Headline of the Day: “Governor Cuomo Interviewed by His Brother, the Only Person Who Works at CNN.”
DNAinfo.com New York on Sunday’s deadly train accident: “Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks.”
A small debate emerged yesterday after CNN host Chris Cuomo interviewed his brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on the train derailment. The Washington Post‘s media blogger found it overly soft and offered an “iron-clad consensus that journalists shouldn’t report on their family members,” while others disagreed.
Capital New York delved into Mr. Cuomo’s re-elect and whether he can beat his 2010 margin to potentially boost national ambitions. “The truth of the matter is even if he wins 55-41 or 42, it’s still a 13, 14 point victory. That’s still a big win,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn also gave an exit interview to the publication, where she continued to stand her ground on term limits. “Term limits was something that I believed was the right thing to do,” she insisted of the controversial decision. “Something where I had to stand up, and I have no regrets.”
Congressman Charlie Rangel is reportedly set to announce his re-election bid. “Congressman Rangel is running. You can’t keep the old war horse down,” said Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright, a close Rangel ally and leader in the state Democratic party, adding: “I’m with him all the way.”
Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz has hired Councilman Leroy Comrie for her administration, perhaps depriving Senate Democrats of their top candidate to run against State Senator Malcolm Smith, who was of course indicted for corruption after bailing on the conference.
Bronx Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo paid more than $55,000 to her son to help her re-election campaign, continuing to pay him through December of this year even though she had an non-competitive general election. “The hefty payout consumed half of the $102,256 in private funds raised by the third-term Democrat,” the Post noted.
Here’s video, via JPUpdates, of Mayor Michael Bloomberg lighting the Chanukah candle at the Jewish Heritage Museum yesterday:
And, via NYTrue.com, is the full 11-minute question-and-answer session Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio held with reporters yesterday: