Headline of the Day: “Legislative Productivity Take Two.”
The New York Times looked into Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s summit love: “Some call them conferences. Others prefer forums. For old-timers, of course, they were just meetings. But over the last year, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has made it clear that his preferred word for a big get-together is ‘summit.’ And he has summited again and again, including last week.”
Assemblyman Vito Lopez is unlikely to be criminally charged criminally in the face of sexual harassment allegations against him, a sure boost to his still-exploratory Council campaign, which reportedly has the “tacit support” of mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson. Mr. Thompson may even endorse Mr. Lopez, according to the report.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, undoubtedly continuing his efforts to capture immigrant communities’ votes in his bid to become mayor, is calling for the city to create its own municipal identification cards for undocumented immigrants. Former Governor Eliot Spitzer, of course, once attempted to allow driver’s licenses for undocumented New Yorkers but backed down in the face of controversy.
Council Speaker Chris Quinn lost the endorsement of the Lenox Hill Democratic Club over her support for the Upper East Side’s controversial waste transfer station. “There are a lot of people that are very positive towards Christine Quinn, but her position on the waste transfer station basically eliminated us from endorsing her,” a club leader claimed.
In a press release last week to Russian and Jewish media outlets, another mayoral hopeful, Erick Salgado, condemned the installation of stones memorializing non-Jewish victims in a Holocaust memorial as “a betrayal of the community and even worse, disrespectful to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust.”
Attorney Abe George is stepping up his attacks on incumbent Brooklyn D.A. Joe Hynes‘s television show and his case alleging it functions as an illegal campaign contribution is proceeding in court. “Brooklyn D.A. is neither news nor a documentary,” Mr. George argued. “It is a quid quo pro by Hynes to rehabilitate his reputation, and that of his office.”