Morning Read: ‘My Statements Were Unfortunately Distorted’

Headline of the Day: “Cuomo kin say nope to pope.” On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Comptroller John Liu will officially

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Headline of the Day: “Cuomo kin say nope to pope.”

On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Comptroller John Liu will officially launch his mayoral campaign on the steps of City Hall, as per a media advisory–likely with a huge crowd if Politicker’s sources are correct. Mr. Liu will further supplement the announcement with a hectic, 14-hour day of campaigning that will “span five boroughs,” 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

In other news, Mr. Liu took a decidedly skeptical approach to the police department’s handling of the Kimani Gray shooting. “This incident needs to be fully and publicly investigated,” Mr. Liu told New York Magazine yesterday afternoon. “We cannot rely on the quick reassurances that officers acted within guidelines when there are many unanswered questions.” Rivals Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn were more tempered and critical of the rioters.

While local Councilman Jumaane Williams held press conference and declared, “There are people — well-intentioned as they may be — that are coming into the community and capitalizing on a terrible situation and making it worse. … This is about inciting and igniting 60, 70, 80 15-and 16-year-olds who have justified anger, and taking them — without any training, without any strategy, without discussing with them what will happen if they get arrested — and taking them on a march that is dangerous and destructive.”

Councilman Dan Halloran revisited his old intentional slow-down accusations against plow drivers during the 2010 blizzard. “At the time, my statements were unfortunately distorted into criticism for the hardworking DSNY employees and I was wrong to not fight more forcefully to clear up the record,” Mr. Halloran said in yesterday’s Queens Time Ledger. “I know how hard they work. The issues I raised were directed at the policymakers in the top management positions, based on what I’d heard at the time.”

Brooklyn’s Conservative Party, fresh off of endorsing Democratic Councilman David Greenfield for reelection, just did the same last night for D.A. Joe Hynes, who, unlike Mr. Greenfield, is facing Democratic primary rivals this year.  Mr. Hynes commented, “I am enormously honored by the Conservative Party’s recognition of my office’s role in making Brooklyn streets safer. I am very proud of our record and gratified by the Party’s endorsement.”

And things aren’t looking up for Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who for months has been without even a lawyer as he’s unsuccessfully petitioned the court for a publicly-funded one. Yesterday, his former chief of staff–and co-defendant–testified against him and said he orchestrated various alleged corruption schemes. Mr. Boyland scheduled again to ask the court for a lawyer today, but with a $79,500/year + per diem State Assembly salary… Morning Read: ‘My Statements Were Unfortunately Distorted’