Morning Read: ‘For Immediate Release Immediately’

Queens Senator Malcolm Smith, who is accused of corruption, tweeted this. (Photo: Twitter)

Queens Senator Malcolm Smith, who is accused of corruption, tweeted this. (Photo: Twitter)

Tweet of the Day from Congressman Jerry Nadler: “Apologies – I’ve regained control of my Twitter account from angry bird.”

The Queens GOP just can’t catch a break. After a raft of corruption scandals, a City Council candidate is accusing Vice Chairman Stephen Graves of trying to shake her down for an endorsement. Chair Phil Ragusa didn’t bother defending him. “If he went out and did it on his own, that’s not my problem,” he told the New York Post.  “If what you’re saying is true, clearly, we are very upset.”

In another ethically troubled county operation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has opted to leave former Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro‘s seat vacant until the normally-scheduled elections later this year. Good-government advocates have consistently cited the state’s special election process–where insiders anoint party nominees–as a problem.

And Comptroller John Liu says he’s not worried after a current campaign aide admitted in court that she suggested a straw donor scheme to family and friends. “I’m disappointed to hear it, but I have full confidence in her ability,” he told the Wall Street Journal. When pressed, he simply said she never actually gave the illegal reimbursements and then, “You have my comments.”

It was at the same time as Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s terrorism announcement yesterday, but Councilman Peter Vallone held a City Hall presser pressuring Council Speaker Christine Quinn to restore the scholarship named after his father, which he says was stripped when he opposed the renaming of the Queensboro Bridge. “If you don’t believe this was retribution, then I have another bridge to sell you which you can rename,” Mr. Vallone suggested.

For he part, Ms. Quinn rolled out the endorsement of Upper East Side Assemblyman Dan Quart and a pair of district leaders. “Christine Quinn is uniquely qualified to be an effective Mayor,” Mr. Quart said in a statement. “Christine Quinn not only has a strong, forward-looking agenda for New York, but she has the record to back it up. As Speaker, Christine knows how to bring all sides together to make the tough choices necessary.”

After yesterday’s Politicker story calling attention to Ms. Quinn’s especially-embargoed campaign schedule, one of her mayoral rivals, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, cheekily put today’s schedule up under “***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE IMMEDIATELY***.” For the record, he’ll be at Manhattan B.P. Scott Stringer‘s mayoral candidate forum along with several under candidates. According to the event’s press release, Ms. Quinn will also be there. Morning Read: ‘For Immediate Release Immediately’