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New York Post‘s Cindy Adams brings you everything you would want to know about mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, from his Czech-Italian-Jewish heritage to his low-carb, cheese omelet diet. Asked if he ever “screwed up,” Mr. Lhota replied, “In college I drank and had a little fun. And kinda stole newspapers thrown at neighbors’ doors, which I read neatly then replaced. Maybe they’d wonder where the coffee stains came from.”
Could the city’s five GOP county chairs let former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión and State Senator Malcolm Smith, two non-Republicans, campaign in the party’s primary after all? Bronx chair Jay Savino, a backer of Mr. Carrión’s, said it’s a “very real” possibility. As the Daily News noted, “New Yorkers haven’t seen a Republican primary for mayor since Mike Bloomberg faced off against Herman Badillo in 2001.”
While details of Oliver Pan‘s health condition remain scant, the Post‘s sources said the donor to Comptroller John Liu‘s campaign “was locked up Friday over fears he was suicidal.” After the hearing, Mr. Pan’s lawyers declined to elaborate on Mr. Pan’s condition as well. They did hint that it was related to stress over the trial, however. “Are we concerned about our client? Yes,” one lawyer said. “He’s a human being in distress.”
All politics is local. Sometimes that means taking care of the farmers in your district and sometimes that means fixing a famous jazz musician’s name on a street sign. In the case of City Council candidate Ken Biberaj, it’s the latter, and he’s pushing the city’s Department of Transportation to eliminate the typo in “Thelonius Monk Circle” on the West Side.
As elected officials rushed to condemn Brooklyn College’s decision to sponsor an anti-Israel forum, Councilman Steve Levin moved in the other direction. “I withdrew my name from the letter from members of the New York City Council to Brooklyn College President Gould regarding the BDS Movement forum,” Mr. Levin, who represents a fairly anti-Zionist district, wrote on Facebook. “I want to make clear that, while I disagree with many aspects of what BDS advocates, I fully support the principle of academic freedom.”
Yesterday, Inside City Hall held its first “Wise Guys” series since former Mayor Ed Koch‘s passing and former Governor Eliot Spitzer discussed Mayor Bloomberg’s eulogy. ”He actually seemed emotional at the end,” Mr. Spitzer said. “You know, Mike is not emotional. … He’s a numbers guy. You give him a spreadsheet, he’s happy. A balance sheet, hopefully one with a profit at the bottom line.” While former Senator Al D’Amato said it “was the best speech I ever heard him make.”
CUNY’s Center for Urban Research has updated their interacting redistricting map to include the latest Council map proposal, making it easy to tell how specific districts changed over time. “Here’s the Bayside Hills section, currently in District 19: http://bit.ly/XTPBRw – but use the slider at the top of the map to see it move into District 23: http://bit.ly/XTPBRw,” Steven Romalewski, the mapping project’s director, explained in an email. “And here’s what that section looked like based on the initial Districting Commission proposal (circa Sept. 2012): http://bit.ly/XTPLZg.”