Jennifer Senior says the recession could have an upside for New York, namely making it affordable for the middle class and reviving “a rich bohemian culture.”
Michael Bloomberg, and the press, watched Georgina Bloomberg ride horses.
Bloomberg “has a complicated relationship with criticism,” writes Adam Lisberg.
Anthony Weiner wants his Barack Obama moment.
Courtney Gross starts off Gotham Gazette’s series on the mayoral candidates with a look at Bill Thompson, and writes, “He is non-threatening, which may be exactly the problem.” (Also, I get a photo credit.)
Rumors that Thompson may drop out are “pathetic,” says his campaign manager.
The Wall Street Journal cites Bloomberg as an example of mayors who are criticizing governors for how federal stimulus money is being distributed.
Peter Spencer looks at cuts Bloomberg may make to the fire department.
Bloomberg gets praise for his green initiatives.
Watch video of Eva Moskowitz and Randi Weingarten debating.
Tom Wrobleski has details of Borough President Jim Molinaro’s re-election campaign on Staten Island.
Sources tell Fred Dicker that Steve Israel accidentally sent an email to Kirsten Gillibrand mocking the notion that the two will work together.
David Paterson isn’t working to block Gillibrand’s challengers.
It’s hard to get anything done with a razor-thin majority in the State Senate, but it's easier in the Assembly, said Malcolm Smith, because “Shelly has 60 members he can let off the hook.”
Larry Seabrook gave city money to a nonprofit which then paid his nephew $3,000 in consulting fees. Later, Seabrook’s Council office paid the same nephew $5,000 in fees for his services as a community-relations consultant.
Nobody wants to talk about Vito Lopez trying to get his son-in-law a job with the M.T.A.
City Council candidate Karen Koslowitz attended the annual Kew Gardens Civic Association meeting, but did not talk to the group and left early to go to a fund-raiser.
Andrew Cuomo will look into whether two state lawmakers from the Bronx used nonprofit groups to skirt campaign finance laws.
Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball will challenge Democratic Representative John Hall.
Kevin Parker wants to legalize Ultimate Fighting.
Jeff Klein wants to email you about sex offenders in your neighborhood.
Nicole Gelinas writes, “It's obvious that Albany won't give the MTA chief the financial or political resources to do the job properly.” Also, the “dark probability is that Albany got rid of [Eliot] Sander because it wants someone less diligent and competent.”
Cindy Adam reports that Eric Gioia’s second child is due on primary day.
Gioia wants the city to sell off $6 million in shares in a company that makes cigarettes.
Mike Lupica takes offense to Wanda Sykes' joke about Rush Limbaugh being the 20th hijacker on September 11th.
Errol Louis says “it's entirely possible” that Obama will stay out of the mayor’s race, and that if he does it will be a big boost for Bloomberg.
The lack of provisions for day laborers in Suffolk is “is an affront to decency in a place that enshrines the work ethic and owes these men so much,” writes Lawrence Downes on the Times editorial page.
Jamaica High School isn’t as violent as it used to be.
Some public school teachers get paid well, with overtime.
A 29-year-old Democrat will challenge Republican Maureen O’Connell for a county clerk job in Nassau County.
Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray’s father retired on a Friday, but arrived at his old job the next Monday with a new title and a $40-an-hour paycheck for working part time.