Morning Read: ‘Moderate Communists like Bill de Blasio’

The Queens Chronicle may be taking this 5Pointz thing a little too far. (Photo: Twitter/@azi)
The Queens Chronicle may be taking this 5Pointz thing a little too far. (Photo: Twitter/@azi)

Headline of the Day: “Maurice Carroll ‘may have shouted the last words’ Lee Harvey Oswald ever heard.”

The New York Times looked at Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s strong preference for Albany-area radio interviews, noting he “fields questions from a few friendly hosts — and not their listeners — and it does not seem to matter that the stations have small audiences or that there is little advance notice of the appearances.”

More from the piece: “‘The radio is a specific medium to talk to the political class, primarily in Albany,’ Mr. Cuomo said in an interview. ‘It’s an effective way to communicate with a limited, inside group of people.’ (Asked why he does not appear on television shows like ‘Meet the Press,’ he responded, ‘Then you would say I’m running for president.’)”

The Times also published a critical story on Councilman Fernando Cabrera’s role in the Kingsbridge Armory ice-rink project. “It looks like a conflict for the councilman to be involved with a nonprofit and trying to funnel money that benefits that nonprofit,” veteran consultant George Arzt summed up.

While this New York Post story on Bill de Blasiocalled by one reporter “the Postiest Post story of the month” and “the platonic ideal of tabloid,” by another–reported that “opinions posited by the panel of crooks and deadbeats will be relayed to him and could have real policy effects.”

Also, “progressives don’t have to settle for moderate Communists like Bill de Blasio,” according to a report from another outlet.

Assemblyman Keith Wright, the leader of Manhattan’s Democratic Party who is not widely regarded as a real force in the speaker’s race, criticized attempts to weaken county leaders. “If they are trying to weaken us, then I guess I don’t understand why people are calling to meet with us each and every day,” he argued.

Speaking of the speaker’s race, here’s a scene from last night’s forum via

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