Lede of the Day: “In the end, the Donald did not.”
Headline of the Day: “De Blasio ‘happy to talk’ about his call to NYPD, tomorrow.”
Both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal provided a detailed tick-tock of what happened the night Bill de Blasio placed a controversial phone call to inquire about the arrest of his ally, Bishop Orlando Findlayter. “When the mayor is inquiring in this personal manner, a deputy chief knows what this means,” political historian Fred Siegel told the Times.
“I never called anybody and I don’t believe Mayor Giuliani ever called anybody,” Michael Hess, corporation counsel to ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani, told the Journal. “It’s not something that I have heard of.” But Mr. Giuliani himself told the Times, “I don’t see that it’s a big deal.” “He’s a new mayor,” Mr. Giuliani added. “Give him a break.”
Times columnist Michael Powell has a whimsical look at Mr. de Blasio’s new budget: “Our new mayor can sound much taken with himself. He talks so insistently of progressive values, policies and appointees that I’m convinced someday soon he will unveil his progressive gone-to-lunch stroll. (Long-loping, left-leaning strides?)”
New York Post columnist Nicole Gelinas was even harsher: “Mayor de Blasio kept the little people waiting for an hour yesterday before presenting his inaugural $75.5 billion budget — but it wasn’t better late than never. The mayor didn’t present a balanced budget as state law requires. He didn’t really even present a budget — not one from a mayor.”
The transition from ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg administration is now compete: “A vending machine in the building’s basement has suddenly started featuring such high-calorie goodies,” the Post reports. “The nanny has left the building, so now if I want Twix bars or Doritos for lunch, I can finally have them without having to leave the building,” exclaimed “one gleeful City Hall staffer who requested anonymity.”
And a new Quinnpiac University poll of the governor’s race finds incumbent Andrew Cuomo crushing both Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and real estate mogul Donald Trump:
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(Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the owner of Observer Media Group).