The Record: November 2004


New York City violated federal drinking water rules over the past six years by supplying incomplete results from its annual tests for lead, state health officials said yesterday. (NY Times)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that he had never given a thought to racial politics or to the ethnic origins of his potential adversaries when he complained about the hiring of an ally of Fernando Ferrer to help fight against a stadium on the West Side of Manhattan. He added that he hoped the owners of Madison Square Garden, who made the appointment, would stop protesting the stadium in the name of holiday harmony.(NY Times)

Demonstrating again that Democrats will use President Bush's victory to try to tar the incumbent mayor in next year's elections, the City Council speaker, Gifford Miller, effectively called on Democrats to avenge the loss of the White House by putting a Democrat in City Hall. (NY Times)

The city's public schools are so constrained by red tape that educrats have a tough time with basic, common-sense tasks, a study by the legal group Common Good released yesterday showed. (Daily News)

Daily News Exclusive: Seven months after Snapple became an official drink of New York, the city's deal with the juice giant is bearing almost no fruit, the Daily News has learned. (Daily News)

Council Speaker Gifford Miller last night branded Mayor Bloomberg a "red state mayor running a blue state city" at a mega fund-raiser for his expected run for City Hall next year. (NY Post) (Newsday)

Too many senseless laws have created an impenetrable bureaucratic wall to reform in the New York City public-school system, according to a study released yesterday. (NY Post)

Two state legislators said yesterday they will sue Gov. Pataki and senior lawmakers to win greater influence for minority-party members. (NY Post)

Mayor Bloomberg called on the owners of Cablevision, the Knicks and Rangers, to 'end this craziness.' (Newsday)


Gifford Miller and his aides have made an effort in recent months to enhance his image among voters as the 2005 election nears…There is still a year to go before the election, and Mr. Miller has raked in an impressive amount among mayoral challengers by raising more than $3.3 million in contributions. For his 35th birthday, he is holding a fund-raiser tonight at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park…Even so, Mr. Miller continues to be perceived by his critics as an inexperienced and ineffectual leader who mishandled one of the biggest scandals to erupt in the Council in years: the sexual harassment complaints against Councilman Allan W. Jennings Jr …Mr. Miller and his supporters contend that while the speaker does not always publicly stake out positions on issues, he does have strong opinions and works quietly behind the scenes to build consensus among the members. They say that the Council has passed more laws of substance under him than previous Councils have, and that it has overriden 19 mayoral vetoes …(New York Times)


The city is about to give back nearly $223 million to thousands of New Yorkers who have overpaid their property bills. The cash will not be doled out in checks, but credited to accounts by the city Finance Department, still amounting to found money for landlords and homeowners. The payout is part of a massive overhaul of the brain-numbing, bar-coded mass of paperwork formerly used by the Finance Department. For the first time, instead of a mess of bills on everything from taxes to extermination fees, nearly a million property holders will get a streamlined account statement listing everything they owe, as well as credits they're due back. (Daily News)


Anthony Weiner, Gifford Miller and Fernando Ferrer have all telegraphed, to a virtual certainty, that they plan to run for mayor. They have taken aim at the mayor while ignoring the field of Democratic opponents. The city council speaker [Miller] plans to give a speech criticizing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg at a fund-raiser on Monday to celebrate his 35th birthday and rev up his mayoral bid. ( New York Times)

Since Allan W. Jennings Jr. took office three years ago, this lanky councilman from Queens has marched to a different drummer, though the direction he marches in is never quite clear. Refreshingly iconoclastic? Just plain weird? Either way, his antics have distinguished him from his 50 Council colleagues, most of whom yearn for even the briefest of citywide recognition. ( New York Times)


A spat over the mayor's staff began in earnest on Oct. 25, when Mayor Bloomberg, during a news conference, compared his own cost-cutting efforts with those of Gifford Miller, the Council speaker and a likely mayoral candidate. Citing a 30 percent decrease in the mayor's office payroll, Mr. Bloomberg said the Council should "stand up and do the same thing." In response, Council officials released data that they said showed staff levels in the mayor's office rising by 4 percent since his first year in office. An obviously irritated Mr. Bloomberg raised the issue again the next day, saying those numbers were wrong… citywide [his spokesman said] the municipal work force had dropped by 18,000 people since Mr. Bloomberg took office. (New York Times)


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg vetoed a campaign finance proposal yesterday that sought to increase the amount of public money available to political candidates facing wealthy, self-financed opponents as early as next year's election…. He also vetoed two other bills that would require all candidates - not just those in the campaign finance program - to report their campaign spending to city officials at the same time and prohibit them from accepting corporate contributions… The mayor has also fired back at the Council by offering a competing proposal that would sharply curtail campaign contributions from people who do business with the city. Many council members and other elected officials regularly accept money from such sources. The mayor's proposal is to be heard at a Council hearing on Tuesday (New York Times)

Fernando Ferrer jabbed at Mayor Bloomberg yesterday for "baseless" attacks linking a slew of Cablevision ads to the former Bronx borough president's likely mayoral campaign. Bloomberg "obviously wants to create a distraction by crying politics," Ferrer said. (Daily News)

Land use battles - development, design, planning, zoning and landmarks - offer some of the best theater in New York City. The problem has been the lack of a playbill... CityLand, an illustrated monthly newsletter produced by the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School, highlights 20 or so significant decisions made in the previous month by the agencies involved in land use, the Council and the courts, with brief narrative outlines and document citations. (New York Times)


The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of a bill to outlaw the sale and use of motorized scooters on city streets and sidewalks. (Gotham Gazette's Searchlight) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Two of the 10 city planning commissioners who voted Monday for the city's West Side rezoning plan sit on boards for NYC 2012, which needs passage of the plan to help its efforts to attract the 2012 Olympic Games to New York City. Irwin Cantor is a member of the NYC 2012 facilities committee, and Kenneth Knuckles, the vice chair of the commission, is on the group.s board. Two other commissioners did not vote on the proposal because of their involvement with NYC 2012. (Newsday)

Continuing to hammer away at Cablevision, which opposes his plans for a West Side Stadium, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that the company, which owns Madison Square Garden, has inserted itself into the mayor's race . The mayor said this may constitute a violation of campaign finance laws. (New York Times) (Newsday) (New York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the country's 13th most generous donor, according to Business Week's latest list of top philanthropists. Between 2000 and 2004, the billionaire gave out $490 million to various education, arts and health-related charities. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that he did not expect he would have to spend as much on his re-election campaign this year as he did on his first campaign in 2001. In that campaign, Bloomberg spent $75 million of his own money. (New York Times) (Daily News)


Counterfeiting appears to be getting worse, and is hurting New Yorkers in ways they don't see: for instance, by costing New York City government more than $1 billion in lost tax revenue. (NY Times) (NY Post) (Newsday)

Acting Gov. Richard J. Codey said on Monday that he had met with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to discuss some of their common goals - including attracting more money from Washington for homeland security costs - and two competing ones: the New York Jets and the New Jersey Nets. (NY Times)

Having been eclipsed for most of this year by other issues at ground zero, the World Trade Center memorial returned to the forefront yesterday as Gov. George E. Pataki offered a preview of the completed design, which he said will be ready next month. (NY Times)

Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta joined Modell's, City Harvest and the Daily News yesterday to kick off the 21st annual holiday food drive to feed the city's hungry. (Daily News)

Although Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating has jumped this year, New York voters say they wouldn't want to have Thanksgiving dinner with him, according to a poll released yesterday. (NY Post) (Newsday)


A recent Cablevision newspaper ad slamming the planned West Side Stadium is part of a "pattern of deception," Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff said. Doctoroff, who is in charge of economic development, outlined what he called a "multitude of misleading assertions" in a letter to James Dolan, the chairman of Madison Square Garden and the cable company. The letter was made public Sunday. (Newsday) Cablevision CEO James Dolan told Mayor Bloomberg last year he'd drop his opposition to the controversial West Side stadium if it were built without a roof, city officials charged in a blistering letter released yesterday. "You stated that you would not oppose the [stadium] if it were built without a retractable roof - thus removing any possible competition with Madison Square Garden," Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff wrote in a Nov. 19 letter to Dolan, whose company owns the Garden. "Stop pretending that what is good for Cablevision is good for the city," Doctoroff wrote. "New Yorkers know better - and so should you." The letter cuts to the heart of whether Dolan's opposition is about the public good or his company's fear that a rival stadium on the far West Side would cut into his bottom line. Cablevision sources have denied Dolan ever promised to drop his opposition if the roof was scotched. (Daily News)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and James Dolan, the head of Cablevision are at the center of the most vicious battle of the Bloomberg mayoralty. It pits Mr. Dolan, a very rich man with an enormous attachment to his legendary Madison Square Garden, against an even richer mayor whose passion to leave his mark on the West Side of Manhattan is rivaled only by his distaste for the man trying to stop him. The battle between these two men over whether the city should help finance a new football stadium for the Jets gets nastier daily, and it is quietly becoming a factor in next year's race for mayor and is likely to affect the future of the Garden and its parent company, Cablevision. (New York Times)

The West Side stadium could end up costing the city an extra $267 million if the New York Jets don't pay for overrun costs, Rep. Anthony Weiner warned yesterday. While the General Project Plan states that "any project overruns will be borne by Jets Development," Weiner (D-Brooklyn, Queens) said that agreement isn't legally binding. "I'd like the Jets to sign on the dotted line," Weiner said during a press conference at the proposed site yesterday. (New York Post)

The 562-Page, three-volume pitch released last week by the city's Olympic boosters is chock full of details. Tickets for the Opening Ceremony, for example, will cost as much as $1,500. The Olympic rings would be projected over the Manhattan skyline and a ribbon of light will illuminate the East River. Skyscrapers and subway cars would be draped with Olympic murals. But the book prepared by NYC2012, the city's Olympic bid committee, fails to deliver when it comes to the most controversial questions surrounding New York's grab for the Olympic rings: Who will pay for the Games? What are the hidden costs? Why are the proposed West Side Stadium and Brooklyn Arena so crucial? (Daily News)


The Bloomberg administration isn't doing enough to make sure hungry New Yorkers get the food stamps they're entitled to, City Council officials charged yesterday. Nearly 2 million people are eligible for food stamps, but only about half that number get them - a loss of as much as $1.5 billion in services a year, according to the City Council. (Daily News) ( New York Times)


Cablevision - the prime opponent of a new Jets Stadium on the West Side - should give up its $11 million property tax break if it's so concerned about public funds being spent on the project, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. Cablevision, which controls Madison Square Garden, has sponsored ads asking New Yorkers to say "no" to a stadium built with $600 million in public funds, about half coming from the city. ( New York Post)

City teachers will not get a new contract unless their union honchos make it easier for the city to fire convicted sex offenders, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday. (Daily News)


Public art is popping up around New York in numbers not seen since the early 1980's, nudged along by a culturally minded Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (NY Times)

After sitting on the fence for months, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller voiced opposition yesterday to Mayor Bloomberg's plan to build a $1.4 billion stadium on Manhattan's far West Side. (Daily News)

Mayor Bloomberg is now counting Council Speaker Gifford Miller as yet another supporter of his West Side development plan, even though Miller opposes borrowing money to build a new stadium for the Jets. (NY Post)

Mayor Bloomberg is urging President Bush to let relatives of illegal immigrants killed on 9/11 to remain in the United States without fear of deportion. (Newsday) (Daily News)

A City Council panel yesterday approved a bill that would mandate increased service on the Staten Island Ferry at nights, weekends and the during the morning rush hour. (NY Post)

The city unveiled plans Thursday to develop a biosciences research and development campus near the East River in Manhattan. (Newsday)


City Council Speaker Gifford Miller plans to announce his opposition today to the Bloomberg administration's plan to build a new football stadium on the far West Side of Manhattan. (NY Times) (NY Post)

Partners of gay city workers could soon be eligible to receive pension benefits under a proposal being pushed by Mayor Bloomberg. In a statement yesterday, the mayor is asking that the city's five pension systems recognize gay marriages performed in Massachusetts, Canada and elsewhere, as well as civil unions in Vermont. (NY Post)

Councilwoman Christine C. Quinn says she feels "a sense of responsibility" to move the gay rights agenda as forward as possible. (NY Times)

City Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano has proposed a bill that would require bicycle owners older than age 16 to register their wheels or face fines of $300 - and possibly jail time. (Daily News)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg refused yesterday to say whether he thinks Guy Velella should be returned to jail while the new members of a city panel that freed him reconsider its surprise release of the ex-pol. (Newsday)

Anthony D. Weiner, the congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, has all but made it official that he is going to run for mayor next year, having just pulled together a political team that will guide his uphill campaign at least into a Democratic primary. (NY Times)


The city will tear down the Bronx facility that takes new families into the homeless system and replace it with a new center, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday. In the meantime, a temporary center also in the Bronx will serve single pregnant women and families applying for shelter for the first time. (Daily News)

The city will tap volunteers to count the Queens homeless population this winter. The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate program has gotten counts of the homeless in other parts of the city for the past two years. (Newsday)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday called on Cablevision to give up the $11.7 million tax break Madison Square Garden gets every year. The statement is the latest round in Bloomberg's continuing fight with Cablevision, which opposes the mayor's plans to build a football stadium on the far West Side of Manhattan. Two state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would end the tax break. (Newsday) (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post)

In its Olympic bid, the city has reportedly agreed to provide free police, fire, sanitation and emergency management services for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Officials estimate security would cost $101 million. (Daily News)

The Department of Education will announce today that it will use a private $25 million grant to provide incentives to attract new math teachers to city schools. (Daily News)

The executive director of the city Board of Elections and the city's top lawyer will meet to discuss ways to improve the election system. (Newsday)

City Council speaker Gifford Miller testified behind closed doors yesterday and defended his handling of a sex harassment scandal involving Queens Councilmember Allan Jennings, sources said. (Daily News) (New York Post)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday condemned the Department of Education's dumping of confidential student files on a Bronx street as an outrage and said the city would get to the bottom of it. (Daily News)


Geoffrey Davis stunned City Council members yesterday by asking for a public hearing into "what went wrong" when his brother, former Brooklyn Councilman James Davis, was slain last year in City HallÉ. Committee members did not immediately respond to Davis' request, but their chairman, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), later said police conducted a thorough inquiry and a public hearing is not warranted. (Daily News)


If Mayor Bloomberg ran his media empire the way he runs the city's Off-Track Betting operation, it would go bankrupt. (NY Post)

Officials will introduce student progress reports in January that will review the development of children who are receiving intervention services. (Newsday)


the signs are all around. Storefront churches dot the commercial landscapes of the Bronx and Queens. Twice as many churchgoers - about 15,000 - pray weekly at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn, compared with five years ago. Some 200,000 New Yorkers tune in daily to Radio Vision Cristiana, an AM radio station. And last March, thousands of evangelicals gathered on the steps of the State Supreme Court in the Bronx to protest the idea of same-sex marriage. (NY Times)

The Bloomberg administration is the latest of several New York City administrations to try to return the 65th Street Railyard in Brooklyn to activity. (NY Times)

State Senate Minority Leader David Paterson wasn't on the ballot in the Nov. 2 general election, but with Democrats set to claim as many as four more Senate seats in Albany, he is coming up a big winner. (Newsday)


Democratic Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles E. Schumer have a problem - they happen to get along very well with New York's Republican mayor. (NY Times)

Top officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority defended their proposed fare increases yesterday after a state legislator questioned their recent decision to put a $200 million windfall into a rainy-day fund. (NY Times)

Democrats with mayoral aspirations attacked Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg yesterday for what they said was a capitulation to the whims of the Bush campaign during the Republican National Convention. (NY Times)

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky (D-Westchester) suggested yesterday that a $300 million MTA windfall - mostly from higher-than-anticipated tax revenues - ought to be enough to stave off a fare hike. (Daily News)

Some of Mayor Bloomberg's rebate checks arrived with the wrong name. Some were mistakenly thrown out. And, in one case, a man told the city his dog ate his check. (Daily News)

A federal judge said he is "deeply troubled" by outgoing Attorney General John Ashcroft's decision to seek the execution of Bonanno boss Joseph Massino - and ordered prosecutors to submit a case for reconsidering. (NY Post)

Cablevision chief James Dolan turned up the volume Friday against Mayor Michael Bloomberg, taking out full-page newspaper ads to air his opposition to the proposed West Side stadium. (Newsday)


New Yorkers who sat through the Republican National Convention last summer saw thousands of protesters, hundreds of balloons, and people from Montana and Utah wearing giant rhinestone "W" pins. What they never saw was a behind-the-scenes clash between Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Bush campaign aides over whether the mayor could give a speech lashing out at the Republican-led Congress for failing to deliver on post-9/11 security aid. (NY Times) (NY Post)

With the presidential election over, several of the prospective Democratic candidates for next year's mayoral race are now looking to shift attention to their efforts to unseat Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. While noting the mayor's Republican ties, they are trying to tap voter anger over the outcome of the presidential race. (NY Times)

Transit union leaders say Mayor Bloomberg has no business telling the MTA how to run theirs - seeing as how city schools are so mismanaged they don't even have toilet paper. (Daily News)

A day after state's top Democrat lawmaker called for the city to put its West Side redevelopment plan on the back burner, Gov. Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg vowed to move forward with the ambitious project. (Daily News)

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller next week may finally say whether or not he supports the Jets stadium on the West Side. (NY Post


Calling the city's election system hobbled by patronage and poor technology, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that he was forming a task force to recommend ways of improving it. (NY Times)

The City Council overwhelmingly passed three bills yesterday aimed at improving school safety, including requiring the Department of Education to publish crime data and assess schools' needs for security cameras. (NY Post)

Allowing people who do business with the city to make campaign contributions has led to a "corrupt" system, Mayor Bloomberg charged yesterday in his fiercest attack ever on campaign financing. (NY Post) (Newsday)

An influential MTA board member fired back yesterday at Mayor Bloomberg's demand that the agency do more with less. The MTA needs money, not advice, she said. (Daily News)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is starting to win back the approval of voters. Among 1,221 registered voters in New York City, 40 percent approve of the job the mayor is doing, up from 37 percent a year ago, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released yesterday. (NY Times) (NY Post)


At a hearing yesterday on whether to increase MetroCard and express bus fares, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped up his criticism of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, calling on the agency to do more with less. (New York Times) (Daily News) (New York Post) (Newsday)

Department of Education officials clashed with parents and Eva Moskowitz, chair of the council education committee, yesterday over whether city schools have enough toilet paper. (Newsday)

At a City Council hearing yesterday, Department of Education officials conceded that some schools do not have adequate supplies of toilet paper, soap and paper towels in the bathrooms but blamed it on principals who request that bathrooms not be stocked because students misuse the supplies. (Daily News)

Despite accounts of broken voting machines and other election problems, Board of Elections executive director John Ravitz told a meeting of the board yesterday, "We put on an election and we're damn proud of the job we've done." (Newsday)

The city hopes that Fresh Kills, the former Staten Island landfill, will be the site of mountain bike and BMX competitions as part of the 2012 Summer Olympics. (New York Times)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday once again sharply criticized Cablevision for its campaign against his plan to build a football stadium on the far West Side. Noting that the Knicks, which Cablevision owns, had lost their first two games, Bloomberg said the team might do better if Cablevision spent money on player salaries rather than on ads attacking the stadium proposal. (New York Post) (Newsday)


State Supreme Court justice ruled yesterday that the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg must carry out a law requiring companies that do business with the city to extend the same benefits to employees' domestic partners that they provide to spouses. The city had vigorously fought the Equal Benefits Law, arguing it would prove costly to taxpayers because it would limit its ability to select low-cost bidders for city work. After the City Council passed it, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed it, but the Council overrode the veto. Even so, the city asked the courts to delay enactment. (New York Times)

To the cheers of eager Brooklyn students, Mayor Bloomberg announced the opening yesterday of 21 state-of-the-art libraries at public elementary schools across the city. Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Joel Klein also unveiled a renewed partnership with the anti-poverty Robin Hood Foundation to create 25 more libraries, scheduled to open in fall 2006 (Daily News)

The city called for the creation of 2,600 affordable housing units yesterday as part of its rezoning of the Hudson Yards. The Departments of City Planning and Housing Preservation and Development announced the strategy, which would generate 500 more affordable housing units than the city had first planned, as part of its final environmental review statement yesterday to the City Planning Commission, which will vote on the proposal November 22. The Hudson Yards rezoning, which will bring 13,600 new residential units to the area, will use several strategies for generating the affordable units, including offering developers a density bonus in exchange for building subsidized apartments. While the height limits in the Hudson Yards had been a floor-to-area ratio of 7.5, the city lowered the FAR to 6 when it announced its affordable-housing strategy this morning. For developers to return to a more attractive FAR of 7.5, they must agree to build some affordable-housing units in the vicinity of the market-rate site. Developers were not happy yesterday with the news of the lower FAR. (New York Sun)


New York's Republican Party has "lost its way," and Gov. Pataki deserves much of the blame, angry GOP officeholders have told The Post. (NY Post)

Election officials couldn't come up with $100,000 to buy extra servers so voters could look up their polling sites online during the election - but they wound up forking over nearly $80,000 in overtime to a computer programmer. (NY Post)


The Working Families Party established itself as an emerging political force by getting a little-known candidate elected district attorney in Albany County. (NY Times)

For decades, when times have grown tough, the city has eyed its bridges as a way of raising money. (NY Times)

The MTA, which is facing hundreds of millions in red ink, is pressuring prosecutors to pursue felony forgery charges against MetroCard benders and lock them up for at least a year, The Post has learned. (NY Post)

About 9,000 fifth-graders in jeopardy of failing are attending special Saturday classes - and school officials said despite the program's good start, they want more kids to show up. (NY Post)

The city Board of Elections was denied funding that could have made Election Day less confusing for voters - because the agency also requested personnel pay raises, the city's top financial official said. (NY Post)


The five new members of a once-obscure city board that labored privately - and often, according the city investigators, outside the law - convened publicly yesterday for the first time to consider how to handle release requests from city jail inmates. (NY Times)

Whether former Bronx state Sen. Guy Velella has to go back to jail could be decided as soon as next week by the new members of a prison release board. (Daily News) (Newsday) (NY Post)


A Manhattan judge has given the green light to plans to tighten security on streets around the New York Stock Exchange. (NY Post)

The state Board of Regents moved closer yesterday to overhauling how mathematics is taught to establish a clearer progression from pre-kindergarten through high school and better instill in students "the power, the beauty and the elegance of mathematics." (NY Post)

Nearly 1,000 leaders of black businesses and clergy members are expected to call on the black community to withdraw deposits from a major bank. (Newsday)


Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped up criticism yesterday of the Board of Elections for its performance on Tuesday, and his complaints were echoed by the City Council speaker, Gifford Miller, who said the Council would hold oversight hearings over the board's practices. (NY Times)

When it comes time to elect the city's mayor next year, New Yorkers should never forget that Mayor Bloomberg endorsed President Bush and raised money for the GOP, his Democratic rivals said yesterday. (Daily News)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has spent much of the last year blasting away at Washington for shortchanging the city, but he's been careful to confine his attacks to the GOP-controlled Congress rather than targeting President George W. Bush. But the stance has left House and Senate Republicans, buoyed by big gains in Tuesday's elections, less willing to send the city additional funding for transportation, housing and homeland security, GOP insiders say. (Newsday)


Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday assailed the Board of Elections because voters were unable to get through to its phone helpline and said the agency "Better get their act together by next year." (Daily News)

With a number of election problems reported yesterday, election watchdogs and officials offered suggestions as to what should be done to remedy the situation before next year's municipal elections. (New York Sun)

Police yesterday had to ask Queens City Councilmember Alan Jennings, who is already the subject of an ethics probe, to leave a polling place because he was reportedly electioneering too close to the polls. Jennings was distributing a newsletter about his accomplishments in his district. (Daily News)

The toughest decision faced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his polling place yesterday morning was not whom to support for president (he had already decided on President George W. Bush), but which cookies to buy. (New York Times)


New York City passed up an opportunity to do what it has been promising to do since the late 1990's: cut ties to private foster care agencies with the worst ratings.(New York Times)


Officers trying to thwart terrorism by keeping a watchful eye on city bridges and tunnels have generated a surprise side effect: skyrocketing arrests. Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority officers have made 1,070 arrests this year as of Oct. 21, compared with 436 for all of 2002. (Daily News)

Last month, Mayor Bloomberg's office sent out a "request for information" to banks and financial institutions to gauge the interest in becoming "The Official Credit Card of the City" Just as credit-card companies have partnered with sports teams and universities, experts say the city could capitalize on the love New Yorkers feel for their hometown. ( New York Post)

City Councilmember Moskowitz hand-delivered a letter to the mayor urging him to make good on his promise to reform the work rules in the teachers contract. She said she was concerned that he'd back down, in his haste to make peace with the United Federation of Teachers. Then she made the letter public.The response was rapid. Within hours Mayor Bloomberg denounced Ms. Moskowitz for "grandstanding" and City Council Speaker Gifford Miller called her letter "destructive to the process."The stinging rebuke should be seen as one of the opening volleys in next year's mayoral campaign, a political consultant, Hank Sheinkopf, said."Eva found out last week what it is like to play in the big leagues," he said. "These guys are in campaign mode now. She has said that she would like to run for mayor in the future, so they just let her have it. The mayor and the speaker are jockeying for position on education, and Eva got in the way." (NY Sun)


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