Numbers split along racial lines
Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.
State Senators Michael Gianaris and Greg Ball debated Andrew Cuomo's gun control bill on Sean Hannity's television show last night.
Under New York City's distinctive program of public campaign financing, candidates can raise as much money as they want, but only some of it is eligible to be matched with public money at a 6:1 ratio, and there's a spending cap.
Rev. Al Sharpton asked the Democratic mayoral candidates whether or not they would keep NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn got heckeled for basically saying yes, but countered with an assurance that she would ensure some of his policies here changed dramatically.
A Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows three major Democratic candidates for mayor beating Joe Lhota, the leading Republican mayoral candidate.
CNN's legal analyst called the changed in the bill "cosmetic." [David Ariosto]
The bill has a "Journal News" clause. [Dylan Byers]
A libertarian think tank says Cuomo's legislation could make New York less safe. [Trevor Burrus]
A straight-forward write up of Cuomo's gun bill, from a trade publication. [The Gun Shots]
Cuomo wants congress to pass the Hurricane Sandy relief bill "today." [Casey Seiler]
Charles Hynes, who is seeking his seventh term as Brooklyn District Attorney, has $373,165 on hand in his campaign account after raising only $27,275 in the last six months.
Dicker speculated that Cuomo was seeking national headlines and seeking primarily to placate the left, and then wondered whether it was even worse, and Cuomo was using the latest shooting tragedy as an excuse to push a radical gun agenda he wanted to advance "all along."
Bill Thompson raised $1 million, about twice as much as John Liu, though he hasn't said how much he's spent. [Celeste Katz]
Liu spent 66% of the money he raised. [Jill Colvin]
"Bill Thompson's campaign for mayor is showing some life." [Carl Campanile]
Joe Lhota is running. [David Seifman]
Lhota "very much needs" real estate and construction trades in his corner for a mayoral run. [Chris Smith]
In a big interview with the Washington Post about gun control, Mayor Michael Bloomberg portrayed his opponents as extremists who rile their base with false stories about government plans to seize people's guns.