Briefing: De Blasio plans Day One review, casino backers conduct a poll
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AZI: It's becoming clearer that the first 100 days of Bill de Blasio's mayoral administration will be busy evaluating Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiatives. Just this week in Manhattan he said he would "review everything" about recent charter school co-locations recently approved, and in Brooklyn yesterday, he said he "will review all current policy and determine what is appropriate," when asked if he woud keep the NYPD's demographic unit.
Also, the new City Council is likely to be more progressive than its predecessor, working less as a check against de Blasio and more like a boost for him. The result? A raft of legislation that was, or would have been, blocked by Bloomberg and Christine Quinn, the outgoing and decidedly moderate Council Speaker. As Crain's Greg David said recently, the agenda could include expanding the "paid sick time" bill, efforts to boost public and private sector unions, and perhaps even a minimum wage for the city.
If de Blasio wins with the kind of margin he enjoys in current polls (he leads Joe Lhota by 40 to 50 points), he'll not only have a mandate coming into office, but he'll also face pressure to deliver results immediately.
JIMMY: With a trial court judge dismissing the heart of a challenge to the optimistically worded ballot proposition to legalize casinos, the next question is: how strong an ad campaign is coming, and when?
New York Jobs Now, the PAC containing casino companies, the Business Council and AFL-CIO, said it has “a couple million dollars” to spend, and is apparently now in the field polling, as Dana Rubinstein and I report today. The survey asked one reader whether an endorsement by Bloomberg or Gov. Andrew Cuomo would sway their thinking; neither has been proactively vocal on the topic of more casinos. Some poll results could be announced today.
And while the judge who dismissed the suit, Richard Platkin, was thorough in his technical rebuke, there's still a slim chance the suit could continue: Eric Snyder, the Brooklyn attorney who brought it, says he will appeal.
LOOK FOR: New York State's first openly gay congressmember, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney; Roberta Kaplan, the litagator who won the DOMA case; Senator Chuck Schumer; Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn among the honored guests at the Empire State Pride Agenda's Fall Dinner at the Sheraton in Manhattan. 5:30 p.m. Reception; 7 p.m. Dinner. Details: http://goo.gl/FfXxU7
WEARING PURPLE TODAY — "Millions wear purple on #SpiritDay in a stand against bullying and to show their support for LGBT youth." http://goo.gl/7ogUep
LHOTA'S AD — Capital's Sally Goldenberg: It uses footage from the infamous Crown Heights riots to suggest de Blasio would return the city to its high-crime past and that Lhota's experience can prevent that. Tish James, a de Blasio supporter and Democratic nominee for public advocate, said, "There is no place in our diverse city for dog whistle politics." Democratic nominee for Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson said the ad is "fanning the flames of racial divisiveness." http://goo.gl/kLaOTF
FACT-CHECK — Times' David M. Halbfinger: Lhota, on Tuesday: "I was involved in the creation of CompStat in 1994…" Lhota on Wednesday: "I was involved with them on how to collect the numbers in New York City and basically lay out, so that it was all basically formatted in a way that, month to month, it was readable…At the time…they didn't have the forms down pat. That was my role. … I grant you, it was a minor role." http://goo.gl/XBCkAh
SCOOP: Joe Lhota's schedule says at 2 p.m. he "Will tour Torah Academy with Assemblyman Goldfeder…" But the Democratic legislator told Capital he's not attending. "I have already endorsed Bill DeBlasio…I worked closely with Joe Lhota while he was at the M.T.A. but I will continue to support Bill…"
REPUBLICAN CIVIL WAR — Rep. Peter King Targets Sen. Ted Cruz — Reid Pillifant: King said his Republican colleagues "look like the crazies…I'm the only one who's been going after Cruz by name," King said. "And there's a purpose for that, because this is going to come back again in two or three months, whether it's January 15 or February 7 or whatever, there's going to be a threat of another shutdown.
"And he's going to be coming back, rewriting history, saying, 'We were on the verge of victory back in October, and we could have won if we'd just stayed in there another week.'
"…I'm hoping other Republicans will join me and start going after this guy, and say we're not going to let it happen again." http://goo.gl/yeoaPW
SHUTDOWN VOTE: Four of New York's six Republicans — Chris Gibson, Michael Grimm, Peter King and Richard Hanna — joined a majority in the House of Representatives to affirm the Senate-brokered compromise that ended the shutdown and raised the debt ceiling. The only two nays in the New York delegation came from Reps. Tom Reed and Chris Collins, Republicans from the Southern Tier and Western New York. “The bottom line is, I didn’t come here to kick the can,” Collins, who was elected to Congress last year, told the Buffalo News. “This doesn’t deal with any of our entitlement spending. It doesn’t change the trajectory of our deficit, which is $700 billion a year. And therefore I can’t support it, and I’m going to vote no.”
The full roll call: http://goo.gl/1vjM4P
QUICK CHANGE IN COURT: New York's Office of Court Administration quickly changed its rules to prevent older judges from double-dipping. Fourteen judges in the state currently collect a pension and a salary at the same time. A ballot proposition would raise the retirement age from 70 to 80, and officials feared it would open the floodgates to more. The move comes after Cuomo said the practice should end during a session with the Daily News' editorial board. http://goo.gl/q6bhnW
DUFFY WATCH: "I have been asked if I plan to run for re-election next year. Obviously if I ran it would be with Governor Cuomo. The governor has not announced his plans for next year and therefore discussion of my role is premature," Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy said in a statement obtained by Gannett. "The governor and I both feel strongly that political discussions can interfere with our governing and we have much more important work to do before next year's political calendar commences. … The governor and I have developed a great working relationship as well as a deep personal friendship over these past three years and our administration is performing well and still getting stronger. We will discuss our future political plans at the appropriate time next year."
CAPITOL MOVES: Jude Seymour (@GOPJr), most recently the spokesman for Republican Matt Doheny's second unsuccessful congressional campaign will take a new job as a press aide to Republican state Sen. Joe Griffo next month. Seymour was originally a Watertown Daily Times reporter covering politics, and did a brief stint at WWNY before signing on with Doheny, an investor who lost to Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh.
And congratulations to Mark Boyd, the former chief of staff to former state Sen. Antoine Thompson, who has been promoted to chief of staff for Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Spokes. Both she and Thompson are Buffalo Democrats.
DE BLASIO'S DENIAL— Azi Paybarah: The Democratic mayoral nominee said the governor did not, in fact, close the door on raising taxes on the rich next year. De Blasio: "he is quoted clearly, that he has an open mind and he'll review the proposal."
Two members of the Daily News' editorial board, who Cuomo met with when he made his comments, say de Blasio's interpretation isn't how they heard it. http://goo.gl/1lQupr
A Manifesto for Penn Station Developers — Dana Rubinstein: "Later this morning, the Alliance for a New Penn Station will release a report called "Penn 2023: Envisioning a new Penn Station, the next Madison Square Garden, and the future of West Midtown."
The report lays out all the reasons they believe Penn Station is inadequate as a transit hub and gateway to the city, and all of the circumstances that make now the right time to start planning for how to replace it." http://goo.gl/cuX02K
BIKER ATTACK — At least four cops in the crowd — WSJ's Pervaiz Shallwani and Sarah Armaghan: NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said "it's possible" more officers could turn themselves in.
"…Kelly said there may have been officers from other law-enforcement agencies who also participated in the ride, but their participation is not part of the NYPD’s investigation." http://goo.gl/1HloLv
RIP-OFF AT GROUND ZERO — Times' Willie Rashbaum: "A federal and state investigation of Larry Davis, the owner of DCM Erectors Inc., has focused on allegations that he defrauded government programs by evading requirements that he hire a certain percentage of minority- or women-owned subcontractors, the people said.
"…The contract for the transit hub required DCM to fabricate and erect 22,305 tons of structural steel, almost twice the amount of steel used for the new Yankee Stadium. The contract for 1 World Trade involved almost double the amount of steel in the transit hub.
"DCM is a New York subsidiary of the Davis Group, based in Canada, and worked on a number of local projects, including the steel superstructures for the AOL Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle and the Bloomberg Tower on the Upper East Side, as well as the installation of the communications antennas atop The New York Times Building near Times Square." http://goo.gl/O2jw42
BROOKLYN REAL ESTATE — Times' Vivian Yee: "Some neighborhood advocates say the development plan, which the New York City Planning Commission is expected to certify next week to begin the public review process, could become a model for socially responsible development; others believe it could be the final stroke for the gritty, intimate Williamsburg they have known.
"…The proposed towers, all in Tetris-block shapes, are much taller than the 30- and 40-story towers" originally planned there by the previous owner. "The new plan means that Domino will undergo the long, often-bruising public review process once again."
"Opposition seems more muted now, several community leaders said, partly because Two Trees has agreed to build a substantial number of affordable housing units and a large public park in an area starved for both." http://goo.gl/VwX6nU
A-ROD ALERT: Forthcoming book about 15 Central Park West claims he hired prostitutes for threesomes, regularly. http://goo.gl/5f0cds
Sean Eldridge insisted during a radio interview that the shutdown is a case for new House leadership. [WAMC / Alan Chartock]
A new report claims low wages in fast food are subsidized by taxpayer programs like food stamps. [Times Union / Casey Seiler]
When you include his personal contributions, Sean Eldridge is outraising GOP Rep. Chris Gibson. [Times Union / Jordan Carleo-Evangelist]
Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser for Democratic county executive hopeful Tom Suozzi. [Newsday / Robert Brodsky]
The Times Union disagrees with the Department of Education's decision to cancel parent forums on the Common Core. [Times Union Editorial Board]
#UpstateAmerica: After much debate, the mayor of Cohoes will be paid $60,000.
"Governor Cuomo is in New York City."
9 a.m. NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks at a Digital Ready Event, at Brooklyn International High School, at 49 Flatbush Extension, in Brooklyn.
9:50 a.m. Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio speaks at the New York State Nurses Association "Rally to End Healthcare Inequality," at the corner of Barclay and Broadway, in Manhattan.
10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Brooklyn lawyer Eric Snyder on his "failed initial bid to block the tendentiously worded gambling amendment on the ballot and the next step. Listen Here: http://talk1300.com
10:50 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Walcott. Listen Here: http://www.wnyc.org
11 a.m. Assemblymen Andrew Hevesi, Steve Englebright and Brian Kavanagh will hold a roundtable on possibilities for cloud computing in state government, in Room 1923 of 250 Broadway, in Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. "Hispanics for Safe Communities" protest de Blasio's stance on NYPD oversight, on the steps of City Hall.
12:30 p.m. Rep. Chris Gibson speaks to reporters about the shutdown vote. 2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook.
2:00 p.m. Rep. Paul Tonko speaks to reporters about the shutdown vote. Albany-Rensselaer Train Station, 525 East Street, Rensselaer.
5:30 p.m. The Empire State Pride Agenda will host its annual dinner. Sheraton New York, Times Square.
7 p.m. The NYCLU will screen Gideon's Army, a film about a small group of indigent defense lawyers working in the deep south. Panel discussion to follow. Linda Norris Auditorium, 339 Central Avenue, Albany.
7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": A debate between Milton Williams Jr. of The Fund for Modern Courts and Victor Kovner, , Former Corporation Counsel of the City of New York. Watch Here: http://www.ny1.com