“It was hogwash,” Sheekey added of Ferrer’s insinuations that ballot “security” was interchangeable with “suppression.”
Mike’s aides grilled(NYP) Vacco, a former state attorney general, suggested in a series of questions to former deputy mayor and Bloomberg LP exec Kevin Sheekey that in 2009 the mayor was still smarting after taking a public-relations hit over ballot security in the 2005 campaign. Back then, mayoral opponent and former Bronx Borough President Fernando “Freddy” Ferrer accused the mayor of funding a million-dollar ballot-security operation through similar back channels, and implied that for Bloomberg, “security” was interchangeable with “suppression.” * Former Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey admitted he has no idea how much his legal defense costs.
It’s sweet justice for term limits(Goodwin, NYP) Rocked by scandals, snowstorms and a diminished legacy, Bloomberg now faces the indignity of having to explain publicly, and under oath, something he tried to keep secret. He and his campaign team are spinning like tops as they try to make the $1.2 million payment to the Independence Party seem honest. * Bloomberg has a lot of work to do to realize his goal of being remembered as the greatest mayor in NYC history. (More here) * Barbaro at the Gate: Bloomberg’s Times Gadfly Lands on Romney (NYO)
Ticket Fixing Grand Jury Is Very Slow . . . Why?
Grand Jury Begins to Vote in Bronx Ticket-Fixing Case(NYT) * Charges likely for even more NYPD officers in ticket-fixing scandal(NYDN) * Bx. cop who tried to kill self over tix fix scandal admitted to psyche ward(NYP)
Rejected Contract: Cuomo First Real Test
3,500 layoffs rest on union revote(NYP) * State Workers’ Union Rejects Contract, Risking 3,500 Layoffs(NYT) * Public-Worker Union Refuses Deal(WSJ) * Union Deals Surprise Rebuke to Cuomo (WSJ) * Public Labor Union Rejects Deal With State(NY1) * The governor made it clear he’s not joking about layoffs in the wake of the PEF contract vote. Pink slips went out within hours. They would take effect within 21 days.* The layoffs – the largest wave in two decades – will take place across the state, but should hit hard in the Capital Region – home to some 17,000 PEF members. There also are about 5,000 in New York City and 4,200 on Long Island. * Cuomo’s Director of State Operations Howard Glaser said the vote represented “a failure by P.E.F.’s leadership to effectively communicate the benefits of the contract to its members.” He insisted layoffs could be avoided if the union “clearly articulates” the need for a revote.* PEF President Ken Brynien urged the administration to return to the bargaining table.* The DN says PEF members made a “big mistake.” The TU urges all sides back to the table, insisting: “There are jobs to be saved.” * Brynien: ‘Our Members Have Spoken’(YNN) * 11:00PM As State Issues Layoff Notices, Union’s Leaders Stand by Vote Against a Contract(NYT)
Cuomo's New Tech Deal For Upstate Buried By Union No Vote and Possible Layoffs
The PEF contract failure bumped what the Cuomo administration hoped would be the news of the day: A $4.4 billion high-tech investment announcement and economic development pep talk from former President Clinton. * NY gets high (tech)(NYP) * High-Tech Companies to Invest $4 Billion in New York State, Cuomo Says(NYT)* Clinton was in Albany for a economic development conference sponsored by Cuomo, in which the governor announced that a $4.4 billion high-tech research project involving global companies like IBM and Intel will create 6,900 jobs statewide.
State Overpaid $$$42M Health Department Overpaid Nursing Homes $42M(YNN)
Wayne Barrett rails on Cuomo’s widely-acknowledged “favoritism” of the Post’s Fred Dicker.
NY Lawmakers Are In No Way Prepared To Protect New Yorkers From Coming Cuts From Washington and Wall Street
New York Lawmakers Are Braced for Cuts New York lawmakers say Washington's so-called super committee—charged with reducing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion—could make deep federal funding cuts to the city for everything from health care to homeland security. (WSJ) * Rep. Nydia Velazquez worries New York’s “entire economic well-being could be fundamentally shaped for the next decade” by the supercommittee’s spending cuts.
Bloomberg CityTimes the Dead and Now Seniors
Where was the City Council Oversite. . . Now the Complain
Finance Department bungled $125 million in rent subsidies for seniors (NYDN) Furious council members Tuesday ripped the Finance Department for bungling the city's $125 million rent subsidy for seniors - the same program that led to $11.8 million in breaks to dead people. (NYDN) * City money man grilled(NYP) * Council Enraged Over Payments To The Dead(NYDN)
BREAKING: Anthony Weiner Won The 9th Congressional District… Among Write-In Candidates(Sheephead Bites)
Goo-Goos Split Over Redistricting
Podhoretz: Christie's speech prez-worthy(NYP) * Chris Christie bashes President Obama as 'bystander in the Oval Office'(NYDN) * Gov. Chris Christie Tears Into Obama, Presidential Rumors In Reagan Speech * JP Morgan honcho Jamie Dimon, once a Wall Street Obama supporter, met privately with Mitt Romney yesterday morning.* GOP Power Outsiders Souring On Perry, Warming To Romney(Huff Post) * Chris Christie bashed Barack Obama at a speech at the Ronald Reagan library, calling him " bystander in the Oval Office."
What About Having Balls Does the NYT Not Understand . . . Cheap Shots Against Christie
Gov. Christie vs. ‘Jersey Shore’ When Gov. Chris Christie blocked a tax credit based on his dislike of the show’s subject matter, he crossed a constitutional line. (NYT)
Governing by Crisis A standoff over the financing of FEMA may have been averted, but the next threat of a government shutdown is coming in seven weeks. (NYT Ed)
Private School Fights Tutoring Firm’s Tactic(NYT) * DOE Begins To Consider Closing 20 More Public Schools(NY1)
Church Puts Faith in Court A New York City church is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to assert its right to hold religious services in public schools. (WSJ)
As Subway Crimes Against Cell Phones Increase the MTA Gives the Crooks Fishing Hole
Cellphones are finally on track(NYP) * 'Mr. Watson. Come Here. The A Train Is Running Late.'(NYT) * Calls From Underground(WSJ) *