Headline of the Day: “Shocker! Post finds honest NY politician.”
This is an interesting editorial: “As Kanye West puts it: ‘We want pre-nup!’ From New York pols, that is. Rich folk insist on prenuptial agreements all the time. West’s partner, Kim Kardashian, and her ex, Kris Humphries, did. As have countless others. It’s time New Yorkers insisted on one, too — for the political marriage we enter into with the politicians we elect … And we’d even give Kanye the credit.”
The barrage continues against Speaker Shelly Silver over his inolvement in covering up sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez. The Daily News and New York Post have three columns up today, for example, and over the weekend, the two pounded him in additional editorials. Mr. Silver’s spokesman said the idea of him stepping down was “ridiculous.”
Tell us how you really feel, Post columnist Fred Dicker: “The Post … made the mistake of giving Cuomo’s increasingly notorious spokesman, Josh Vlasto, an opportunity to respond. Within an hour, Cuomo’s office leaked the exclusive to the Albany Times-Union. Vlasto, considered untrustworthy by many reporters …”
The primary run-off election continues to look like a potential disaster thanks to a “bumbling” Board of Elections. “If you ask me if the B.O.E. is doing a terrible job, I would say to you it’s not the B.O.E., that it’s just following the law,” board president Fred Umane insisted. “It’s the guidelines, rules, limitations, and statutes we have to live with.”
While Councilman David Greenfield and Assemblyman Dov Hikind exchanged some public jabs. Mr. Hikind speculated Saturday that Mr. Greenfield is behind a critical blogger. On Sunday, Mr. Greenfield mocked a Lopez conspiracy theory by tweeting, “Dov Hikind tells people I’m to blame for his ‘blackface’ incident. Must be something in the Albany water!”
Might already-indicted State Senator John Sampson have performed the standard nonprofit graft that has landed so many other pols in hot water too? Investigators are now looking into $40,000 that Mr. Sampson steered to a politically influential partner’s charity.
We missed this interview Chirlane McCray, wife of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, did last week. So in case you did too: