Morning Politics: ‘Delay and Inaction Are the Preferable Form of Leadership’

"Undercover Sharpton." (screengrab: hulu.com)

“Undercover Sharpton.” (screengrab: hulu.com)

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With a statement from Bill de Blasio, a Daily News report confirms that Macy’s will indeed bring fireworks back to the East River for this year’s July 4 celebrations. “I’m thrilled that, after years of working with Macy’s and my colleagues to make this a reality, the fireworks will return to the East River this year!” the mayor exclaimed. “Now even more New Yorkers will get to take part in this extraordinary celebration.”

The New York Times editorial board called on Mr. de Blasio to drop his plans to ban horse-drawn carriages: “Don’t do it, Mr. Mayor. Here’s an instance where delay and inaction are the preferable form of leadership. Let the carriages and the horses alone. Let this small business survive. Side with the drivers and do not add fleets of new cars, electric or not, into the streets and parks.”

The New York Post reports that Mr. de Blasio used “faulty” teacher-retention numbers in his 100-day speech last week. “The data the mayor is referring to is mistaken. That’s not a data point I’ve ever seen,” said Dan Weisberg, head of the New Teacher Project and former labor director of public schools for the Bloomberg administration.

Mr. de Blasio’s speech also used tricky numbers regarding NYCHA repairs, NY1 reported Friday: “[R]epairs that need skilled labor at Housing Authority developments take much longer. As of Friday, it took 126 days on average to get a repair done that required skilled labor. That’s two-and-a-half times what de Blasio said.”

Newsday profiled the close relationship between Mr. de Blasio and Rev. Al Sharpton. “There’s always an open line of communication. Always,” said Rachel Noerdlinger, a former top Sharpton aide who now works in the de Blasio administration. “I know there hasn’t been a thing that we have asked Mayor de Blasio to do that he hasn’t done.”

Former Public Advocate Mark Green held little back in a weekend Daily News column blasting Mr. Sharpton, Mr. de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “I’m happy to grade these power-players because I don’t need to have lunch in this town again,” Mr. Green writes. Mr. Sharpton, he says for instance, has “such a high regard for the truth that he uses it sparingly.”

Multiple outlets have taken a look at Mr. Cuomo’s current standing after last week’s scrutiny from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. “Until the U.S. attorney explicitly says that the governor is not under investigation, Cuomo could have a cloud over him that his Republican opponent Rob Astorino will be sure to exploit,” Capital New York‘s Blake Zeff writes.

“Gov. Cuomo’s latest woes over his handling of an anti-corruption commission can be traced back to his need for control, insiders say,” writes the Daily NewsKen Lovett. “This was always a risk,” one source told Mr. Lovett. “He has a tendency to try and get involved in everything. He can’t help himself.”

“Preet thinks of himself as a Democratic Rudy Giuliani, a crime- and corruption-fighter who can parley the US attorney’s job into elective office,’’ a consultant “with ties to Bharara’s office” told the New York Post‘s Fred Dicker. “To the extent that the bloom is off the rose when it comes to Cuomo, that may open the door for Preet to run for his job sometime down the road.'”

And below is John Catsimatidis‘ Sunday radio show The Cats Roundtable, featuring Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Congressman Pete King as guests: