who had the better front page?
SPEAKER SPOILS — Paying back support — Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the backing of 30 Council members last night, enough to make her the next speaker of the City Council. She held the Progressive Bloc, swayed the Brooklyn delegation, peeled away seven votes from powerful Queens County, and even enticed one skeptical Republican to support her. So, what will all that support cost?
Here’s one version I heard , from a source familiar with the Democratic county leaders, who backed rival Dan Garodnick of Manhattan: Jimmy Van Bramer — one of the Queens breakaways — will get to chair the coveted Finance Committee. (Another knowledgeable source said the post may go to Julissa Ferreras, also from Queens.) David Greenfield of Brooklyn, which also broke late for de Blasio, is likely to get the Land Use Committee. Brad Lander of Brooklyn — a key figure of the Progressive bloc, the backbone of Mark-Viverito’s coalition — will be named Deputy Speaker for Policy.
I think one of the problems is a lot of journalists just have never looked around the world. Your smirk shows that you haven’t been outside the country and don’t know what poverty means elsewheres.
The Huffington Post is not really thrilled with Bill Bratton’s return.
not a good press day for Bloomberg.
"Apart from being an optimist I guess I’m a glutton for punishment," Bill Bratton told reporters Wednesday evening after speaking at New York University.
Bratton was head of the NYPD under mayor Rudy Giuliani in his first term and left after a falling out with his boss. He went to lead the police department in Los Angeles and is now a consultant in the private sector. He advised a number of mayoral candidates including Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio, who leads his Republican rival by more than 40 points in recent public opinion polls.
Bratton said he has not spoken directly with de Blasio about the job and has not considered whether he is up for it.
"There was never a discussion about the commissioner’s position," he said.
Later, I asked Bratton whether he agrees wifh Giuliani about de Blasio having an “anti-police” agenda.
"I did not detect that at all in any of my conversation with him," Bratton said.
He acknowledged de Blasio expressed concerns about some NYPD practices (the use of stop-and-frisk was one major theme he highlighted during the campaign) but “I dont detect any of that as anti-police.” He added “I don’t detect any anti-police feelings or bias to my exposure to Mr. de Blasio.”