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John Liu's favorite movie.  (Photo: Wikimedia)

(Photo: Wikimedia)

Headline of the Day: “Darth Vader, Biff Tannen And Other Famous Bullies ‘Support’ Christine Quinn.”

The New York Daily News had each candidate fill out a fun survey. Among the revelations, Speaker Christine Quinn and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio actually appear to agree on the little things more than other Gracie Mansion contenders–despite their policy disputes–sharing a favorite pizza place and president. Additionally, the mayor George McDonald most admires first took office in 1802 and Adolfo Carrión‘s claimed favorite book is a famous Tea Party tome. And there’s always Gothamist’s take on Comptroller John Liu‘s favorite movie: “John Liu Enjoys Watching Brad Pitt Waste $175 Million For Three Hours.”

Ms. Quinn has been rapidly increasing her number of veto overrides as she pursues her mayoral campaign. In the past 15 months, she has went over Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s head 15 times, compared to once in 2011 and none in 2010. But her rivals aren’t amused. “When Mayor Bloomberg demanded a third term, Speaker Quinn rolled out the red carpet,” argued a de Blasio spokeswoman. “Her recent change of heart rings hollow.” And Mr. Thompson’s new campaign manager proclaimed, “Everything she does is personal politics.”

While The New York Times profiled the mayoral candidates’ backstage behavior: “Once inside, the candidates gravitate toward preferred locations, not unlike actors or dancers accustomed to hitting their masking tape spots on stage. At the poverty forum in Harlem, Mr. de Blasio occupied a corner, while Adolfo Carrión Jr., an independent, was seated, professor-like and leafing through his briefing materials. Mr. Thompson, Tom Allon, a Republican who later dropped out, and Ms. Quinn, meanwhile, were laughing amiably in the center.”

The paid sick day discussion isn’t finished yet, and the Quinn-backed compromise legislation has at least one trigger to push the City Council to consider expanding mandated sick leave to more businesses in 2016. “The City Council today, 2013, obviously can’t tell the City Council of 2017 what to do,” explained Councilwoman Gale Brewer, the author of the bill. “We can’t say to them, ‘OK, so if the economy is doing better you need to pass a new law.’ Or if the economy is not doing better, blah blah blah. By law, we can’t do that.”

Mayor Bloomberg’s feud with the State Senate Republicans–whose campaign committee he regularly gives $1 million contributions to–has apparently hit a fevered pitch. “It was a good idea to save kids’ lives eight years ago and now it’s chutzpah? I don’t understand,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson charged over Mr. Bloomberg’s push for speed cameras in the city. “This is a Republican conference that voted to raise taxes, to legalize marriage equality and to ban assault weapons, but they draw the line on speed cameras?”

While New York Post columnist Fred Dicker isn’t done taking shots over Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s bow. In his latest piece, Mr. Dicker says Mr. Cuomo is “paralyzed with indecision” over the hydrofracking issue, which he “developed cold feet” on. “Many say that the governor — who has taken a radical turn to the political left since the start of the year — is being guided by political considerations alone,” wrote Mr. Dicker, who constantly touts the benefits of drilling on his radio show.

And mayoral candidate Sal Albanese talks baseball:

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