Morning Read: 'A Dark Chapter in Our Community’s History'

A metaphor for the Senate Democrats? (Photo: Getty)

A metaphor for the Senate Democrats? (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Where In The World Was Gov. Cuomo In September And October?”

Colorful Councilman Peter Vallone officially launched his campaign for Queens Borough President, and with a huge campaign war chest, he’s all but guaranteed to make a splash. Of course, there’s another outspoken Italian-American pol already in the race, as well as a crowd of other contenders.

The New York Times‘ Jim Dwyer on the Democratic side of the aisle in the state senate:

“And in truth, on their best days, the Senate Democrats are bumblers. When they were in the majority, and faced an issue like same-sex marriage that nearly all of them support, it was a dead-solid cinch to fail. They had to wait until the Republicans took over for a bill to pass. The Democrats handle their causes like the quarterback of the Jets, Mark Sanchez, handles the football. He manages to bang into the backside of his own lineman instead of handing off the ball to a running back.”

While the Albany Times Union‘s Frank LeBrun doesn’t exactly hold back:

“In the meantime, though, the new arrangement has been described as four men in a room instead of three. Wrong. It will be two men, and two boys holding coats.”

Former Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields, who previously appeared at a campaign event with current borough president candidate Julie Menin, formalized her endorsement yesterday. As the race involves heavy geographic diversity, Ms. Menin, a former lower Manhattan community board chair, is trying to build up her base Uptown, where rival candidate Councilman Robert Jackson calls home.

If a media titan like Rupert Murdoch can’t register as unaffiliated, despite multiple tries, what does that say about average New Yorkers? This is part of the argument the New York Daily News keeps making as they rail against the Independence Party.

NY1′s “Wise Guys,” Ed Koch, Eliot Spitzer and Al D’Amato, commented on a certain story surrounding Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Assemblyman Francisco Moya, who defeated former State Senator Hiram Monserrate after his expulsion from the upper chamber, released a statement reacting to Mr. Monserrate’s sentencing:

“With the sentencing of Hiram Monserrate today, we bring an end to a dark chapter in our community’s history. After Monserrate’s arrest, the people of Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst voted overwhelmingly to elect leaders with integrity who will move beyond the corruption and criminal activity of the past.”

“We are a unified team of elected officials, and we will continue to work together to address the urgent problems facing working families, and to restore confidence in the ability of government to get things done and deliver lasting results.”