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Eliot Spitzer's entry into the city comptroller race continues to reap headlines. To meet the tight petitioning deadline he's left himself, the scandal scarred ex-governor is paying canvassers $800 a day each. He needs 3,750 registered Democrats to sign by tomorrow at midnight. Some say his pitch to aggressively retool the position will remind voters of his "steamroller" image. Others point out that the office already wields significant policy powers. His stance against public financing seems to have shifted, or was at least the victim of a frenzied campaign that left him disorganized. He spent a lot of time during political exile in real estate, which brought him quite a bit of wealth.
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Police Union Attacks Councilmembers Who Voted To Curtail Stop-And-Frisk (NY Post)
Where Streets Flood With The Tide, A Debate Over City Aid (NY Times)
Cuomo OKs Lever Voting Machines And New Runoff Date (NY Times)
Eliot Spitzer began his campaign for comptroller at a circus-like appearance at Union Square yesterday. His wife has yet to join him on the campaign trail. The Democratic party and business leaders have mobilized to oppose his candidacy. Scott Stringer, who has been the frontrunner for the seat so far, was caught by surprise by Spitzer's entry.
Corruption Panel Has More Teeth, Will It Bite? (Associated Press)
A Look At Cuomo's Moreland Commission (Albany Times Union)
Quinn Would Tweak Grading System For Eateries (Wall Street Journal)
A new poll finds Anthony Weiner at the top of the pack in the Democratic field. A Wall Street Journal/NBC 4 New York/Marist poll shows him moving ahead of Christine Quinn, garnering support from 25 percent of registered Democrats polled, compared with Quinn's 20 percent. In a runoff between just the two candidates, voters chose Quinn, however. It would seem many are ready to forgive his sexting escapades.
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Court Ruling On Voting Act May Affect City (NY Times)
City School Chiefs Get Informal Job Checks (Wall Street Journal)
A union representing police detectives opposes legislation that would create an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department.
But their opposition to the proposal hasn’t stopped the union from endorsing Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor — who has said he supports the idea.
Michael Palladino, chief of the Detectives' Endowment Association, was asked by a reporter yesterday at a rally for Thompson whether the candidate’s support of the inspector general legislation weighed into the union’s decision to endorse him. “Obviously it didn’t,” Palladino replied.
Palladino is also the chairman of the Uniformed Workers of New York, which held the campaign rally to show their support for Thompson.
Thompson reiterated his support of the proposal for an independent police inspector general, as well as a modified form of stop-and-frisk.