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De Blasio meets with Ray Kelly, to ‘clear the air’

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio said he "cleared the air" with outgoing police commissioner Ray Kelly, after a long campaign in which de Blasio attacked Kelly's policing tactics, and a recent interview in which Kelly dismissed those criticisms.

Nov. 16, 2013


Briefing: Cuomo panel floats an iTunes tax, a speaker debate over eminent domain

STOP AND FREED — Almost half of stop-and-frisk arrests are dismissed — WSJ’s Sean Gardiner: “The Office of the Attorney General analyzed approximately 150,000 arrests resulting from 2.4 million stops made between 2009 and 2012… the arrests—which overwhelmingly involved black and Hispanic men—resulted in a 51% conviction rate.”

TAXING ITUNES — Cuomonian tax commission suggests extending sales tax base to Netflix, dry cleaning — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: “Sales tax hasn't been updated for how people live,” co-chair Peter Solomon said. “Most tax expenditures in the state have no basis in fact. They've been put in over a period of time, they've never been adjusted, the basis on which they were put in is anecdotal and if you look at them, they favored one group at one moment and another group at another moment.”

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Nov. 15, 2013


De Blasio labor ally: ‘Very little’ the mayor can do about inequality

Last night at a panel discussion in Brooklyn, one of his strongest backers, Working Families Party executive director Dan Cantor said, “In terms of actual income inequality the mayor has very little that they can actually do.”

Nov. 14, 2013


Briefing: The costs of Bloomberg’s Midtown push, a reprieve from Moreland

OBAMACARE — About 15 Percent of Enrollees Nationwide are in NY — Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “The federal government announced today that about 106,000 people across the country enrolled in health insurance, and 400,000 enrolled in Medicaid, through new exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. …New York, which reported numbers on Tuesday that are about two weeks ahead of the federal government's, had the second-highest raw number of enrollees of any state and accounted for about 15 percent of the nation's total.”

CUOMO'S CHALLENGERS: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino's rising star among Republicans was confirmed Wednesday by their sometime enemy: Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long. He said Astorino is “dead serious” in his deliberations, but should beware of Carl Paladino. The Buffalo developer became the Conservative Party's reluctant standard bearer in 2010 after he defeated Rick Lazio in a GOP primary. He has openly threatened to run again if the GOP nominates what he considers to be a RINO, andreiterated his charge in an e-mail Wednesday. “When the phonies are expelled from their leadership roles and the Republican Party backs a moderate gubernatorial candidate acceptable to the rank and file with proper financing and the intestinal fortitude to fight the good fight, the rank and file will rejoin the fold,” he wrote. Astorino adviser Bill O'Reilly suggested Paladino was spiteful, and not conservative. “Sometimes the angriest man in the room is just the angriest man in the room.”

Nov. 14, 2013


Briefing: A subpoena deadline passes, talk of a Central Park Five settlement

MAPPING OUT MORELAND — Subpoena deadline passes, jockeying begins on anti-corruption panel's coming report — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: “It's a tricky game,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat and former state senator, said on the radio. “You want to investigate everything that relates to reforms, but you have to do it with the understanding that the reforms are going to have to be passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor.”

One Brooklyn Democrat got a poll call about where Moreland should go, the Daily News' Ken Lovett reports:“One question was what recommendations she thought the Moreland Commission should make. It gave her five or six choices, including whether public financing of campaigns should make the list. Others were whether donation limits should be lowered and whether there should be a separate independent enforcement unit within the Board of Elections.”

Nov. 13, 2013


Briefing: Gas company helps write rules, campaigning for police commissioner

EXCLUSIVE — Natural gas company helped write regulations that could help it profit — Capital's Scott Waldman:A company that helped the Cuomo administration formulate new safety regulations for the liquefied natural gas industry stands to profit from the changes it recommended. Expansion Energy, which develops mobile storage facilities for liquefied natural gas, was hired by the state to study the possible distribution, storage and transportation of the gas.

NEW WATCHDOG?—Moreland Commission co-chair previews recommendations in interview—Capital's Jessica Alaimo: In an interview with WRVO Syracuse, Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick hinted the special panel to investigate public corruption might recommend a new entity to investigate election law complaints.

Nov. 11, 2013


A longtime police monitor (and booster) ‘welcomes’ more oversight

In the last 12 years, one police commissioner, Ray Kelly, has overseen the New York Police Department.

Nov. 11, 2013


Briefing: De Blasio and Skelos prepare for a post-Bloomberg era

REPUBLICANS WITHOUT BLOOMBERG'S MONEY — A Party braces for life without it — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind:The billionaire mayor, whose term on New York's political stage will expire at the end of the year, has been a major benefactor of several local Republican fundraising committees — including the soft money “housekeeping” account that boosts GOP efforts to gain and maintain power in the State Senate.

NYC CITY WITHOUT BLOOMBERG’S MONEY — New Mayor should brace for life without it -- BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and James Arkin: “As a liberal Democrat, Bill De Blasio, takes power in January, his biggest challenge will not be keeping crime down or funding an ambitious expansion of early education. It will be dealing with the explosion of Bloomberg’s machine after the grease of money is gone and the gears start sticking.”

Nov. 11, 2013


Briefing: De Blasio lands at Somos, Schneiderman suspends a press aide

INSIDE THE ADMINISTRATION — More Names Floated — WSJ’s Pervaiz Shallwani, Lisa Fleisher, Laura Kusisto and Ted Mann: NYPD: Philip Banks and de Blasio “have developed a working relationship” says a source; …D.O.E: “Andrés Alonso, the former Baltimore superintendent, is considered by many to be a logical choice.”

Housing: State Senator Liz Krueger, Adam Weinstein of Phipps Houses and Shola Olatoye of Enterprise …Dept. of City Planning: Vishann Chakrabarti of Columbia University; Regina Myer of Brooklyn Bridge Park; Anna Levin, a current planning commissioner.

D.O.T.: Loria Ardito, first deputy at D.O.T. and Margaret Forgione, the Manhattan borough commissioner.

NY1 Reports: Bloomberg: “Some of these people will want to stay. Certain second-level down...[inaudible”] de Blasio: “Did you keep any Giuliani people?” Bloomberg: “Only one.”

Nov. 8, 2013


Briefing: De Blasio starts the transition, Republicans hit Cuomo on fracking

FRACK FIGHT — Democrats hope to sic JCOPE on GOP chairman: Buffalo Sen. Tim Kennedy sent a letter to the state's top ethics watchdog raising questions about Republican State Chairman's ties to a natural gas drilling company, Noble Energy. Kennedy unveiled the letter at a rally outside Cox's speech in Buffalo. Read it here:

HAMLET ON THE SHALE — Capital New York's Scott Waldman:The letter came in response to Cox's attack about Gov. Andrew Cuomo's hesitancy on hydrofracking. Cox, who is also a member of Noble Energy's board of directors, was expected to speak in Buffalo on Wednesday night at the Independent Oil and Gas Association annual meeting. In a speech entitled “Andrew Cuomo: Hamlet of the Shale,” he will accuse Cuomo of lacking the “political guts” to tap into the state's vast natural resources.

Nov. 7, 2013