A trial balloon for a Spitzer prosecutor

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Fred Dicker writes today about former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia's upcoming speech at an upstate Republican Party dinner, which one organizer calls Garcia's "coming out party."

Garcia is the prosecutor who spearheaded the investigation of a prostitution ring which ultimately forced Eliot Spitzer from office.

Dicker describes Garcia as a possible challenger to Eric Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general. Certainly, such a challenge would generate some interest from the media.

But if Garcia runs, for any office, it's like to trigger a new assessment of his best-known accomplishment.

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Alex Gibney, creator of the documentary film "Client 9," has criticized Garcia's handling of the investigation, saying Garcia's initial court documents focused to an unusual length on "Client 9," all but begging reporters to write about that aspect of what was ostensibly a broader prostitution case.

And as Jake Tapper made clear in his interview of Spitzer earlier, the former governor did not face any charges or jail time for his crime.

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"Every borough has gotten safer." — Michael Bloomberg

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"Quinn should stop defending the department’s deplorable practice of indiscriminate surveillance of Muslims, a clear abuse of power." [New York Times]

Bloomberg is suing City Comptroller John Liu for rejecting another contract. Bloomberg aides also note Liu's history of publicly rejecting contracts but filing only minor, technical objections before eventually registering them. [David Chen]

After an inquiry from Crains, Assemblyman Dov Hikind amended his financial disclosure reports to acknowledge he has received thousands of dollars through an advertizing company he owns. Some of those clients also have business before the state. [Chris Bragg]

Spitzer is quietly visiting churches, asking for forgiveness. [Annie Karni]

New documents were released from Andrew Cuomo's investigation of state troopers' handling of Spitzer. "[A supervisor on Spitzer's security detail] said that Spitzer was also known for trying to 'sneak out' at night to evade the ESD members and it was understood that Spitzer did not like the security detail at all." [Brendan Lyons]

From Capital

It's a little too easy to forget about Bill Thompson. [Azi Paybarah]

The Council is about to vote on the USTA tennis-center expansion. [Dana Rubinstein]

Which member will help Bloomberg kill a police-oversight bill? [Azi Paybarah]

"Spitzer's preference for big TV over local IRL will allow Stringer to keep asking questions about what his priorities are." [Azi Paybarah]

Events

Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT."

Eliot Spitzer has no public events today, according to his campaign spokesman.

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: "Off on vacation for about a week." [Talk1300]

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's whow: New York City Comptroller and Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @JohnLiu2013 #NYC2013

10:30 a.m. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota vista seniors at the Mount Loretto Friendship Club, 6581 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island. "Please note, press are not allowed inside the senior center." @JoeLhota4Mayor #NYC2013

11 a.m. Liu discusses findings in his audit on the New York City Department of Education's Student Information System, in front of the Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers Street, Manhattan. @JohncLiu #EduElection

11 a.m. Democratic comptroller candidate Scott Stringer is endorsed by the National Organization for Women-NYC chapter, NARAL Pro-Choice New York and Planned Parenthood NY, at "Union Square South," Manhattan. @Stringer2013 @NOW_NYC @ProChoiceNY @PPNYCAction #NYCcomp

11:15 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner announces plans to help "families who care for seniors at home," then visits people at the Riverdale Senior Services, 2600 Netherland Avenue (between 227h St. and Kappock St.), Bronx. @AnthonyWeiner #KeysToTheCity #NYC2013

11:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese visits the Hebrew Educational Society, a JASA senior center, 9502 Seaview Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

Noon. Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg compete in the Adirondack Challenge, at Indian Lake. @nygovCuomo @MikeBloomberg #ADKchallenge

12:15 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson calls for a "$25,00 incentive for NYC Tech Startups" at Thought Works, on the 15th Floor of 99 Madison Avenue, Manhattan. @BillThompsonNYC @ThoughtWorks #NYCtech #NYC2013

12:15 p.m. Albanese visits the Vandalia Senior Center, 47 Vandalia Avenue, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

1 p.m. City Council candidate Antonio Reynoso, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Councilwoman Diana Reyna and others "call for an end to gun violence" at Knickerbocker Avenue and Menhan Street, Brooklyn. @Antonio4Council @NydiaVelazquez 3:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio speaks on The Michaelangelo Signorile Show. [Sirius XM OutQ109] @DeBlasioNYC @MSignorile #NYC2013

4 p.m. De Blasio speaks with voters in Chelsea, in front of Trader Joe's, 675 6th Avenue, Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC

4:30 p.m. Liu appears on the WFAS radio show "Turn Your Brain On". [1230 AM] @JohnLiu2013 @WFASAM1230 #NYC2013

5 p.m. Liu "Greets voters in Brooklyn."

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. Also: The Consultant's Corner. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013

7:30 p.m. Weiner attends the annual Martin Luther King Jr. concert series at Wingate Field, by Brooklyn Avenue (between Rutland Road and Winthrop St.), Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner

7:30 p.m. Liu appears on WBAB's radio show "Spanglish." [102.3 FM] @JohnLiu2013 @1023WBAB #NYC2013

Mayor's Race

After the candidates slept over in a NYCHA building in Harlem, Christine Quinn likened one bathroom to something from "a horror movie." [Javier Hernandez]

Al Sharpton, who helped organize the event, called it a "night to remember." [Andrew Grossman and Joe Jackson]

The next mayor will inherit a fiscal mess: the city's liabilities "now exceed its total assets by $125 billion," driven by obligations to union workers. [Bill Keller]

Comptroller's Race

Stringer said his challenge is that he's too wonky for the personalty-driven coverage of the race. Also, the writer notes: "By holding up little Max in front of the camera, Stringer hopes to seize the moral high ground over Spitzer." [Geoffrey Gray]

E. O'Brien Murray said he can't fund a petition challenge to Spitzer. [Carl Campanile]

"[Y]ou would think that [Spitzer] would live up to the standard he himself set in 2012 for Mr. Romney." [New York Times]

Public Advocate's Race

More on Reshma Saujani and her "Girls Who Code" program. [Tim Herrera]

City Hall / City Council

Bloomberg administration officials Janette Sadik-Khan and Amanda Burden may go into business together. [Andrew Hawkins]

An editorial board accuses the counsel for the city's Board of Elections of scuttling a city investigation. [Daily News]

Albany

When it comes to campaign-finance reform, Andrew Cuomo is sounding a lot like St. Augustine before he changed: 'Lord, make me chaste — but not yet.'" [New York Post]

Fun hypotheticals: Assemblywoman Deborah Glick as a challenger to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democratic challenger to IDC leader Jeff Klein, former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia as a challenger to Eric Schneiderman. [Fred Dicker]

Klein spent more than $16,000 of campaign funds on dinners. [Carl Campanile]

Former assemblyman Vito Lopez is spending money from his state campaign account to pay for lawyers. [Ken Lovett]

Washington

Senator Diane Feinstein wants to declassify thousands of pages of information, and complained about anonymous leaks defending the CIA. [Mark Mazzzetti and Scott Shane]

A three-judge panel rules Times reporter James Risen has to testify about the source who gave him critical information about the CIA. [Charlie Savage]

Media

Emily Frost, DNAInfo's Upper West Side reporter, got married. [New York Times]

Glenn Greenwald has a book deal. [Julie Bosman]

"In other words, news organizations are awkwardly finding themselves doing the exact opposite of what they believe they're doing. Instead of representing the community's voice of moral censure, they may actually be promoting the very careers of the people whose supposed news value is that their careers seem to be ending." [Michael Wolff]

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