Headline of the Day: “Doomed Metro-North Train Had Warning System, Just Not in Operator’s Cab.”
Runner-Up: “De Blasio’s organizer, now from the inside.”
Actress Keri Russell‘s home was broken into, then this happened: “Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota, who lives in the area, passed by and asked what was going on. When a scribe told him about the break-ins, Lhota replied by alluding to his campaign warnings that crime would increase in the absence of aggressive use of stop-and-frisk: ‘See, I told you guys this was going to happen,’ he said.”
Speaking of which, Bill de Blasio is reportedly expected to announce his police commissioner pick in Brooklyn later this morning, which Metro noted will be at the home of a community policing pioneer, Judge Alex Calabrese: “Perhaps most importantly, Calabrese has established and maintained productive working relationships with the local police captains.”
NY1 recalled that one of Mr. de Blasio’s leading police picks, ex-Commissioner Bill Bratton, had a dramatic tenure. “When he was police commissioner here in the mid-90s, he lashed out at families who booed him over alleged police misconduct and brutality,” the report says. “You’re making fools of yourselves. You really are,” declares Mr. Bratton.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito discussed her speaker candidacy on Road to City Hall last night. “I’m a very pragmatic person. I’m very opinionated and strong-willed. But that doesn’t mean that you’re unreasonable. I think that being in this position, you have to be also very clear and precise … When you talk to me, I’m talking straight,” she said.
While Comptroller John Liu, speaking on the same program, said he doesn’t know what his post-election plans are yet. “I’m not going to rush into any fast decisions; I’m going to take my time,” Mr. Liu said. “Wherever I draw my paycheck from, I will be very much engaged in the issues and affairs of this great city.”
Congressman Charlie Rangel rejected a report suggesting he already made up his mind to run for re-election and said he’s meeting potential successors for his seat.
And ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner is reportedly in line to get his own talk-radio show.