Morning Read: ‘New York Needs Its Plutocrats’

This week's cover of The New Yorker.

This week’s New Yorker cover.

Headline of the Day: “Some Anonymous Person Just Bought Bill de Blasio an $8,000 Truffle.”

The New York Times is running a front-page story further examining the municipal labor contract challenges before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio: “It could prove devilishly difficult for Mr. de Blasio — long a favorite of the city’s unions — to deliver even a small part of what labor leaders are demanding.”

While The Economist ran a somewhat skeptical editorial on Mr. de Blasio’s upcoming mayoralty. “New York needs its plutocrats,” the magazine declared, criticizing his tax-the-rich agenda. “Mr Bloomberg says New York is ‘very difficult to screw…up’. Mr de Blasio, alas, may test that proposition.”

Times columnist Michael Powell penned a critical piece on lame-duck District Attorney Charles Hynes. “Electoral defeats offer wonderful character studies. Some handle defeat with grace; others take to bed, pull up the sheets and turn off the lights,” he wrote, arguing Mr. Hynes “ended a once proud career in a manner akin to crashing a car into a brick wall.”

State Senator Liz Krueger‘s spokesman is denying a report suggesting she already landed a job in the de Blasio administration. “Sen. Krueger has neither discussed nor asked for a position in the new administration,” the spokesman, Andrew Goldston, told Politicker. He added that she was confident Mr. de Blasio will “put together an outstanding team of public servants.”

While Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito partially dismissed a report linking her to the Bolivian cocaine industry. “As with any situation that has candidates running for high profile positions, there’s always going to be some level of scrutiny. Some of it may be warranted, some of it not. It’s part of the reality we live,” she said yesterday.

And, ahead of the speaker’s race, Ms. Mark-Viverito has evolved on the Pledge of Allegiance.

Morning Read: ‘New York Needs Its Plutocrats’