Briefing: De Blasio administration candidates, Bob Duffy watch
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AZI: Who are Bill de Blasio's candidates? I asked some Democratic insiders to engage in a speculative exercise about who they thought might work for de Blasio if he's elected mayor. (If you missed the part about this being speculative, here's a disclaimer from de Blasio's spokesman Dan Levitan: "There is no transition effort under way and no names under consideration for anything, and any rumors to the contrary are false.")
MYLAN DENERSTEIN as FDNY commissioner. She interviewed for the job in 2009 but Bloomberg chose Sal Cassano. Denerstein was a lawyer for the FDNY, and the department has been under a court order to improve its diversity. She currently works as counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo. CASSANO and Yonkers fire commissioner ROBERT SWEENEY, who had a 33 year career at the FDNY, were also mentioned. President of the Uniformed Fire Officers Al Hagan loves them all.
HOWARD GLASER as first deputy mayor. He's currently director for state operations for Gov. Cuomo. He worked with de Blasio and Cuomo at HUD during the Clinton administration and, a source said, could be a helpful conduit between the two Democratic executives.
ANTHONY SHORRIS as budget director. It's the same job he held in the final year of the Koch administration. He was also deputy budget director from '84 to '88. He's been in academia and government since.
JOHN DOHERTY, the current city sanitation commissioner. Doherty could be held over to get the new mayor through the first winter. Don't want a John Lindsay problem. And really, how better to demonstrate LaGuardia's theory about politics and garbage?
BILL BRATTON or PHILIP BANKS as NYPD commissioner. De Blasio is floating both names. Banks, the current chief of the department, would be a continuity candidate, and Bratton, who's been talking a lot about community policing, could be presented as a change candidate, even though he's held the job before.
BREAKING -- "NYC Marathon considering alternate starting line" -- AP: "The government shutdown could mean a change to the starting line for the New York City Marathon. That's because the usual staging site is the federally operated Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. Organizers of the Nov. 3 race say they are working with city, state and federal officials to come up with an alternate site if the shutdown continues. They declined to say which site they are considering but said it would remain on Staten Island. More than 45,000 runners participate ... Fort Wadsworth is part of Gateway National Recreation Area controlled by the National Parks Service. ... Additional security is planned for this year's event after a bomb attack at the Boston marathon." [h/t Mike Allen]
JIMMY: The big action in state politics today will be two blocks down the hill from the Capitol, at the Albany County Supreme Court. Acting Justice Richard Platkin will hear a suit brought by Brooklyn attorney Eric Snyder, who says the exact language authorizing full-blown casinos in the state is overly rosy and may not have been properly approved by the Board of Elections. Good-government groups, including NYPIRG, are supporting his challenge.
In Rochester, people are wondering about Bob Duffy. Cuomo drafted Duffy in 2010 to be his running mate, and since then, Duffy has traveled the state appearing at luncheons and memorial dedication that the big boss opts to skip. He's also heading up the regional economic development councils, and has honed his hyperbolic praise for Cuomo. (Once, Duffy said watching him govern was like taking art lessons from Picasso.) There's been speculation that Duffy is burned out and looking to leave, and he hardly gave a clear answer this summer when I asked him about it. He also bought a house on Keuka Lake from Sandy Parker, an old friend and the outgoing head of the Rochester Business Alliance, whose job Duffy is said to covet. WRVO's Ryan Delaney asked Cuomo about Duffy during his Utica trip, and instead of saying something like “of course — he's my man” or, “absolutely — who's suggesting otherwise?” Cuomo said this: “He’s done a fantastic job as lieutenant governor. … But I don’t want to get into the politics this year, that’s next year.” So: will Duffy actually go, and if so, who would replace him?
“Democrats already have privately wondered whether Cuomo might turn to a woman or a member of a minority group as he both tries to get re-elected next year and keep his name in the mix for possible 2016 White House contenders,” Tom Precious writes today. “Speculation already has started that he might pick someone with a residence even farther west than Rochester. Cuomo lost all Western New York counties in 2010 and he has spent considerable time holding official events in the region this year compared with his previous two years in office.”
“If he’s refusing to talk about it, there must be something to it, because if it was absolutely out of the question I think it would be easy enough to end the rumors and speculations by saying that,” Assemblyman Bill Reilich, who heads the Monroe County Republican Committee, told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: The Empire State Building will be lit up Saturday night in red and blue, the signature colors of El Diario La Prensa, to mark the Spanish-language daily’s 100th anniversary, per NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez. http://goo.gl/rASB6T
BRUTAL NEW POLL – WSJ “Greater New York” front, “DeBlasio’s Advantage: Poll Shows 44 Percentage-Point Edge Over Lhota in Race for New York Mayor,” by Michael Howard Saul: “Bill de Blasio holds a commanding 44 percentage-point lead over … Joe Lhota, … a poll from The Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist showed [de Blasio leading Lhota] 67% to 23% among likely voters, including those who are undecided yet leaning toward a candidate and those who voted by absentee ballot. None of the 13 other candidates on the Nov. 5 ballot has any significant support, and 7% of voters said they are undecided. Fewer than one in 10 likely voters reported they might vote differently on Election Day, signaling the enormity of the challenge facing Mr. Lhota as he scrambles to persuade an electorate that appears poised to give the keys to Gracie Mansion to a Democrat for the first time in 20 years. … ‘It's about as lopsided as you can envision,’ said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. ‘Lhota is not a force at this point.’” http://goo.gl/3RwseB
SO THAT'S WHERE HE WAS: NYO's Politicker: "Bill de Blasio Skipped Televised Debate for Fund-Raiser," by Ross Barkan: "'I’m sure we can get you my exact whereabouts, I don’t remember the exact hour but we’ll get them for you,' said Mr. de Blasio, whose staff declined to provide the exact location or time of the fund-raiser. http://goo.gl/lhakGL
LHOTA's ARITHMETIC — NBC's Melissa Russo: "Unless something big changes, the city's headed for a de Blasio blow-out. … Pollster Lee Miringoff says even if Lhota could win over all the undecided voters and de Blasio's less committed voters, he still doesn't close the 44 percent gap." http://goo.gl/Vc5dUC
UPSTATE AMERICA — “NY troopers advise vigilance to avoid hitting deer” – AP/Albany: “New York state police and the Thruway Authority have issued their fall ‘Antler Alert.’ They're warning drivers to be on alert because October through November, and May through June, are the most common times for car-deer collisions. Last year, 2,053 such incidents occurred along the Thruway. Troopers offer some tips to avoid hitting deer: Be especially alert during peak activity times at dawn and dusk. … Scan highway shoulders for deer eyes reflecting light. … One deer running across is often followed by others hurrying to catch up. … If a collision is unavoidable, hold the steering wheel, don't swerve, and bring the vehicle to a complete stop on the shoulder. The most serious accidents happen when a driver swerves to avoid a deer and crashes into something else.”
OFF THE WALL: Daily News: "Is this the work of the elusive graffiti legend Banksky?" by Reuven Blau: "A green truck filled with squeaking teddy bears peeking out of two small slots was briefly parked on Court St. right in front of Brooklyn Borough Hall." http://goo.gl/bHNHWe
CUOMO DENIES THAT HE (PERSONALLY) BLOCKED A MORELAND SUPBOENA by Jimmy Vielkind: "Cuomo did not directly answer [Glenn Blain of the Daily News'] repeated questions about whether he played any role in determining which subpoenas would be sent. The Daily News reported that subpoenas were not sent to the Democratic State Committee, whose housekeeping account has paid for pro-Cuomo ads, or the Real Estate Board of New York." http://goo.gl/gV0Zbg
REAL ESTATE GROUP DOESN'T FEAR DE BLASIO, WON'T SPEND FOR LHOTA, by Sally Goldenberg: REBNY's Steve Spinola: "I know Bill de Blasio. …He's not somebody that there's any reason for us to be frightened of. We've worked with him. We have no reason to believe he won't work with us." http://goo.gl/Duikfu
RED LIGHT ON RAY KELLY's TRAFFIC PRIORITIES, by Dana Rubinstein: The Transportation Alternatives report, “The Enforcement Gap: How the NYPD ignores what’s killing New Yorkers," underscores what the alt-transit group argues is a serious misallocation of police resources. …Traffic collisions, like the one that killed 12-year old Samuel Cohen-Eckstein on Prospect Park West this week, are the leading cause of "injury-related death" for children, and the second leading cause for senior citizens (after falling). Though senior citizens comprise only 12 percent of the population, they make up 36 percent of all pedestrians killed in traffic." http://goo.gl/2gngC7
U.F.T. CALLS FOR DELAYING COMMON CORE CONSEQUENCES by Eliza Shapiro: U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew is] arguing that New York City teachers and students need more time to teach and learn the new curricula before they are penalized or rewarded for their performance. …NYC Dept. of Ed spokeswoman Erin Hughes: "It is a disservice to our students…" http://goo.gl/dqW5Ov
At a women's event, de Blasio addresses wife hospital job: De Blasio: "If you look at Chirlane's resume, it makes all the sense in the world…" [Eliza Shapiro]
Micah Kellner gets public funds for an unsanctioned Working Families run. [Sally Goldenberg]
Pro-casino coalition hints at a late ad blitz [Jimmy Vielkind]
Cuomo denied killing subpoenas in the commission's hopper, but stopped short of saying he didn't advise its efforts. His spokeswoman later said he “did not advise” the commission about subpoenas, but stopped short of saying anything about top Cuomo aides. [Glenn Blain]
As Cuomo negotiates an ethics package in the commission's shadow, he's mindful that many district attorneys on the commission joined an earlier push for changes to the bribery statute. [Erica Orden]
Big day for Utica
Cuomo joined officials in Utica to announce that Advanced Nanotechnology Solutions and others would set up shop in a chip commercialization installation at SUNY IT. It will bring $1.5 billion in investment and, hopefully, over 1,000 jobs. [Elizabeth Cooper]
The state is still looking for chip manufacturers to locate across the street from the campus, where they have a 400-acre site. [Larry Rulison]
Department of Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky, who is close to Cuomo, is pushing for more oversight of public pension funds, many of which are overseen by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who is not close to Cuomo. [Rick Karlin]
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver backed a de Blasio proposal to reform private school admissions. [Erin Durkin, Jennifer Fermino and Ken Lovett]
Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have given some extra transportation aid to the Schenectady School District. [Kathleen Moore]
#UpstateAmerica: Finally, Buffalo's Canalside museum is moving forward. [Mark Sommer]
SECURITY BLANKET: NYT NY Section: "Undercover Police, Just About Everywhere" [Jim Dwyer]
NYT A1: "C.I.A. Noted Its Suspicions Over Snowden; Red Flags Overlooked 4 Years Before Leaks" [Eric Schmitt]
THREE'S COMPANY: Daily News: "The Prodfather"; Post: "Kosher Assault"; NYT: "A Divorce by Extreme Means"
"You’re probably more likely to have read about it online than in print, but this is National Newspaper Week." [Sam Roberts]
ON TV LAST NIGHT: CBS' Dana Tyler: "A federal court ruling dealt a major blow to unpaid interns. They cannot pursue sexual harassment claims in court."
OFFICIAL DISPATCH from Lhota's closed-door meeting yesterday, via Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for NYC: "Joe Lhota met with about thirty members of the Partnership for New York City today to detail priorities he would focus on as mayor including support for job creation, making the city more affordable, and ensuring that it remains safe. the big question was whether there is a path to victory for a Republican in an increasingly Democratic town. Joe argued that most New Yorkers agree with him on big issues if he can get his name known and his message across. Those attending included CEOs from finance, real estate, media and law. The Partnership has met with all mayoral candidates, but does not make endorsements. Joe was introduced by Loews CEO Jim Tisch."
"Governor Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota meets with Staten Island Board of Realtors, at 1535 Richman Avenue, on Staten Island. "***This event will be closed to press" @JoeLhtoa4Mayor
10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: NPR's Tamara Keith on the federal government shutdown. Also: "the expansion of data analytics during the Bloomberg years." And: New Jersey Republican Senate nominee Steve Lonegan. [Listen Here] @BrianLehrer @TamaraKethNPR @Lonegan
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: to be announced. [Listen Here] @FUD31
10:30 a.m. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will tour a chocolate factory run by military veterans, at 396 Rockaway Avenue, in Valley Stream. @TomDiNapoli
11 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the NYPD Memorial Ceremony at the NYPD Memorial Wall in Battery Park (by Liberty Street and South End Avenue) in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg @NYPDnews #NYPDmemorial
11:30 a.m. Lhota and Assemblyman Joe Borelli have a press conference to call all on the city to open the roads through Freshkills Park, "at Yukon Avenue entrance of Freshkills Park, at Richmond Avenue," on Staten Island. @JoeLhota4Mayor @BorelliJoe #NYC2013
11:45 a.m. Democratic majoral nominee Bill de Blasio is interviewed by Norman Seabrook on WWRL. [Listen Here] @DeBlasioNYC @WWRL_1600 #NYC2013
6:30 p.m. Lhota is interviewed by Marvin Scott of WPIX. @JoeLhota4Mayor @WPIX #NYC2013
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": Tour of Councilman Mathieu Eugene's District in Brooklyn. And the Reporters' Roundtable. [Watch Here] @RoadToCityHall #NYC2013
7:45 p.m. Lhota attends the St. Nichols Shrine Church annual festival, at 196-10 Northern Boulevard, in Queens. @JoeLhota4Mayor #NYC2013
9:45 p.m. De Blasio is on WOR710 with John and Ken. [Listen Here] @DeBlasioNYC @WOR710 #NYC2013
GET THE POPCORN: 10 p.m. De Blasio appears on debut of "Up Late with Alec Baldwin" on MSNBC. [Show's Web Site] @DeBlasioNYC @UpLateWithAlec #NYC2013