Morning Read: 'Scarlett Johansson Thinks I'm Going to Make a Great Comptroller'

Scott Stringer and crew at their press conference,

Scott Stringer and crew at their press conference.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is down in Washington today, meeting with Speaker John Boehner–the one notable official Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t powwow with last week–among others. Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Bloomberg are totally not feuding, by the way.

Yesterday afternoon, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer unveiled his Upper East Side support in the comptroller’s race. But we were more concerned about Stringer mega-fan Scarlett Johansson‘s initial disbelief he was no longer running for mayor. Asked about this report, Mr. Stringer replied, “Scarlett Johannson thinks I’m going to make a great comptroller.”

Mr. Stringer, of course, hails from the Upper West Side and a number of today’s endorsers formerly supported East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick before he dropped out of the race. Or, as Assemblyman Rory Lancman said of Mr. Stringer’s unifying talent, “If only he’d run in ’90s, Tupac & Biggie might still be with us.”

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, expected to run for mayor next year, attended an Independence Party party, where she declared, “I’ve been independent for a long time, so I’m good with it.”

While District Leader Mark Levine announced his candidacy for the City Council and was endorsed by Mr. Stringer, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio and State Senator Adriano Espaillat‘s crowd. Related, Mr. de Blasio and Ms. Quinn have both backed an anti-hate campaign aimed at defending Mr. Levine from criticism that he’s too “White/Jewish” for the Uptown seat.

Mr. Bloomberg spent millions of dollars to elect Congresswoman-elect Gloria Negrete McLeod, but it was mostly to defeat gun-supporter Rep. Joe Baca. And it shows:

“Negrete McLeod, the beneficiary of Bloomberg’s $3.3 million campaign, has never met her patron. She tried calling to thank him after the election but got as far as Wolfson. They wouldn’t have that much in common anyway. He is a Harvard-educated media mogul. She graduated from Chaffey Community College where she worked before entering politics.”

FYI: The R train is now running south of 34th Street all through Manhattan. “Service to Brooklyn is expected by late December.”

And here’s a video of Michael Kink, the Executive Director of Strong Economy for All Coalition, amicably confronting GOP Rep. Chris Gibson over the fiscal cliff and the need to tax rich folks: