Introducing a new weekly feature from the Observer Politics Team, to run each Thursday. Enjoy!
WHO HAD A GOOD WEEK?
Bill Bratton. Crime statistics released for June show the city is safer than ever—so much for that crime-is-surging this summer narrative of which the tabloids are so fond. The mayor wasn’t in town to receive any accolades at Mr. Bratton’s press conference, but he probably wouldn’t have gotten any—the conventional wisdom seems to call for praising Mr. Bratton when crime is down and knocking Mr. de Blasio when it’s up.
Gale Brewer. The Manhattan beep called on the mayor to hold a ticker-tape parade for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, and just a day later she got her wish. The $2 million parade will step off Friday and Ms. Brewer, the first to pitch the idea, gets the credit. (Honorable mention: Former Bloomberg Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, who is a huge soccer nut and reportedly pushed Mr. de Blasio to hold a parade.)
Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. The state’s top jurist has been “crying in the wilderness” for bail reform—and while he still doesn’t have a change to state law, the city announced Wednesday it would end cash bail for more than 3,400 defendants who will go to supervised release programs. That’s on top of another program in which Judge Lippman and the city have teamed up to speed up court cases to get defendants out of Rikers more quickly—marking two steps forward for the judge in his retiring year.
WHO HAD A BAD WEEK?
Donald Trump. The bombastic business man and presidential candidate may not care that Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito thinks he’s the “head clown” of the GOP presidential candidate clown car, but he’s probably not too happy about all the business he’s lost—Macy’s, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, NBC, Univision…
Humor website Mandatory. Subscribers to State Senator Marty Golden’s Facebook feed were deprived of a corny and kind of offensive joke about gay marriage and getting stoned after the senator deleted it from his page after posting it.
The Administration for Children’s Services. It’s debatable how helpful a lawsuit filed by Public Advocate Letitia James against the agency on behalf of foster kids will be, but it’s still never fun to get sued.
WHO CAME OUT EVEN?
In the fight between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, this week works out to be a draw. See below.
WHAT WAS THE WEEK’S BIGGEST STORYLINE?
After Mr. de Blasio decided to slam Mr. Cuomo with a last-minute pre-vacation mic-drop of an interview, the press corps was left to eagerly await the moment when the governor’s notoriously vague public schedule was updated with a news conference. That moment came on Tuesday, with reporters flocking to a press conference, hoping to hear Mr. Cuomo lay out one of those vendettas Mr. de Blasio was talking about.
But Mr. Cuomo didn’t quite take the bait. He said he was biting his tongue—while insinuating the mayor, who held his tongue for more than a year while Mr. Cuomo kicked sand at him, didn’t share his restraint. He did take another swipe at Mr. de Blasio’s quest for mayoral control of city schools, saying the issue—which united teachers unions and business groups—was “very controversial.”
Mr. de Blasio, in return, compared himself (again) to Fiorello La Guardia, the Depression era mayor who was almost two feet shorter than him. “My most illustrious predecessor Fiorello La Guardia didn’t bite his tongue. I think he called them as he saw ’em. I think he was the greatest mayor we ever had and it’s my job to speak truth as I see it,” the mayor said today.
We’ll have more updates from the harrowing front lines of this World Passive Aggressive War next week.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Mr. de Blasio is gearing up for his first ticker tape parade as mayor tomorrow, as the U.S. women’s soccer team is feted in the Canyon of Heroes. The parade is set for 11 a.m. and a City Hall plaza ceremony is slated for 1 p.m. (1:45 p.m. BDBST, or Bill de Blasio Standard Time.) According to the Department of Sanitation, the 2012 New York Giants ticker tape parade produced 34 tons of garbage. So look forward to that, too.
Mr. Cuomo will be riding high on two accomplishments this week—his signing of sexual assault prevention legislation, a big win, and his appointment of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in police killings. The special prosecutor is perhaps not as sweet for Mr. Cuomo—he gets to say he made an effort, but he’s no friend of Mr. Schneiderman and this isn’t the plan he wanted to enact, which the State Legislature wouldn’t get behind.
WHO WAS LAST TO THE TABLE?
Each week we’ll poke fun at an organization or elected official who sent out a press release reacting to an announcement or an event long after everyone else did. This week’s dishonor goes to Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, who praised Mr. Cuomo’s appointment of Mr. Schneiderman almost 24 hours after it happened. For the record, Ms. Bichotte’s press release arrived in our inbox at 1:11 p.m. today.
WHAT DID WE REALLY NOT NEED A STATEMENT ABOUT?
Every single elected official wishing us a happy and safe Happy Independence Day.
WHAT ARE WE HOPING HAPPENS NEXT WEEK?
After visiting New Mexico, Bill de Blasio is inspired by Walter White to “break bad” and continue his attacks on Andrew Cuomo. Feed that media beast.
WHAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN NEXT WEEK?
The first anniversary of Eric Garner’s death is next Thursday—expect plenty of news coverage and political events surrounding it.