Morning Read: Obama as Antoinette; More Trouble for John Liu; Pardon Time for Cuomo

The city recorded fewer traffic deaths than seen in a century.

Cuomo’s advisers are conducting intensive reviews of requests for pardons or clemency after a year in which he has been fairly quiet on criminal justice issues.

Work on an underground museum at the World Trade Center has ground to a halt because of a financial dispute, and it will not open on time next year.

Another poll confirmed the Santorum Surge.

Is his surge proof that retail politicking still works? Continue reading “Morning Read: Obama as Antoinette; More Trouble for John Liu; Pardon Time for Cuomo”

Roundup: Stalking Governor Cuomo; Will Obama and Hillary Join Forces?

Governor Cuomo’s trip to the North Country included coffee runs and a Price Chopper shopping spree.

Former Clinton administration Labor Secretary Robert Reich predicts an Obama/Clinton ticket in ’12.

Protesters are setting up camp outside Mayor Bloomberg’s house (again).  Continue reading “Roundup: Stalking Governor Cuomo; Will Obama and Hillary Join Forces?”

Street Smarts! New York Traffic Fatalities at 100 Year Low—But Who Deserves the Credit?

Why did the mayor cross Grand Army Plaza? Because it wasn’t dangerous any more.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gathered today with police and transportation officials at the Brooklyn landmark to announce that, at 237 traffic fatalities, the city had seen the fewest people die in the streets since an official count began in 1910. Traffic deaths are down 40 percent since the mayor office, when there were 393 deaths, and they have fallen 13 percent since last year’s 271 deaths. The year before that, there were 258 deaths.

“We’ve made progress in every area of traffic safety due to our willingness to take new, creative approaches to longstanding challenges with safety redesigns and through aggressive traffic enforcement,” Mayor Bloomberg said. Read More

Scott Stringer Dismisses Comptroller Rumors and Hints at Imminent Mayoral Campaign Announcement

 Scott Stringer Dismisses Comptroller Rumors and Hints at Imminent Mayoral Campaign Announcement
Scott Stringer (Photo: Facebook)

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer is widely rumored to be prepping a run for mayor in 2013, but recent reports also have him eyeing the comptroller’s office. After his press conference about the Department of Education’s failure to collect federal Medicaid reimbursements today, Mr. Stringer told The Politicker he’s focused on running for mayor and expects to make his intentions clear quite soon. “As time goes on in the next few weeks, as we start to do more, I think it will very clear to people that we are going to be a very serious candidate for Mayor of New York,” Mr. Stringer said. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Dismisses Comptroller Rumors and Hints at Imminent Mayoral Campaign Announcement”

Manhattan BP Scott Stringer: 'The Incompetence of The Department of Education is Simply Staggering'

 Manhattan BP Scott Stringer: 'The Incompetence of The Department of Education is Simply Staggering'
Scott Stringer (Photo: Facebook)

Manhattan Borough President and possible 2013 mayoral candidate Scott Stringer blasted the New York City Department of Education at a press conference today following the publication of a New York Times report documenting the DOE’s failure to claim millions of dollars in federal Medicaid reimbursements for services provided to students with special needs from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Stringer called for hearings investigating the missed reimbursements, which he described as a missed opportunity to curb school budget cuts and evidence of widespread problems at the DOE.

“This calls out for state and city hearings immediately, there’s no time to waste. This agency has been going down this perilous path for many years, but nobody could have imagined that, when it came for reimbursement, they would fail so miserably. I am shocked and I am outraged,” Mr. Stringer said.  Continue reading “Manhattan BP Scott Stringer: 'The Incompetence of The Department of Education is Simply Staggering'”

Bloomberg: 'Newt Who?'

michael bloomberg newt gingrich Bloomberg: 'Newt Who?'
Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

Yesterday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich touted his man of the people bonafides by telling an Iowa television station, ‘We don’t come out of a background where we can buy a seat or buy, as Mayor Bloomberg did, buy the mayorship of New York. I mean if you look at how much he spent, he just wrote a check and bought it.”

At a press conference today, the mayor played dumb when he was asked whether he felt the Republican candidate was pandering to Iowa voters at his expense.  Continue reading “Bloomberg: 'Newt Who?'”

Ed Koch Comes Out (Mostly) Against The Living Wage Bill

ed koch Ed Koch Comes Out (Mostly) Against The Living Wage BillThe New York Times came out in favor of a living wage bill earlier this week,  and today Ed Koch sent a message to his email list outlining his own thoughts on the bill.

In short, the former mayor is against it, even though he favors an increase in the minimum wage.

“I would support a national law creating a minimum wage of $10 plus benefits or $11.50 per hour without benefits, or any other reasonable increase for those at the minimum wage level.  But I would do so only if it applied to all states, not simply to New York City,” he writes.  Continue reading “Ed Koch Comes Out (Mostly) Against The Living Wage Bill”