A public advocate debate about personal finances, and Bloomberg
The two remaining candidates for public advocate engaged in a contentious and personal debate on NY1 last night, in the hopes of winning over any undecided voters who might turn out for the city's lone run-off election next week.
Councilwoman Letitia James and State Senator Daniel Squadron each accused the other of withholding from the public aspects of their personal finances, and of being overly supportive of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Squadron said James "hid her rental income," and "failed" to tell the public she is a landlord. He called on her to release her tax returns by this morning.
James, seeking to portray Squadron as rich and out-of-touch, said she would, "just as I hope you would release the fact you have a trust fund. I mean, you have lived on a trust fund for a very long time."
James amended her financial disclosure forms earlier this year to include income from a rental property in Fort Greene, after being asked about the property by a Crains reporter, and she had promised in an earlier debate to release her tax returns.
Squadron's father was a prominent media attorney, but the candidate has said his family's fortune was lost in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme. (The issue had also been raised during the primary by Reshma Saujani, who finished third, and is now supporting James.)
Later, the candidates argued about who was a closer ally of Bloomberg.
James said Squadron failed to endorse Bill Thompson in 2009, when he was the Democratic mayoral nominee running against Bloomberg. Squadron said he had just been elected at the time, and was focused on establishing his office.
Squadron, in turn, said James voted "98 percent of the time" with Bloomberg while she was in the Council.
Neither candidate, it appeared, saw a benefit in portraying themselves as a pro-Bloomberg candidate heading into the October 1 run-off election, which is expected to draw only the most committed Democratic voters.
Also: The Working Families Party voted to endorse Ben Kallos on Monday night, after Kallos won the Democratic primary for an open City Council seat in Manhattan. The party's state director Bill Lipton said, "Kallos is one of the brightest progressive minds in the city, and the clear choice for working families in the 5th district." The endorsement comes after the deadline for the W.F.P. to formally switch their ballot line, which will include Assemblyman Micah Kellner as the party's candidate. This item was corrected to reflect the fact that Kellner will still appear as the party's candidate on general election ballots.
“It is just a form of governmental terrorism.” — Rep. Peter King
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's cash-for-good behavior experiment has been operating in the Bronx, paying students for good grades and parents for working and taking children to doctors. [Lisa Fleisher]
President Obama referred to Bill de Blasio as the "next mayor of New York City," and praised Dante de Blasio's hair. Earlier, when Joe Lhota criticized his de Blasio's pro-Sandinista advocacy, de Blasio called it "silly." [David Chen]
"Maimonides Medical Center has been subpoenaed in a state probe of advertising payments made to a company owned by Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a hospital spokeswoman confirmed." [Chris Bragg]
There's a lot of scandal swirling around Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. [Ken Lovett]
Asked why he denied describing himself as a democratic socialist, Bill de Blasio said, "I literally don't remember nor do I understand what he [Joe Lhota] is referring to." [Dana Rubinstein]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will punt medallion sales to the next mayor. [Dana Rubinstein]
The ad against Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is, potentially, a warning short for Republicans who want to make an issue of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's gun-control law. [Azi Paybarah]
Lenora Fulani said Bill de Blasio should be proud of the pro-Sandinista advocacy work he did. [Azi Paybarah]
John Catsimatidis makes an average-guy case against "media intellectuals" to WOR710 host John Gambling, who once said he wasn't sure about whether Obama was born in America. [Dana Rubinstein]
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in Albany."
7:05 a.m. Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio appears on The Morning Show. [Hot97] @DeBlasioNYC @Hot97
7:10 a.m. Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota appears on The John Gambling Show. [WOR710] @JoeLhota4Mayor @JRG710
9 a.m. Union workers and others protest the City Point Project outside of the offices of the Housing Development Corporation, at 10 William Street, in Manhattan.
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on his probe of fake online reviews. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @BrianLherer
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Post columnist Bob McManus on "Bill de Blasio, Communist Cuba, Nicaragua and the NYCITY electorate." [Talk1300] @FUD31 @rlmac2
12:30 p.m. Lhota appears on "Now with Alex Wagner." [MSNBC] @JoeLhota4Mayor @NowWithAlex
12:30 p.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu visits a senior center at 137-44 Northern Boulevard, in Queens. @JohncLiu
2 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials with the National Basketball Association make an announcement at 775 Washington Street (between Jane and West 12th Streets) in Manhattan.
2 p.m. De Blasio gets endorsed by the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, at FDNY Hook and Ladder Company 8, at 14 North Moore Street, in Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC @UFANYC #EndorsementTour
2 p.m. Critics call on Rep. Tom Reed "to promise to pay his business' taxes on time," outside Reed's district office, at 401 East State Street, in Ithaca.
4 p.m. Bloomberg joins a panel discussion about climate change at the Clinton Global Initiative, at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 Eighth Avenue (between 52nd Street and 53rd Street) in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg #CGI
5:30 p.m. Communication Workers of America, Cablevision workers and elected officials perform the protest rap song "Dear Mr. Dolan" at Cablevision Brooklyn Garage, at 9502 Avenue D (at East 96th Street) in Brooklyn. @CWAUnion #MrDolan
6 p.m. Liu and others attend a ribbon-cutting reception at the Yow Theater, at 354 West 45th Street, in Manhattan. @JohncLiu
6:30 p.m. Liu attends the Africa-America Institute 60th Anniversary Awards gala, at the New York Hilton, at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan. @JohncLiu
7 p.m. On "The Road to CIty Hall": Republican city comptroller nominee John Burnett. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall @JohnBurnett2013
7 p.m. Liu attends the China AIDS Fund Anniversary Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, at 80 Columbus Circle, in Manhattan. @JohncLiu
8 p.m. Vice President Joe Biden gives Bloomberg the Leadership in Public Service Award, at the Clinton Global Initiative, at the Sheraton Hotel, 811 Eighth Avenue (between 52nd Street and 53rd Street) in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg @VP #CGI
8 p.m. Liu attends the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club's annual barbecue, at the Stars and Stripes Club, at 7321 15th Avenue, in Brooklyn. @JohncLiu
De Blasio declined Lhota's request to debate five times, saying their three televised debates would be the most in a general election since 1985. [Erin Durkin, Jennifer Fermino and Annie Karni]
The Post recalls when de Blasio was among the group of City Council members who welcomed Robert Mugabe to City Hall. [Elizabeth Hagen, Reuven Fenton and Carl Campanile]
Reporters are digging through boxes of de Blasio documents. [Kate Sheehy]
"De Blasio is not your garden-variety liberal like the Democrats he defeated in the primary." [Michael Goodwin]
"Tuesday morning, [Huma] Abedin stayed close to Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, smiling as they strode into the Sheraton New York ballroom. [Anthony] Weiner was nowhere in sight." [Mara Gay]
A reporter hunts down every time Joe Lhota ever said the word "unfortunate," and it is a lot. [Annie Karni]
Public Advocate's Race
A recap of that very contentious debate. [Zack Fink]
Daniel Squadron hit Letitia James for accepting money from Coca-Cola while opposing the mayor's soda ban. James hit Squadron for supporting Bloomberg's 2009 re-election and not opposing the mayor's term limits extension. [Derek Kravitz]
James again said she would release her tax returns, something she has said but declined to do earlier. [Kate Taylor]
James: "Dan, I recognize you were a close ally of Mayor Bloomberg–in fact, you used to work for Mayor Bloomberg in the Department of Education." [Ross Barkan]
"The gloves were off. Way off." [Celeste Katz]
City Hall / City Council
A federal judge signaled he is not likely to approve the defense attorney's request to have Bloomberg testify at the CityTime trial. [Benjamin Weiser]
Another call to revoke Madison Square Garden's tax break. [Alan Neuhauser]
The Halloween Day parade may not have enough money to operate this year. [Ivan Pereira]
More on William Rapfogel's arrest. [Shayna Jacobs and Ken Lovett]
More on the Moreland Commission's probe of a hospital's payments to Assemblyman Dov Hikind's ad company. [Glenn Blain and Ken Lovett]
Former assemblyman Michael Benjamin did move back into his old district but won't run for his old seat: "I don’t want to be one of these guys who never held a real job in their life." [Rob Giuffre]
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. backed out of plea negations with federal prosecutors, and pleaded not guilty to corruption chargers in a Manahttan courtroom. Outside, his lawyer said at no point were was there talk of Boyland forfeiting his pension. [Sean Gardiner]
Boyland "faces evidence that most defendants would hesitate to address at trial," like a secretly made audio recording of him allegedly discussing bribes. [Mosi Secret]
So much for that potentially historic handshake between Obama and the Iranian president. [Jay Solomon and Carol Lee]
Robert Zimmerman: "This is congressional twerking." [Cindy Adams]
Ailsa Chang: "[Senator Ted Cruz] seems to be irritating many of his colleagues." [NPR]
"President Barack Obama’s 47 percent favorability rating and the 34 percent positive reading for Republicans are the worst ever for both in the Bloomberg National Poll, which began in 2009. The 44 percent approval rating of the Democratic Party is at a two-year low." [Mike Dorning]