Another lawsuit for Lopez and Silver, and new media accusations from an old ethics watchdog

Briefing: Lopez and Silver. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie picked the state's attorney general to fill Frank Launtenberg's Senate term until the special election in October. The interim senator said his selection was "unexpected, for sure." [Reid Pillifant]

"On the body language of Kirsten Gillibrand's scolding of military brass" [Reid Pillifant]

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman suggests he saw the I.R.S. problem coming. [Reid Pillifant]

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg, finally, is victorious in court, with a judge paving the way for outer-borough taxis and e-hails. [Dana Rubinstein]

Anthony Weiner's first major speech will be at a closed-door meeting of the Columbus Avenue Business Improvement District on the Upper West Side on June 18. [Azi Paybarah]

Bill Thompson is skeptical of the polls and doubts there will be a run-off. [Azi Paybarah]

Thompson met with Vito Lopez's rival, but hasn't endorsed him yet. Anthony Weiner met him too and promised to help out in any way he needs. [Azi Paybarah]

2013

"Weiner’s readily apparent intelligence and sardonic wit are endearing assets to hard-bitten New Yorkers, but his penchant for responding tartly to those who cross him -- a tendency on display Wednesday night -- remains a barrier to convincing voters that he is a changed man." [Scott Conroy]

A former Bloomberg campaign adviser wrote, "At this point in the campaign, Weiner reminds me of the 2001 nothing-to-lose candidacy of Mike Bloomberg." [Jonathan Capehart]

Bloomberg responded to Joe Lhota's ad and said Christine Quinn "has had a job with some real executive experience." [Tina Moore]

Bloomberg: "Bill Thompson can say the same thing." [Michael Howard Saul]

City Hall / City Council

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is getting a Tony "honor" not a Tony Award. [David Ng]

Blooomberg's spokesman uses Weiner's famous speech against him. [@MarcLavorgna]

"New York City is quickly becoming one of the top cycling cities in the nation." [Walker Angell]

Councilman Jumaane Williams said he wrestles with the idea of toning it down in order to run for higher office. [Eli Rosenberg]

Albany

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and former assemblyman Vito Lopez were named in new lawsuits filed by his accusers. [Casey Seiler]

"State suit claims Lopez wanted staffer to have sex with a senior member of gov's administration in order to get a housing bio passed." [@NickReisman]

"Suit: Lopez also accused another staffer of being a lesbian and offered to set her up with a gay elected official. 'That would be very hot.'" [@NickReisman]

Former state ethics watchdog David Grandeau said female reporters are sleeping with lawmakers but concedes "I'm not in the room when it happens." [Casey Seiler]

Cuomo does not single out the I.D.C. if his agenda is stalled in the State Senate, which the I.D.C. jointly controls with Republicans. [Jimmy Vielkind]

Not the Onion: "The New York State Senate passed a bill today that makes annoying a police officer a felony, punishable by up to four years in prison." [Rebecca Fishbein]

The Republican lawmaker who was arrested for marijuana possession while on his way to Albany will have an op-ed in tomorrow, apologizing for his conduct. [Joseph Spector]

Assembly candidate Jason Otano said he'd be "hard-pressed" to vote for Sheldon Silver as Speaker. [Jill Colvin]

The Erie County Clerk said Google and other search engines needs to block access to WhoIsPackingNY. [Casey Botnick]

Washington

The latest target of Bloomberg's coalition: Republican senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire. [Katie Glueck]

Oregon's governor is probably the next target. [OregonCatalyst.com]

Rep. Charlie Rangel seems a Republican doomsday, "soon." [Colin Campbell]