Sunday, January 9, 2011

True News Sunday Update

Sunday Update

Horrified New York pols react to shootings, call it 'sad day' for U.S. (DN) * NY Area Congressmen React with Shock, Sadness to Giffords Shooting (WNBC)

House Dem Whip Steny Hoyer says he spoke to Rep Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, and that he's angry abou the political rhetoric.

Jared Loughner: School Wanted Mental Evaluation: (via @) 

Defense of Inflamed Rhetoric  The awesome stupidity of the calls to tamp down political speech in the wake of the Giffords shooting. (Slate)

Federal prosecutors file five charges against suspect in Arizona shooting  

Fox’s Geraldo On Arizona Shooting: “This Event Affects Sarah Palin’s Political Future” 


TV SoundOff: Sunday Talking Heads (Huff Post)

Wayne Barrett Writes for the NYP? Bloomberg No Empathy

Bloomberg give us the cold shoulder Why does the mayor, so thoughtful in private, have so little empathy?By WAYNE BARRETT 

"What’s odd is that, even when the mayor is doing a caring and intimate thing like his call to me, he sounds uncomfortable and terse. He reminds me of the uncle who arrives at the 6-year-old’s birthday party with the biggest present and the smallest smile." -Wayne Barret 

I won't flake for next storm cleanup, says Bloomberg to City Council(DN) * Sanitation workers shovel blizzard of overtime cash thanks to storm (DN) * Blizzard's flaky 911 calls(NYP) * Ill-timed Sanit demotions (NYP) * Why so chipper, Mike? (NYP) * Sources: MTA Never Went to Red Alert During Storm (Fox 5) * Michael Goodwin on NYC's storm-fighting: "Nearly 10 years after 9/11, it is shocking and frightful that City Hall doesn't have its emergency-response act together."


'SNL' buries Mike & Co. in storm of snow jokes (DN)

SNL Bloomberg Cold Open Video

Albany One Step Forward Two Back?
Cuomo may have to hike rents to get tax cap regulations (DN) * Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver can't seem to shake the bad old way of doing Albany business (DN Ed) *Democratic NY gov picks Republican for review team (WABC) * New York's Spending on the Afghanistan War Is Larger Than Its Budget Hole * "As Cuomo will learn, no governor is as popular as he is on the day of his first State of the State," writes Newsday's new Albany Bureau Chief, Yancey Roy.

Sampson Elevates Latino Members

According to Diaz, who chairs the Senate’s Puerto Rican/Latino Caucus, Sampson has appointed Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan to serve as assistant minority leader for Senate Policy and Administration; Sen. José Peralta to serve as Senate Democratic Conference minority whip; and Sen. Adriano Espaillat, to serve as chair of Senate Minority Business Development and as the ranking member of the Senate Housing Committee.


Holdup At the Board of Elections 

Fired Board of Elections big shows true incompetence after putting in 'comical' $227G comp time bill (DN)


MTA's Corrupt Contractors are Still on the Job - Shades of City Time

E.A. Technologies Willner used an undisclosed amount of company money to pay for his $134,100 home in Wading River, NY, another pad in the Ritz Carlton Residences in Florida, and international travel and car trips for him and his wife, the suit alleges. He is also accused of making undisclosed loans to himself and propping up the company with his own checkbook. another MTA contractor Petrocelli Electric, Santo Petrocelli Sr., 75, pleaded guilty to paying off a corrupt union official for city lighting contracts in 2009. MTA plan D-railed Lost $500M of taxpayer money on boondoggle (NYP)

New York's Economic Meltdown
Worker pay cuts add to city woe$ The average public- and private-sector salary in New York City dipped 2.9 percent (NYP)

Kindergarten classes in city are bursting at the seams as enrollment hits decade-long high (DN)




Riding Pants-Free On New York Subway

Video of the Day: Ten years, still no pants