There was a time when Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he did not want to take questions from reporters about whatever it is that the candidates running to replace him said or did on the campaign trail.
Anthony Weiner and Howard Wolfson are not done fighting. [Reid Pillifant]
Headline: "Defending Silver, Cuomo says sexual harassment is a societal problem" [Dana Rubinstein]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reprises her role as an activist. [Dana Rubinstein]
Councilman Oliver Koppell withdrew his taxi legislation after advocates withdrew their support for it. [Dana Rubinstein]
In his column today, New York Post state editor Fred Dicker referred to Josh Vlasto, a top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo as an "increasingly notorious spokesman" who is "considered untrustworthy by many reporters."
Governor Andrew Cuomo said this morning that sexual harassment is not a problem that's unusually endemic to the New York State Assembly, disgraced member Vito Lopez notwithstanding.(1)
Jeff Flake, the Arizona Republican senator, said he's not phased by the three new ads attacking him that were released today by Bloomberg's gun control coalition. [Reid Pillifant]
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she won't make an endorsement in the Democratic mayoral primary. [Reid Pillifant]
Jim Margolis' assistance on Anthony Weiner's recent film shoot won't count as a donation. [Reid Pillifant]
Meet the new champion of marijuana legalization in New York: State Senator Liz Krueger. [Dana Rubinstein]
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn makes Antonio Reynoso a litmus test. Bill Thompson has reached out to him. Anthony Weiner has not. [Azi Paybarah]
A spokesman for Reynso told me today Thompson's camp has reached out to Reynoso to arrange a meeting.
"Nevertheless, because the citizens of my district voted me back into office last November by an overwhelming majority, I feel obligated to serve out this session of theAssembly. I therefore announce that as of June 20, 2013, the last day of the session, I resign my position."
Governor Andrew today declined to comment on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's reported mishandling of sexual harassment claims against one of his members.
In response to those reports, Silver released a statement calling on Lopez to voluntarily resign. Governor Andrew Cuomo went further, urging the Assembly to expel Lopez. Then, after all that, Silver released a statement saying he would call for that expulsion vote Monday. Politically, the move is meant to expel Lopez as much as it is to inoculate Silver from further criticism.(1)
At 2:30 this afternoon, Bill Thompson's lead consultant, Jonathan Prince, wrote:
Christie is better known that Cuomo, and Cuomo has the power to change that whenever he wants.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tried to use the recent rash of corruption arrests to pass a new reform package for state elections, but he said on Monday morning that he doesn't want "scandal mania" to overwhelming his agenda for the legislative session.
Among the names included in former state senator Shirley Huntley's sentencing memo was one implicated purely by association.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is listed as an "associate" of Melvin Lowe, who's listed as "a former political consultant," and is one of the people Huntley spoke with while wearing a wire to aid federal investigators.