Welcome to the New York Observer‘s political blog, The Politicker.

We’ll be posting a few times each day with reporting, tips, links, and observations on New York’s political scene. The Mayor’s race will be a central thread, but we’ll also be looking at Hillary and Chuck, Eliot and George, and the wider scene. As you can see, we’ve been up and running since November with a handful of readers. We may launch more formally soon, after some technical tweaks, but as of today we’re up and running.

Today, we think you’ll enjoy Mike Bloomberg’s story about his caddy. A couple of other early items still worth a look:

-What Bloomberg’s been overheard saying about running for governor.
-When Charles Barron plans to pull out of the mayor’s race.

Ben Smith has been doing the blogging. Marcus Baram is editing the Politicker. And Lizzy Ratner will be making her presence felt as well.

Tips, suggestions, criticism, (and did we mention tips?) welcome. Welcome!