Headline of the Day: “Where good ideas still go to die: A bunch of important bills go out with a whimper in Albany, as usual.”
Tied for First Place: “Source of Friction in Albany? A New Color for Bus Lights.”
Tech entrepreneur Jack Hidary is chugging along in his potential mayoral bid and now has a campaign website and a fund-raising committee. But while Mr. Hidary is quick to compare himself to the city’s current nonpartisan executive, Mayor Michael Bloomberg always ran with multiple major ballot lines, which Mr. Hidary is not pursuing for himself.
The Washington Post profiled the city’s mayoral election–dubbed “arguably the most significant and screwball race in the country”–and found, “Nearly every night, the myriad candidates, including a former Obama administration official, a paroxysmal Green Party candidate, an anti-gay pastor and others gather in scarcely attended school auditoriums, churches and halls for Groundhog Day mayoral forums. ”
The piece particularly focused on former Congressman Anthony Weiner. One moment: “‘You a registered Democrat?’ he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him. ‘I am,’ she said. ‘And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.’ ‘Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,’ said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, ‘and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.'”
And former Comptroller Bill Thompson, on a roll, is set to get another notable union endorsement for a third day in a row. Teamsters Local 237 will reportedly announce their support later in the afternoon. The Teamsters’ umbrella group, Joint Council 16, endorsed Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
New York Post columnist Bob McManus teases out some tidbits of an off-the-record conversation reporters had with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, including that “he’s a man given to looking at ‘the Big Picture.’ … He told the reporters Monday that he prefers the practice of ‘politics’ to the pursuit of sound ‘policy’ — an uncharacteristically revealing admission.”