Morning Read: ‘Underneath That Shtick’

(Photo: Getty)

(Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Matzo matters for mayoral candidates.”

Council Speaker Chris Quinn‘s temper was noticeably profiled on the front page of The Times. She downed “an Advil with a swig of Starbucks coffee” while trying to find gender-neutral ways of cutting off adversaries’ “balls,” for example. Also: “Ms. Quinn’s staff, concerned that angry tirades could be overheard by outsiders, added soundproofing to her City Hall office.”

Not anyone is taken aback by Ms. Quinn’s temperament, however. Minority Leader Jimmy Oddo–an ally of Ms. Quinn’s with a famous yelling incident himself–tweeted “Waaaaaa, the Speaker yelled at me (sniffle, sniffle)….waaaaaa…and she said a bad word too….waaaaaa.”

Ms. Quinn also received some good news yesterday in the form of another elected official endorsing her. “I can think of no greater champion for the students, teachers, and working families of Queens than a Mayor Christine Quinn. I am proud to offer her my support and I intend to make the case to Queens families that we have a great pro-education, middle class ally in her,” Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan said in a statement. “I can attest to her record of accomplishment.”

While The Brooklyn Bureau profiled Borough President Marty Markowitz‘s legacy. “What Marty is best known for is the shtick but underneath that shtick is a guy who is willing to push whatever levers he has to on behalf of Brooklyn,” said consultant Bob Liff, who has known Mr. Markowitz since the 1960′s. “The job is such a bullshit job. … You have to play the cards you’re dealt and with the limited hand he was dealt, I think he played them about as well as he could have.”

Is the relationship between Governor Andrew Cuomo and his go-to media source showing tension? The source, New York Post columnist Fred Dicker seems to think so. “Many people over the years have talked about Andrew Cuomo being very petty. I didn’t see that for a long time. I didn’t think that was the case. I thought he was setting out to transform this state for the better,” Mr. Dicker said yesterday. “But get this — at the moment I’m going on the show, the governor puts out a press release saying that the governor’s going to be appearing on radio at 11 o’clock — a different radio show.”

Programming note: There may be light blogging activity today due to the holiday.