Headline of the Day: “UES Goes Unplowed, Obviously Due to De Blasio’s Hatred of the Rich.”
Runner-Up: “Wow, Putin’s Better than Andrew Cuomo?”
The Village Voice cover story this week is a 7-part profile of former Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, newly-elected Councilwoman Inez Barron. Mr. Barron, it notes, “wasn’t predisposed to radicalism. His father, a World War II artilleryman, made a living as a merchant marine, then as an interior decorator, and his mother did administrative office work. Neither was especially political.”
Capital New York has more on the City Council drama unfolding today, naming many of the expected recipients of coveted committee chairmanships. Ms. Barron, for instance, is reportedly set to get the higher education committee that was wrenched from Mr. Barron in 2010. “Melissa Mark-Viverito is handing out the lollipops,” one council source told Politicker yesterday.
Meanwhile, according to City & State, “multiple sources have indicated that Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, a member of the Council Progressive Caucus, is the frontrunner to chair the Housing and Buildings Committee.” Mr. Williams responded vaguely on Twitter but it’s not clear if he was disputing the story.
On Inside City Hall‘s “Wise Guys” segment last night, former Congressman Vito Fossella still wouldn’t rule out a bid for his old seat, currently held by fellow Republican Michael Grimm. ”I’m aware of those reports, but … professionally I’m in a good spot,” Mr. Fossella said when pressed. ”I don’t know what will happen this year.”
And here’s video, via NYTrue.com, of Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s full press conference yesterday: