Headline of the Day: “Why Run a Slum If You Can Make More Money Housing the Homeless?”
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was noticeably absent from the scene of yesterday’s deadly train accident in the Bronx, with a spokesman arguing the derailment was a state and MTA matter. On Twitter, reporters quickly wondered if Mr. Bloomberg was in Bermuda again.
“What can I do?” Mr. Bloomberg said while later making an unannounced visit to the nearby hospital. “Nothing I can do. All I can do is make sure that the right people from New York City, our police commissioner, our fire commissioner and emergency management commissioner are there.”
After having an empty public schedule throughout the holiday weekend, Bill de Blasio will be attending a luncheon with Assembly Democrats to discuss his state legislative agenda, much of which they fully support. The event itself will be closed-press but Mr. de Blasio is set to take questions from reporters afterward.
An unnamed Democrat who “knows the council as well as anyone,” doesn’t think Mr. de Blasio wants Melissa Mark-Viverito to become speaker. “I am very certain that he does not want a speaker to his left,” the Democrat told Crain’s New York Business. “He’ll want someone who’s not going to push him. He’ll want to do things when he’s ready.”
The New York Post‘s Fred Dicker is rather skeptical of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie alleged dismissal of his report indicating Mr. Christie is looking to unseat Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Mr. Dicker writes that Mr. Christie is the head of the Republican Governors Association, “an organization whose purpose is to elect GOP governors.”
And the Staten Island Advance questioned whether Councilman Domenic Recchia‘s Brooklyn address will hurt his bid against Congressman Michael Grimm. State Senator Diane Savino and Mr. Recchia insisted it won’t; “Fair enough, but both Grimm and Ms. Savino were Island residents when they made their runs,” the Advance countered.