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“FAREWELL TO BLOOMBERG’S OUTSIDER MODEL” -- Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: “De Blasio has made public-sector experience a firm prerequisite for high-level service in his administration. … De Blasio's so-far absolute preference for experienced officials is a reminder that the businessman mayor before him was actually something of an aberration. Before becoming mayor, Bloomberg spent a lengthy career in the private sector, and never concealed his disdain for professional politicians.” http://goo.gl/ST0EcM

MICHAEL BARBARO, whose coverage of Mayor Bloomberg made him a star at the Times, is being assigned to cover Gov. Chris Christie in the run-up to 2016, as a counterpart to Amy Chozick’s conversation-driving coverage of Hillary Clinton.

SMARTPHONE PARKING -- News’ Adam Edelman -- “Starting in early 2015, motorists will be able to pay for parking at all 14,000 parking meters across the five boroughs using a smartphone app or by calling a toll-free phone number, as part of a new program announced Thursday by Mayor Bloomberg.” http://goo.gl/RtQIIX

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NEXT YEAR’S FIGHTS -- “NYC’s strange political brawl over carriage horses,” by POLITICO’s Elizabeth Titus: “De Blasio aides [say] he is committed to following through on the ban. He attended a fundraiser hosted by animal-rights group NYCLASS earlier this month … That group — whose name stands for New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets — is part of a somewhat complex web of animal-rights groups that make up the carriage industry’s opposition. The groups have been calling for banning the carriages and replacing them with vintage electric cars to give tourists rides around the park. … [P]ro-carriage-ban Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito … is amassing support [for] speaker. … Some of the industry’s 300 workers joined a local Teamsters chapter a few years ago.” http://goo.gl/BQ78DQ

STAT OF THE DAY – N.Y. Times A1, “New York Soon To Trail Florida In Population,” by Jesse McKinley in Albany: “New York … will soon fall behind Florida into fourth place, When the Census Bureau releases its latest population estimates on Monday, demographers expect that Florida and New York will be narrowly separated — perhaps by as little as a few thousand people — and that if Florida does not pass New York this time, it almost certainly will do so in 2014. … [T]he shift also highlights the struggles in upstate New York, which has lost large-scale manufacturing jobs, … offsetting consistent gains in New York City. … [T]he changing population pattern could have many practical and political implications, including diminished congressional delegations.” http://goo.gl/iyOivL

NEW YORK TALES -- “NYC transit hubs handle flood of lost items,” by AP’s Jake Pearson: “There was a pet bunny rabbit, a prosthetic leg, a car bumper, a tuba, a diamond engagement ring … ‘We get false teeth almost every week,’ said William Bonner, supervisor of the New York City Transit lost-and-found office below the 34th Street subway … ‘We get bikes,’ marveled [Metro North lost and found] clerk Raymond Rosario, 41. ‘I don't know how, but they leave them on the trains.’ … Clerks become detectives on their own, searching through coat pockets, say, for a business card … [C]ollege student Ezra Marcus … in October forgot his wallet on a Metro-North train, recovered it but then lost it again in November.” http://goo.gl/FK4RM3

BUY BLOOMBERG -- $1,200 oil painting of the mayor, on Craigslist: http://goo.gl/8WJBa9

BRATTON STAFFS UP -- John Miller departs CBS -- Capital’s Alex Weprin: Miller is re-joining the NYPD in a high-level counterterrorism role. It’s Bratton’s first major hire, and like Bill de Blasio, he’s reaching out to people he has worked with up close. Bratton hired Miller at the NYPD in the mid-90s, where the reporter led the police force’s press office. Later, while at the LAPD in the mid-2000s, Bratton hired Miller to lead its counterterrorism and intelligence unit. http://goo.gl/5nrflc

--LOOK FOR … CBS News to replace Miller with more than one person, given both his on-air roles and his array of law-enforcement sources.

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REMINISCING: A BLOOMBERG INTERVIEW -- Times’ Clyde Haberman: “What is striking on rereading the transcript is the degree to which the public style of Candidate Bloomberg was almost identical to that of Nearing-the-Exit Mayor Bloomberg. ..’I’m a big believer in term limits,’ he said in the interview. We all know how easily that belief got tossed overboard when the city’s term limits law proved inconvenient for him. But on most other matters, he was then what he would be. http://goo.gl/dyFygj

--Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: In a memo released by Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, the administration touted its crime-fighting record: "New York City has fewer major felony crimes per 100,000 residents than any of the nation’s top 25 largest cities," Wolfson writes. Total crime is "down 32% compared to 2001, despite the added demand of counterterrorism, having fewer officers in the ranks, and adding 300,000 more people to the city’s population." New York is "on pace to have a record low number of murders in 2013 following a record low established in 2012.” http://goo.gl/sGwDSJ

THE TABS: Daily News, “SHOT DEAD TAKING OUT TRASH: 13-year-old [Newark] N.J. girl latest child gun victim -- Opens XMas gifts, then cut down in hail of bullets” … amNewYork, “Special Guide: HAVE A BALL! Best bets for celebrating New Year’s Eve in NYC” … Newsday, “SPOTTED IN NASSAU: WHERE EAGLES DARE -- 3 rare birds seen in Hempstead Lake Park.”

--HOW THE TABS PLAYED THE SPITZER-SMITH, CHIARA STORIES: http://goo.gl/4A36S5

CHIRLANE MCCRAY’S DESIGNER -- Meet Anni Kuan -- Times’ Ruth La Ferla: “If Ms. McCray wears one of Ms. Kuan’s designs when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor on Jan. 1, it will be a crowning moment in a nearly decade-long relationship that has endured since Ms. McCray discovered Ms. Kuan’s minimally embellished, youthful-looking pieces at Otto in Park Slope, in Brooklyn, where she shops. … Standing sentry in her studio on West 38th Street were three mannequins dressed in breezy pieces conceived with Ms. McCray in view: a subtly cowled jersey dress with diagonal stripes, a pert knee-length shirt dress in stretch denim and a geometrically patterned cotton voile shift.

“Chirlane knows she is going to be photographed,” Ms. Kuan said, and prefers dresses that play up her toned physique but leave plenty of room for getting around. “She doesn’t want to be constricted,” the designer said. http://goo.gl/OmMPru

N.Y.C. LOSING LAST LIBERAL RADIO STATION -- Errol Louis in the News: WWRL is switching to a Spanish-language music-and-talk format. WIth that, the city is losing its last progressive radio outlet. On the bright side: Conservative radio is thriving, but appeals to an aging population. And progressives can always turn to public radio. http://goo.gl/wzBfvr

BUILDING BLOCKS -- “Eliot Spitzer pays $88M for Hudson Yards development site: Parcel could allow for tower of up to 415,000 sf,” by Real Deal’s Hiten Samtani: “The 17,281-square-foot site is located at 511 West 35th Street between 10th and 11th avenues and runs through to West 36th Street. … The site is currently leased to a trucking company … ‘It’s one of the great growth opportunities in Manhattan,’ Spitzer told The Real Deal, referring to Hudson Yards. He is still brainstorming the best possible use for the site, whether ‘mixed-use, fully commercial, or hotel,’ he said.” http://goo.gl/g0fqja

TRUMP 2014 — The American Spectator wonders if he’s the next Nelson Rockefeller: Mr. Trump, who recently met with New York Conservative Party leaders making the case for a Trump gubernatorial candidacy, is, like the late four-term New York, Governor Rockefeller, a life-long New Yorker. The real deal. In Trump’s case hailing from the precincts of Brooklyn and Queens. Like Nelson Rockefeller, Donald Trump has frequently been connected to presidential aspirations. And like Rockefeller, most observers presume that to be elected president, getting the GOP presidential nomination is the way to go. http://goo.gl/eEiFc4

DOCTORS SAY OBAMACARE DROPPED THEM FROM MEDICARE — Capital’s Laura Nahmias: The Medical Society of the State of New York has filed a federal lawsuit against United Healthcare, Inc., seeking an injunction against United’s plans to drop as many as 2,100 doctors from its list of Medicare providers. http://goo.gl/Xjpq8r

STILL NO CLEMENCY FROM CUOMO: Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is set to close out his third year in office without using his executive clemency powers. Immigration and drug reform advocates have been pushing on the governor since he took office in 2011, noting his predecessors . Times columnist Jim Dwyer shamed the governor after a second year passed with no action. This year, Tony Papa of the Drug Policy Alliance has a different theory.

“I think he's playing to a presidential run, and he knows that the less people you let out the less chance for political repercussions if someone messes up,” said Papa, who was pardoned by ex-Gov. George Pataki. “Two years ago Cuomo’s spokesman said these cases would be reviewed, and that his clemency powers would not be unused.”

WEINER’S FUTURE -- Capital’s Azi Paybarah: Despite his career-ending Tweet, and carnival-like mayoral campaign, Anthony Weiner isn’t done with social media. In a Facebook message to supporters yesterday, Weiner reflected on 2013, saying the year “didn't go as I had hoped,” and hinted that he hopes to stay involved in politics in the new year.“What's next?" he wrote of the coming year. "I'll keep you posted on my plans. But I hope we keep the band together.” http://goo.gl/CdX90b

SPEAKER WATCH -- Anthony Weiner to NY1: “Either that 31 aint so 31-ish, or those 20 really don’t want her. …It seems to me this thing could very much be in play.” http://goo.gl/Xdl5Jh

CAPITOL MOVES: Jerry Gretzinger, a veteran of Schenectady-based CBS affiliate WRGB, will leave the air to become the top spokesman for SUNY’s Nanocollege. He succeeds Steve Janack.

JOHN LIU CLEARS HOUSE -- Capital’s Azi Paybarah: About 50 employees in New York City Comptroller John Liu’s office have been told their services will no longer be required at the end of the year when their outgoing boss is replaced by current Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer, according to sources. The layoffs include press and policy staffers, according to one person familiar with the comptroller’s staff. http://goo.gl/ljMXdE

HOW TWEET IT IS -- Quartz’s John McDuling: “Twitter is now worth almost as much as Yahoo”: “With the exception of industry behemoth Comcast, Twitter’s market value is now higher than that of every cable company in the US. It also outdoes the third and fourth biggest wireless carriers, Sprint and T-Mobile, which might be about to unite. It won’t take much more to lift Twitter’s market value above the Marissa Mayer-led Yahoo, despite the fact that, at last count, it had fewer monthly active users than Yahoo Mail.” http://goo.gl/jzLJ4W

THE TALK OF WALL STREET – “Dow on track for best year since 1996” – CNBC.com: “The Dow Jones Industrial Average is on track to end the year with its biggest percentage gain since 1996 and is almost certain to have its best year in a decade. If it closes on Dec. 31 above 16,422.11, the Dow will beat its 25.32 percent surge in 2003. That would make it the best year since 1996, when the Dow gained 26.01 percent. … The Dow is also heading for its fifth straight annual gain, its longest winning streak since nine consecutive gains ending in 1999. The index is up 87 percent since it closed at 8,776.39 on Dec. 31, 2008.” http://goo.gl/R7PG6t

THE HOME TEAMS: The 30-day window to sign Masahiro Tanaka, 25-year-old pitching phenom, is now open. The Yankees are expected to pursue him, though doing so will blow up their $189 million budget for 2014. http://goo.gl/i8nsxE … Mike Woodson damned his team with faint praise, saying he expects the Knicks to win a division led by the 11-15 Toronto Raptors. http://goo.gl/Pd7z1q

#UpstateAmerica: Our congratulations to Buffalo resident Michael Thomasson, 43, who now holds the Guinness World Record for most video games. He has over 11,000. http://goo.gl/jK0kMn

** From the National Retail Federation:You’ve heard the mantra, “The customer is always right.” Shoppers want quicker access to products, smarter shopping through mobile, and better customer experience. And our members – retail businesses, large and small – are responding through innovative technology and smart business practices. Here’s what Starbucks’ Howard Schultz, Whole Foods’ Walter Robb, STORY’s Rachel Shechtman and Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal think about the future of the industry. Watch the video: http://bit.ly/18FgftY

The most innovative retail brands in the business will gather in New York City, January 12-15, for Retail’s BIG Show. See who’s attending and what they’re talking about. #thisisretail **