Headline of the Day: “An Ode to Dante de Blasio’s Afro.”
The New York Times editorial page penned its own ode–entitled “What About Sal?–to former Councilman Sal Albanese‘s mayoral campaign and the “shame” debate organizers have brought upon themselves by excluding him from televised debates. “If there is room for only five candidates,” they concluded, “then drop Mr. Weiner.”
While Rockaways-based The Wave‘s editorial board argued against Council Speaker Christine Quinn‘s candidacy. “Christine Quinn only listens to the voice of self-interest,” they wrote, referring to term limits. “There is just a month to go before the primary and we’re still undecided about which candidate to endorse. But we already know which one we won’t.”
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand went on The Daily Show to make the case for reforming the military’s sexual assault policies, but host John Oliver also pressed her on campaign contributions from the banking industry. “What do you have to do for that?” Mr. Oliver quizzed. “What is required of you for that money? ‘Cause it makes me uncomfortable.”
State Senator Eric Adams will now presumably be Brooklyn’s next borough president. A judge has knocked his sole primary opponent, former Councilman John Gangemi off the ballot, meaning Mr. Adams–barring extreme circumstances–will be the Democratic nominee in a heavily Democratic borough.
Comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer has finally weighed in on the city’s controversial regulations for a ritual Jewish circumcision practice. “I have not looked at the issue in as great detail as I will down the road,” he told Talkline’s Zev Brenner. “The Department of Health should sit down with the rabbis and say, ‘What in fact are the measurable health issues?'”
And a Democratic City Council candidate told Politicker that he recently received this letter in the mail from little-known mayoral hopeful Abiodun Laurel-Smith, who is petitioning to be on an independent line this November:
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