Reformers’ Hopes Fade on Albany Redistricting Deal (NYT) Cuomo, who had threatened to veto any boundaries drawn by lawmakers instead of an independent panel, says it is now too late for an independent process. * Cuomo: New Maps Show 'Progress'(WSJ) * Albany Lawmakers Revise Maps For State Senate, Assembly(NY1) * Albany Redrawing Political Map With Old Lines of Thought (NYT) Cuomo recently asked his father, Mario Cuomo, for advice on how to deal with the eternal problem with redistricting, he told the New York Times in an interview. The answer? “Change the constitution”
#nyredistrict map released shortly before midnight last night....here it is: tinyurl.com/85fsn4v * The new maps are not popular in the Bronx. * Good government groups are split over the redistricting constitutional amendment proposed by the Senate and Assembly majorities. * Though the new Senate and Assembly maps didn’t differ significantly from the first version, which Cuomo deemed “unacceptable,” the tweaks showed “progress,” the governor said.* King and Sharpton Help Broker Agreement El Diario La Prensa(Perez Notes) * Krueger: I’ll Blame The Gov For Redistricting Failure (YNN) * Thomas Kaplan @thomaskaplan (Twitter) Senior admin official: @NYGovCuomo will approve #LATFOR maps if lawmakers pass law as backup to constitutional amendment. * Ed Koch @mayoredkoch Citizens, NYS legislature broke pledge for fair maps this yr. Now they promise it in #10yrs. Fool me once.Santorum Accuses Fox News Of Shilling For Romney, Is Called Out By Brian Kilmeade * Vince Morgan, a Rep. Charlie Rangel primary challenger, stated the obvious by calling redstricting a “clusterf*ck,” adding: “That is on the record. It’s a clusterf*ck. However you can put that into print, do that.” * Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said a legislative deal on the House lines is “unlikely.”
After Every Paper Demand An End to Gerrymandering Only Newsday Had Editorial On the Death of Reform in Albany At Crunch Time
NYT Ed Dream Act for New York * NYP Ed Occupy the Times * Newsday: Guv shouldn't give in on maps Newsday urges Cuomo to veto the latest redistricting lines, saying he “may have to settle for an imperfect deal, but it would have to be far better than this to be worth signing” Daily News Ed: Keith Wright and Adriano Espaillat play the race card in district squabble Manhattan pols are wrong to make divisive attack on new Congressional lines The Daily News accuses Assemblyman Keith Wright and Sen. Adriano Espaillat of needlessly injecting racial rhetoric into the redistricting debate * Gov. Cuomo must veto this bad redistricting deal(Hammond, NYDN) To truly fight gerrymandering, send the process to the court
Fake Sheldon Silver
@ShellySilver (Twitter) Dick wants to be the Fourth Man in the Room. RT @GailNRobinson: Is Dadey really interested in reform -- or in his relationship with Cuomo?
Where Have the Truth Telling Reporters Like Jack Newfield Gone?
If You Want to Watch Candidates Throw Mud At Each Other On Issues That Have Nothing to Do With Their Roles As Elected Officials Watch This Debate
NY1 Online: Special State Senate Debate: Storobin vs. Filder(NY1) * On Inside City Hall, Storobin and Fidler Debate Who’s More Negative (NYO)
If You Want to Learn How Politics Rally Works Demand the Media Hire Investigative Reporters and Stop Covering Elections Threw Flacks As He Said She Said BS
How Deeply Involved Was Lew Fidler in the Kruger Corruption Operation?
Lopez and Fidler Both Operate Corrupt Government Funded Political Machines. Fidler and Kruger funded with government funds a non profit that serves the same purposes as Vito Lopez’s Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. Lopez uses his non profit as his political machine and Fidler and Kruger use Millennium Developers to prop up their politically weakened Thomas Jefferson Club.
Pork Pig Fidler’s Media Friends Put Lipstick On Him.
Fidler Kruger Dorothy Turano and Community Board 18 BJ
It clear from the guilty plea of Kruger and his lobbyist Lipsky that Planning Board 18 manager Dorothy Turano was deeply involved in the Kruger corruption. Yet astonishly she still remains as chairman of that board. Dorothy Turano, Kruger's longtime companion, chief political partner and beneficiary, mother of his alleged domestic partner, and t district manager of CB 18 for 22 years, has, at least so far, remains untouched. When questions were raised about her connections to the Kruger corruption Filder said he did not want to get involved is pushing Dorothy out of her job. Was Fildler just being nice or protecting his ass? Does Dorothy have to goods on Fidler? While we many never know because the feds seem to have let most of those around Kruger go, there is one important clue in the inditement of Kurger that connect Kruger, Dorothy Turano and Fidler in a scam that paid Kruger $472,500 in bribes.
Turano Who Changed Vote As Chairperson of Board 18 and Live Off of Kruger Bribes Is Still In Office Making Deals
The Last Amigos Falling Down
Espada, son set for embezzlement trial (TU) As ex-Sen. Pedro Espada’s corruption trial nears, his Bronx-based Soundview clinics are struggling to come up with a plan to stay open after its Medicaid funding runs out in April
GOP ’s Turner eyed to take on Gillibrand (NYDN) * Queens Crap: Turner and Ackerman could be finished * Redistricting may mean Charlie Rangel has a fight on his hands - NY Daily News * Transportation Alternatives is trying to force the next mayor’s hand on bike lanes. * Actress Scarlett Johansson is hosting another fundraiser for Manhattan BP/2013 NYC mayoral hopeful Scott Stringer on April 5. Breaking
Turner to Challenge Gillibrand o win the Democratic nomination without a runoff, a candidate must accrue 40% of the primary vote. The Quinnipiac Poll suggest Quinn is closest to that prize, with 30% of Democrats supporting her. Among Democratic voters, who will decide the pivotal race for the party’s mayoral nomination, Quinn’s support is double her nearest rival, giving her a significant early lead. * The first candidate for a new Asian majority Senate seat is white, although his wife is Chinese. * Storobin Campaign Files FCC Complaint Against Gregory Davidzon(NYO) * Gillibrand and Turner Compete for Dov Hikind’s Nod(NYO) * Manhattan GOP Endorses Bob Turner For Senate(NYDN) *Rep. Turner Launching Senate Run(WSJ) * His District Likely to Be Cut, Congressman Eyes Gillibrand's Senate Seat(NYT)
Judge in Case From Yonkers Raises Doubts on Evidence(NYT) In the government’s corruption case against a former councilwoman, a Judge Colleen McMahon suggested that proof of a conspiracy may be lacking. * Uninformed sycophancy: Charlie Rose interviews Bruce Ratner about "Atlantic City Yards" (sic), betrays zero recognition of controversy (Atlantic Yards Reports)
But the Yonkers trial raises questions well beyond the charges, and the Times previously described only part of Forest City's questionable behavior, which has been detailed in the Journal News.
Also, the trial has cast a spotlight on a top state Republican, Binghamtom Sen. Tom Libous, who, according to testimony, got his son a job at the law firm of Anthony Mangone, the protege of top Republican Nick Spano.
And that newsworthy story, which just provoked a New York Post editorial, hasn't made the Times.
The Budget Pension Kabuki Dance
Cuomo draws the line(NYP Ed)Do something about runaway pensions — or see New York’s government shut. That was Gov. Cuomo’s ultimatum to lawmakers yesterday, as the April 1 deadline for a deal on his budget — and his plans to rein in public pensions — nears. * Bloomberg Becomes More Critical Of State Legislature As He Cheers On Pension Reform(NY1) * The pension deadlock (TU) The budget Kabuki dance began between Cuomo and the Legislature over pension reform began yesterday, with the governor threatening a government shutdown, and lawmakers voting for one-house budget bills without pension reform attached * even though Andrew Cuomo has threatened a government shutdown over pension reform, neither the Assembly or the Senate included it in their budget. * Mayor Bloomberg announces statewide TV ads will air in favor of Cuomo's pension overhaul. * Bloomberg Ad Calls For ‘Reasonable And Balanced’ Pension Reform(YNN) * Obama Allies Fear G.O.P. Head Start on ‘Super PACs’(NYT) * Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the alternative to pension reform is “thousands of layoffs” of employees in local governments around the state. * Sen. Diane Savino delivered a firey speech in defense of pensions.* Albany Talks on Deal to Cut Pensions for Public Workers (NYT) * Gov may let NYPD, FDNY skate on pension fix (NYDN)
Dolan Pressures Albany Leaders On Reproductive Health Act(NY1) * “Our attorneys tell us, ‘Be careful,’ because if this law passes, church health facilities and hospitals may be coerced to doing abortion,” Dolan said.* Dolan also said he believes the church’s disagreement with the Obama administration over the contraception mandate will be settled in court and not through negotiation.
N.Y., N.J. Lawmakers Team Up To Try To Make Port Authority More Accountable(NY1)PA set for a ‘double’ grilling (NYP) State lawmakers from New York and New Jersey will come together next month to grill the Port Authority about mismanaged funds, after it was revealed the agency lost $16.9 million by underbilling tenants at JFK AirportWilliamsburg emerges as NYC's Silicon Valley(News12)
Charters hot ticket in W’burg and UWS(NYP) * Promising Results for Specialized High School Tutoring(NYT)
A vast majority New York voters approve of the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslims; a slight majority disapprove of stop-and-frisk.* NYers give thumbs-up to Bloomberg & Kelly, despite NYPD(NYDN) * A new Q poll found NYC voters approve of the job the NYPD is doing, 63-31, and say (58-29) that police act appropriately in dealing with Muslims.
Mount Sinai hospital seeking green light for expansion(NYDN)
Coney Island Boardwalk Closer to Concrete(NYT) In allowing plastic and concrete replacements, the Public Design Commission would require parks officials to consider moving the center concrete strip.
NY biz rigs homeless as Wi-Fi zones(NYP) The homeless are being turned into walking Wi-Fi aerials — dispatched with devices to peddle Web access to passers-by — as part of a “charitable experiment” by a Manhattan ad agency. * Testimony Boosts Internet Betting Plan(WSJ)
Breaking: Santorum wins Alabama and Mississippi primaries
Santorum Sweeps Alabama and Mississippi(NYT) *Santorum Says Romney Can't Close 'Deal' With Republicans (Business Week) * Santorum wins GOP primaries in Ala., Miss.(Wash Post) * Rick rocks the South! Ten things that didn't happen in Alabama, Mississippi (SFGate) * Santorum calls on conservatives to pull together (Kansas City Star) *Wins Turn Contest Into Delegate Fight With Romney(NYT)
Obama’s Rating Falls as Poll Reflects Shaky Landscape(NYT)* GOP Race Tightens in South (WSJ) * Capital Journal: Adding Romney's Pluses, Minuses(WSJ) * Rick Santorum Fires Back On Hannity: ‘My 12-Year-Old Will Out-Reason Bill Maher’ * Mitt Romney is vastly out-spending his rivals in the Deep South in anticipation of today’s primaries. *Why Aren't GOP Elites Pushing to End the Primary? (The Atlantic) *Super PAC Sugar Daddies Spread Campaign Contributions Around At State Level, Too (Huff Post) * GOP Candidates Face High Stakes in South - Josh Lederman, The Hill * So Far, Demographics Trumps Momentum in GOP Race - Sean Trende, RCP * GOP Wants to Sabotage Economy - Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast * Obama Holds to Afghan Plan Amid Turmoil - Alexis Simendinger, RCP * DOJ Objects to Texas Voter ID Law - Ryan Reilly, Talking Points Memo *Votes Are More Against Than For in 2 Southern States(NYT) * Rick Santorum Whines About Coverage From Fox News (NY Mag) * Deep South Primaries Only the End of Beginning - Ed Morrissey, The Week * Will Close 3-Way Races Give Romney the Win? - Ryan Lizza, New Yorker * Romney's Vulnerabilities in Fall Increasingly Clear - Doug Schoen, FOX * A Brokered Convention Isn't Going to Happen - Jennifer Rubin, Wash Post * Would Romney Really Repeal ObamaCare? - Paul Rahe, Ricochet * Obama's 2012 Strategy Is Backfiring - John Podhoretz, Commentary
Occupy the Times(NYP Ed) Looks like The New York Times has learned the old politico’s trick of publicly releasing potentially embarrassing information late on a Friday afternoon. Initial stories estimated Robinson’s severance package at between $15 million and $21 million — not exactly chump change even at the low end of the stick. But it turns out that Robinson — who saw the Times’ stock drop more than 80 percent in value during her tenure — will be collecting a stunning $24 million.
News Corp's culture of lying update. Rebekah Brooks arrested again on suspicion of obstruction of justiceConcerns over security plan for WTC area(Fox 5) * NYPD Proposes Vehicle Checkpoints Near WTC(NBC)
Defendant Won’t Testify in Rutgers Case(NYT) * Defense Wraps Up In Rutgers Case(WSJ) * Accused Student Won't Testify in Rutgers Spying Trial(WSJ)
Defense Lawyers Tangle in Brothel Case(NYT) *Cool your heels, madam(NYP)* Alleged Madam for the Wealthy Pleads Poverty(WSJ) * Seeking Bail, Accused Madam Asks to Live With Lawyer(WSJ)* Lawyers Debate Bail In Case Of Accused UES Madame(NY1)* Prosecutors: Partner In Alleged Prostitution Ring Expected(WCBS) * Freed on $100K after surrendering for alleged role in hooker ring(NYP)