Headline of the Day: “Grimm Raises Sizable Sum, Despite Balcony Incident.”
Runner-Up: “Talk About Income Inequality: De Blasio Is No Bloomberg, Tax Returns Confirm.”
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a confident man. “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in,” he told The New York Times–for a story about his new $50-million pro-gun control initiative. “I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”
“I don’t know what your perception is of our reputation, and mine, the name Bloomberg around the country,” Mr. Bloomberg further told the Times. But every place he goes, he added, “You’re a rock star. People yelling out of cabs, ‘Hey, way to go!’”
The Daily News is using the front page of its paper and its online homepage to push readers into signing a petition urging Mayor Bill de Blasio drop his plans to ban horse-drawn carriages. “My sincere thanks to the Daily News for coming on board and helping to save this unique part of our New York history,” actor and pro-carriage activist Liam Neeson told the publication.
“The self-righteousness is revolting. Rebuke it by joining the Daily News Save the Horses campaign … No one gets to do what these extremists are proposing,” the Daily News further fumed in an editorial. “When last heard from, the mayor said, well, he might carry out the execution by the end of his first year. It’s complicated, he said. The better word is immoral.”
While the New York Post‘s editorial board disapproved of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton‘s decision to shut down the NYPD unit mapping Muslim populations. “[T]he program was always 100 percent legal — and court-approved. And ending it could prove deadly,” the paper wrote. “Now New Yorkers will have to hope that de Blasio and Bratton can avert disaster with even less information.”
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner thinks his ex-colleague, Congressman Charlie Rangel, needs to worry less about endorsements from his political establishment allies. “He’s gotta say, ‘Look, here’s what you’re losing if you lose me in the House of Representatives. Why don’t we honor experience anymore?'” Mr. Weiner offered on NY1’s Inside City Hall. “Not, ‘I got Assemblyman Dinowitz.'”
Mr. Weiner also told the Daily News that he thinks State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Mr. Rangel’s rival, will ultimately prevail due to the district’s shifting demographics. The Rangel camp was not amused. “Isn’t this the same person who predicted he’d be living in Gracie Mansion right about now?” inquired a Rangel spokesman. “Clearly Mr. Weiner is better at taking selfies than political prognostication.”
But Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez also declared today that Mr. Rangel is in electoral trouble. Comptroller Scott Stringer is set to throw is support behind Mr. Espaillat, according to the report.