg Meeks may run for State Senator Malcolm Smiths' seat. [Ross Barkan]
Education officials explain the Common Core and say "Yes, test scores will fall." [John King, Merryl Tisch, Dennis Walcott, and Shael Polakow-Suransky]