Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quinn Winning In A Weak Field

Poll Numbers Unchanged 

Quinn maintains early lead in NY mayor's race poll(WSJ) The Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Quinn winning the support of 29 percent of the city's registered Democrats. Three-out-of-10 said Quinn. Former city Comptroller Bill Thompson got 10 percent. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and current Comptroller John Liu each won the support of 9 percent. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer trailed with 4 percent, and newspaper publisher Tom Allon got 1 percent. * Quinn Crushes In Latest Q-Poll | Politicker * Quinn maintains early lead in NY mayor's race: poll(NYP) * 2013 Campaigns Spin Latest Q-Poll(NYO)

We Disagree With Quinn's Chick-Fil-A
Poll: NYers tell pols to keep beaks out of Chick-fil-A  (NYP) * Chris Quinn gets silly on Chick-fil-A—Editorial - * Powerful NYC pol says she blasted Chick-fil-A as a citizen - Fox News * Christine Quinn: Chick-fil-A Not Welcome in New York City ... * City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is feeling pressure to pass paid sick leave legislation, but not exactly the way the New York Post described it. [Paul Schindler]

The city is required to drop a six-figure lump sum on a top-tier mayoral Thompson so he can pay back the city for breaking the city’s own rules
Billy’s perverse paydayBilly’s perverse payday(NYP Ed)Thompson’s 2009 campaign remains $687,170 in the red, and 90 percent of that comes from a whopping $594,375 in fines he owes the city for illegally posting about 8,000 campaign signs on public property. So the city cut Thompson’s campaign the $444,029 check last week — not a tit-for-tat paydown of the fines, obviously, but not exactly a sharp stick in the eye, either.  Unless you’re a taxpayer — with better things to do with your dough than bail out Billy Thompson.
Perversely, had Thom. The Post calls for reforming campaign finance laws that allowed mayoral candidate Bill Thompson to collect $444,000 in public matching funds, which he can use to pay off nearly $687,000 in campaign fines from 2009

Liu Aide Under Investigation Owes Taxes Also
New tax slap vs. Liu aideNew tax slap vs. Liu aide(NYP)City Comptroller John Liu’s top political adviser is in hot water again with tax authorities.  The state Department of Taxation and Finance has slapped Chung Seto with a warrant for $25,924 in back taxes. * John Liu's political consultant Chung Seto plays a role in running his office(NYP) * John Liu lies on Chung Seto & ethics—Editorial - * Did John Liu's Campaign Set Up a Poorly - New York Magazine

Campaign 2012 Super PAC Targets GOP in New York(WSJ) A super PAC trying to help Democrats retake the House of Representatives has launched a fundraising effort aimed at New York, where nearly a third of the congressional races are competitive. A new super PAC trying to help Democrats retake the House aims to raise and spend $6 million in New York, where nearly one-third of the congressional races are competitive * Most NYers biased against atheists and born-agains in politics:(NYDN)* Crowded field to run for Seabrook's Council sea(NYDN) The Bronx Democratic Committee is backing Andy King to replace convicted former Councilman Larry Seabrook this fall, but six other candidates are also interested in the job
* Bronx pol helps thwart 'payday loan' scam (NYDN)* Show NYCHA report, says Speaker Quinn (NYDN)* A second coming for William Bratton as NYPD commissione(NYDN) * U.S. Senate candidate Wendy Long criticizes both her opponent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Chuck Schumer for their “punitive approach” toward financial regulation in an op-ed with the Journal *
Eric Ulrich and Pete King in what may make good material for campaign literature. (Photo: Ulrich Campaign)Ulrich Unveils Pete King Endorsement [Update](NYO)* Rhoda Jacobs Survives Tough Ballot Challenge(NYO) * Gianaris and Senate Dems Push Republicans On Gun Laws [UPDATED](C&S) * Tom DiNapoli Endorses Iannece, Who Loans Himself $50,000(NYO) * A list of the 602 committees that have filed pre-primary campaign finance reports, compliments of NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney. * Bronx operative Stanley Schlein is working for TWO insurgent Democratic Senate candidates this year: Albany County Legislator Shawn Morse and Assemblyman Guillermo Linares.* David Dinkins supports Robert Jackson for his old job as Manhattan borough president. [Celeste Katz]

Gun Totin’ Sen. Storobin In Israel(NYO)

Taking Care of Business: Labor Hero de Blasio Pitches Merchants And Real Estate Machers In 2013 Run-Up(NYO) * A private eye was sent to check petition signatures in an increasingly ugly battle between Assemblyman David Gantt and his challengers.* The Bronx Democratic County Committee will support fundraising frontrunner Andy King in the crowded contest for former NYC Councilman Larry Seabrook’s seat.* Wendy Long criticized the “punitive approach” to banking regulations adopted by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.* Jose Rivera’s opponent Ricky Martinez gave his pitch on The Perez Notes. * Crain’s took a look at Brooklyn reformers’ effort to elect a Civil Court judge.* Is Bill de Blasio tacking to the center in advance of the next mayoral election?(NYO) * David Storobin Takes Israel(NYO) * Shirley Huntley Touts Religious Support(NYO)

Democratic Senate candidate Simcha Felder spared no expense in efforts to knock an opponent in Brooklyn’s new “Super Jewish” district in off the ballot. Felder’s latest campaign finance report shows upwards of $30,000 in campaign spending related to invalidating petitions of Republican State Sen. David Storobin. A judge ruled that Storobin had not committed intentional petition fraud and that Storobin would remain on the ballot, but Felder’s campaign says it will appeal. Felder’s spending included $17,000 for election lawyer Lawrence Mandelker, who represented Felder in his ballot fraud trial against Storobin, and $13,700 for a forensic handwriting expert who testified to the faultiness over a handful of signatures personally gathered by Storobin. Felder didn’t have much to lose, since he retains a large cash advantage of $443,000 on hand, compared to $82,000 for Storobin. “When a public official claims to have witnessed a dead woman sign a petition, it had to be brought before the courts,” said Felder’s campaign manager, O.B. Murray. “The system is broken and David Storobin’s actions demanded we bring the case forward.” Storobin paid $7,500 (at least) to the law firm of attorney Ezra Glaser, who represented him in the trial, according to Storobin’s campaign finance report.  (City and State)

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver defended Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, who’s under fire for putting her boyfriend on the payroll.

New Health Center Replaces Espada's Clinic(WSJ)

Houses of the holy. (Skyscraper Page)Not In Our House: Pols Defend NYCHA, Attack Media(NYO)

Towns Hid His Own Countywide Loan From Public View
House members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena: docsHouse members' VIP loans excluded from subpoena: docs(NYP)A Democratic committee chairman overrode his own subpoena three years ago in an investigation of former subprime mortgage lender Countrywide Financial Corp. to exclude records showing that he, other House members and congressional aides got VIP discounted loans from the company, documents show. The procedure to keep the names secret was devised by Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y. In 2003, the 15-term congressman had two loans processed by Countrywide's VIP section, which was established to give discounts to favored borrowers.

The Daily News profiled Brownsville, the city’s most dangerous neighborhood this summer.* In Police-Stop Data, Pockets Where Force Is Used More Often

Ex-Queens Assemblyman Jimmy Meng hires hotshot lawyer Abbe Lowell (NYDN)Lowell has represented former President Bill Clinton and disgraced Sen. John Edwards

Goldman Sacks Started As A Push Cart Operation On the Lower East Side
Mr. Bloomberg’s Immigration Road Trip(NYT Ed) The mayor of New York deserves credit for pushing to put illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship for the sake of national prosperity.* Demand For Open Borders Tops Bloomberg's Talking Points In Chicago(NY1) * Bloomberg & Murdoch Push for Immigrant-Friendly Reforms, Criticize Obama & Romney(NY Mag) * Immigrants driving biz in the city: report(NYDN)  * The News seconds Bloomberg’s call for immigration reform that helps new Americans start businesses and create jobs without the threat of deportation and discrimination:

With Arena, Rapper Rewrites Celebrity Investors’ Playbook(NYT)Jay-Z, who owns one-fifteenth of a percent of the Brooklyn Nets, has put his mark on almost every facet of the enterprise, his partners say.

The Making of A President 2012
Obama Tested by Utility’s Role in Democratic Convention(NYT) * Two-Way Jabs on Medicare Recast Races for Congress(NYT) * Christie, Rubio Get Convention Roles(WSJ) * Rudy Giuliani Questions Whether Biden Has 'Mental Capacity' to Handle Presidency(NY Mag) * Congress Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low In Gallup Poll(Huff Post) * Romney slams Obama in tough new speech(the Hill) * Biden Attacked for ‘Chains’ Comment (Daily Beast) * Study shows Obama campaign way ahead of Romney campaign in using social media. * Romney camp is up with a Spanish-language attack ad against Obama, on economy.(NBC) * Quote Mayor Bloomberg, “The Republicans walking away from the Latino community is about as dumb a strategy as any political party has ever adopted. “ * “It didn’t take long for the watch-it, buster, I’m-a-bodacious-truth-teller verbiage to start flowing,” began Michael Powell’s latest column, opining on Chris Christie’s convention role. * Ryan’s impact in the polls has been hard to measure so far. * A utility company’s role in backing the Democratic convention has been questioned.* * Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Is Upheld(NYT) * VP Joe Biden called his new opponent, Rep. Paul Ryan, a “decent, honorable, smart guy” back in 2011.*Fmr. Obama Campaign Co-Chair Slams Biden For Implying Conservative Principles Bear ‘Racial Viciousness’ * King has an op-ed warning about the dangers of leaking sensitive into the media. [USA Today] * Miracle Politician Toby Stavisky Cancels Phony Press Conference(Queens Poltiics) * Chuck Schumer will urge his fellow Democratic senators to attack Paul Ryan for not really reducing the deficit.  * John Boehner is attempting to soothe his House colleagues on the Paul Ryan pick.   * Biden says he’s not going to change after his latest controversial comment.* President Barack Obama’s campaign team accused Republicans of trying to “swift boat” him after a new group of retired Navy SEALs launched a campaign hitting him for leaks and alleged bragging about killing Osama bin Laden.

U.S. Economic Recovery Is Weakest Since World War II(Huff Post)

NYP Sells Porn

Mr. Genealogy: test RV lets fathers know(NYP)

City Could Lose the Ironman Race(WSJ)

A Fake Vance
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. and Quinn, both victims of identity theft, announced a $4.2 million grant to upgrade Vance’s office’s cyber unit
‘Sigh’ Vance: My ID was pilferedSigh’ Vance: My ID was pilfered(NYP) * Manhattan Prosecutor to Centralize Efforts Against Cybercrime(NYT) * City Council Plans Cybercrime Lab For Manhattan DA's Office(NY1) * $4M weapon to fight cyber crime(NYDN) * Manhattan DA Will Launch High-Tech Cybercrime Lab to Sleuth Out Identity Theft and Child Porn(NYO)

Report: Alleged Madam's Accomplice To Take Plea Deal(NY1)

  [image] Museum Tries to Shine(WSJ)A fully operational National Lighthouse Museum near the St. George ferry terminal on Staten Island remains a glimmer in the eyes of lighthouse lovers, but they hope there is light on the horizon.

Leaders Hope To Convert Brooklyn Armory Into Community Space(NY1)

The News lauds Department of Financial Services chief Ben Lawsky for cornering Britain’s Standard Chartered Bank on money laundering charges a week ago and reaching a $340 million settlement yesterday:

Law and Order
Vroom & gloom for Maseratis (NYP) It’s open season on Maseratis in New York. An off-duty corrections officer’s Maserati was stolen at gunpoint last night in Queens  *  School’s a bust for 4 kids every day(NYP) Police averaged four arrests and seven summonses per day last year in the city’s public schools, nearly all for students who are black and Latino, according to an NYCLU analysis * Students of Color Arrested Disproportionately: Report(NBC)*Data Highlight Police in Schools(WSJ) * Police Sought Cellphones for Video of Times Square Shooting(NYT) * L.I.R.R. Worker Pleads Guilty in Pension Fraud Scheme(NYT) * 2nd fancy sports car robbed in last 3 days(NYDN)* ‘Done deal’ prosecution of man who shot parole officer ends (NYDN) * Trio Of Men Sought In East Harlem Shooting That Left 2(WCBS)* Man, 54, Arrested in Robbery of 9-Year-Old Child(NBC) * Cops ID Body Found Stuffed in Box in Queens Attic(NBC) *Friends of bludgeoned teacher push for release of son who allegedly beat her to death(NYP) * Police Investigate Possible Rape In West Village(NY1)

Mom sees ‘monster’ shoot susp (NYDN) * Tears of tragic ma(NYP) *A Mother’s Precautions Come to Naught On a Street Corner 2 Blocks From Home(NYT)

Harlem College Grad's Alleged Killer Indicted On Murder ChargesHarlem College Grad's Alleged Killer Indicted On Murder Charges(WSJ)A Manhattan man was indicted Tuesday on murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing a recent college graduate last month.