Headline of the Day: “Stuyvesant High School Politico Already Unbearable.”
Runner-Up: “Bring on the Botox! Cosmetic surgeon offers remedies for NYC’s mayoral candidates.”
In dueling Daily News op-eds, Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson attacked the teachers’ union and its endorsed mayoral candidate, former Comptroller Bill Thompson, for allegedly wanting to roll back the city’s education policies, while UFT’s president, Michael Mulgrew, fired back at the administration.
Over the weekend, Mr. Thompson racked up more endorsements, this time from State Senator Martin Dilan, Councilman Erik Dilan, Assemblyman Rafael Espinal and other allies. Missing from the list, of course, is former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who once was closely aligned with the Dilan faction of northern Brooklyn politics but is now on his own.
The Staten Island Advance took note of Anthony Weiner‘s wise-cracking at a recent forum on the island, which Mr. Weiner labels his “second home.” “I’d make the French fries if I could. You have no idea what I would do for your vote,” Mr. Weiner says at one point, for example. “It is customary to applaud after someone is introduced,” he suggests at another.
New York Post columnist Fred Dicker isn’t done swiping at Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “The unproductive and destructive legislative session that ended chaotically Saturday showed that Gov. Cuomo has lost his mojo,” Mr. Dicker wrote in his latest piece, accusing Mr. Cuomo of “tax hikes, budget gimmicks” and “scandalous vote-buying rebates.”
It looks like Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer‘s Republican comptroller opponent, who’s announcing his bid later today, is going to be aggressively criticizing the Democratic front-runner. “He’s not qualified to work as a bank teller, but he wants to manage a $130 billion pension fund,” John Burnett charged. “It’s insanity.”
Later this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a press conference to blast the Community Safety Act as advocates rally at City Hall. Mr. Bloomberg’s public schedule says the mayor will be updating New Yorkers on bills that “Inhibit Policing and Make New York City Less Safe with Police Commissioner Kelly, District Attorneys and Police Union Leaders.”