Morning Read: ‘A Lot of People Call Her a Dictator’

Senator Schumer and "the Williamsburg hipsters." (Photo: Twitter/@SenSchumer)
Senator Schumer and “the Williamsburg hipsters.” (Photo: Twitter/@SenSchumer)

Headline of the Day: “Photo: Chuck Schumer Drinks Beer With ‘Williamsburg Hipsters.'”

Alternate: “Quinn Borrows a Line From Weiner, Who Probably Stole It From Someone Else.”

Ola Alabi scored CWA 1180’s endorsement in her bid to replace outgoing Councilwoman Tish James. “Their commitment to social and economic justice, expanding opportunities for all, reforming the civil service system and the tax structure are truly progressive ideals,” Ms. Alabi told Politicker in a statement. “I look forward to working with them to ensure progress for all!”

Former Assemblyman Nelson Castro‘s New York profile is a ringing endorsement of Albany culture: “Elected officials are worried because they think, Oh, I wonder what I said to Nelson? Come on, man! You know me! I never asked anybody any suspicious questions or anything like that. I never did. We talked about women. We talked about, ‘Oh, this girl has a nice ass.’ I won’t lie about that. But basically I never tried to get any information from any of my colleagues.”

And Gov. Andrew Cuomo may finally have a Republican opponent. Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, known for comparing Mr. Cuomo to dictators like Hitler and Mussolini, as well as being a frequent Cuomo critic on Twitter, said he’s considering it. “I personally don’t find Cuomo to be a very likeable person,” he explained. “They say he’s a pain in the ass.”

Later this morning, Council Speaker Christine Quinn is reportedly set to attack her rivals in a major speech in East Harlem. The Upper East Side waste transfer station controversy seems likely to be brought up; Ms. Quinn plans to state, “Some of my opponents in this race continue to pander to residents of the Upper East Side — or side with their lobbyist donors.”

While on the Republican side of the aisle, mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota will receive the formal endorsement of Congressman Michael Grimm later today. The move doesn’t come as a surprise–he once attended a Lhota fund-raiser on Staten Island–but comes as anonymous detractors were trying to highlight Mr. Grimm’s absence from Mr. Lhota’s literature.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind does not appear to be the biggest fan of Ms. Quinn in the mayoral race, and in a heated, post-Shabbos interview with consultant Ezra Friedlander, Mr. Hikind lambasted her while tying her to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At one point, Mr. Hikind notes, “I mean, a lot of people call her a dictator.”

Morning Read: ‘A Lot of People Call Her a Dictator’