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New York City's Democratic power brokers moved quickly after Tuesday's primary to pressure second-place finisher Bill Thompson to avoid a runoff with first-place finisher Bill de Blasio. “I don’t think there’s much appetite within the Democratic Party to have a fight here,” Merryl Tisch, Thompson's campaign chair, told The New York Times. Rev. Al Sharpton also encouraged Thompson to abandon his bid. De Blasio finished election night with 40.3 percent of the vote--just over the threshold to avoid a runoff but paper ballots have yet to be tallied. Thompson has said he wants to make sure every vote is counted but the city's board of election won't begin counting paper ballots until next week. Labor groups quickly moved to consolidate their support around de Blasio on Wednesday. Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota would likely benefit from a bruising runoff battle between Thompson and de Blasio.

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Brooklyn DA Loses Despite Legacy (NY Times)

Questions About Role of Gender and Sexuality in Quinn's Loss (NY Times)

Voters Don't Forgive Scandal-Tarred Candidates (NY Times)

Elections Board Could Take Week to Decide if Runoff is Necessary (Daily News)

Colorado Recalls Wound Bloomberg's Gun Control Push (Daily News)

Lhota to Seek National Support (NY Post)

Mayoral Race Worries Business (Wall Street Journal)

Unions Back de Blasio (Politicker)

State Delays Brooklyn Hospital Closing (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:59:08 +0000
Today's Lead: Business Group Pours Cash Into Council Races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/06/todays-lead-business-group-pours-cash-into-council-races

About to lose a major ally in Mayor Michael Bloomberg a group of business leaders and real estate groups have poured nearly $7 million into city council races. The Jobs For New York political action committee has spent $275,000 per council race on average in an effort to extend Bloomberg's pro-business policies past his term. The group has changed the dynamic of races that are normally based on community issues and connections. The PAC is organized by the Real Estate Board of New York that counts developers such as Larry Silverstein and Daniel Tishman as its members. Union's that would benefit from development projects are also part of the group. Tenants PAC, a group that represents tenant interests, has refused to endorse any candidate who refuses to condemn Jobs For New York.

CIty Dismisses Criticism of New 911 System (NY Times)

DOE Survey Finds High Approval For City Schools (Daily News)

De Blasio Warns Lhota Not to Run a Racially Divisive Campaign (NY Observer)

Bill De Blasio and Joe Lhota do Ferry Face Off (NY Observer)

Polling on an Endorsement Cuomo Hasn't Made (Capital)

How Participatory Budgeting Became Normal Practice on the City Council (Capital)

Quinn's Camp Tries to Keep Calm as Poll Numbers Fall (DNAinfo)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:07:28 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo Won't Endorse in Mayoral Race http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/05/todays-lead-cuomo-wont-endorse-in-mayoral-race http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/05/todays-lead-cuomo-wont-endorse-in-mayoral-race

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters yesterday that he won't weigh in on the New York City mayoral primary after receiving multiple questions about Public Advocate and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio's plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund school programs. "I am going to stay out of the New York City mayoral," Cuomo said. "Let's find out who the mayor is and what policies they actually put forth, and then let's take a look at them and consider them, and we'll have an opinion." De Blasio, who has a long relationship with Cuomo, has publically pressured Cuomo on plans to save a number of failing Brooklyn hospitals. Cuomo has avoided major appearances in the city this summer--including the West Indian Day Parade. Cuomo has held numerous events upstate and in Western New York. Some pundits see Cuomo's reluctance to engage in the race as a way for him to avoid having his name associated with the likes of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer. Cuomo told reporters yesterday that things aren't that complicated. "I'm not registered to vote in New York City, so I don't think it's a situation where it's appropriate for me to express a preference."

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Bike Lanes May Be Increasing Traffic Speed (NY Times)

Looking For a Mayor Who Is a Friend to Immigrants (NY Times)

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Crimes Spiking in Central Park (NY Post)

Thompson Struggling to Define Himself With Voters (Daily News)

Police Chafe at Scrutiny (Wall Street Journal)

Unions Might FInd a Friend in City Hall (Wall Street Journal)

What Can The Next Mayor Do About Affordable Housing? (Capital)

Poll Shows Spitzer and Stringer in Dead Heat (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 05 Sep 2013 12:37:53 +0000
Today's Lead: De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/30/todays-lead-de-blasio-holds-major-lead-according-to-polls-

De Blasio Holds Major Lead According to Polls

The polls have held nothing but good news for Bill de Blasio this week as the mayoral campaign heads into the final stretch to the primary. A New York Times, Siena College Poll found de Blasio leading the race by 32 percent followed by Bill Thompson with 18 percent and former frontrunner Council Speaker Christine Quinn with 17 percent. The poll found de Blasio leading other candidates among men, women young and old as well as those who think the city is headed in a positive direction and those who think it is headed in a negative direction. The poll does not hold good news for Quinn as it finds that 45 percent of likely Democratic voters view her unfavorably. De Blasio and Thompson have 17 and 16 percent unfavorability ratings, respectively. A Quinnipiac Poll released on Wednesday found de Blasio with a 38 percent lead over his opponents.

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IDC May Back Richard Brodsky to Challenge Senate Democratic Leader (Lower Hudson Journal)

De Blasio Real Estate Ties Slammed (Crain's)

De Blasio And a Brief History of Public-School Parents For Mayor (Capital)

Quinn Campaign Encourages Student Volunteers to Skip Classes to Work For Her (NY Post)

Sen. Eric Adams Went to Bat For Two Former Criminals (Daily News)

Mayoral Candidates Vow to Ignore NYCHA Plan to Lease Public Land (Daily News)

Poll Has Spitzer and Stringer Tied (Daily News)

Queens Man First to Sue For False Arrest Post Frisk Ruling (Daily News)

Fundraising In State University System Shielded From Outside Scrutiny (NY World)

Charter School Advocates Look For Opening on City Council (Gotham Schools)

East Harlem District Debate on Housing Turns Ugly (Gotham Gazette)

Outside Money and Scandal Play Into Queens Council Race (Gotham Gazette)

Legislators Pledge to Pass De Blasio's Tax Plan For School Programs (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:48:26 +0000
Legislators Pledge to Pass De Blasio's Tax Plan For School Programs http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/29/legislators-pledge-to-pass-de-blasios-tax-plan-for-school-programs- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/29/legislators-pledge-to-pass-de-blasios-tax-plan-for-school-programs-

Public Advocate Bill de Blaso's plan to tax the wealthy to pay for pre kindergarten and afterschool programs has come under attack by his opponents in the mayoral race, espeicially by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

The plan has also been questioned by editorial boards--including The New York Times'. But a group of legislators came forward today to support de Blasio's plan. They sent a letter to Quinn pledging that they will work to pass the tax hike in Albany and also scolding Quinn for criticizing some of de Blasio's talking points.

De Blasio's and his plans have been targeted by his opponents has he has surged in the polls. A recent Quinnipiac Poll found de Blasio at 36 percent--close to the range of support he would need to avoid a runoff.

The letter signed by Sens. Liz Krueger, Bill Perkins, James Sanders and Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda. It is worth noting that the three Senators are in the minority in their chamber and have no control of whether the bill comes to a vote.

Here is the letter:

Dear Speaker Quinn,

We are disappointed to hear your criticism of Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on those making more than $500,000 in order to fund universal pre-k for New York City’s four-year olds and expanded after-school seats for all middle school students who want and need them.

New York City deserves a leader who has the bold vision we need to help our children succeed, and secure New York City's future. We cannot continue this Tale of Two Cities that right now threatens to leave a generation of our children behind. Over the past five years, New York City has lost over 30,000 after-school seats.[1] In addition, since 2011 more than 26,000 pre-k applicants have been denied admission to Department of Education Pre-K. [2]

New Yorkers don’t need another pilot program or stopgap solution that only solidifies the status quo, and they surely do not need to take on additional household debt in order provide their children a head start in life. Now is not the time for small ideas.

We need leadership that is not afraid to push for bold ideas for our city’s children and future. If this means fighting in Albany for New York City's right to increase taxes on the wealthy, we are eager for that challenge. And as history shows, it's a challenge that is certainly achievable. Each of the past three mayors have fought for and won personal income tax increases to address critical challenges facing our city.

As members of the New York State Legislature, we all stand ready to proudly sponsor Bill de Blasio’s plan to raise the city income tax on those making more than $500,000 – and we are confident Albany will pass it. We hope you will join us in fighting for a bold solution that can actually begin to address the crisis in our public education system.

Sincerely,

State Senator Liz Krueger

State Senator Bill Perkins

State Senator James Sanders, Jr.

State Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:23:55 +0000