Headline of the Day: “NYC mayoral race like therapy session.”
Is anything still going to get done in Albany after the various corruption scandals? Many policy advocates fear this “could become one of the least productive sessions in years,” according to the Times-Union, while insiders “are questioning how much will get done for the remainder of the legislative session,” according to the Daily News. “Most people just want to get out of Albany,” one Democrat said.
The New York Post took a deeper look at one of the staffers outed as a potential federal investigation target last week: consultant Melvin Lowe. In particular, Mr. Lowe, a one-time top aide to now-indicted Sen. John Sampson, was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by the Senate Democrats without it being clear what, exactly, he did. More information still can be found in a 2010 City & State report.
Post columnist Cindy Adams reported that former President Bill Clinton is expected to stay out of the mayoral race, and that they’re not ecstatic about former Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s possible entry. “The Clintons wish Weiner would just disappear,” a source told Ms. Adams. “Every time he pops up, it’s a reminder of Bill’s scandal with Monica Lewinsky, and it isn’t helpful to Hillary’s hopes for 2016.”
Rev. Floyd Flake‘s mayoral endorsements just keep on coming. Six months ago, Mr. Flake endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson and yesterday the reverend did the exact same thing again. “Rev. Flake is a man of integrity,” Mr. Thompson told the Daily News about southeastern Queens’ recent spate of corruption scandals. “My full faith is in him and everyone who knows him knows he is a man of honor.”
New York magazine has a fun story about Councilman Jumaane Williams‘ continued stop-and-frisk advocacy: “On a recent Monday morning, 37-year-old City Councilman Jumaane D. Williams drives from Brooklyn into Manhattan, his radio blasting Jadakiss, and slides his BMW into a parking space near City Hall … Fifty or so people now fill the rows, and everyone watches the trial silently—everyone except Williams.”
While Public Advocate Bill de Blasio held an LGBT-oriented fund-raiser last night. From the Post‘s coverage: “Stars and drag queens took the stage at one of the most unbridled political events of the mayoral race — a Mother’s Day evening bash for Bill de Blasio. ‘Amber,’ who strutted onstage as Reba McEntire, joked that she and the candidate once tripped on acid while ‘riding horses naked through my pastures.'”