Morning Politics: ‘In Touch With Their Feminine Side’

This morning's Metro. (Photo: Newseum)

This morning’s Metro. (Photo: Newseum)

Headline of the Day: “Q&A: Style and shopping for bow ties with Bronx Councilman Andy King.”

Indicted City Councilman Ruben Wills, who was arrested last week by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, wore a wire in an effort to lessen his sentence, the New York Post reported. But the Queens lawmaker apparently failed to turn up any dirt. “He was radioactive, and nobody would speak to him,” one lawmaker told the paper. “Nobody would have anything to do with him.”

“As he begins his bid for a second term,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo “is struggling to hold on to support from the left wing of his own party,” the New York Times writes in its take on Mr. Cuomo’s re-election landscape and the prospect that the Working Families Party may choose to endorse someone else.

According to the paper, Mr. Cuomo “has expressed resentment at being issued an ultimatum over public financing by party leaders.” But he has nonetheless been working behind-the-scenes “to convince the party’s leaders and other activists that he shares their goal. In a private meeting with advocates of campaign finance reform, Mr. Cuomo said that when he is eulogized, he wants to be remembered for three accomplishments: legalizing same-sex marriage, tightening gun laws and passing a public-financing system, according to people with firsthand knowledge of the meeting.”

The Wall Street Journal chronicled Mr. Cuomo’s refusal to says the name of his Republican challenger, Rob Astorino. “In public, Mr. Cuomo avoids even oblique references to Mr. Astorino; the governor has never said his challenger’s name in public, an aide confirmed. And he declines to answer reporters’ questions on the subject. Asked in early April to respond to Mr. Astorino’s criticism of the state budget deal, Mr. Cuomo listened—stone-faced—to the question while squeezing a baseball (a news conference prop) between his hands. His curt response: ‘Yeah, that’s nice.'”

Mr. Cuomo’s live-in girlfriend, Food Network guru Sandra Lee, has earned the ire of one Westchester building inspector, who claims she completed multiple home renovations without obtaining the appropriate building permits, the Journal-News reported. After six months “of chasing and threatening” Ms. Lee, the inspector claimed he finally got a response from Larry Schwartz, a top Cuomo aide.

In the Wall Street Journal, Jessica Proud, a spokeswoman for Mr. Astorino, “questioned why a government official intervened on Ms. Lee’s behalf.” “If the average person has to go through this then the governor should as well,” she said. Mr. Cuomo’s campaign in response: “This is just Rob Astorino playing his little Westchester political games about a gazebo when he should be doing his job.”

The NYPD may have abandoned its controversial “Demographics Unit,” but it continues to comb prisons trying to recruit immigrant, Muslim men to serve as confidential police informants, the New York Times revealed this weekend. While police described the encounters as harmless conversations, some of the men approached had different interpretations. “It’s not appropriate … They’re fishing. You’re in trouble with the law and they are the law,” one attempted recruit told the paper. “I don’t want to be a spy on anybody.”

The paper also took a look at the women of City Hall, who outnumber men in the highest-ranks of Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration, with two female deputy mayors and two dozen female commissioners and directors: “The longtime fraternity of government power — a boys’ club that women have been admitted to for years but without ever becoming a dominant force — now resembles a sorority where women are helping set Mayor Bill de Blasio’s agenda, squeezing real estate developers for better deals, and prodding entrenched bureaucrats out of their comfort zones.”

And even the men in the administration, according to Deputy Mayor Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, have a different quality than those she’d worked with under previous mayors. “The men in this administration are in touch with their feminine side,” she told the paper. “There’s a gentler group. I’m used to the high masculinity, testosterone-driven group, and they’re not.”