Weekend in Review: Pleading With Albany, Bloomberg’s Term-Limits Affair

In a strongly worded editorial, the Daily News writes of the stalled negotiations over the M.T.A., "Without providing a glimmer of an alternative, Senate Dems have run from displeasing drivers – in the process, betraying the far larger number of constituents who use mass transit."

The chair of the M.T.A. made a plea to Albany on Friday, warning again of the "doomsday" budget.

Michael Bloomberg has already put $3 million into his campaign.

Bloomberg's insistence that extending term limits would give voters more choice, writes Michael Barbaro, was something of a canard.

Adam Lisberg FOILs Bloomberg's schedules, and found the mayor met personally with five Council members just before the term-limits vote. Four were known to be undecided at the time, the fifth was Bloomberg ally Simcha Felder.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, pledging transparency upon assuming office, then met secretly with Leo Hindery and invested more money with him. The Times also raises questions about his fund-raising.

The Democrat & Chronicle explains why, even with funding, high-speed rail in upstate New York will come very slowly.

Charles Ustadt suggests five projects to increase the size of Manhattan, one of which is making Governors Island a neighborhood, and another of which is to fill in the Harlem River. 

On Daily Gotham, mole333 is wondering about connections between Steve DiBrienza and David Yassky.

Another weekend, another arguably excessive use of taxpayer money by David Paterson. This time it's patio furniture. (via Political IV)

Republicans in Washington are being encouraged by leadership to donate money to Jim Tedisco's campaign.

According to both campaigns, reports The Hill, the race is now a dead heat.

Representative Eliot Engel was claiming the "homestead" tax break on his house in Maryland when it's clear he mainly lives in the Bronx.

Local politicians in Coney Island are reportedly in cahoots with the developer, and city officials feel left out.

The Daily News again explains why the office of borough president is not particularly critical to the city.

Dan Jacoby: this is how much of western New York natural-gas companies are interested in.

Brad Lander, who's running for Bill de Blasio's Council seat, got the endorsement of the Working Families Party. De Blasio, also endorsed by the W.F.P., is now running for public advocate.

A C.I.A. veteran writes in Foreign Affairs that with Chas Freeman's withdrawal, the "message to intelligence officers is clear: Their work will be acceptable only if it conforms to dominant policy views."

Nationally, foreclosures in February were up 30 percent over last year.

Two of New York's congressional districts make it onto the list of 10 saddest districts; none are listed under 10 happiest districts.

Dick Cheney is publicly airing his resentment against George W. Bush over the Scooter Libby pardon that didn't happen.

Bush is challenged with raising money for his presidential library.

Osama bin Laden returns to the airwaves.

Luckily, the U.S. may be sort of close to finding him.

Obama: remember, I inherited a big mess.

First there was Unity 08, now there's Unity 09. No relation, notes Ben Smith.

Weekend in Review: Pleading With Albany, Bloomberg’s Term-Limits Affair