Anthony Weiner explains what he meant, and who’s afraid of the U.F.T.?

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Briefing: Weiner. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Anthony Weiner defended his reaction to a 'dyke' remark, and his LGBT record. [Reid Pillifant]

Joe Lhota praised Michael Bloomberg's accomplishments on education and said more people aren't rallying about the mayor because they're afraid of the teacher's union. [Dana Rubinstein]

John Catsimatidis put another $1 million into his campaign and released his second television ad. [Azi Paybarah]

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After endorsing Bill Thompson for mayor, the president of Teamsters Local 237, Greg Floyd, said, "I don't negotiate in public and I'm not going to say what a fair contract means." [Azi Paybarah]

The New York State Assembly passed a bill that would keep the West Side heliport in place, or nearby. [Dana Rubiinstein]

Video Briefing: Christine Quinn on Ray Kelly's limits, and Erick Salgado on food freedom. [Azi Paybarah]

2013

The New York City Campaign Board ruled that a run-off in the Democratic primary is "reasonably anticipated." The request for an advisory opinion came from Bill de Blasio's campaign. [NYCCFB]

Alec Baldwin will host a fund-raising dinner for de Blasio. [Andrea Swalec]

Senator Chuck Schumer talks about trying to elect a former aide who is not named Anthony Weiner. [Celeste Katz]

"In the unlikely event that [Weiner] wins the election, God help us all." [Alexis Grenell]

Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and State Senator Brad Hoylman criticized Weiner for his reported response to a supporter who referred to Quinn as a "dyke." [Andy Towle]

"Weiner Criticized for Not Condemning Anti-Gay Slur" [Michael Howard Saul]

"Maybe the stunningly low number has more to do with the publishing industry’s troubles, but I suspect that, simply, Quinn isn’t as famous as people want her to be. " [Noreen Malone]

Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani said she's not relying on the City Council to expand the budget for the public advocate's office. Another candidate, State Senator Daniel Squadron, said, "The budget will come if you're doing thing that makes a difference in people's lives and if people want the work you're doing to expand." [John Kenny]

2016

Jeb Bush will headline the New York State Conservative Party anniversary dinner on June 25 in New York City. [Liz Benjamin]

City Hall

Bloomberg: "The police department -- somebody's got to have their backs." [Jennifer Fermino]

Albany

Cuomo's call to create a Moreland Commission to investigate the state legislature is more complicated than it appears. [Richard Brodsky]

The state added 5,000 private sector jobs in May 2013. [Nick Reisman]

IDC state senator Diane Savino accused Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins of purposely trying to kill Cuomo's abortion bill. [Nick Reisman]

That's because Savino tried to get Senate Democrats to sign onto the abortion bill, and they didn't. [Nick Reisman]

Thomas Prendergast, Cuomo's nominee to run the M.T.A., cleared a major hurdle in the state senate and is on his way to be formally approved. [Glenn Blain]

Washington

A local paper in Queens comes out in support of legalizing marijuana. [TimesNewsweekly]

Media

A reader is frustrated City and State doesn't accept letters to the editor. [Rebecca Lynch]

The Wu Tang Clan's sign language interpreter, in action. [Michael Blaustein]