Bill Thompson opposes NYCHA's plan to lease unused space and playground for luxury housing development. [Hunter Walker]
Headline: "Bikes Lanes Must Have Community Support: De Blasio" [Aaron Short]
Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani's campaign confirmed they edited her wikipedia page, which was "wiped" clean of some info about her work in the hedge fund industry. [Chris Bragg]
The San Remo apartment building on Central Park West, unusually, is producing lots more donor dollars for the Republican presidential candidate than the Democrat, mostly because of Robert Wilson. [Elizabeth A. Harris and Jo Craven McGinty]
Mitt Romney is scrapping is original campaign plan. [Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei]
Secretly taped video of Romney at a fund-raiser. [via David Corn]
"That's where the company drilled the well," he said. "We sat here for a months with the tower blinking and the compressor hissing, all summer long."(14)
Cuomo thinks legislators had a 'magnificent' session, but shouldn't stick around when final fracking report is released
Governor Andrew Cuomo said lawmakers had "a truly magnificent session" because they passed a teacher evaluation bill and on-time budget, saying the incumbent legislators from both parties "have an extraordinary record to run on."
"I think they feel good about themselves and what they're doing," said Cuomo, speaking to Talk1300 this morning. When asked if legislators deserved a pay raise -- which reportedly they'll do after the November elections -- the Democratic freshman governor said he had "no expectations" -- that it would happen, but did not rule it out.
The main point of Cuomo's remarks was that state government was working and that the lawmakers currently in office deserved credit for it. But there were limits to how far that collaborative effort would go. When asked when the state Department on Environmental Conservation would release their final report on the safety issues around hydrofracking, Cuomo said "we don't have a hard date but it'll be done shortly. I think It's actually better that we do it when the legislature is not here cause I don't want a political discussion."
He also signaled a willingness to keep using his executive power to circumvent the requirement that legislation be voted on only after it's been publicly available for review for at least three days.
"I'm not against Messages of Necessity," he said, referring to the maneuver's technical name. "I'm against the overuse of messages of necessity." He did not specify what he considered an overuse. But Cuomo, who served as President Bill Clinton's Housing Secretary and is a talked-about 2016 presidential candidate, pointed to the congress as an example of why rushed votes are needed.
Governor Andrew Cuomo arrived to a what the New York Times described as "a hero's welcome" and left before the shouting and gavel-pounding brought an end to the state Democratic Party's fall meeting in Albany.
Coming off a handful of victories in contested local elections around the state, Cuomo said the results affirmed the Democrats' positive view of the role of government.(1)