Morning Read: ‘Not Available in Stores’

Today's amNewYork. (Photo: Newseum)

Today’s amNewYork. (Photo: Newseum)

Headline of the Day: “NY senator seeks release of Sochi yogurt shipment.”

Runner-Up: “Queens councilman goes to bat for cricket.”

All four of the city’s top officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, will be skipping this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade–marking the first time in 20 years the mayor has boycotted the event.

As the Times noted,  Mayor David Dinkins–Mr. de Blasio’s first political boss–last “boycotted the event in 1993, in the wake of wide spread protests after sponsors won a court battle to exclude a group of openly gay Irish-Americans from participating.”

As embattled State Senator John Sampson was pleading not-guilty yesterday in Brooklyn federal court to charges he lied to federal prosecutors, Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.‘s corruption trial continued with audio from “a boozy dinner at Peter Luger steakhouse in 2010″ in which Mr. Boyland Jr. allegedly told undercover agents they could pay him back for helping secure “lucrative street carnivals” by donating to consultants and nonprofits, according to the New York Post.

In another conversation at a Manhattan steakhouse, the lawmaker reportedly told agents that he was considering a run for statewide office–and dissed the role of Brooklyn Borough president in the process. “Yeah, it’s either that or city comptroller,” he reportedly told the agents. “The borough president is a glorified cheerleader … Borough president is sort of like goal B, you know?”

And editorials continued to weigh in on Mr. de Blasio’s first month in office. “To score political points, he’s fighting already-won Bloomberg-era battles. Stop-and-frisk became an abused policy, but it was largely ‘fixed’ before de Blasio was elected,” argued the NewsHarry Siegel. Len Levitt piled on in Huffington Post: “de Blasio’s and Bratton’s posturing over Stop and Frisk” can be seen “as a brilliant yet cynical attempt to exploit a policy whose abuses had largely ended last year when Kelly reduced the number of stops in the third-quarter of 2013.”

Mr. de Blasio’s newest deputy mayor, Richard Buery Jr., the CEO of the Children’s Aid Society, will be tasked with implementing Mr. de Blasio’s signature pre-K program–which is “poised to compete with charter schools over scarce public-school space,” in the words of the Post. “Yet as head of the nonprofit, Buery, 42, had lobbied for the Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School to be granted temporary space inside a South Bronx building that also houses two traditional public schools.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton joined Mr. de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, yesterday in East Harlem to talk about the importance of early education, telling parents, “You’re literally building brain cells when you talk to your child, sing to your child,” according to the News. Mr. de Blasio, who managed of Ms. Clinton’s 2000 Senate race, also said the potential 2016 contender has been been teaching Ms. McCray, giving her “free lessons in how to be a first lady. Not available in stores.”

And here, courtesy of NYTrue.com, is footage of the mayor attempting to kick a field goal during his trip to “Super Bowl Boulevard” Saturday: