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: http://abcn.ws/dNWocI (via @ABCNewsBlotter)
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 http://on.msnbc.com/caJ3T3
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."
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.