Wednesday, October 31, 2012

True News Live Blog of Sandy and Politics

Our Right to Vote Is In Danger
Emergency Plan Needed to Save New Yorkers Democracy

Why Is the Media Silent On the Board of Elections Lack of A Plan to Allow People to Vote in the Black Out Areas?

Katy Bar the Door
 It is clear there will be no electricity in many parts of NYC next Tuesday, election day.  It also clear that many people will be living in friends and family members homes far away from their homes.  We are 130 hours away from voting and the media and elected officials by not saying a word are allowing the proven failures at the NYC Board of Elections to come up with solutions to there very serious problems to all but elections lawyers will be representing the next Tuesday's losing candidates contest their clients lost due to the BOE incompetence.  24/7 coverage on local TV on the effects of the storm and nobody is asking the BOE or the mayor questions on how are New Yorkers in the black out areas going to vote.* Meet a voter who waited 5 hours today to cast an absentee ballot in NYC. Could this be a preview for Tuesday? (NY World) BOE Corruption  * Tuesday is Election Day — Sandy Be Damned [Updated] (Gotham Gazette)

The Arisen, Open and Back to Work and Running
Cuomo says 14 of 23 subway lines will have service, but no clear indication yet of what those will be.  Some LIRR and Metro North
Slog to work (if you’re lucky)(NYP) * Routines Restart, if With Less Power and Public Transit(NYT) * Amid Damage, Stock Exchanges Prepare to Open(NYT) * Nets’ Opener Against Knicks on Thursday Will Be Played(NYT) * New York Marathon Officials Determining How to Proceed(NYT) * Ferry Service to Resume(NYT) *Small-Business Owners Look to Reopen(WSJ) * Buses Back, But Subways Could Take Days Longer(WSJ) * New York City Marathon After Sandy: Ready...Set...Go?

Limited Subway Service Map
For those confused by the complicated subway service schedule set to resume tomorrow, Gawker provided a handy map. The official one may be slightly more useful, however.* Cuomo declares transportation emergency and fares waived on trains and subways on Thursday and Friday

NY1 From The Floor AM: NYSE Getting Back To Business To  * Two-Mile Manhattan Stretch Remains Dark(NBC) * Halloween Parade To Be Postponed; NYC Marathon Still On Course For Sunday(NY1) * MTA buses are now running on a full weekday schedule. Expect delays and detours.* JFK and Newark Airports expected to re-open today; expect delays and cancellations at East Coast airports(Atlantic Wire) * No Electricity, No Subway, No Problem: The Post- Workweek Begins * Flights Begin Flying In And Out Of JFK, Newark Airports * check for updates on the limited subway service tomorrow* MTA chief Joe Lhota says he is talking with the city about creating dedicated bus lanes to speed up service
 Bridges only open to car pools this week(NYDN) * NYC Subways to Reopen Thursday  Grand Central Terminal will reopen to the public by 2PM * Mta says LIRR service resumes only between brooklyn and Jamaica -- today hourly starting 2 pm  * Bus bridge will run from Barclays Center, MetroTech & Hewes St stations, go up special lanes on 3rd Ave and return down Lex* nNY gridlocked as limited rail service set to return as early as today, subways tomorrow(NYP) * Some subway lines coming back tomorrow, but not in lower Manhattan(NY Mag)
WATCH: Mayor Bloomberg rings opening bell at NYSE as Wall Street reopens after being shut for two days(NYP) * As Region Struggles for Footing, Some Transit Is Restored(NYT) * Officials say that East River Ferry service is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. Thursday(NY1)

Bloomberg: Cars must have three people to enter Manhattan(NYP) * A trains will operate from 34th Street to 168th Street, and in Brooklyn from Jay Street to Lefferts, starting at 2 pm,* 1 trains will operate local between 242nd Street (Bronx) and Times Square-42nd Street * To get into the city you needs three people in your car to cross an east river bridge.* Sandy Leaves Spotty Cellphone Service Its Wake(WNYC) * NYC public libraries reopen tomorrow.* NYC’s Post-Sandy Status: School Out, Carpools In (NY Mag) * Marathon Preparation Continues(NYT) * Bloomberg Issues Minimum Passenger Mandate For Cars Entering(NYDN) * Cell Phone Outages ‘Could Get Worse’ As Company Offers Free(WCBS) * City's public schools closed the rest of the week(NYP) * Most branches of the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library will be open Thursday * Long Gas Lines, Clogged Roads and Slim Hope for a Better Day(NYT) * New York Region Faces Rescues, Looting and a Rising Death Toll(NYT)

MTA pumping 43 million gallons of water out of each of the twin tubes of the Hugh Carey Tunnel.
Update  True News PM  Cuomo says traffic today in Manhattan was "dangerous, frankly."* Cuomo: "getting scattered reports of senior citizens…running out of food…in high rise buildings…requested 1M meals & 1M gallons of water" Cuomo: "We will not just rebuild, we will build back better." MTA's Lhota says 50% of Metro-North on regular schedule tomorrow: Mount Kisco on Harlem line and Stamford on New Haven line. * Subways will open at 6 a.m.: 14 lines open, Lhota says.* some train lines terminating at 42nd Street, some at 34th Street, not below that cuz there's no power. * Subway will open at 6am tomorrow, earlier than expected. Also, there will be no charge for trains & busses through Friday * Buses at Barclays, another at MetroTech, one in Williamsurg to take people into Manhattan * NYPD Closed down Bedford Ave at Myrtle Ave due to long lines at Hess Gas Station * Why It's Taking So Long To Get New York City's Power Back Up(Huff Post) * Alternate side parking suspended 11/1 & 11/2. Meters & all other parking regulations will be in effect starting tomorrow 11/1. * Medical Examiner (coroner) in NYC believes a vast majority of Sandy deaths here will be because of drowning, per spokesperson

Still Closed Or Not Working
‘Watt’ the hell?! Millions will be without power for days(NYP) *South of 25th Street, No Lights and Lots of Dead Cellphones(NYT) * A Far-Reaching System Leaves 8 Million Without Power(NYT) * Outage Leaves Lower Manhattan in Dark(WSJ)

Parents of School Children Want Their Lives Back(WSJ) * Travelers Face a Nightmare(WSJ) * Millions Of Tri-State Customers Remain Without Power Following (WSJ) * Subways remain halted because of Sandy(WABC) * A List of Remaining NYC Bridge and Tunnel Closures(NBC) * Residents At Shelters Wonder When They Can Return Home(NY1) *City Continues Efforts To Restore Power, Transportation Following Storm(NY1)  *Nearly 1.9 million customers are without power in New York State, according to .
* NYC public schools will remain closed through end of the week, the longest suspension in at least 30 years:(NYT)

Nets Dunked by Sandy: Mayor Bloomberg Cancels Thursday’s Nets-Knicks Opener at Barclays Center 

Nets’ Opener Against the Knicks in Brooklyn Is Postponed(NYT)  *Christie said he expects PATH service to be suspended for at least seven to 10 days.* East River tunnels for 7, A/C, L, R lines are still flooded.*  Bellevue Hospital is Being Evacuated(NYT) NYC schools closed until Monday teacherts are asked to report Friday.  Nets Game Opener Canceled* Workers trickle to La Guardia airport as cleanup continues * Long Gas Lines, Clogged Roads and Slim Hope(NYT) * Days After Storm, Disruptions Still Outweigh Recovery(NYT) * Bellevue Hospital Evacuated After Backup Power Fails(NYT) * Devastated Rockaway Residents Fear More Looting

NYU loses years of scientific research and thousands of mice to Hurricane Sandy(NYDN)

More Hospitals Closed
"The Manhattan Veterans Affairs Hospital and the New York Downtown
 Hospital, both in low-lying areas of lower Manhattan, evacuated
 patients before the storm hit." 

Flooded Tunnels May Keep City’s Subway Network Closed for Several Days(NYT) * Darkness Has New Yorkers on the Move (WSJ)
* DiNapoli On Sandy Cost: ‘There Is No Bottom Line At This Point’(YNN) * Cuomo: A $6B Pricetag For Sandy(YNN)

Laid to waste by Sandy blast: Local death toll climbs to 35; more than a year to recover; Buses run but rails remain shut(NYP) * In Storm Deaths, Mystery, Fate and Bad Timing(NYT) * Videos Show Rooftop Rescues in Staten Island Rescue efforts continued throughout New York City as first responders worked to save people who failed to evacuate during the hurricane *Sandy Cuts Wide Swath of Damage(WSJ) * Heroes Shine Amid Storm's Destruction(WSJ) According to insurance experts, the damage from Hurricane Sandy is expected to cost as much as $20 billion in property damages and another $10 billion to $30 billion in lost business, the Post reports * Tony’s Pier Restaurant On City Island Plans To Rebuild After(NYDN) * Sandy Claims Life Of Off-Duty S.I. Police Officer Who Rescued (WCBS) * Parents, children & heroes among dead(NYP) * Video: NYPD rooftop rescues(Fox 5) * Staten Island morning update: Many still in the dark, scattered(SI Advance) * Breezy Point Burns in Floodwaters(NBC) * Sea Gate Residents Deal With Sandy's Aftermath(NBC) *Off-Duty Officer Dies While Rescuing Family From S.I. Floodwaters((NY1) * Parents, children & heroes among dead(NYP) * Coast Guard Video Shows Destroyed Coney Island * The moment Manhattan went dark. Video: (Today Show) * Search Continues For Two S.I. Children Swept Away In Surge * MTA chief Joe Lhota honed the art of recovery as Mayor Giuliani's 'tough' problem-solver (New York World) * New York finding it hard to get moving after storm, via : * Hurricane Sandy Floods WTC With 15 to 30 Feet of Water: Crain's reports that... * Students from 12 NYU dorms forced to move after power loss(NYP) * Inside a hurricane shelter for people with special need(NYDN) * Superstorm Sandy Leaves Boats Sitting In Front Yards Of (NYDN) * Medical relief mission to bring aid to Staten Island(NYP) 

* Bellevue Hospital Evacuate Patients - ABC News* Con Ed distributing dry ice at Staten Island's Great Kills(SI Advance) * 300K Gallons of Diesel Fuel Leak in Arthur KillN(NBC) * Bellevue Hospital Evacuated After Sandy Damage(NBC) * Search for Missing Boys on Staten Island After Storm Fl (NBC) * Coast Guard Keeps Eye Out For Harbor Storm Debris(NY1) * Storm Damage Forces Evacuation Of Bellevue Patients(NY1) * Public Schools Closed Through Friday(NBC) * Report: At-Risk Nursing Homes Told Not To Evacuate Ahead Of Storm(Huff Post) * Social Security Check Pickups in Rockaway, Jamaica  * MTA has stopped running buses south of 23rd Street in Manhattan overnight due to "dangerous conditions." * "The boardwalk from Beach 85th to Beach 126th is completely gone

Enough With the Rescue, What The Hell When Wrong At NYU Hospital Generators? 
Evac stat as hospitals lose power to heal(NYP) * Patients Evacuated From City Medical Center After Power Failure(NYT)
Among the Patients at Evacuated Hospital: A Benefactor (WSJ) Among the 300 patients receiving care at NYU Langone Medical Center when its power went out Monday night and then back-up generators failed: its board chairman and benefactor Kenneth Langone. * Hospital Defends Failed Generators That Forced Evacuation(Huff Post)

Not One Newspaper Connects the 911 Backups to the Bloomberg Administration Tech Failures and Corrupion
911 Cover Up(Troy Artist)

New York City's 911 System Swamped Again(WSJ) After the city overhauled its 911 phone system, Mayor Bloomberg was adamant that there were no glitches in the system that left New Yorkers without help

  More on The Citytime 911 Cover Ups


A Bankrupt Subway In Need of Major Redesign and Capital

In the Post, Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, laments the daunting recovery for mass transit in New York City: 
Every day MTA is closed, the agency loses $9M in fares* MTA spox: "Our pumps are working. It’s just that the water has no place to go."

NYPD and NYFD Herors

The Same Company Responsible for the Crane Bovis Lend Lease Got Off With A Fine When A Deutsche Bank Fire Killed Two New York City Fireman and Not One Newspaper is Asking Questions
Crane to hang for weeks(NYP) * Broken Crane Looms Over Neighborhood(WSJ) * City still trying to secure dangling crane(NYDN)
Flashback * Bovis Land Lease, same company in charge of 57th crane collapse, has history of trouble including Duetchebank tragedy. (WNYC) * Bovis Lend Lease's cheating ways * Lend Lease admits US fraud, faces $US56m payout | The Australian * Bovis Lend Lease Admits Overbilling Millions on Major New York City ... * Officials Hope to Secure Crane This Weekend(NYT)

This used to be 111 homes(NYP) * After Fire, Breezy Point Bands Together(WSJ)
U.S. Rep. Bob Turner and state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long were among those whose houses were lost to a devastating fire in Breezy

Road to 2016: Cuomo Goes On Nations TV NBC and ABC To Spin Extreme Weather New Realities
 Cuomo said “extreme weather” is the state’s “new reality,” and rebuilding must take that into account.
For Years, Warnings That It Could Happen Here(NYT) * Reckoning With Realities Never Envisioned by City’s Founders(NYT)  * Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the state should consider installing a levee system or storm surge barriers to better prepare itself for the reality of more frequent natural disasters due to climate change, the Times writes:  * There are numerous policy questions that need to be addressed in the wake of the storm, with the possibility of a post-election special session looking more likely, the Times-Union reports: *The Times’ Jim Dwyer examines the new reality that New York City is unprepared for the potentially disastrous effects of climate change: * The Post praises the stellar leadership of Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Chris Christie in guiding their respective states through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy:  * Sandy will likely dominate the 2013 state legislative session. * The British scientists who predicted 's path. Video:
* Cuomo To Seek 90% To 100% Reimbursement From Feds *Schwartz: Cuomo’s National TV Appearances Not About Him(YNN)  Cuomo wants "a fundamental rethinking of our built environment"  * Libous Doesn’t Rule Out Endorsing Cuomo In ’14(YNN) *Cuomo Blames Climate Change, Then Avoids ‘Political Debate’(YNN)


She’s Mike’s best ‘sign’ yet (NYP) * During Storm Updates, Eyes on an Interpreter(NYT) * Michael Bloomberg: No ‘diss’ in turning down Obama(Wash Post) * Dan Doctoroff: "As for people who refuse to leave when warned, they are just fools"  * The woman behind “El Bloombito” on Twitter was worried Bloomberg would “bust out some amazing Spanish and steal my thunder” during the storm. Nope.
The Times approved of Mr. Bloomberg’s handling of the storm:
Mayor Bloomberg, who was out of the city when a deadly snowstorm hit in 2010, did it right this time. He and the governors issued strong warnings for what turned out to be a dire storm. Now comes the second and harder part, bringing it all back to normal.

Food trucks rolling (NYP) There may be no light in the kitchen, but there’s likely food in the pantry. The city’s food network roared back to life yesterday, with trucks rolling in and out of the Hunts Point Cooperative Market in The Bronx and other key distribution hubs. ...

When Floodwaters Rise, Web Sites May Fall(NYT) * New York Lost Some Very Valuable Mice to Sandy, But Not its Favorite Walrus(NY Mag)

Looters took advantage of the damage from the storm, raiding clothing stores and even rummaging through abandoned houses in evacuated areas of the city 
YPGoldfeder  Twitter Strange to see the National Guard who are staging at 156th and Cross Bay Blvd...THANK YOU!!!

Looters ‘swipe’ up the mess in chaos zones  (NYP) Some posed as Con Ed workers to dupe their victims. Police arrested more than a dozen looters in the Rockaways and Coney Island, which had been evacuated, and stood guard outside ravaged stores at the South Street Seaport. “This morning when they told us the water receded, I walked back to the house to feed [my pets],” said Eric Martine, 33, a cabby who lives in Brooklyn’s Gerritsen Beach. “Guys were looting, pretending they were Con Ed and holding people up. It was sick.” *  Streets Calm Overnight, Police Say(NYT) *
Looting Arrests Made(WSJ) four arrested looters in Coney Island allegedly stole last night, per DA: candy; blender and paper towels; fruit; cash and flashlights* 15 busted for looting in Far Rockaway: Officials  * Looters target Coney Island after Sandy sweeps through (NYDN) In broad daylight, thieves stole flat screens from Rent-A-Center. Others swiped top shelf booze from Joann’s Discount Wine and Liquors. *
Reports of Looting Follow Hurricane Sandy(NY Mag)

The Post slams District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis for undermining the Fire Department by exposing the FDNY’s discriminatory hiring practices
The case against Garaufis(NYP ED) Hurricane Sandy, as noted above, gave New Yorkers even more reason to appreciate the dedication and professionalism of the city’s emergency services — especially the FDNY. What a pity, then, that US District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis continues to do his best (worst?) to undermine what is arguably the world’s finest fire department. Garaufis’ latest ruling demonstrates that the city is exactly right in seeking to have him removed from the case. He’s hopelessly biased against the FDNY and can’t be trusted to rule fairly in this case. * While the New York Post‘s editorial board mostly marveled at the spectacle of it all, following up in a second editorial to go after one of its favorite punching bags, U.S. District Court Judge Nicholas Garaufis, who ruled that New York’s fire department discriminates against minorities.

The state Republican Party has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars behind City Councilman Eric Ulrich in his state senate bid against Sen. Joseph Addabbo, one of the most expensive races in the state
Money Flows Into Queens to Cultivate a G.O.P. Star(NYT) Republicans have high hopes for Eric Ulrich, a 27-year-old city councilman, but first he must defeat Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., the incumbent state senator for District 15 in Queens.* The battle between NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich and Sen. Joe Addabbo is one of the most expensive Senate races in the state. How Sandy will impact this contest is anyone’s guess. * The TU endorsed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. * Storm disrupts campaigns, may affect voting (Newsday) * Add State Senator David Storobin to the list of pols who have been affected by the storm, as his car in Brighton Beach was destroyed.* State Senator Joe Addabbo‘s district office was also pulverized. ”While I complain about it for a second, it pales in comparison with what other people have gone through,” he said.* State Senator Ball Says ConEd Is Taking 'Too Damn Long' to Get Electricity Back *New York - Jewish Support In Brooklyn Battlegrounds Could Hand Election To The * Doris Fisher, who opened the first Gap store  in 1969 along with her late husband Donald, gave $25,000 to the Senate Republicans.* The Jewish Voice endorsed a number of Republican candidates, including Mitt Romney, Senator Marty Golden, Senator David Storobin, and Councilman Eric Ulrich‘s campaign for the State Senate. * In today’s widely-read weekend edition of Hamodia, Mr. Storobin’s opponent Simcha Felder had not one, but two ads. Meanwhile, Mr. Storobin had an “advertorial.”

Most states have no contingency plans for dealing with a disaster or attack that coincides with Election Day. * It’s unclear if 700 polling sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties will be accessible by next Tuesday.

City Councilman Peter Vallone is pushing the Manhattan DA to charge a New York Congressional candidate’s campaign manager for spreading misinformation about Hurricane Sandy on Twitter, BuzzFeed reports:

Quinn to hold meeting that no one can attend(Queens Crap)

"Go to the Council calendar linked below, and chose "This Week" from the drop-down menu. You will see that every single Council meeting and Committee hearing has been canceled -- EXCEPT for the Economic Development Committee's oversight hearing on the EDC merger, which is still on for Thursday.

Is this for real??  How will they hold the hearing, with no electricity and no elevators in
250 Broadway? Are they pulling our chain?" - anonymous  Of course it's for real. How else can Bloomberg and Quinn protect their favorite tweeding vehicle? How else can the agency's relationship with Claire Shulman escape scrutiny? What fellow tweeder on this board will speak up about any of this? None of them.

A very expensive non-transfer (Queens Crap)

From the Daily News:

For years, Metropolitan Transportation Authority construction and planning schedules have pegged November 2012 as the time for the opening of a new underground connection between the Fulton Center subway complex at Broadway in lower Manhattan and the Cortlandt St. station on the eastern edge of the World Trade Center site. Workers are now putting the finishing touches on the passageway, which cost more than $200 million to build. Known as the Dey St. Concourse, the subterranean walkway will feature a wall of giant video screens, some providing travel information, some displaying advertising. The turnstile banks are in place. The bright lights are installed and shining. A ribbon-cutting should not be far away. Yet transit officials now say they plan to keep the Dey St. Concourse padlocked — for several years. The official reason: Few riders will make use of the free transfer. The demand, officials say, will come when the new office towers being built at Ground Zero are completed and occupied, and the Port Authority finishes its permanent — and extravagant — PATH hub. That’s will be in 2015. Maybe. “The small number of people we believe would use the transfer...does not justify the expense of opening, maintaining and policing the passage,” MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg explained.

Mayor Bloomberg's worst nightmare Holloween Costume

Storm Disrupts Admissions Test Weekend, Giving Some More Time to Study(NYT) About 14,000 eighth graders will have three more weeks to prepare for an exam to get into elite high schools, because Hurricane Sandy’s approach disrupted the scheduled test date.

Politics aside for Mitt & Bam(NYP) * Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama’s Re-election(NYT)
Christie's aware of the atmospherics. I'm not in a coma. I just don't care. The responsibilities I have are much bigger than politics. 

Utah Mayor Hopes Star Turn Can Lift Her to Congress(NYT) * The ‘I’ of the Storm(Dowd, NYT) Here’s the thick and thin of it: A Republican governor and a Democratic president united by Sandy. * Presidential Race Is Back on After Hiatus(WSJ) * Chris Christie to Host His BFF, President Obama, in New Jersey Tomorrow(NY Mag)
Obama & Romney in Exceedingly Close Race - Zeleny & Connelly, NY Times
One Week, Two Versions of Reality - Jonathan Martin, Politico
Mitt Set to Win, Maybe By a Mile - Michael Graham, Boston Herald

Obama Still Likely to Emerge as Winner - Mark Mellman, The Hill
Pennsylvania's Fading Presidential Blue - Matthew Kaminski, Wall St. Jrnl
Why Romney Can't Win in Pennsylvania - Nate Cohn, The New Republic
GOP Sees Path Emerging for Romney Win in Iowa - Scott Conroy, RCP
Libya Questions Deserve an Answer - David Ignatius, Washington Post
What Happened to Obama the Storyteller? - Matt Bai, NY Times Magazine
Two Decisions That May Doom Obama - Noemie Emery, DC Examiner
Upper Class Waging War on Rest of Us - Katrina vanden Heuvel, Wash Post
ObamaCare's Costs to the Working Class - David Gamage, Wall St. Journal
In Senate Races, Clinton Takes On Support Role - Caitlin Huey-Burns, RCP
Romney Closes Gap on Obama in Michigan - Marisa Schultz, Detroit News

 In Virginia, Campaigns Mount Furious Push - Fisher & Gardner, Wash Post
What's Behind the State-National Poll Divergence? - Sean Trende, RCP
The Craziest Nail-Biters in Presidential History - Paul Brandus, The Week
Election '12: RCP Average: Romney +0.8 | Race 4 Years Ago, 8 Years Ago
Unrest Roils China's Burgeoning Middle Class - The Economist
Charles Woods Has Some Pointed Questions About His Son - NY Post

Obama Deserves Another Term - Boston Globe
Ready for Change: Romney for President - Quad City Times
Michael Bloomberg: No ‘diss’ in turning down Obama(Wash Post)
Poll: Working-Class Ohioans Critical to Obama Victory(Newser)
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina does a state-by-state breakdown of the battlegrounds, and assures the president’s supporters that he’ll win if they do what they “need to do” on his behalf.
The Romney and Obama campaigns are embracing “two sharply different versions of political reality” as Election Day nears. As usual, the truth lies somewhere near the middle.
Mitt Romney to hold final rally in New Hampshire(Wash Post)
Yes, you can criticize Obama and not be racist via
President Obama has arrived in Atlantic City to tour damage from Sandy.  
Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama’s Re-election(NYT)
What State Polls Suggest About the National Vote(NYT)
As Romney attempts to expand map, Michigan in focus
Ed Koch Endorses Barack Obama
Obama campaign admits they're not trying to win Arizona...
Jeb Bush: Obama’s just blaming my brother(Wash Post)
Leno: Obama Reinstates 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy... For Questions About Benghazi
Obama, Romney Campaigns Enlist Thousands Of Lawyers For Contested Election
Obama highlights Powell endorsement in new ad (CNN)
Christie praises Obama for 'working incredibly closely with me since before the storm hit' (NYDN)
Turnout Will Tell the Tale in Ohio - Joe Frolik, Cleveland Plain Dealer
A Close Race in a Handful of States - Dan Balz, Washington Post
Voter Turnout Will Likely Fall Short of 2004, 2008 - Jeffrey Jones, Gallup
Late-Deciders Breaking Hard for Romney? - Conn Carroll, DC Examiner
Obama Camp: There Won't Be a Late Move to Romney - Greg Sargent, WP
Is the Map Expanding? - Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
Swing State Polls Break for the President - Joan Walsh, Salon
CBS/NYT/Quinnipiac Survey Narnia, Find Obama Up - Keith Backer, BW
Obama's Been a Great President. Yes, Great - Jonathan Chait, NY Magazine
Here Comes the Landslide - Dick Morris, The Hill
2012 Election Maps: Electoral College | Senate | House | Governor R 

The Obama campaign turned former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell’s endorsement of the president into a radio ad, running in key battleground states. 
Eliot Spitzer has a post-Sandy, pro-government slogan suggestion for Obama: “Who rebuilt it?”
new Fox polls -- tied at 46% for Obama/Romney  
What President Obama And Chris Christie Saw During Aerial Tour Of NJ Storm Damage 
Bloomberg PAC makes biggest buy yet - in Florida (Fox 5)
How Hurricane Sandy Is Helping Obama(NY Mag)
Heilemann: Election Doomsday Scenarios(NY Mag)
Gallup is unsure if it will resume polling (Politco)
Romney’s pollster lashes out at a new poll showing Obama up five in Ohio, calling the survey “a piece of crap.” (Politico)
7 polls released in Ohio in past 48 hours: Obama +2, Obama +3, Obama +3, Obama +3, Obama +5, Obama +5, Obama +5.
Michigan poll: Obama 48% – Romney 42%(CNN)
An Unlikely Pair, United by a Disaster(NYT)
Ohio Working Class May Offer Key to Obama’s Re-election(NYT)
Romney forces see Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota ripe for turning red 
Obama leads in Iowa, running neck and neck in N.H, Wis.(NBC)
NBC/WSJ/Marist (LVs, 10/28-29)—IA: Obama 50, Romney 44, NH: Obama 49, Romney 47, WI: Obama 49, Romney 46
Mitt Romney’s Electoral Problem and the War on Nate Silver (US News)


NYP Uses A NYT Reporters Op-Ed To More Than Hint That There is A Cover-Up At the Old Gray Lady

NYT writer accuses Mark Thompson of 'wilful ignorance' over Jimmy Savile

‘What’ and ‘When’: Two questions dog Times’ Thompson (NYP Ed) In an op-ed titled “The Right Man for the Job,” Times columnist Joe Nocera questioned whether the British-born media exec should assume the post in light of a possible cover-up at the BBC. Nocera said it is possible, given the nature of the BBC bureaucracy, that Thompson was not personally involved in a decision to kill the “Newsnight” special and that he was not aware of it.  But it’s his lack of curiosity about the claims after he learned the story was killed that is seriously troubling to the Times scribe. “Thompson winds up appearing willfully ignorant,” Nocera wrote, “and it makes you wonder what kind of an organization the BBC was when Thompson was running it — and what kind of leader he was. It also makes you wonder what kind of chief executive he’d be at the Times.”  The ITV investigation also raised the possibility that the BBC quashed a segment on one of its own news show to keep the Savile scandal quiet.* New York Times readers give BBC's Mark Thompson the thumbs down(Guardian) * BBC Faces Potential Liability in Sex Scandal (In-Depth) *New Savile sex allegation: BBC star took teen girls to hospital staff rooms (NBC) * Savile assaulted me in his room at Stoke Mandeville' (The Independent)

What Brooklyn Teaches Afghanistan Bound Military Doctors
The Battle of Brooklyn: Military docs learn from NYC 'war zones'  (NYP) The city’s war zone is the best place to train battlefield medics. Elite US military rescue units prepare for combat at Brownsville’s Brookdale Hospital, where gangbangers inflict devastating gunshot and knife wounds similar to what they’ll see in Afghanistan.

Cops bet they’ve got $1.6M casino-chip thief(NYP) * MTA guard shoots man trying to break into closed subway NYDN)