Playbook: De Blasio squeezed on AIPAC and St. Pat’s

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By Azi Paybarah in New York and Jimmy Vielkind in Albany with Mike Allen in D.C.

ACTIVIST: BAN CITY UNIFORMS FROM ST. PAT’S PARADE — Gay City News: The paper has an open letter signed by a dozens of activists and notable elected officials demanding the mayor ban city workers from marching in the “discriminatory” St. Patrick’s Day parade in uniform, or anything that identifies them as city workers. Parade organizers don’t allow self-identifying gay and lesbian groups to participate.

--Signers include: Public Advocate Letitia James, her two predecessors Betsy Gotbaum and Mark Green, State Senator Brad Hoylman, City Council members Corey Johnson and Mark Levine, the executive director of the North Star Fund Hugh Hogan, the head of Stonewall Democrats of New York Melissa Sklarz and others. http://goo.gl/WZHi6L

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--The activists’ demand doesn’t appear to leave their ally in City Hall with much wiggle room. It’s a privately run parade, but one which the mayor can, potentially, declare inappropriate for the city to validate. Activists want de Blasio to “direct all City departments not to organize marchers for or allow personnel to participate in this anti-LGBTQ procession either in uniform or with any banner that identifies them with the City.” No NYPD or FDNY uniforms at a St. Patrick’s Day parade? Last year, as a public advocate and candidate for mayor, de Blasio boycotted the parade, citing the LGBT policy.

GETTING CLEAR ON ISRAEL — Daylight between BDB and AIPAC — Capital’s Dana Rubinstein: After delivering a private speech last month where he told AIPAC the doors to City Hall will always be open to them, de Blasio identified a policy difference between himself and the powerful lobbying organization. He told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show he supports the Obama administration in pushing for sanctions against Iran, which AIPAC opposes. “My core point here is, as the mayor of the city that has an extraordinary deep tie to Israel, and the huge Jewish population that we have, I do think it's incumbent upon me to defend the State of Israel in the context of a very hostile world,” said de Blasio. http://goo.gl/Ij0lb7 Listen to the exchange here: http://goo.gl/LimDK9

DE BLASIO’S SNOW PROMISES: Knocks Bloomberg — Observer’s Ross Barkan: The mayor promised the city’s response to the two upcoming winter storms will be much better than the last time, when areas of the Upper East Side and Staten Island where left unplowed. “We felt very good about the response to the first storm on January 2 and then the response to the last storm obviously left something to be desired,” he said. He also said he’d do a better job communicating that the previous administration had during storms. http://goo.gl/h51U0o

QUOTE OF DAY: “What are you doing? I got to teach you everything?"--Jon Stewart to Bill de Blasio: http://goo.gl/ZXdn3b

CHRISTIE ROAD SHOW: Chris Christie, under pressure from multiple investigations into his administration’s misconduct at home, is plunging ahead with plans to travel the country over the next month, attempting to project a business-as-usual air and showing he’s still in demand with diverse conservative audiences. His next swing is Thursday: Christie, who was installed in November as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, will be in Dallas and Fort Worth for RGA fundraisers. A week from today, Feb. 11, he’ll speak to the Economic Club of Chicago, then will headline an afternoon RGA fund-raiser and RGA fundraising dinner in Chicago. On Feb. 18, he’ll speak to an NRSC winter retreat in New York City. From Feb. 21-24, he’ll be in D.C. for the National Governors Association’s winter meeting, with RGA events on the side. Here’s the most interesting one: In early March, he’ll speak to the Conversation Political Action Conference (CPAC), which pointedly did not invite him last year. On March 8, he’ll speak to the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum in Sea Island, Ga.

SPOTTED, entering Christie’s MetLife box at different times during game: GOP mega-donors Harlan Crow, Paul Singer and Josh Harris. Plus Rudy and Judith Giuliani, Andrew Cuomo and Sandra Lee, Dan Senor, Bill Pallatucci and various Christie relatives. The Giulianis were the first to arrive (even before the governor); Cuomo dropped in for about 20 minutes. The governor’s guests dined on hot dogs, salad, sausages, nachos and beer. Christie talked football and barked out progress reports as he got updates to his iPhone about operational details, including the number of fans processed through the mags.

--Maggie Haberman and Kenneth P. Vogel: “Also on hand [was] financier John Angelo … Christie repeatedly invited people, including his own children, to come say hello to Cuomo.” http://goo.gl/P1Tir6

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SHARPTON’S SPOX: Jacky Johnson has been named the new spokesperson for the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network. She managed press for the group’s annual convention and recent march on Washington. Johnson, originally from Oakland, previously worked for MTV and Dangerous Music. Follow her at @JackyJ. h/t Rachel Noerdlinger http://goo.gl/cRn7gc

SUPER BOWL POSTGAME – “Hundreds of Flights Grounded as Bowl Fans Try to Go Home,” by Bloomberg’s Brian K. Sullivan and Lynn Doan: “1,980 flights within, into, or out of the U.S. were canceled and 4,709 delayed, according to FlightAware … The three major airports in the New York City area … were reporting delays as long as two hours … ‘People from all over the country are here in different types of jerseys, yet we’re all in the same situation right now,’ said Darin Smith, 52, a Seattle Seahawks fan from Redmond, Wash., … waiting at LaGuardia … Fans who planned to get home by corporate jet were also finding slow-going. The Super Bowl has become the biggest annual event for business-jet travelers, according to Argus International Inc., a Cincinnati-based aviation research firm. … Westchester County Airport in White Plains … closed almost once an hour today to clear runways.” http://goo.gl/vZgoJK

--“Super Bowl fans bet record $119M at Nevada casinos,” by AP’s Hannah Dreier in Vegas: “[S]portsbooks made an unprecedented profit of $19.7 million on the [rout] … That's millions more than the past three Super Bowl wins combined. The Denver Broncos were a 2.5-point favorite … Peyton Manning fans drove the unprecedented handle … The 51 points scored … exceeded the over/under of 47.5. … Oddsmakers released numbers for next year's Super Bowl … The Seahawks, Broncos and 49ers are the favored teams.” http://goo.gl/4waqOU

--“Train Bottleneck: NFL, transit agency review Super Bowl rail logjam,” by AP’s David Porter in East Rutherford: “About 33,000 people took the 7-mile ride between MetLife Stadium and the Secaucus rail transfer station, more than double the highest estimates made by organizers and transportation experts before the game. The overcrowding on the platform grew so severe immediately following the game that the stadium scoreboard flashed a sign asking fans to remain inside. … Earlier in the day, trains were delayed temporarily at Secaucus as thousands of fans went through airport-style security screening.” http://goo.gl/O7Kk6L

“PAGE SIX” – “Howard Stern misses his own 60th birthday after party”: “The King of All Media was a no-show at his after-party organized by Jimmy Kimmel at the Jazz Room at the General on the Bowery, following the four-hour bacchanal at Hammerstein Ballroom … While Stern headed home, wife Beth Ostrosky hosted the party with Kimmel. David Spade arrived with Chris Rock. Also there: Sarah Silverman, John Mayer, Joel McHale and Whitney Cummings.”

--“Hawks hit hot club,” by Ian Mohr: “The Super Bowl champ Seattle Seahawks took over Marquee’s LIV on Sunday to celebrate trouncing the Denver Broncos — and linebacker Von Miller was the only brave Bronco to party with the winners after the game. Miller was photographed inside the Chelsea club partying with MVP Malcolm Smith, injured Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Golden Tate, Alvin Bailey, Steven Hauschka, Dwight Freeney and Julius Peppers. … [R]etired NFLer Marshall Faulk walked in at about 3:30 a.m. and pointed out the price of a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Rosé. ‘Oh, $1,375? Cool, give me two,’ he said, and he and a pal were seen drinking it out of the bottle.”

--“Bronco bashes fizzle,” by Ian Mohr: “[A] Broncos bash was organized at Midtown’s Tokya, where a case of specially ordered Ace of Spades Champagne remained uncorked. A dinner at the Mulberry Project and late-night party at dance palace Pacha were also planned. … [A]n insider said, ‘The players stayed in their hotel ordering Jack Daniels.” www.pagesix.com

--“Joe look goes global,” by Ian Mohr: “Orders … were streaming in from as far as Dubai … The man behind Namath’s Super Bowl fur … was Midtown fur guru Marc Kaufman, who picked out the $2,995 coyote jacket with white fox trim for Namath’s pre-game coin toss.”

--“Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn’t make the Super Bowl, but he was … spotted over the weekend at Benjamin Steakhouse with a table of friends after appearing on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ along with the 49ers Colin Kaepernick, the Saints’ Drew Brees … Also at the steakhouse were Jets players Antonio Cromartie and David Nelson and actor Kellan Lutz.” www.pagesix.com

THE TABS: Post, “Seymour Hoffman’s haunting confession: ‘I’m a heroin addict’” … News, “ DRUG DEN – Philip’s shocking stash: 70 bags of heroin … 20 needles … 5 Rx meds” … amNewYork, “TEXT PAIN: Doctors see a rise in injuries because of smartphones and devices” … Metro, “Triple whammy: Weather forecasters are warning that the city will be slammed by at least one more snowstorm this week – and possibly two.”

ALBANY MUST-READ – Newsday cover, “NY HEALTH INSURANCE FOUL-UP: Patients report errors that keep them from treatment amid state probe,” by Ridgely Ochs: “Some patients enrolled with the two companies that captured the largest percentage of customers on New York's new health insurance exchange -- Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Republic -- still do not have coverage and have had difficulties getting medical treatment, patients and brokers say. Their complaints have prompted a probe of one of the companies -- Empire -- by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. … Typical complaints include: still not having ID cards; being given the wrong ID numbers; being assigned primary care physicians they didn't sign up for; having to send in payments for coverage without having been properly billed or knowing whether they actually have coverage; learning their payments have been lost; discovering that their doctors don't actually belong to the plan.” http://goo.gl/2zE7kz

THE TALK OF WALL STREET – Financial Times p. 1, “US cable tycoon Malone in talks to buy Formula One from CVC,” by Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, Roger Blitz and Henry Mance in London: “US cable billionaire John Malone has approached the principal shareholder in Formula One about buying a stake in the motor racing series, in a move that could radically alter the relationship between media companies and the owners of live sports rights. … Any move into sports rights ownership would give his expanding empire an advantage over rivals such as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp … and others who spend billions of dollars to secure the rights to broadcast live sport. It would also intensify the rivalry between Mr Malone and Mr Murdoch, who made an unsuccessful pitch to buy F1 three years ago.” http://goo.gl/o2Ssnn

--ROUGH DAY AHEAD – AFP/London: “European equities extend a global stocks sell-off, after sharp losses overnight on Wall Street and earlier in Asia, as poor Chinese and US manufacturing data compounds stubborn worries over emerging markets, dealers say.”

THE HOME TEAMS -- Capital’s Howard Megdal: Nets 108, Sixers 102: The remarkably interesting Shaun Livingston scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out eight assists, and used the last of his seven steals to deny the Sixers a final shot to tie the game.

--Bucks 101, Knicks 98: On a night no one else did much of anything, 36 points from Carmelo Anthony and 30 (!) from a reborn J.R. Smith couldn't overcome one of the worst teams in the league.

--Kevin Kernan talked to Terry Collins, who plans to play Ike Davis all spring, hoping 90 spring training at-bats will provide clarity after two mystifying seasons.

#UpstateAmerica: “A Rochester man allegedly bit off part of his brother's right ear following a Super Bowl party.” http://goo.gl/Foqi6p

DEAL AT ICONIC RIVER HOUSE — Most expensive listing now off the market — The Real Deal’s Hitan Samtani: “The Residence at River House, which at $130 million is New York City’s priciest home listing, is being taken off the market, The Real Deal has learned. The move comes after the nonprofit River Club of New York, which operates a private club from a five-story, 62,000-square-foot space in the 435 East 52nd Street building, reached an agreement with the building’s co-op board to purchase the space. …

The Art Deco building’s co-op board put the space, which is roughly the size of 10 typical Manhattan townhouses combined, on the market in September, while negotiations between the board and the club were still ongoing. It was being marketed as a palatial home boasting a massive entry foyer, a master suite with river views, a screening room, an indoor pool with a generous deck — and of course, an on-site tennis court.” http://goo.gl/VlNyXI

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