Thursday, April 21, 2011

NY Pols Don't Fade Away Anymore

 Being Out of Office No Long Ends Politics

That Was Then: Former mayor John Lindsey died penniless and anonymous. Today:

Spitzer 2013: Spitzer criticizes Cuomo's budget; doesn't rule out mayoral run.  

Pataki  Federal Budget: George Pataki creates new group to push 2012 candidates on debt issues.

Giuliani   Giuliani: Privatize Air-Traffic-Control System

Koch  Koch takes aim at lawmakers on redistricting reform pledge


Calling Fixing Tickets A Courtesy Is Baloney

Sergeants' Union Head Speaks Out On NYPD Ticket-Fixing Allegations (NY1) * Scandalous 'courtesy' (NYP Ed) * Cop linked to ticket-fixing probe was shot by lover, also a cop (NYDN) * Sergeants' Union Head Speaks Out On NYPD Ticket-Fixing Allegations (NY1)


Blomberg Owns the Press, Even Those Reporters From News Organizations He Does Not Directly Own 

Covering (and Working for) Bloomberg Henry Goldman, a reporter for Bloomberg News, has the task of impartially chronicling news about Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. (NYT)

More Evidence the Press and Pols are One Council Tells Reuters to Lay Off Union-Busting | The New York Observer


The Media Allows the Mayor to Control the Message

Today's Bloomberg Spin: Environment

Mayor Bloomberg is updating PlaNYC today, and will call for installing solar panels on 250 of the city’s 3,000 shuttered landfills.* The mayor will also announce the city’s plan to open a new corporation that will operate a loan program to fund projects that save energy and reduce utility bills.* Bloomberg's solar landfill power play(NYP) * Mayor Bloomberg announces heating oil phase-out as part of NYC clean-air plan * A Less Controversial PlaNYC (Gotham Gazette)


Judge the Councilman Needs More Time to Clean Up His Legal Problems

NYC Councilman Ruben Wills To Court: I Need More Time To Clean Up My Legal Problems

 Court: Ruben Wills wore a NYC Council pin during his court appearance.



The Name Crow Hill Was Changed to Crown Heights After A  Subway Accidents in That Neighborhood Killed Almost 100 Riders

The DN deems Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries a “knucklehead” for trying to ban new neighborhood names.*  ProCro, SoBro, FiDi, BoCoCa: A Lawmaker Says, ‘Enough’(NYT)

How Not to Plan for the Future The agreement between Congress and the White House to virtually eliminate money for high-speed rail is harebrained.(NYT Ed)

The MTA is selling its midtown HQ and hopes to net more than $150 million to help close its budget deficit.

Clear the Courtroom: Your Fired

Judges fire court staffers  Seventy-four court administrative employees in Manhattan and Albany were fired yesterday as the state's top judges scrambled to deal with a $170 million budget cut.(NYP)

The court system has quietly suspended work on the controversy-ridden apartments that were being built for the state’s top judges. 

Someone’s keeping tabs on freshman Sen. Gustavo Rivera.

Report: Yankee Exec Got Help From Ticket-Fixing Cops (NYO)

Yankee peanut maker Bazzini heads out of state

Nut-maker A.L. Bazzini Co. to close Hunts Point plant and consolidate in Allentown, Pa., at a cost of 57 jobs here; third manufacturer to leave the Bronx in less than two years. * Yankee Stadium peanut seller moving to PA (WABC)


A Village With the Numbers, Not the Image, of the Poorest Place (NYT)

City's homeless rate soars (NYP)

The Council 82 contract deal includes a negative retirement incentive that is spurring some members to file their papers early.





 What About Congress?  City Hall? Albany? 

NYC Comptroller Liu exclaims "some people would say Wall Street screwed it up!"



 Did New Jersey's 'Millionaire' Tax Drive Away Wealthy? (WSJ)

Rep. Paul Ryan Gets Booed At Town Hall For Defending Tax Rates For The Rich


New York Courts Chinese Firms(WSJ)

DID THEY GO TOO FAR? Cops take away 7-year-old special-ed student in handcuffs

Schools chancellor says at times restraints are needed, will look into handcuffing of special ed boy (NYDN)

 Law and Order

Roommate Faces Hate-Crime Charges in Rutgers Case(NYT) * 'Joke' was a hate 'crime' Rutgers kid charged in gay suicide (NYP) *  Charges in Rutgers Suicide(WSJ)

* No Indictment for Teacher Over Remark on Mass Shooting (NYT)

Suspect in Brooklyn double fatal stabbing left vodka bottles before fleeing (NYP) * Blonde beauty's suspected Russian 'Rambo' killer may escape US justice (NYDN) * Family, friends bury mom and daughter murdered inside Brooklyn home (NYP)

* Pizza rivals' 'lame' game (NYP) * Young mother Bolivia Beck shot dead by Facebook pal Gary Davis, cops say(NYDN) * Arrest made in murder of woman whose boyfriend saw attack on webcam (NYDN) * Brooklyn Man Held Without Bail in Death of Girlfriend(WSJ) * Suspect burglarized 17 businesses: NYPD * 'Rape cops' lawyer compares accuser's genitals to Venus flytrap (NYDN) * Underground cigarette smugglers busted (NYDN) *Queens DA Richard Brown: 12 Charged With Smuggling And Selling Untaxed Cigarettes (WCBS) * Cops ID gunman caught killing on tape (NYDN) * 2 Indicted in DJ Megatron Killing (Fox 5) * Slain Women Mourned, Suspect at Large (WNBC)

Can new terror alert warnings keep NYC safe?

Terrorism Uncle of wannabe terrorist will turn rat in Zazi subway bomb plot case (NYDN)

Colleagues Mourn Tim Hetherington(WSJ)

'Restrepo' director Tim Hetherington, Getty's Chris Hondros killed in Libya



MLB Bring the Dodgers Back to Brooklyn 

Major League Baseball, commissioner Bud Selig announces takeover of Dodgers, could Mets be next?(NYDN)


GE Paid No Taxes Last Year

GE Profit Jumps 77% General Electric's earnings soared 77%, lifted by marked improvement at its GE Capital financing arm and gains at most of its industrial units. *

More defense closings at NY insider trading trial(WSJ)


Interview: Michael Wolff On The Irrelevance Of Media Reporters



The 2011 TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World

Time 100 2011: Media Figures Who Made The List (PHOTOS, POLL)(Huff Post)



The New York TimesProfits Drops 57 Percent

 Times Company Profit Falls (NYT) 

How Will Campaigns Be Using Tech In 2012? 

Too Soon? Larry Sabato Releases First Electoral Map Of 2012 Campaign Season


Obama interrupted by singing protesters(The Hill)




John Ensign Expected To Announce Resignation