Headline of the Day: “Grimm Votes Against Taking up His Own Flood Bill.”
The New York Times profiled Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, who suddenly finds himself embattled in Bill de Blasio‘s administration after allegedly botching the second snowstorm this year: “Mr. de Blasio’s response was a departure from the Bloomberg years, when the mayor fiercely defended his commissioners.”
The paper also looked at the fashion industry’s nonexistent relationship with Mr. de Blasio. “It may be that he’s not a party animal,” said Joanna Coles, the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. “But I just hope he doesn’t think of fashion as elitist and not worth his time, because the energy and creativity gives New York City so much.”
While Capital New York looked at the “daunting logistics” of implementing Mr. de Blasio’s plan for universal pre-K, noting the questions the city “doesn’t currently have the answers to, beginning with where all the newly eligible children will go, and how they’ll get there.” The publication further reported that the healthcare workers’ union 1199 is joining the pre-K push.
Mr. de Blasio isn’t enjoying shoveling snow like he used to. “I’m getting tired,” Mr. de Blasio told NY1 as he shoveled and salted his sidewalk. “This is heavy snow today, Bobby. I’m getting my workout here. I went to the gym first. That was not a good idea … Nobody likes days like today, but nobody handles days like today better than New Yorker.”
Also on NY1, former Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik discussed his fall from grace. “A federal felony conviction, a state felony conviction, is a life sentence,” Mr. Kerik said when asked about his prison experience. “I don’t care if you’re sentenced to a year and a day in prison. The collateral consequence is for life. It lasts forever.”
Later this afternoon, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will announce toll relief for Staten Islanders who use the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. “This toll relief will allow Staten Islanders to keep more of their money on the Island and will make a real difference for companies … to keep their business thriving,” he told the Staten Island Advance.
And here’s video of Congressman Charlie Rangel doing what he described on Twitter as the “#harlemshake”: