Morning Read: ‘Many Grains of Salt’

Today's amNewYork.

Today’s amNewYork.

Mayoral Schedule of the Month: “10:00 AM – Donates Blood. 12:00 PM – Hosts Press Conference to Make [Mystery] Announcement. 5:30 PM – Meets with Members of Pussy Riot.”

Lede of the Day: “Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. pictured himself as a Mafia don, according to his treacherous mistress.”

During a friendly interview with Councilman David Greenfield, congressional hopeful Domenic Recchia was asked if he had ever threatened to throw reporters off a balcony. “Not at all!” Mr. Recchia exclaimed, saying “reporters don’t have to worry about me throwing them off the balcony or me assaulting them. I am going to be the congressman for the people and work with the reporters.”

Congressman José Serrano bristled at the idea of State Senator Rubén Díaz or Councilwoman Annabel Palma challenging him in this year’s primary. “To my knowledge, up to very recently, my colleagues in the Bronx were happy with my leadership,” he told City & State. “They will have to again come up with reasons to show the public that it’s time for me to not be re-elected.”

The NRCC tried to make the case for Congressman Steve Israel‘s vulnerability, releasing a new poll showing Mr. Israel–who sits in a somewhat competitive Long Island district that includes parts of northeastern Queens–but the Daily News wasn’t buying it, calling the findings “dicey” and saying they “deserve many grains of salt.”

While the New York Post was skeptical of the universal pre-K nonprofit pushing Bill de Blasio‘s education agenda: “The nonprofit that is leading a so-called ‘grass-roots campaign’ to support Mayor de Blasio’s universal pre-K plan was launched by three of his high-level campaign staffers, public records show.”

Speaking on Inside City Hall, the city’s teachers’ union president, Michael Mulgrew, expressed optimism about the new de Blasio administration. “This administration seems to be saying, ‘Our job is to actually help teachers help kids.’ So that means we’re going to have to change a lot of the policies,” he said. “And we look forward to that.”

“There’s no group in municipal labor that doesn’t want this administration to succeed, and as a result of that I think we’re going to be very collegial,” a source involved in city labor negotiations told Capital New York. “Do we want a raise? Yes. Do we want back money? Yes. Would we wait for the back money? I’m pretty sure we’d wait a long time for the back money.”

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