Morning Read: ‘Uncovering a Plot to Invade Fantasy Island’

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

Headline of the Day: “Sidenote: Salgado & El Queso!”

New York Times columnist Michael Powell looked at the state of mayoral debates and dubbed them “pander fests.” He noted a recent mayoral forum where Anthony Weiner “ended by saying that he could not ‘promise you that milk and honey will flow through the streets of Flatbush.’ Given the spirit of this evening, that registered as a disappointment.”

Mr. Weiner also held a fund-raiser on the Upper West Side where reportedly 200 people, including former GOP mayoral hopeful Tom Allon, turned out. “Anthony Weiner is the only candidate that’s left at this moment,” a donor told NY1. “Because anybody else is looking out for themselves. Anthony Weiner is looking out for us.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was profiled in the Italian newspaper Il Mattino. Mr. de Blasio’s name immediately hints at his Italian origin, the paper notes, saying his family left for America in the early twenties and is currently vying to become mayor of the Grande mela (“Big Apple”). Mr. de Blasio apparently has a cousin named Ninni too.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Albany’s various scandals: “Some of the things that we uncover, the schemes of some of the folks in Albany are pretty remarkable, not because they’re brilliant but because they’re so stupid … One state senator’s plan to buy county leaders to get the Republican nomination for mayor, it’s sort of like uncovering a plot to invade Fantasy Island.”

Mariann Wang, the attorney who represented some of former Assemblyman Vito Lopez‘s alleged victims, slammed Speaker Sheldon Silver‘s role in the controversy. “His office’s handling of this did not involve accidental ‘mistakes,’” she argued. “This was a calculated decision to place the reputation of the speaker above the safety and health of the women who worked for Vito Lopez and sweep it all under the rug.”

Joe Lhota‘s new ad featuring former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has rival John Catsimatidis‘s campaign riled up. Catsimatidis spokesman Rob Ryan asked, “How exactly was Joe Lhota ‘running’ the city?”
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