Bloomberg Shares Out of Touch Disconnected
Spotlight with Sheen and Kadafi
Yesterday the mayor said "What a shame it would be if we walked away because we're afraid of a bad story." He said he was thrilled with the scandal scared CityTime contract that has not only resulted in federal indictments, but has been constantly late and over budgeted for years. Surprise! Mayor Bloomberg is thrilled with CityTime. It would have been a better article if the reporter interview Comptroller John Liu and ask him if he was thrilled with the CityTime Contract.
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Of NYPIRG And NYTLA (YNN) * Superintendents Feel Sandbagged (YNN) * Paterson Sides With Skelos On Redistricting (YNN) * Mayor Bloomberg to allow San Gennaro festival to run full length (NYP) * SEC charges ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta with insider trading (NYP) * Silver, Gottfried Declare Support for Medicaid Redesign (NYO) * Airplane Mag Disses WSJ Report on Bloomberg's Jets (NYO) * Cuomo Spokesman on Former Cuomo Aide: 'Mouthpiece for Trial Lawyers' (NYO) *Just In: Cuomo Enters Albany Fray Over Teacher Layoff Policy (NY1) *Is Affordable Housing Gentrifying Brooklyn? (NYO) * NY Senate Votes That Your Old Horrible Teacher Should Be Fired (Village Voice) The NYC-only bill passed the Senate 33-27, with two Democrats – Jeff Klein and Dave Valesky – joining 31 Republicans in voting “yes.” * Charles Barron vs. his former NYC Council colleague, NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio * Former Sen. Chirs Dodd is chairman of the Motion Picture Association.* Mayor Bloomberg To Gov. Cuomo On LIFO End Run: Seriously... What The hElmo, Man? (DN) * Mike Bloomberg Brags CityTime ahead of sched! Drug Test him! CityTime Tax Payer's Titanic! * Assembly Will Push to Keep Tax Increase on High Earners, Defying Cuomo’s Wishes (NYT) *Lawyer pleads guilty to lying to feds in corruption probe of state Sen. Carl Kruger (NYT)
Thoughts of Mayor MikeThe Opinionator Builds His Force
Bloomberg is hiring journalist to distill his unique brand of political philosophy and disseminate it around the globe for an annual salary of close to $500,000.Bloomberg believes philanthropy, even on the sky-is-the-limit scale that he is planning, will not be enough to make him a potent force in national and international affairs. He is counting on journalism to allow him to maintain, and perhaps even deepen, his influence, long after the 24-hour spotlight of public office recedes. * Bloomberg's Future: No White House run likely, adjusting to life as "policy-shaping publisher." [NY Times]
High Noon in Albany on Teacher Layoffs
Unions Pushing Hard, Counting on Assembly to Block LIFO
NY union's Wis.-teria Blasts tactics to kill LIFO as pols eye vote (NYP) * Gov. Cuomo must use his budget power to spare schools the ravages of seniority-based teacher layoffs (DN Ed) * UFT President Slams Layoff List (NY1)
Principals union rips Bloomberg for 'scare tactics' The union head blasted the mayor for "playing games with our children" by threatening to lay off 4,600 teachers. (DN) * The school's great but cuts loom The tears came aboard the B42 bus from 8-year-old Rayyana Jones, when her mom told her that two-thirds of her school's teachers might be laid off. (DN) * Michelle Rhee, w/ an op-ed in NY Post on "last in, first out" teacher rule. (NYP) * In spite of an outcry by organized labor, the Senate Education Committee is expected to pass Sen. John Flanagan’s bill to essentially do away with LIFO. The legislation has a good shot of making it to the floor for a full-house vote, and Mayor Bloomberg is coming to town to lobby for it.* Silver, Libous, DiNapoli To Address AFSCME (YNN)
True News Wags the Tail On the NYT Again
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Buzz: Lawyers Opposes Medicaid Cuts . . . What Will Silver Do? (Treu News)
Today's NY Times
Hammond: w/ Medicaid redesign, "Cuomo does more to advance...tort reform in this state than any governor * Tort reform 'non-starter,' warns Gottfried
'Millionaires tax' brake Surcharge on rich ending, Silver admits (NYP)More Albany T-minus one month until the budget deadline. The Mandate Relief Team is scheduled to release its much-anticipated (and rather mysterious) report. * Local Democrats had the temerity to question Cuomo’s progressive chops and got verbally slammed by state Democratic Party Executive Director Charlie King.* About that dissent letter…(TU) * Disagreement vs. Attack (YNN)
Albany's GOP More Equal Than Democrats
What fiscal crisis? State GOPers add payroll The fiscal crisis hasn't stopped Republicans from boosting their payroll by $1.3M since start of 2011. (DN)
State Senator Stewart-Cousins True News' Bum of the Day
Elected in 2007 the senator has voted on three budgets that caused the state economic melt down.
Mandate Relief: "you can't resolve issues that have developed over decades in a matter of months," said State Senator Stewart-Cousins. [Times Union]
Press Readies Koch for More Closeups Again
Despite the fact that his group did not throw out one of his Albany bums in last year election and that when he was mayor the city had it largest municipal scandal Koch for the media has become the symbol of reform. Koch blows this opportunity by limiting his reform attack on redistricting. Although yesterday we noticed that the former mayor also is on board calling for public funding of all Albany campaigns. What really is need is an entire package of reforms that change the petitioning process that knocks challengers off the ballot or uses up their limited campaign resources. If Koch and the press stick to the once shot approach of redistricting they will lose. Senator Schumer and Congressman Reagel are already publicly against it and every incumbent is waiting in Albany waiting to kill the independent redistricting bill. Even those who support it for political reasons. Koch Plans to Make Redistricting Personal (NYT) * Expect a Call From Former Mayor Koch (NY Magazine) * Koch: Senate Republicans Backing Off Redistricting Campaign Pledge
QUEENS POLL: NO KOCH BRIDGE
A new poll asked 266 Queens business leaders about renaming the Queensboro Bridge for former Mayor Ed Koch - and by more than a 2-1 ratio, they said fugheddaboutit. While almost 28% of those in the Queens Chamber of Commerce poll agreed with the response "I'm okay with it," 70% agreed with "I have a problem with that." (NYDN)
Goodbye Alan Hevesi
EXCLUSIVE: Prosecutors to throw book at Alan Hevesi The state will seek maximum prison time for disgraced ex-Controller Alan Hevesi, the News has learned. Hevesi, 71, is facing up to four years behind bars when he's sentenced next week in Manhattan for his role in a massive pension fund pay-to-play scandal. (DN) * Cuomo’s much-heralded effort to address the mortgage crisis when he was AG came too late to make much of a difference.
Obstetrician Insurance Crisis Now Could Close A Hospital
Bronx-Lebanon Obstetricians Face Malpractice Insurance Cutoff The cutoff could force surrounding hospitals in the South Bronx to absorb hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of baby deliveries a year. (NYT)
PCB School Crisis Over?
Does the fact that the city agreed to fix the lights over 10 years stop the toxic air in the effected schools? EPA Suspends School PCB Inspections(WSJ)
Gas Up the Cab . . . Congress Forgets the Problems in the Middle East
Red light for eco-taxi bid (NYP) * Taxi triumph(NYP) * City’s Lengthy Push for Hybrid-Engine Taxicabs Hits a Legal Dead End (NYT) * Mayor's Fuel Efficiency Plan for Taxis Is Killed(WSJ)
NYT Gives Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and the Bronx the Finger
When calling a cab "does the index finger point as if at Superman, or do the fingers flutter in air, waving an invisible hanky?" (NYT Ed)
Someone Should Tell the NYT That the Problems With Taxis is Not the Riders Fingers but the Fact That Cabs Don't Travel to 4 of the 5 Boroughs. The 4 boroughs are the ones that NYT editorials writes do not live in. Taxi!!?? Hailing a cab in New York City isn’t so simple.?
Get Ready for More Dirty Subways, Stations and Buses
Next stop may be layoffs, MTA Chairman Jay Walder says (DN) * MTA Ready To Meet State's Fiscal Challenges, Officials Say (NY1) * “I don’t foresee a plan in any time frame in which you can phase out the payroll tax,” MTA Chairman Jay Walder told state lawmakers, who were decidedly unhappy to hear that.* Walder said he hasn’t had any conversations with Cuomo administration officials about funding for the MTA’s capital plan
Parade: Dems asked St. Pat's Parade organizers to bar Tea Party. [SI Advance]