Morning Read: 'It Should Be the Number-One Borough'

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Headline of the Day: “Bill Thompson bids for support from city power brokers, vaguely.”

In his Association for a Better New York speech, Bill Thompson proposed increasing the number of NYPD officers on the street, an idea that caused recently-announced rival Sal Albanese to scoff over Twitter, as he had talked about a cops increase last week.

On the other side of the partisan aisle, mayoral candidate Joe Lhota‘s massive media roll-out included not only our own story, but a substantive New York Times profile and additional interviews with WNYC, the Wall Street Journal and Capital New York where he pushed back on the idea he’d be former mayor Rudy Giuliani‘s third term. In The Times piece, Mr. Lhota “described himself as a kind of cosmopolitan conservative, determined to hold down the city’s spending and resist giveaways to public unions, even as he embraces same-sex marriage and abortion rights.”

Mr. Lhota also talked to the Staten Island Advance. “Staten Island is not the fifth borough,” he told the publication. “It should be the number-one borough….There will never be a time when Staten Islanders feel like they have to secede.” Oh, and he gave an interview to the local NBC station in which he commented on the school bus strike: “Those school bus drivers work for private companies and they want to be treated like civil servants. They’re not….They have this misguided notion. And they’re treating schoolchildren in a very despicable way.”

To complete the Lhota-themed flavor of this round-up, on Inside City HallMr. Lhota vowed to create a third party line in his run. “Had a brief conversation with the Independence Party, would like to talk to them. [Conservative Party Chairman] Mike Long has been a friend of mine, I’m not sure where I’ll be going on the Conservative Party line,” he said on the topic. “I will tell you though, it’s my intention to create a third party, similar to the way Mike Bloomberg did when he created the Education First Party to help him get elected office. I will go through that process. State law allows it by petitions and signatures so that there’s an opportunity for my name to be on the ballot more than once.”

Last, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz held a press conference hailing the return of a “dognapped pooch,” as he phrased it. Mr. Markowitz’s statement on the matter held more puns than imaginable:

“I was thrilled to be joined by Mia, Angie, Tena and Marley today at Borough Hall for our very own ‘Dog Day Afternoon.’ As the father of a soon to be 12-year-old African gray parrot named Beep, I was shocked to hear that anyone would steal someone’s beloved dog—especially during Christmas when it’s even harder on a child. Fortunately, when that awful dognapper tried to sell poor Marley, Tena was able to ‘sniff out’ that something was wrong—and immediately stepped in. Thanks to her efforts, the dognapper was caught and Marley reunited with Mia and Angel. So you can say that Tena really took a ‘bite out of crime’ and put a happy twist—or better yet ‘wag’—to a Christmas ‘tail.’”