Headline of the Day: “For local biz, sick-leave law is nothing to sneeze at.”
Runner-Up: “So what if de Blasio is slow on appointments?”
Bill de Blasio wasn’t on hand to accept an award from the Council of Jewish Organizations breakfast yesterday, choosing instead to give an education school speech in Morningside Heights. “The mayor is sick and tired of how each and every organization plays as if they are the most important organization on the horizon,” a “source close to the mayor” told Yeshiva World News.
As for the speech, Mr. de Blasio “offered a mea culpa over his handling of some recent charter school decisions,” according to Chalkbeat New York. Mr. de Blasio “struck a conciliatory tone, acknowledging missteps and emphasizing common ground,” added The New York Times. He “called for a truce,” says the New York Post.
Mr. de Blasio’s other Sunday event didn’t go as smoothly, with the Post reporting: “Angry Upper East Side protesters forced Mayor Bill de Blasio to relocate a press conference Sunday afternoon not once, but twice, as he was trying to announce more than $100 million in funding for new flood-proof boilers in city public housing complexes.”
City & State looked into the weaknesses of the city’s Campaign Finance Board as election reform advocates push for the model to be expanded statewide. The paper notes “several former political candidates interviewed for this story, all of whom had participated in the matching funds program, suggested that the process has become onerously burdensome.”
State Senator Jeff Klein isn’t sure what to make of Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s recent comments about ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell‘s potential primary challenge. “I have a master’s degree and a law degree,” Mr. Klein told the Times. “And sometimes I can’t always figure out Cuomo-speak.”
Blake Zeff writes in Capital New York about a potential leftist challenge to Mr. Cuomo: “How much more can the Working Families Party take before ditching him and running someone else on its line this year?”
Democratic activist Bill Samuels is pushing exactly that. “A wealthy Democratic activist commissioned a poll that shows a third-party leftist candidate could eat into what Gov. Cuomo is hoping will be a commanding victory this year,” the Daily News reports.
Meanwhile, Republican businessman John Catsimatidis is thinking about bankrolling an effort to revive the defunct Liberal Party and boost Mr. Cuomo’s re-election bid. “Catsimatidis will help us. We are on the same page,” Liberal Party Executive Director Martin Hassner told the Post.
And below you can listen to Mr. Catsimatidis’ radio show yesterday, which featured speculation on the missing Malaysian flight as well as interviews with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani: