Ruh-Roh Headline of the Day: “Feds launch probe into former NY state Senate Majority Leader John Sampson.”
Schedule Item of the Day, via City & State: “7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – ‘Road to City Hall’ features mayoral candidate Sal Albanese, NY1.”
While on Road to City Hall last night, mayoral contender Bill Thompson attacked likely rival Council Speaker Christine Quinn over her reported decision to keep Police Commissioner Ray Kelly should she win the mayor’s office this year, connecting the move to the 2009 term limits brouhaha. “I believe that as mayor you bring your own team to the table, and it’s not just when it comes to police commissioner, it’s across the board,” Mr. Thompson charged. “Speaker Quinn, it appears, has decided to keep Commissioner Kelly. I guess it’s first helping enable the mayor to have a third term and helping move that legislation through the City Council. I guess she wants to continue his commissioners and policies in a fourth Bloomberg term. I want a first Thompson term and really move this city forward.”
And asked if he was “as hungry as you were in November of 2009,” Mr. Thompson replied, “I would say even hungrier at this point. You’re not looking at $100 million dollars, or even a $150 million dollars [spent against you], so yeah, even hungrier.”
Another probable mayoral candidate, Comptroller John Liu, will not be on the witness list for the trials of his campaign treasurer and donor.
While on the Republican side of the aisle, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión is facing scrutiny over his brief tenure in Washington:
“According to two people familiar with the matter, White House officials were concerned about his ability to manage relationships with senior administration officials, including Mr. Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. She and other officials also believed he was using the office to further his career, the people said. One person familiar with the matter said the White House also eventually became concerned that Mr. Carrión hadn’t been forthright with White House officials about some details about the Conflicts of Interest Board investigation….
Mr. Carrión said his decision to leave the Democratic Party—he is currently unaffiliated with any party—has prompted people around Mr. Obama to cast aspersions on him. ‘I didn’t choose this path to be comfortable,’ he said.”
On a more somber note late last night, we visited Mr. Bloomberg’s sudden press conference late last night at Lutheran Hospital in Sunset Park, where he assailed Washington and urged the public to pressure them on gun policy in the wake of three NYPD officers being shot within the span of an hour. Here were his opening remarks, courtesy of his administration:
“Good evening. Tonight – separated by a single hour – three of New York’s Finest were injured by gun fire in two different boroughs.
“We are here at Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, where we assembled because Police Officer Lukasz Kozicki and Police Officer Michael Lavay were shot by a man they were questioning after they saw him illegally moving between subway cars. The man opened fire on the officers – one of whom returned fire, fatally wounding the shooter.
“Tough enforcement of quality of life crimes on the subway – the work that these officers were engaged in – is a big part of how we’ve made New York the safest big city in the nation, and how we’ve dramatically cut crime on the subways and across the city.
“The doctors here at Lutheran have given both officers excellent care, and I’m relieved to report that both are in stable condition. Commissioner Kelly and I just met with officers and their families.
“And earlier tonight, we both visited Jacobi Hospital in the Bronx, because Police Officer Juan Pichardo was also shot responding to a crime. Police Officer Pichardo was off-duty in his family’s car dealership during an attempted robbery.
“During a struggle, a suspect shot Officer Pichardo, who was unarmed and shot in the leg. I’m relieved to report that the officer is also in stable condition, and he even had the presence of mind to apprehend one of the perps. The other suspects were later apprehended.
“In recent weeks, we’ve heard some people say that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. But sometimes the good guys get shot – and sometimes, they are killed.
“Tonight, thank God, three good guys – three New York City police officers, who acted heroically – are going to make it. But we owe it to the good guys to do whatever we can to protect them – just as they do whatever they can to protect us. Instead, Washington is letting the bad guys shoot our police officers, our children, our neighbors – and it just has to stop.”