Capital Playbook: Cuomo ticks up, de Blasio gets some unsolicited advice

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CUOMO’S RATING TICKS UP — On the eve of his re-election year, Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has ticked up, two polls released in the last 24 hours find. A survey by Quinnipiac—released at 6 a.m.—showed 62 percent of New Yorkers surveyed approve of the job Cuomo is doing. A Marist poll released on Monday night to the Wall Street Journal and NBC put that number at 52 percent; both are higher than a Siena survey last week that put Cuomo’s job approval at 44 percent. http://bit.ly/1gbZkP5

And unsurprisingly, Cuomo would come out of the gate with a wide lead over his likeliest electoral challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. Cuomo leads 56-25.

Also not surprising : The quick, seemingly coordinated response by Cuomo and Chris Christie to deny an anonymously sourced Fred Dicker column suggesting Christie is trying to bloody up Cuomo to boost his partisan credentials in 2016.

THANKS, BOSS: In what the Times’ Michael Grynbaum called “an unscripted and cringe-inducing moment of political candor” during a live event at Columbia with Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, former mayor David Dinkins stated the uncomfortable context of de Blasio’s signature plan to tax the rich to pay for universal pre-K, which is that Albany is unlikely to go along with it. Dinkins suggested de Blasio might have better luck pushing a tax on suburban commuters. http://nyti.ms/17Q4Zbr

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De Blasio replied: “I’m not going to bargain against myself … The plan I’ve put forward is the best route both governmentally and politically to get it done.” http://goo.gl/GULWg8

De Blasio also met with Israeli president Shimon Peres , in a “private and informal” event that was his first as mayor-elect with a foreign head of state. http://capi.tl/18D6z15

FROM THE TABLOIDS: The Post fronts a wide-eyed picture of Newtown shooter Adam Lanza under the headline “His Mad Obsession.” The Daily News plays up the “first photo” of Lanza’s weapon, a black M16-style rifle, labeled as “Satan’s Gun.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Before there was a eHarmony or all those other services you met people at your work, at places like City Hall.”—Bill de Blasio http://goo.gl/MMx8uP

CONGRATS -- Jessanne Collins (wife of Capital’s Joe Pompeo) has been named editor in chief of Mental Floss: http://nyti.ms/1bOEz7R

HOUSEKEEPING -- Lots happening here at the moment. We’ve relaunched our morning email newsletter as Capital Playbook (tips, news, feedback and corrections toJimmy@CapitalNewYork.com, Azi@CapitalNewYork.com, MAllen@Politico.com, please). We’re debuting the new-look CapitalNewYork.com on Dec. 3. And, finally, we’re launching a subscription news service in early 2014; for more information and to get free access, email Lauren Englander at lenglander@capitalnewyork.com.

TODAY: At 10 a.m. Mayor Bloomberg announces who will succeed him as chair of a climate leadership group, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement at the Javits center. De Blasio has no public schedule. The governor's latest tax commission, co-chaired by Carl McCall and former Gov. George Pataki, will meet privately at 2:30 p.m.

ON TV : At 7 p.m., former mayoral candidates Adolfo Carrion Jr. and Sal Albanese appear on NY1’s Road to City Hall’s Wise Guy segment. At 8 p.m. on Capital Tonight, Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, Hunger Action Network’s Mark Dunlea, and “The Insiders” – Bob Bellafiore and Steve Greenberg.

**From the National Retail Federation: As the holiday season gets into full swing with Thanksgiving and Black Friday, shoppers should have a bit more giddy-up in their spending. NRF’s Chief Economist explains why: http://bit.ly/1jBVXko**

THE MINORITY -- The Council speaker candidates went to Staten Island late yesterday to woo the three Republican members -- Capital’s Sally Goldenberg reports that the seven Democrats vowed to work closely with their G.O.P. colleagues. http://capi.tl/18DjnnX

NEW PUSH FOR EAST RIVER TOLLS -- Don’t call it ‘congestion pricing’ -- NYT’s Matt Flegenheimer: “[M]ore than five years after Mr. Bloomberg’s plan died in Albany, a cadre of the city’s transit minds has primed a successor, fine-tuning a pricing model that might be more palatable to residents outside Manhattan. … Councilman Mark Weprin, an outspoken critic of the old proposal, said in an interview last week that he was receptive to this reimagined version.” http://goo.gl/rHjsZZ

ANDREW CUOMO, SEXY MAN — “It was flattering to me,” the governor said of his designation by People Magazine as a sexy 55-year-old. “I think it’s about New York. I think New York is sexy. And since I’m the New York governor, that’s–that’s how it got there.” http://goo.gl/toiqmV

“Maybe Matt Lauer's Halloween costume this year bumped him out of the running at People,” The Daily News wrote in a photo caption http://goo.gl/drj5ub

STOP-AND-FIX -- Banks’ Memo to Cops -- The News’ Rocco Parascandola reports that the leading contender for NYPD Commissioner, chief of department Philip Banks, released a “four-page internal document, known as a ‘Finest Message’ ...on Friday and is being read to cops around the city at 10 consecutive roll calls. ...Raymond Kelly said the message was issued ‘in an attempt to explain the law and what the law says in essence.’ … [Banks] said factors such as race, sexual orientation and housing status can be considered when stopping a suspect as long as they are not the “deciding factor.”” http://goo.gl/iNI44K

The Post lede on Banks’ memo: “Cops can still stop suspects based on a description that includes race…” http://goo.gl/EyGOLp

BRATTON’S DINNER INTERVIEW -- Page Six’s Richard Johnson: “Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane, had dinner with the former commish and his wife, Rikki Klieman, on Friday night at Convivum Osteria in Park Slope. That’s the sort of meeting people have when they are planning to work together.” http://goo.gl/CmNZpe

DID BRANGELINA BUY IN PUTNAM? — “Although Jolie’s purchase of Lake Mahopac’s Petra Island hasn’t been officially confirmed or denied, it fueled endless online speculation Monday after being reported by a British tabloid. Petra Island is a private 11 acre-island that boasts a dramatic cantilevered house built in 2007. The house is based on designs drawn for the space by famed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s. Pitt is a huge fan of Wright’s work, lending fuel to the frenzy that the Jolie-Pitts would soon have a 10541 ZIP code.” http://goo.gl/mb25l1

ESTATE FOR SALE — The Times’ Corey Kilgannon was there when former Mayor Ed Koch’s personal effects went up for auction. There was robust bidding on everything from religious effects to personal letters. http://goo.gl/7SRmbg

POKING HOLES IN BLOOMBERG’S STYROFOAM BAN -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: After a well-financed lobbying effort, the City Council watered down a Michael Bloomberg-backed bill to ban the use of styrofoam in food establishment. The Council inserted a one-year delay into the proposed styrofoam ban, giving the bill's opponents until 2015 to demonstrate the feasibility of recycling the material instead.

Dart Container Corporation, a company run by the controversial billionaire Kenneth Dart, has this year spent at least $120,000 lobbying against the proposed ban. http://goo.gl/NLlEQz

A RENSSELAER CASINO? -- The Times-Union’s Jordan Carleo-Evangelist reports an anonymous developer has expressed interest in putting a gambling hall directly across from the Capital city in Rensselaer, the only Albany-area county where voters backed the casino referendum. Everyone assumed an existing slot parlor in Saratoga Springs would be a lock for the license, but ... http://goo.gl/qpq2XX

MAKE HOLLYWOOD PAY? -- Bill Hammond says corporate credits deserve scrutiny: The state will dole out almost $1.8 billion in tax credits to businesses this year alone, an amount that has almost doubled since 2010. That startling fact comes from a study prepared for Cuomo’s tax reform commission — which should jolt Albany to roll back or eliminate the worst giveaways. http://goo.gl/Xd9zgJ

FOREIGN COMPANY TO SUE CUOMO OVER FRACKING DELAY — Capital's Scott Waldman: A Norwegian energy company is preparing to sue Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Health Department for the long delay on making a decision on fracking. Olso-based Norse Energy wants to force the administration to release an environmental impact statement. http://goo.gl/Dgi831

FUNDING SEA CHANGE — Local community college will face budget shortfall — Capital's Jessica Bakeman: Playing out near Albany is a four-decades-old epic struggle involving the state Legislature, SUNY, counties and a local community college about how the two-year schools are funded. A state law this year changed a 1973 formula that determines how much counties pay for students at community colleges, creating "winners and losers." Hudson Valley Community College near Albany appears to be a loser.

76,177 NEW YORKERS HAVE ENROLLED IN OBAMACARE: http://goo.gl/CB62c6

REMODELING: Today, as part of NY1's rebranding efforts, renovations began on the main news studio's anchor desk. But expect things to look pretty much normal, thanks to television magic. You'll see Pat Kiernan and friends sitting at their desk as usual, but an image simulating the background of the old studio, now torn to rubble, will be projected on a green screen temporarily. The new, refurbished studio will debut on air Dec. 16.

STATE HELP: Newsday’s Yancey Roy reports that New York will spend $4.5 million to make up for federal reductions in the SNAP program, formerly called food stamps, and to help food banks distribute wares to those in need. http://goo.gl/sIj3Nu

NEXT ACT: Brian Ellner, best known for his work on the 2011 same-sex marriage push, will be an executive vice president in Edelman’s New York City office. http://goo.gl/eMBTx0

THE HOME TEAMS -- from Capital’s Howard Megdal: Blazers 102, Knicks 91: Asking a team that can't win at MSG to beat a good Blazers team in Portland was a stretch. The Mets, having assured their fans that dreams of Shin-Soo Choo were just that, appeared to be interested in Jaff Decker, recently designated for assignment by the San Diego Padres. Quite the comedown. Well, they didn't get him, either. http://bit.ly/1gc5C1p

SCHNEIDERMAN BOUNCE? -- JPMorgan hits record high -- WSJ: Less than a week after it negotiated a $13 billion settlement with federal officials, shares of JPMorgan Chase peaked at $58.07 on Monday, the highest they’ve been under CEO Jamie Dimon, and a number not seen since 1999 or 2000. http://goo.gl/gQ3aPL

ECONOMIC INDICATORS -- At 10 a.m. the Conference Board pushes out its consumer confidence survey for November, the last before the holiday shopping season really gets underway. Analysts expect consumer confidence to rise on reduced jobless claims, recent stock-market record-breakers and the expectation of lower gas prices after the deal with Iran on nuclear development removed some trade barriers to the oil producing nation. Two key retailers release earnings reports before the opening bell: Tiffany and Barnes & Noble. http://goo.gl/GC0AQ6

#UpstateAmerica: The mayor of Monticello, in Sullivan County, smashed a clock when he was upset about his DWI arrest. http://goo.gl/n5KtFZ

**From the National Retail Federation and #thisisretail: Retail is about more than providing consumers with great products. Retailers hire more finance employees than Wall Street; more engineers than Silicon Valley; and a whole lot of creative minds like photographers, web designers, marketers and writers. From product donations and monetary aid in the wake of natural disasters to company-branded social responsibility programs and volunteer initiatives, retail companies and their employees give back and bring people together like it’s their business. And retailers drive innovation daily— paving the way for quicker access to product, smarter shopping through mobile, and better customer experience overall. Why? Because their customers demand it.

Opportunities within the industry are endless. Don’t believe us? Check this out. http://bit.ly/I3ph7K

Think you know retail? Think again. thisisretail.org**