Morning Read: ‘To Accept Another Alternative Would Be to Accept the Premise’

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Today’s amNewYork.

Headline of the Day: “Only 39 Percent of New Yorkers Approve of This Bill de Blasio Character Now.”

Lede of the Day: “Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. managed to offend jurors at his corruption trial even before his attorneys opened their mouths.”

Rob Astorino took his gubernatorial launch across multiple channels last night. On Capital Tonight, Mr. Astorino challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to debates. “I’ll debate him any day. I’ll have no problems with debates,” he said. “I didn’t shy away from it as a challenger when I ran in ’09, or as an incumbent … So yeah,  I’ll debate Gov. Cuomo every day of the week.”

While on Inside City Hall, the ever-on-message Mr. Astorino beat back a question on his county’s downgraded credit rating: “I’ll put my record up against the governor’s any day on what we have done in Westchester County. He can talk all he likes, or his allies can talk all they want, but our record is a solid one. And we have a higher credit rating in Westchester County than New York state.”

In Westchester as well, Capital New York reports the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development yesterday “opened an investigation into allegations of housing discrimination in the politically connected town of New Castle.” “The county executive supports this project,” said Astorino spokesman Ned McCormack.

Also on Capital Tonight last night, Public Advocate Tish James took a slight dig at her former rival, State Senator Daniel Squadron, while advocating for campaign finance reform. “I would not be in this position but for public financing,” she said. “The individual I was running against was someone of wealth; his family was wealthy.”

On Inside City Hall, Adriano Espaillat further outlined his case against Congressman Charlie Rangel. As for whether Mr. Espaillat plans to run again for his State Senate seat if he loses, he said: “I haven’t taken even a second to think about any other alternative. To accept another alternative would be to accept the premise that I’m not going to win. And I’m going to win.”

Chris Owens, a district leader, consultant and former congressional candidate, is giving up politics to work for District Attorney Ken Thompson, a move that will result on Mr. Owens resigning his district leader post in the Brooklyn Democratic Party. “Being a part of Brooklyn’s political landscape since 1982 has been wonderful,” he said.

And here’s video, via, of Bill de Blasio‘s press conference yesterday, including the end where he yet again walks off without taking off-topic questions: