Morning Politics: ‘I Would Want the Mayor at My Table’

Today's Metro.

Today’s Metro.

Headline of the Day: “Free ‘NYC’ condoms are being smuggled into the Dominican Republic and sold illegally for cash.”

Bill de Blasio may want to get around to picking a film commissioner, the New York Post reports: “New York City, which has more than quadrupled the number of TV series filmed in the city over the past 13 years, is at risk of losing that momentum to rival cities if City Hall doesn’t move on a clear and positive filming policy.” (More here.)

New York Times columnist Michael Powell is skeptical of Mr. de Blasio’s praise for Rev. Al Sharpton. “If I played poker, I would want the mayor at my table,” Mr. Powell wrote in a piece connecting Mr. Sharpton’s political activism to his financial interests. “‘He’s the real thing,’ Mr. de Blasio said last week. Yes, he is. The real ‘what’ is the question.”

Meanwhile, actor Liam Neeson took to the Times to write an op-ed critical of the mayor’s opposition to horse-drawn carriages. Mr. Neeson, whose pro-horse carriage activism has been the subject of extensive media coverage, declares, “It has been my experience, always, that horses, much like humans, are at their happiest and healthiest when working.”

City & State brings the latest round of intrigue regarding Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Moreland Commission. Mr. Cuomo’s office reportedly pushed one of its own staffers–who lacked “professional expertise in ethics reform, campaign finance, the penal code or any of the other areas principally germane to the Commission’s work”–to write the reports.

On NY1’s Inside City Hall last night, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. touted the history-making potential of State Senator Adriano Espaillat‘s congressional bid. “You can’t deny also that part of the decision is that the demographics have changed,” he said. “The demographics now show that 55 percent of the people living in that congressional district are Latino.”

And the Daily News editorial board called for ex-Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes to be probed: “There could hardly be a more grievous violation of legal ethics than for a prosecutor to allow a wrongfully convicted man to remain imprisoned after a miscarriage of justice has come to light.”