Morning Read: ‘Carriage Horses Just Got Hunkier’

Today's New York Post.

Today’s New York Post.

New Jersey Headline of the Day: “Chris Christie’s Passive Apology, Annotated.”

Normal Headline of the Day: “City Council Progressives Now Have the Power to Share Power.”

Later this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio will be holding a roundtable discussion at a Staten Island Goodfellas Pizza. But this morning, his administration already found itself defending its local record in the Staten Island Advance after his transition reportedly didn’t consider residents of the borough for top economic jobs. 

In response to  question yesterday “about whether he’s encouraged her not to punish her detractors,” Mr. de Blasio instead praised Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito‘s status as the first Latina citywide official. “It’s evident today all over the city that there is tremendous pride in the historical moment that’s been achieved by Melissa Mark-Viverito,” he said.

The New York Post editorial board defended Mr. de Blasio’s right to charge them rent after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Congress should investigate: “As wrong as we believe the mayor would be to do so, and as terrible as the consequences would be for the city’s children, this is not a matter for the feds,” the paper wrote.

But Actor Liam Neeson is not a fan of the horse-carriage ban the Post‘s Andrea Peyser devoted much of her column today to that fact: “The battle over New York’s carriage horses just got hunkier … The mayor did not respond to a request for comment about a foe he might consider worse than low taxes, Liam Neeson. A pity. This is one tough guy who makes sense.”

While the Daily News editorial page paid tribute to retiring Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy: “New York is losing a public servant and one of its most powerful voices against senseless firearm violence. We wish retiring Rep. Carolyn McCarthy the very best.”

In other news, Bronx Assemblyman Eric Stevenson‘s corruption trial continues to be weird.

And both the Colbert Report and The Daily Show piled onto New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie some more:

Morning Read: ‘Carriage Horses Just Got Hunkier’