Morning Read: 'You Cannot Call It About Politics, Except Collaterally'

President Obama at the Newtown memorial service. (Photo: Getty)

President Obama at the Newtown memorial service. (Photo: Getty)

John Lisyanskiy, a staffer for Council Speaker Christine Quinnannounced his bid to replace term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia in his Coney Island-based district.

We’ve never quite seen an item on City & State‘s morning newsletter like this one: “7 p.m. – Council candidate Thomas Lopez-Pierre apologizes to those of the Jewish faith and hosts fund-raiser, Lura Restaurant, 949 Columbus Ave., Manhattan.”

President Barack Obama spoke at a Newtown, Connecticut memorial service last night, and he again hinted at new gun control legislation. “We can’t tolerate this anymore,” he argued. “These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law — no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world, or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can’t be an excuse for inaction.” Watch here.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, seemingly finding his new calling, went on Meet the Press yesterday to make his push for federal measures against high-powered and illegal guns. His full appearance can be found here here. Later today, the mayor will make an announcement with the victims’ families from “Tucson, Aurora, Oak Creek, Virginia Tech and from Daily Violence.”

“When terrorists attacked New York City, we didn’t say, ‘Now is not the time to discuss how to go after al-Qaeda,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson explained on Inside City Hall on Friday. “When an airplane crashes , you don’t say, ‘Now is not the time to talk about how to make airplanes safer.’ These are moments where it is important and necessary and essential and vital to talk about how to prevent these types of actions from occurring in the future. After each of these atrocities, there are those who say, ‘Now is not the time.’ But if you ask them, there is never a time.”

Will Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s fall from grace heal the rift between Satmar factions in Hasidic Williamsburg? The New York Post‘s sources seem more hopeful on the matter than anything else, and as Gatemouth noted, “Whether you characterize the war for the hearts and minds of the Satmar as being about theology or about cults of personality, you cannot call it about politics, except collaterally.”

Yesterday morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio joined Councilman Jumaane Williams at an East Flatbush church where he addressed Newtown’s massacre and the gun issue: