Briefing: O’Malley in Cuomo’s backyard, another bad sign for Silver
COLBERT JOKES — At Alfred E. Smith Dinner — Times' Michael Grynbaum: On Mayor Michael Bloomberg: “Tiny, tiny man. The real reason he doesn’t want drink cups larger than 16 ounces is because he’s afraid he might drown in one.”
On Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “I didn’t know you could tear yourself away from the excitement that is Albany on a Thursday evening.” Alfred E. Smith IV joked that Cuomo was working on a book: “The title was going to be ‘The Son Also Rises' ... But he can’t. Not because of Hemingway, but because of Hillary.”
On City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: “New York City is the only place in the world where the lesbian candidate is too conservative.”
On NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly: “Are you here alone, or did you bring the whole biker gang?” http://goo.gl/wwp5sA
Good morning! Happy almost weekend. It will be sunny in New York City but rainy in Albany, with highs of 66 and 63. We're still playing with the format of this newsletter, which we're making for you. So please tell us what you think. On Twitter: @Azi and @JimmyVielkind; by email: Azi@CapitalNewYork.com and Jimmy@CapitalNewYork.com
JIMMY: The rumors have been swirling for some time about financial troubles at Patricia Lynch Associates, the major Albany lobbying firm, especially after layoffs last month and a News report earlier this week that its billings during this legislative session have been cut in half. Now Patrick McCarthy, a nine-year veteran of the firm who carries deep ties to Republican officials in the state, is leaving. He has no set “landing pad,” he told me, but said the firm's financial health is fine. Lynch, the firm's founder, is known for her close ties to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat who has spent as much time in recent months fending off scandals as pushing a legislative agenda. Check back at Capital for more.
AZI: Martin O'Malley, the ambitous goveror of Maryland who is often mentioned as a potential rival to Governor Andrew Cuomo for the 2016 Democratic nomination, if Hillary doesn't run, will be speaking at the New School in Manhattan this morning. An O'Malley aide said he's expected to make news and wade into mayoral politics here. After all, O'Malley is a former mayor himself (and the inspiration of a character on The Wire, who goes from councilman to mayor and beyond).
The most logical area for O'Malley to score points would be on the issue of whether a governor could support a mayor who wants to raise taxes. Cuomo is resisting a tax-raising plan being pushed by New York City's likely new mayor, Bill de Blasio. What say you, O'Malley?
Eric Snyder, the attorney who unsuccessfully challenged the language on next month's casino referendum said he would not appeal a lower court's dismissal of his claim. Fred Dicker, on Twitter, replied, “With court challenge tossed on technicality, shouldn't Moreland Commission probe possible corruption in rewording NY's gambling ballot?”
CAN'T MISS: Sen. Greg Ball, R-Putnam County, is holding a trap shooting fundraiser on Nov. 16. It's $125 a pop. Not sure how good a shot he is, but the senator is an Air Force Academy grad and told me he moved his 12-gauge Benelli shotgun from the corner of his bedroom to under the bed after someone left a dead goat on his driveway.
POLL — Lhota's Message Ineffective — News' Annie Karni: "A poll commissioned earlier this week by New York Progress PAC — a coalition of labor unions raising money independently to support mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio — shows de Blasio trouncing Republican candidate Joe Lhota 66% to 21%. …When voters were read a positive biographical introduction of Joe Lhota, followed by attacks he has lobbed at his opponent, the Republican candidate moved from 21% to 28% support, according to the poll." http://goo.gl/kJD0y6
FIZZ — De Blasio Dropping Support? — Times' Michael Grynbaum: "Bill de Blasio…had been a consistent and vocal endorser of the soda-size restrictions…Thursday…de Blasio campaign offered an ambiguous response…'he would review the status of the city's litigation.'" http://goo.gl/c1ptrf
SHUTDOWN POLITICS — Dems See an Advantage — Capital's Reid Pillifant: Rep. Jerry Nadler: "I guarantee you one thing: if they do this again in January, we'll capture the House." Rep. Rangel: "It's clear to me that the Tea Party doesn't mind the Republican Party dying." http://goo.gl/4hTkMv
DEBATE DONATIONS — De Blasio Sets a Personal Record — Capital's Sally Goldenberg: "De Blasio's mayoral campaign broke its own online fund-raising record on Tuesday, raising $123,500, spokesman Dan Levitan told Capital.
"It was the most de Blasio has raised online in a single day, according to the campaign.
"Roughly one-third of that amount, or $47,000, came after de Blasio's first televised debate with Republican Joe Lhota…" http://goo.gl/czNjUP
EDUCATION — Lawmakers call for John King's resignation — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: "King has faced a firestorm of criticism since announcing he would “suspend” four town-hall meetings planned for public discussion of the new, controversial Common Core curriculum standards.
"…Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti, a Westchester Democrat…'King has closed off all meaningful conversations with parents, educators, administrators and elected officials;
"…Sen. Jack Martins, a Long Island Republican…'He should immediately reschedule these forums, or he should immediately resign.'" http://goo.gl/jlOznK
BIKER CRACKDOWN — Troopers deny it's related to West Side Highway Brawl — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: "A video posted to Jalopnik shows a state trooper on the Palisades Parkway in Rockland County telling a motorcyclist that a crackdown began at the urging of Lien's 'uncles is one of our bosses on our job.'" It's unclear who the trooper is who made the statement.
Major Patrick Regan, commander of the State Police division that oversees the lower Hudson Valley, said that was not the case.
'There is no person of rank who has that relationship, or ordered such an enforcement action,' he said." http://goo.gl/aXfdko
HEADLINE OF THE DAY: Daily News: "Judge rules that juror who gave CityTime defendant finger will stay on case; …Judge George Daniels still thinks she will be a fair panelist" http://goo.gl/utRNR4
DEBATING ANTHONY WEINER — GQ's Marshall Sella, Nov. '13: "He is going to be one of the final casualties in the moral war on sexting…" Capital's Azi Paybarah on CNN.com, April '13: "He omitted a key detail in the redemption story that he brought to the race: Weiner continued sexting after resigning from Congress and tearfully telling the public how much pain it had caused his wife and those close to him. That is what is at the heart of the criticism."
RAY KELLY to Daily Beast: "People have gotten used to low crime levels, and they just take it as a given." http://goo.gl/0JfnmG
The supervisor in Halfmoon, an Albany suburb, was charged with embezzling money from her campaign account and lobbying state officials to approve mixed-martial arts in exchange for cash. [Times Union / Brendan Lyons]
Congressional hopeful Sean Eldridge invested $100,000 in the Chatham Brewery (which, if I may say so myself, makes a good pale ale). [Chatham Courier]
Alexis Grenell: "James’ victory now clears the way for a continuation of the status quo. Having paid lip service to women and minorities, Democratic county leaders can now back a white male Speaker in good conscience. This will surely come as a relief to the trailblazing candidate herself, who teared up on election night, no doubt at the thought of all the little boys who can now embrace their white male privilege."
State officials expect they'll be reimbursed for the money they spent to reopen the Statue of Liberty this week. [Newsday / James T. Madore]
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords penned an Op/Ed urging state officials to lead the way in filling what they see as gaps in federal gun regulations. [Washington Post]
An appellate court said Eliot Spitzer has the right to appear in court as former AIG chief Hank Greenberg sues the state for Spitzer's personal e-mails. [Times Union / Casey Seiler]
Bronx Sen. Jeff Klein, leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, will introduce a bill requiring anyone selling a cell phone to have proof of ownership. [NYT / Brian Chen]
"Governor Cuomo is in New York City."
7:20 a.m. Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio appears on WCBS 880 AM. Listen Here: http://goo.gl/e0Z5AG
8:05 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears on the John Gambling Show, WOR 710 AM. Listen Here: http://goo.gl/xCh7Sh
8:30 a.m. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, 32BJ President Hector Figueroa, Slate economist writer Matt Yglesias participate in a panel discussion titled "The Future of Progressive States: Public Policies to Create Jobs and Expand Opportunity," at the Theresa Lang Community & Student Center, in Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street, in Manhattan.
10 a.m. Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and former Insurance Commissioner Eric Dinalo will sit for a conversation about “The Crossroads of Politics, Finance and Government” at the Managed Funds Association Outlook 2013 Conference. The Grand Ballroom of the Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street (at Fifth Avenue), New York City.
11 a.m. Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy will break ground on a Yahoo! data center. 5319 Enterprise Drive, Lockport.
11:15 a.m. New York City Comptroller John Liu attends the ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of the Ming Pao Daily building and Flushing office, at 37-06 Prince Street, in Queens.
11:45 a.m. Liu endorses Paul Vallone for City Council, at 25-59 Francis Lewis Boulevard, in Queens.
Noon. Democratic Brooklyn District Attorney nominee Ken Thompson, State Senator Eric Adams, Brooklyn Democratic County Leader and others rally against Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street.
12:45 p.m. De Blasio attends a rally with Chinese community leaders, on the 2nd floor of 49 Mott Street, in Manhattan.
1 p.m. Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeff Klein will hold a press conference on plans to crack down on the black market for cell phones. 232nd Street and Cambridge Avenue, Bronx.
1:30 p.m. Liu attend prayer service at Masjid Manhattan, 90 CLiff Street, in Lower Manhattan.
7 p.m. On "The Road to CIty Hall": Senator Chuck Schumer. Plus: A tour of Councilwoman Debi Rose's district on Staten Island. And: The Reporters' Roundtable. Watch Here: http://goo.gl/TYhgT5