Headline of the Day: “Mayor de Blasio to party with real estate.”
Runner-up: “De Blasio’s Pizza Fork to be Sold for Charity.”
The New York Times delved into the relationship between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, which has “gone from bad to toxic,” one source told the paper. “Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has asked people if they think Eric T. Schneiderman … wears eyeliner.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Schneiderman “has told people that he believes Mr. Cuomo’s administration is Machiavellian and is out to undermine him.” “The two men are like oil and water … and lately fire seems to have been added,” added one source. The cause? Differences over how to spend a $613 million settlement with J.P. Morgan Chase.
The governor added nearly $7 million to his campaign war chest over the past six months, according to new campaign filings released yesterday. That brings his total reelection stash to more than $33 million, which, as the Times notes, is more than the $28 million he spent on his entire 2010 campaign. He also spent about $1.5 million over the last six months, including nearly $25,000 to Jon Bon Jovi to play at a summer fund-raiser in the Hamptons.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito spent big to get herself elected by her fellow council members, shelling out nearly $80,000 between early November and early January, according to new state campaign filings reported by Crain’s New York Business. The money includes payments to a host of consultants who worked on her campaign, which was also aided by several well-known lobbyists who are now helping her hire staff and dole out committee assignments.
“Stop-and-frisk in some neighborhoods has been stopped,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton declared Wednesday, according to Capital New York. Speaking at a conference about community policing, Mr. Bill Bratton went on to declare, “In terms of being about what to about the high number of stops, my answer is this aspect of the problem has more or less been solved.”
And ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda Wall Spitzer, have officially filed for divorce. “All issues between us have been resolved and are uncontested,” they said in a joint statement to the Daily News. And per the Post‘s Page Six, Mr. Spitzer threw himself a “boozy divorce party” hours before filing the paperwork, “knocking back bourbon and a tower of beer at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on Eighth Avenue” after the Monday Knicks game.