Headline of the Day: “Watertown beats NYC 30-1 in Cuomo contest.”
Runner-Up: “Bring Drunken Santas Under Control.”
The Wall Street Journal profiled Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s Friday radio show tradition, which will occur again later this morning: “The end of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years in office this month marks the final chapter of another long reign: the weekly radio show where he shared candid—and often polarizing—thoughts on life and politics.”
The New York Times has a front-page story on a new survey of the city’s attitudes towards Bill de Blasio. “Those people are saying, ‘I’m optimistic, but show me some results,’” said Siena pollster Donald Levy. “They’re sitting kind of on that razor’s edge of, ‘I think he’s different, I think, yes, he is progressive … but I’m not really sure until I see it.’”
Mr. de Blasio could be flying into City Council opposition at the moment; his aides told NY1 “the mayor-elect still plans to pursue a ban” on member items. “We’re hoping he will still understand the need for it,” countered speaker hopeful Mark Weprin. “He knows that these funds go to programs of extreme value,” added fellow hopeful Jimmy Vacca.
While the New York Post editorialized approvingly on Mr. de Blasio’s move to Gracie Mansion: “For Gracie Mansion is something of a second home for us. It was here that an important moment in this paper’s history was marked … And we hope it is only the first sign of future decisions that will bring him even closer to the spirit of the New York Post.”
The chair of the state Republican Party, Ed Cox, said Mr. de Blasio was always going to win this year’s election. “The city’s been going so well under two mayors who were elected on the Republican ticket that people thought, ‘Okay, we’re going to elect a Democrat this time,” Mr. Cox explained on Road to City Hall last night.
The NRCC’s fake campaign website targeting congressional hopeful Domenic Recchia may violate federal rules. “This doesn’t even strike me as a close call,” said the senior counsel for the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan campaign watchdog group. “It’s a slam dunk.”
And The Brooklyn Bureau did the definitive profile on ex-Assemblyman Vito Lopez, including the positive aspects of his controversial legacy.