Headline of the Day: “Forget income equality—this is Hollywood!”
State Senator Adriano Espaillat sounded an ominous note yesterday when asked about rival Yolanda Garcia‘s harassment allegations against his supporters. “I will ask the police department to take a deep look and investigate the complaint because obviously, filing a false complaint is a felony,” Mr. Espaillat said, according to NY1.
“There goes Charlie Rangel, desperate Charlie Rangel again,” Mr. Espaillat said when asked about the incumbent’s congressman’s charge that Mr. Espaillat has a soft-on-crime record. The Rangel camp replied: “For a campaign accused of threatening women in their own homes, Albany State Senator Espaillat owes the voters an explanation for why he has repeatedly sided with criminals instead of everyday New Yorkers.”
Meanwhile, Congressman Michael Grimm raged against a New York Times op-ed linking veterans to hate groups. “How can someone that is apparently so well educated be so darn ignorant? This is one of the most outrageous and ignorant things I’ve ever seen written–even for The New York Times,” Mr. Grimm fumed last night on Fox News’ The Kelly File. “You shouldn’t even be allowed to use this under your birdcage.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio is pushing ahead with plans to implement a new city ID card system even as the proposal has yet to make its way through the City Council. Capital New York reports: “Last week Bill de Blasio’s contract officers issued notice that they soon plan to solicit bidders for the ID-card proposal, which he embraced on the campaign trail last year and referenced in both his State of the City speech in February and his 100-day address on April 10.”
A new Siena Research Institute poll out this morning shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo maintaining a strong, 30-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino. “However, if the race includes a Working Families Party candidate perceived to be more liberal or progressive than Cuomo, his lead falls to 15 points, with 39 percent for Cuomo, and 24 percent each for Astorino and the unnamed WFP candidate,” notes the release.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg has taken an interest in rejoining the country club scene. The latest, via the New York Post‘s Page Six: “After quietly rejoining the über-exclusive Century Country Club in Westchester, megabillionaire Michael Bloomberg is now nominating his kids as members. Sources say that an April letter announcing new applicants lists daughters Georgina and Emma as proposed new members backed by their father.”