We may finally have an answer to Jacob Gershman’s question about who’ll drop out of the mayoral race first.
“I’ve always intended to run for mayor and I still do,” Anthony Weiner told Dominic Carter, after sending a letter to supporters saying he may drop out.
“Huh?” writes Michael Barbaro.
“I really don’t think he could beat Bloomberg,” Weiner contributor George Kaufman told Barbaro. (Also, for some reason, former Spitzer aide Sean Patrick Maloney is quoted in the story.)
Jason Fink notes that Weiner’s announcement comes after he’s maxed out for fund-raising.
“He’s leaving because he’ll lose,” said consultant George Arzt.
The Bay Ridge Journal seems surprised by Weiner’s announcement.
Cityfile wonders if he’ll still hang out with models.
The White House told Adolfo Carrion to pay his architect.
Carrion’s failure to pay that architect for work done on his home two years ago is being investigated by the Bronx district attorney. His neighbor said he’s not selling the house in question. “He’s says he wants to keep it, maybe rent it out, and come back to run for mayor.”
On Long Island, Steve Israel is still seeking earmarks.
Alan Gerson spoke passionately about housing in New York City.
In Nassau, Tom Suozzi said he’ll cut his own salary by seven percent.
In Roosevelt, the president of Hispanics Across America said the beating of a black man by Hispanics recently may not be a hate crime, telling reporters, “You have heard only one side of the story.”
In Islip, Republicans don’t get along.
Newsday appreciates Suozzi’s effort to fix the budget.
In Putnam County, Robert Bondi said he doesn’t want to raise taxes.
In Mt. Vernon, the City Council ordered the comptroller to pay their legal bills.
In White Plains, a county official is back at work one day after he and his son were arrested for assaulting police officers.
In Port Chester, a mayoral candidate attacked the incumbent over a severance deal that cost the city thousands of dollars.
In Clarkstown, school officials are seeking funding after a bond proposal was shot down by voters.
And here’s video of Weiner on Monday saying he was still running for mayor.