Earthquake Is Felt in New York(NYT) * 5.8 earthquake jolts Washington, DC; shocks felt in NYC and Boston(NYP)At DSK Presser, Cy Vance, Reporters React to Quake [Video] * Earthquake: "Mayor Bloomberg said he thought his desk in City Hall began shaking because of major construction in the historic building." [Einhorn, Durkin and Kennedy / Daily News]
Spinning How Crime is Reported Easy As Black and White
Today: Crime is Up "Don't Worry Be Happy"
Crime Up Under Mayor Dinkins
Dave Do Something
Weprin and Turner and Hecklers Debate
Assemblyman David Weprin and Bob Turner spent barely any time talking about the Ninth Congressional District, and most of the time trying to be heard over the crowd, during a candidate's forum in Queens last night
Amid Heckling, Candidates in Queens Discuss Spending (NYT) * Hikind: I'll nix Weprin over nups(NYP) * GOP Wary of Funding Candidate(WSJ) * Race for Weiner's seat: State Dems rip GOP hopeful Bob Turner(NYDN) * Hecklers Dominate Queens Debate(NY Mag) * After being “burnt” by NY special elections, as former NRCC Chairman Tom Reynolds puts it, national GOPers are reluctant to fund Turner in a race they don’t consider truly competitive.* The state Democratic Party has flooded NY-9 with flyers bashing “extremist” Turner that don’t mention his opponent, Assemblyman David Weprin, at all. * Part of the NY-9 candidate forum (The Brooklyn Politics)
Turner Says NYS Says 2008 Article in NY Sun Says Weprin Was Getting Member Item Kickback From Non Profits He Gave Member Items Too
“Let me be perfectly clear about what we are alleging: It looks to us like David Weprin was trading public dollars for campaign dollars while in the City Council,” said Turner spokesman William O’Reilly. “Mr. Weprin would arrange a government grant to an organization and receive in return political contributions from those associated with that organization. What’s worse, those dollars would then be matched 6-1 with public matching funds. Mr. Weprin seems to have been treating taxpayer money as a political ATM card. He needs to explain himself.”
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You Need A Score Card On Criminal Acts In This Council Race
Police Unions Back Jennings in Council Race Two police unions endorsed Allan Jennings in his bid to reclaim the City Council seat he once held, a sign that legal troubles facing incumbent Council Member Ruben Wills may be a factor in the race.(WSJ) * JENNINGS SPENDS BIG, BUT NOT TO REPAY TAXPAYERS: Former Queens Councilman Allan Jennings, who is on the hook to New York City taxpayers for $45,000 for committing an array of campaign finance violations, racked up a number of questionable new expenses in his campaign to unseat Councilman Ruben Wills - including "meetings" at gas stations from Queens to New Jersey:
Leroy How About A Fund Raiser At McDs?
Queens Councilman LeroyComrie's anemic fundraising - he has raised less than $400 for his 2013 account - has put something of a damper on his otherwise strong prospects of winning election as Queens borough president. Comrie could well be up against Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who has raised $830,000, or even possibly against former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, herself a strong fundraiser. That has led to speculation in southeast Queens that Comrie could instead trade seats with state Sen. Malcolm Smith, with Smith running for Comrie's Council seat, and Comrie then taking Smith's Senate seat in a special election.
Keep the Medical Center Open But Pedro Go Buy Your Soap on the RopeAs promised, former Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada Jr.’s Soundview filed a restraining order against DOH Commissioner Nirav Shah and the OMIG for its “unfair and arbitrary” removal from the Medicaid system.
No NYS Xmass Bonuses
When Hospitals Close People Die
On DSK, Morgenthau Backs Up His Successor(YNN) * DSK: "In his $3,000-a-night hotel suite, detectives found semen stains on the carpet and the wallpaper from other men."
Reveals lies & hissy fits — and drops sex charges vs. DSK(NYP) * District Attorney Asks Judge to Drop Strauss-Kahn Case(NYT) * From a Meeting of Hours to One Lasting Less Than a Minute(NYT) * Housekeeper’s Lawyer Asks to Remove District Attorney From Case(NYT) * DA Moves to Abandon Strauss-Kahn Charges(WSJ) * Prosecutors seek to dismiss Strauss-Kahn charges(WSJ) * French people relieved that the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case is finally history(NYDN) * Molloy: DA Vance did his duty in DSK case - in a no-win situation(NYDN) * DSK set to skate on sex assault charges as DA suffers another setback(NYDN) * DA Cy Vance made tough but fair and just call to dismiss charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn (NYDN Ed)
Bureaucrats who run food stamp program chickened out of city test of soda's role in obesity epidemic(NYDN)
NYT Support AG Opposition to WH Big Banks Mortgage Deal
It’s a Flawed Settlement New York’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is right to resist White House pressure on a mortgage deal with the nation’s largest banks over dubious foreclosure practices. (NYT Ed) * The Times encourages Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to hold his ground and not capitulate to the Obama administration's demands he sign on to a settlement deal with the major U.S. banks over faulty mortgage loan
Bloomberg Wants Red-Light Cameras On Every NYC Corner; Threatens Lawmakers That Don’t