A Mayoral Dump
Thompson ‘dumps’ on Quinn (NYP) Democratic mayoral rivals Bill Thompson and Christine Quinn trashed each other yesterday over a plan to open a garbage dump on the Upper East Side. Thompson (left) sounded off against the scheme to set up a marine trash-transfer station near Asphalt...* Accusations fly in mayoral race as Bill Thompson is accused of supporting "environmental racism"
* Mayoral Candidates Weighing In On Plan For Upper East Side Waste Station(NY1) * Thompson’s stance puts him on the same side as one of his top financial boosters, former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato…" * Bill Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, was accused by Christine Quinn of supporting "environmental racism" after opposing the garbage facility at East 91st Street. [Colin Cambpell] Update Quinn spox: "Lets be clear, Chris Quinn never called anyone an environmental racist…"
Mayoral candidates who oppose the UES transfer station should announce their opposition in the neighborhood they want it relocated to.
Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, offers a look at her transformation from middle-class Long Island daughter to front-runner for mayor of New York.* The Ad Campaign: Group Frames the Choice as Anyone but Quinn(NYT) Quinn’s 240-page memoir offers a view into her transformation from middle-class Long Island daughter to front-runner for mayor of New York City, though some passages offer little insight with “flat” prose * Quinn broke with her Democratic mayoral opponents by suggesting that the city limit its spending on healthcare for city workers in exchange for a possible future pay increase, but not for retroactive pay hikes, the Daily News writes: * Christine Quinn's new memoir light on her decision to overturn term limits http://dlvr.it/3RzP35
@Quinn4NY add 20,000 dummy followers to her official Twitter account overnight? http://bit.ly/15k4ALs
Mayoral Candidate Weiner Slates New Fundraising(WSJ) Weiner plans to hold two fundraisers next week for his mayoral campaign, one of which will be hosted by Leonard Schwartz, a tobacco distributor from Brooklyn and longtime friend of Weiner’s father * Weiner, Arriving On Citi Bike, Talks Policy In RTCH Appearance(NY1) While some are criticizing the circus-like atmosphere Anthony Weiner has brought to the mayor's race, he is, in fact seeking to position himself as the "ideas" candidate. He sat down for an extended policy discussion on NY1's "Road to City Hall" Thursday night. | Watch the full interview * Anthony Weiner said he would not keep Ray Kelly as his police commissioner. Said he's done a good job but wants fresh eyes. Anthony Weiner said he's developed a rhinoceros skin, when asked if he gets angry when he's described as a "disgraced" former congressman. "He was steeled against the questions" Gambling reflects on AW interview.
Michael Howard Saul has some fun details in his piece this morning about upcoming fund-raising activities for Anthony Weiner.One of the committed fund-raisers is the chairman of the Tobacco Association of the State of New York. Weiner also hopes to get help from the Real Estate Board of New York, the group which represents the interests of landlords. Citing an unnamed source "familiar with the meeting," the article says Weiner "is hoping the industry will back him, financially."
'Threatening' Letters Possibly Covered in Blood Sent to De Blasio(WSJ)
The group Jobs for New York plans to get involved in up to 25 Council districts, backing candidates who support jobs, building affordable housing and an improved economy. A group of real estate executives and corporate leaders, bracing for the departure of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, plans to spend up to $10 million to make sure the City Council elected this fall is friendly to business.A group of executives and corporate leaders spearheaded by the Real Estate Board of New York have joined forces with several unions to form a PAC called Jobs For New York that plans on spending up to $10 million to make sure that candidates elected to the City Council are friendly to business
Mayor Kelly? A new poll predicts NYC’s top cop would win(WPIX)
Jose Peralta Dropping Bid for Queens Borough President
Peralta drops out: "In the best interests of my campaign, my family and the Queens Dem party…[I] will be supporting Melinda Katz."_____________________________________________________________________________
Silver Female Problem
Silver held a breakfast meeting with women in his Democratic conference to mend relationships after the Lopez scandal, which the women described as a “venting” session
Democrat Disgrace New York's Once Proud Democratic Party Shamed - See more at: http://politicsny.net/feature.php?id=128&c=1#sthash.slphovoC.hpq5YLsh.dpuf
The real disgrace is Silver's attempt to buy off the victims using public money—lawmakers should man up—and woman up—and just say that.
Race Bias Corruption
Former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin doubts the existence of a racial bias or conspiracy in the recent rash of investigations and arrests involving black and Hispanic lawmakers(City and State)
Playing the Victim Card (City and State)
City's High Tech Scandal Continues
City’s glitchy 911 system has its hang-ups (NYP) The city’s top cop yesterday called for a review of the new 911 system, which failed at least three times since its scheduled 3 a.m. launch Wednesday. The system crashed for 16 minutes Wednesday and six minutes yesterday morning, said NYPD... * City’s 911 Operators Use Pen and Paper as Computers Fail(NYT)
* City's new 911 system crashes for 12 minutes(NYDN) * Part Of City’s 911 System Crashes Twice In Less Than 24 (WCBS) * City's new 911 system failed three times(WABC)
Inquiry Into Obama and Bloomberg Ricin Letters Leads to Search of a Texas House(NYT)
Texas man questioned in probe of Mayor Bloomberg ricin letter(NYP)
Federal agents were questioning a Texas man last night in connection with two ricin-laced letters sent to Mayor Bloomberg — and an identical missive sent to President Obama, law-enforcement sources
Mayor’s Fierce Stand Against Guns Creates Lightning Rod(NYT) * Sources: Person Being Questioned In Connection With Ricin-Laced Letters Sent To Bloomberg, Obama(NY1) * ‘Person of interest’ named in latest ricin letter attac (WPIX)
_____________________________________________________________________________Cuomo Tax-Free Plan
The Post questions Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Tax-Free NY” initiative, asking when state politicians will stand up for the “unglamorous” businesses as opposed to larger companies
Here’s to the dry cleaner(NYP)
‘New York is a high-tax state,” says Gov. Cuomo. “That’s the problem.”
We couldn’t agree more. But we have doubts about the cure he’s proposing, called Tax-Free NY. It would allow business start-ups on and around upstate university campuses to operate completely tax-free for 10 years. That includes exempting employees from state income taxes.
We’re all for lowering taxes. But if high taxes are sending business elsewhere, why not lower them for everyone instead of granting exemptions for a privileged few?
- NY lawmakers decriminalize small amounts of pot(NYDN)The state Assembly voted Wednesday to decriminalize the public possession of small amounts of marijuana. * The Journal News writes that the state Senate should follow the lead of Republican Assemblyman Steve Katz in voting for a bill decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana: * Over 600 doctors signed a letter urging state lawmakers to legalize medicinal marijuana (by
The Times’ Jim Dwyer writes that Entergy, the company that owns the Indian Point nuclear power plant, has spent millions of dollars on lobbying and campaign contributions to keep the plant from being shut down: http://nyti.ms/11bAlm9
City Discloses New Location of 9/11 Victims’ Remains(NYT)
Building Blocks: The remains of World Trade Center victims were removed from Memorial Park, on East 30th Street, in October and taken to a laboratory run by the office of the chief medical examiner.
Four city pools could be closed this summer(NYDN) Four city pools could fall victim to the budget ax this year unless the City Council can come up with extra funds for the parks department, the city parks commissioner warned Thursday.
Eliot Spitzer sparks rumors by spending time away from home(NYP)
Eliot Spitzer has been spending time away from his family home and staying over at 800 Fifth Ave., a building owned by his father, Bernard Spitzer.* Eliot Spitzer Might Be Having Marital Troubles(NY Mag)
"1 out of every 20 public-school students..in a shelter, @ an address shared by multiple fams or in a hotel or motel"
Number of homeless students in city public schools continues to climb(NYP)
More than 53,000 city public-school students lack a permanent home — a fivefold increase over 2008, figures show. While the economy’s collapse led to a huge spike in the number of homeless kids in...
* In the Daily News, Linda Rosebury, the founding principal of the Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, makes the case for an evaluation system that preserves principals’ autonomy:
An editorial page said more supervision was needed at P.S. 194, which has persistently been problematic. [Daily News]
Just in Time for Summer, the A Train Is Fully Restored(NYT) * Rockaways A Train Service Returns For First Time Since Sandy(NY1)
Feds Fund West Side Infrastructure For Eventual "Gateway" Tunnel(NY1) Schumer helped lobby the federal government to include $185 million in funding for a future 800-foot concrete rail tunnel into Penn Station through Congress’ superstorm Sandy relief package * Hudson River Amtrak plans get $185M boost from feds(NYDN)
Sandy-Damaged Jones Beach Theater Reopening(NBC)
Staten Island Storm Sandy victims are hot in this heat,(WPIX)
Mermaid Parade A Go
The Mermaid Parade will march on! Annual Coney Island spectacle raises the $100K needed to bring hordes of scantily-clad sea creatures back to Sandy-wrecked area(NYDN)
This car a ‘space’ invader (NYP) A driver took a stand against the bike-share racks — parking in a car-sized gap that was left at one of the stations.
Rough ride for city's bike-share program (NYP) It’s been a rough ride for the first week of the city’ s bike-share program. Sanitation workers and drivers have been inconvenienced — while one Citi Bike rider caused a fender-bender in Greenwich Village when she raced to beat a red light, cops... * Accused Citi Bike bicycle thief nabbed(NYDN) * Citi Bike’s First Injury Crash Landed a Guy in the Hospital(NY Mag)
Cold-shoulder Holder (NYP) WASHINGTON — The next time Attorney General Eric Holder throws a party, he might need to use his subpoena power to compel better attendance. Holder invited top bureau chiefs from media outlets to meetings to discuss the government’s snooping on...
Targeting Half the Country Is a Serious Problem - Peggy Noonan, WSJ
The GOP Is Too Juvenile to Govern - Eugene Robinson, Washington Post
Storm Clouds Ahead for Obama - Nile Gardiner, Daily Telegraph
Holder Should Discuss Leaks Publicly - Paul Begala, CNN
Eric Holder's Chutzpah - Michael Walsh, New York Post
GOP Taking Food From the Mouths of Babes - Paul Krugman, NY Times
Where Paul Krugman Is Wrong 100% of the Time - John Goodman, Forbes
Will Anthony Weiner Be NY's Next Mayor? - John Cassidy, The New Yorker
Why Dems Might Reject Hillary Clinton in 2016 - Keith Koffler, Politico
Climate Change Is Killing Us - Phillip Muller, Washington Post
Google Chairman Bankrolls Tech Shop for Dems - Ben Howe, RedState
The Liberal Media Is in a Funk - Paul Waldman, The American Prospect
Obama's Dorothy Doctrine - Charles Krauthammer, National Review
Gates May Be Advocate Obama Needs to Close Gitmo - Mark Salter, RCP
Court-Packing in GOP Dreams Only - Ruth Marcus, Washington Post
George W. Bush at Peace - Jon Ward, Huffington Post
Lincoln's Call to Service - & Ours - Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Wall St. Journal
War on Leaks Threatens Your Right to Know - USA Today
IRS Commissioner's Trips to White House: Bush 1, Obama 118 - IBD
What Bachmann's Exit Means for Minnesota - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Scenes of Unrest in Sweden's Socialist Paradise - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Law and Order
The federal judge overseeing the stop-and-frisk trial " has no policing experience whatsoever, has no idea what a proper stop-to-arrest ratio should be, nor has any court ever weighed in on the matter." [Heather Mac Donald]
Suspect in Qns. bus slay (NYP) Police yesterday identified a suspect in the shooting death of an innocent Queens teen felled by a single bullet to the head while riding a city bus earlier this month. Cops are looking for Kevin McClinton, 21, whom they described as 5-foot-10 and... * Suspect Sought in Fatal Shooting of Queens Girl on Bus(NYT) * Police Name Suspect In Shooting Death Of Queens Teen Bus Passenger(NY1) * Suspect named in killing of Queens teen on bus(Fox 5) * Police identify suspect in Queens bus shooting of girl(WPIX)
Bx. girls gone wild stab cabby: cops (NYP) These two party girls punched and stabbed a livery cabdriver in the Bronx after freaking out over how much the trip cost, cops said. The women hailed the cabby at about 4:30 a.m.
No place like ho sweet ho (NYP) Stilleto-wearing prostitutes by night — backyard barbecuing housewives by day. The four admitted hookers at the center of a bizarre Manhattan sex-trafficking trial all commuted to the city from tree-shaded, two- and three-story homes in the blue-...
A Bit late to turn tables (NYP) Cop-killing, baby-making convict Ronell Wilson wants to turn the tables on jurors who will decide whether he lives or dies. A lawyer for Wilson, who was convicted of murdering two undercover cops in 2003, wants a federal judge to rearrange his...
Words of Praise, and Loss, for Malcolm X’s Grandson(NYT)
Looking beyond the troubles of his youth, family and friends remembered Malcolm Shabazz, who was fatally beaten on May 9 in Mexico City, as a reflection of his grandfather.
Judge rejects cop killer's plea to re-arrange court tables to makes him appear 'less dangerous' to jury(NYP)
Judge rejects cop killer's plea to re-arrange court tables to makes him appear 'less dangerous' to jury(NYP)
Beaten-up hooker stayed with pimp after offer to escape(NYDN)
Cabbie gets 3 years prison for ramming passengers(NYP)
Man Sentenced in Plot to Kill Saudi Ambassador(NYT)
An Iranian-American used-car salesman from Texas had pleaded guilty in a scheme to hire Mexican assassins to murder an ambassador to the United States.
Al Qaeda meets ‘The Office’(NYP)