Headline of the Day: “Cuomo Rolls Out Budget Goodies, With Notable Silences.”
The state’s editorial boards generally took similarly skeptical views on Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s budget address yesterday. The Daily News argued Mr. Cuomo “should have gone farther” and the Albany Times-Union said the fiscal plan “is a mix of good and not so good.” The New York Post, naturally, scoffed the loudest, saying, “You’d almost think the 2016 presidential race had already begun.”
While the New York Times‘ editorial board took a hard stance backing Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the city’s school bus driver strike and called on the city to “hold its ground if it wants to bring runaway costs under control and genuine competition to the bidding process.”
Aspiring pols take note, this is the worst way you can respond to a question about your campaign finance reports without invoking Godwin’s Law. Upper East Side City Council candidate Ed Hartzog followed up the gaffe on by quipping, “I hope for goodness sake that my flippant comment isn’t going to be part of the story. I was just sort of being something.”
The New York City Board of Elections miraculously discovered a solution to its September Election Day concerns. Instead of the “impossibility” of holding a run-off election, the ballot could simply ask voters to simultaneously select their first and second choices.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney seemed very supportive of Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s mayoral candidacy on Monday. “We may have from New York a woman president coming up in 2016 and we may have a woman mayor from the City of New York,” Ms. Maloney said, referring to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ms. Quinn. “I think she’d make a terrific mayor.”
And the NAACP and the Hispanic Federation, a network of 100 northeastern groups, are trying to block Mayor Bloomberg’s soda cup size restrictions, arguing in court, “This sweeping regulation will no doubt burden and disproportionally impact minority-owned businesses at a time when these businesses can least afford it.”