Headline of the Day: “Taxi and Limousine Commission lieutenant hit by — taxi.”
The New York Times looked back on Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s and Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s budget battle, which resulted in a mixed bag for Mr. de Blasio–including new limitations on his ability to restrict charter schools. “It was a potent lesson for the mayor that Mr. Cuomo can prove a constant menace, able to meddle with the city’s agenda in future budget cycles,” writes the Times.
“We’ll wait and see all of the other details but the bottom line is: Whatever is going to happen, one, we’re going to work with every kind of school … We want to serve the children of this city regardless of what kind of school they go to,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters yesterday. “The decisions about the space will be made by the Department of Education about our own buildings.”
“The governor was trying to embarrass him the whole time, and the mayor never took the bait, never called Cuomo a liar on the money, because we weren’t there to win a public relations battle,” a de Blasio adviser told New York. “Getting into a war of words would have played into what the governor wanted.”
But Mr. de Blasio is nevertheless reportedly in the hunt for a new communications director. “Senior aides acknowledged the start has been rocky, and that they’ve been actively trying to change course, reaching out to reporters and attempting to make the mayor more accessible,” writes the Daily News.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton criticized his predecessor, Ray Kelly, and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg in a WABC interview published yesterday. “Morale coming into this department was awful,” Mr. Bratton said. “The public didn’t understand that, politicians didn’t understand it, but it was a very dispirited organization.”
The Staten Island Advance profiled the race between Congressman Michael Grimm and Domenic Recchia. “For Grimm, all the activity has been a righting of the ship following the controversy that erupted after he threatened NY1 reporter Michael Scotto,” according to the Advance. “The pot is boiling,” said Mr. Recchia. “The campaign is going extremely well.”
And here is audio from John Catsimatidis‘ radio show on AM 970 The Answer yesterday, including interviews with Senator Chuck Schumer, State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington: