New York Post reporter Doug Auer allegedly became the target of police ire after he wrote a scandalous story about an illicit Labor Day BBQ on the roof of police headquarters. Apparently, nothing is as sacred to New York’s Finest as roasted meat, fire code be damned.
According to Mr. Auer, current and retired cops responded on an unofficial NYPD message board with jeers, threats and personal details (including the reporter’s home address and personal photos from his Facebook page), Gothamist reported at the time.
Mr. Auer, who said he took down his Facebook page in response, is back–and now he’s commenting. He’s also threatening “atomic wedgies” to those who come after him. Read More
Corey Johnson, a young West Side community board chairman, isn’t slowing down in his quest to replace term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn in 2013. To wit, Mr. Johnson, who already rolled out a list of 500 neighborhood leaders supporting his candidacy and maxed out his fundraising, added two notable union endorsements this morning: RWDSU and UFCW 1500.
“RWDSU proudly endorses Corey Johnson in his race for City Council,” Ademola Oyefeso, the retail workers union’s political director, said in a statement, citing Mr. Johnson’s support for progressive legislation. “Under his leadership, Manhattan Community Board 4 was the first in the entire City to come out in favor of a living wage bill. He will be a steadfast ally for working families on the Council.”
From the Department of Interest, we bring you this Facebook event page for former Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s campaign kickoff party: “Please join us as we kick off Melinda Katz’s campaign for Queens Borough President! With Special Guest Congressman Joe Crowley.” The county Democratic chairman may be going to other kickoff events too, however.
Headline: “Popcorn in Hand, Mayor Rides Ferry to Staten Island.”
Two possible GOP contenders for mayor in 2013, Manhattan Media CEO Tom Allon and Senator Malcolm Smith, are weighing their options as they consider changing their registration from the Democratic Party before the October 12th deadline.
Earlier this week, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer issued a statement in support of the pop singer Lady Gaga after Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro deemed her a “slut” due to her alleged onstage drug use. Today, Ms. Gaga returned the favor.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is clearly hoping her supporters are ignorant about the specifics of her reelection campaign against Republican Wendy Long. Ms. Gillibrand, with over $10 million in her bank account, asked her supporters for additional money apparently needed to keep a television ad running in relatively cheap Upstate media markets. Ms. Long’s campaign, in contrast, is being funded by loose change and an occasional trip to the pawn shop.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is moving beyond his complete obsession with Greek yogurt, and now, booze is in the mix as well. “We’re going to spend some time meeting with the leaders of the industry,” Mr. Cuomo said of beer and winemakers in the state. “When we’re doing that, they might have issue — if they want to do marketing collaboration, if they want to talk about some regulations…then we’ll come together and have the meeting,”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces this afternoon on the steps of Gracie Mansion where they discussed something Israel and New York have in common–a high risk of terrorism.
“Like Israel, New York City has remained a target for terrorists who seek to destroy them,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the people of Israel stood with us in solidarity knowing that terrorists are only victorious if they frighten people to give up their beliefs, their values, their way of life. That will never happen with Israel and and it will never happen in the United States.”
Former Mayor Ed Koch is an avid movie watcher who maintains an email list where he sends out his reviews. His review of the news sports drama “Trouble with the Curve” was released earlier today and it is particularly amusing. Mr. Koch, who labeled the film “really bad,” was clearly not a fan.
Specifically, he was upset with the lack of on-screen romance between the film’s two younger stars.