Morning Read: ‘I Feel Badly for New Yorkers’

Bill de Blasio as an Italian Christmas figurine. (Photo: Salvatore Laporta/Getty)
Bill de Blasio as an Italian Christmas figurine. (Photo: Salvatore Laporta/Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Paladino: Bring me the heads of Skelos and Kolb.”

The Daily News notes that, although Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has made his positions clear on stop-and-frisk and soda cup lawsuits, his stance is completely unknown on others, “including cases against the planned $6 billion expansion of New York University, the locations of Citi Bike stations and a deal to build private luxury apartment buildings on public housing property.”

Could this be the beginning of a new Hudson River rivalry? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired a shot across Mr. de Blasio’s bow yesterday, declaring, “You have a new mayor in New York who is aggressively talking about increasing taxes in New York City. While I feel badly for New Yorkers, come to New Jersey.”

The New York Post was unenthused with Mr. de Blasio’s claim that “powerful forces” are mobilizing against his lefty agenda, pointing to the Progressive Caucus’s mobilization in the speaker’s race. Meanwhile, one caucus member, Jumaane Williams, is reportedly calling other speaker candidates to let them know he’ll be attending speaker forums soon.

But City & State wrote that it is the relatively moderate Councilman Jimmy Vacca who is standing out the most in the race as of last night, where he “made a strong case for himself,” “established the tempo for the discussion” and “delivered the line of the night on the subject of morality in government.”

And the corruption trials against Assemblymen William Boyland and Eric Stevenson are still ongoing. Mr. Stevenson is trying to claim U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara‘s partiality has been compromised, while, in the former’s case, prosecutors are alleging Mr. Boyland’s father, a former assemblyman, was the “bag man” in the schemes.

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