Morning Read: ‘Something as Ridiculous as That Is Just Not True’

Today's Newsday.

Today’s Newsday.

Headline of the Day: “It’s Time to Play ‘Bill de Blasio or the Pope?’”

Late last night, PIX11 drew a lot of attention among politicos by reporting “the word is” Bill Bratton will be Bill de Blasio‘s pick for police commissioner. De Blasio spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by tweeting that when Mr. de Blasio “has decided on a police commissioner, he will make it known publicly.”

The Wall Street Journal noted that, under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “New York was a city with swagger, one in which words such as ‘world class,’ ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘innovative’ were used.” In contrast, Mr. de Blasio is “looking to adopt a number of ideas he says have been successfully tried elsewhere.”

The hits against Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito‘s speaker candidacy keep coming, with the Daily News reporting today that she “may have violated city ethics rules by accepting unpaid assistance from a prominent lobbying firm working to further her candidacy.” (Though it’s not clear whether voluntary consulting work crosses the line.)

The Daily News further editorialized against her candidacy, writing that “the Conflicts of Interest Board must investigate, and the Council must disqualify Mark-Viverito from consideration for so blatantly violating the rules. Elevating her to speaker would send the message that the Council is up for sale.”

Meanwhile, Congressman Michael Grimm‘s spokeswoman claimed his Democratic challenger, Councilman Domenic Recchia, “abandoned Coney Island and was nowhere to be found” during Hurricane Sandy. Responded Mr. Recchia: “The people of this wonderful city know what the truth is, and something as ridiculous as that is just not true.”

And a new Quinnipiac University poll found Mr. de Blasio’s tax-the-rich plan popular statewide:
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Morning Read: ‘Something as Ridiculous as That Is Just Not True’