Shortly their will be a groundswell of leaders, non profits and just ordinary people who will demand that the mayor change his mind and run for president. True News will pay any reader who correctly predicts the date the Draft Bloomberg for President Begins Bloomberg Denies Presidential Rumors. Again. (WSJ)
The White House is warily watching Bloomberg’s maneuvering for a potential presidential run (which the mayor insists isn’t in the cards).
Meanwhile for the Rest of Us
Job Cuts Bloomy's ax to fall today Thousands of layoffs loom * Bloomberg Calls For Layoffs, Cuts * City slashes budget, cuts thousands of jobs (NYP) 6000 Teachers Cut
Class Sizes Grew in City Despite Deal to Cut Them (NYT) * Teachers will bounce out of 'rubber rooms' (DN)
Bloomberg Brings Out the Big Guns for Black"The Art of Negotiation and Compromise” Bloomberg on Black
Bloomberg gets endorsements from Oprah, other heavyweights to bolster case for Cathie Black * Chancellor Choice Begins Calling Skeptics (NYT) * City Releases Letter Requesting Waiver for Schools Chancellor Appointee (NYT) * Bloomberg Rallies Business Leaders Behind Black (NYT) * Waiver Requested for Mayor's Schools Pick(WSJ) * Credentials? Black Has Plenty, Bloomberg Says (WSJ) * Mayor Submits Waiver Request For New Schools Chancellor (NY1) * 4 mayors boost Black (NYP)* Steiner hopes to make a decision on Black’s waiver before outgoing Chancellor Joel Klein officially departs on Dec. 31. * Bill de Blasio Debates Charter School Exec Over Black [VIDEO]
Questions Linger About Cuomo Agenda(WSJ)* Andrew Cuomo hasn't revealed how he is going to close the yawning state budget gap. * Cuomo’s Timeline
Pols Already Organizing Against Cuomo
Feds Bring Most of the Political Corruption Cases in NY
It is no secret that the local DA's who count on local pols to get elected have problems going after political corruption. The crime epidemic of corruption in Albany and City Hall is proof that New York's system of local DA's is not effective in stopping political corruption. Now that DA's are organizing with the backing of the pols to stop Cuomo from backing a corruption-busting special state prosecutor 'Very unwise' move if Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo's special prosecutor can trump districts attorney
With the Democratic Behind in 2 Senate Races They Need to Win Cuomo Pressures the Court
Cuomo Faces Transit Troubles(WSJ) * Subway Extension Would Transform Travel(WSJ) * Transit pros say feds won't pay to extend subway (WSJ) * Mayor Bloomberg floats a fascinating proposal to extend the No. 7 subway to New Jersey (DN ED) * Red light on 7 train (NYP) * Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo’s transition team has been told to focus on recruiting, not policy, even though critics say his policy proposals have lacked details to date. * A new report by LG Richard Ravitch warns of looming financial issues with the MTA* "The state will likely need more tolls, as well as special taxing districts and more streamlined environmental reviews if it is to keep up with its road, bridge and mass transit needs in coming years, Lt. Gov. Richard Ravitch said," reports the T-U.
It is not the courts that take the time in the recount it is the counting of the ballots. If the number are close and there is a ruling for a full recount of each ballot it will take months. * Andrew Cuomo Gets His Wish: State's Chief Judge Says Senate Should Hurry Up And Get Itself Settled
Vito Vs Cuomo? Two Brooklyn pols close to Assemblyman Vito Lopez insist their opposition to a homeless shelter proposed by Cuomo’s sister has nothing to do with the embattled local Democratic chairman.
Who Are These Clowns Kidding?Going After Rangel Will Not Stop Corruption In Congress
Call for Censure at Rangel Hearing (NYT)* Awaiting a Verdict (NYT) * Rangel breaks down at hearing -- wants to be declared 'not corrupt'
For Rangel, a Downward Path, With Destination Uncertain (NYT) * Today is judgment day for Rep. Charlie Rangel (DN) * Rangel May Make Last-Minute Plea Before Ethics Committee (NY1) * Power 'house' gave Harlem VIP tenants TLC (NYP) * Paterson: Rangel’s Deeds Like A Traffic Violation * Rep. Charles Rangel's landlord provided him and other prominent Harlemites with below-market rental apartments as part of an insider "friends and family incentives" program to boost the image of the housing complex, according to a memo released as part of the congressman's ethics trial. * Bonner To Rangel: Look in the Mirror if You are Looking for Someone to Blame
Paterson the Modern Dennis Who Thinks He Can Talk His Way Out of Anything . . . What to Bet?
Who is the lobbyist for Catskills Casino?
Does he think folks would already have forgotten the scandalous mess surrounding the Aqueduct racino deal? Or, with just six weeks left in his term, does he simply not care anymore? No dice, Dave * A Deal to Build a Casino in the Catskills Draws Ire * Gov. Paterson needs to forget his Catskills casino pipe dream and leave office quietly (DN Ed) * Gov's final calling (NYP) * Genting, which landed the Aqueduct racino contract, isn’t thrilled with the idea of the Catskill casino, either.* The Post says the casino deal needs sunlight, “a lot of it.”* The nearly-completed deal between Gov. Paterson and a Wisconsin-based Indian tribe for a casino in Sullivan County faces tough odds of being approved by the federal government and likely legal challenges from other Indian tribes that could keep it in limbo for years.
Broken Windows Checkmate
Cops bust seven men playing chess in upper Manhattan park Will this stop the murder rate from increasing by double digits?Law and Order School Official in Child Porn Arrest * Shackled Suspect Drives Off in NYPD Car * WATCH: NYPD needs help in identifying rape suspect (DN) * Huge manhunt as fugitive escapes from cops (DN) * Hookers manage to get pimp busted on rape rap (DN) * B'klyn's Bernie Madoff convicted in $40M Ponzi scheme (DN) * Police Seek Suspect In Brooklyn Sexual Assault (WSJ) * Turkey-rob suspect: 'I didn't fowl my pants' (NYP) * Lawyer gets 6 months behind bars in Dead Sea Scrolls case (NYP) * Murder Conviction In Pace Chelsea Death
Media and New Tech Republican Push To Defund NPR Fails (VIDEO) * The best campaign ads of 2010 (Wash Post)