New Jersey Headline of the Day: “A Bridge to Scandal: Behind the Fort Lee Ruse.”
Regular Headline of the Day: “Hillary’s Hit List.”
The Daily News looked at Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s inauguration fund-raising and found “[a]t least two donors appear to have set a record — managing to give to de Blasio not once, not twice but three times: once to his campaign, once to his inauguration and once to help him settle the old campaign debt owed for illegally plastering posters all over the city back in 2009.”
Mr. de Blasio is continuing at least two of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg legal battles, even though some of his allies are the plaintiffs. In one, the mayor is defending an $18-an-omelet restaurant in Union Square; in the other, he is going to bat for Mr. Bloomberg’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” mandate.
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito released her tax returns last Friday evening around 7 p.m.–later than even the traditional deadline for “Friday news dumps”–even though there wasn’t anything especially damaging within them. “The information was released as it was made available,” she insisted Saturday. “It was made available when it was available.”
Crain’s New York Business reports that many business leaders are wary of Ms. Mark-Viverito’s reign. “The concern is whether there will be that balance,” said Manhattan Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Ploeger. “Everyone I talk to is really scared,” added an unnamed business leader.
The Hudson Valley’s Times Herald-Record explored the distinction between “upstate” and “downstate”: “Throughout his State of the State speech Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo repeatedly made million-dollar — if not — billion-dollar distinctions between two state locations whose boundaries seem sometimes to be arbitrary and shifting to say the least.”
While Anthony Weiner made his debut on Alpha House: “The former congressman and New York City mayoral hopeful is seen grim-faced — a familiar look he showed to the public during his multiple sexting scandals — entering a memorial service for a fellow politician who died while having sex with his secretary.”
And here is video, via NYTrue.com, of Congressman Joe Crowley discussing the speaker’s race and his relationship with Mr. de Blasio yesterday: