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Gay Marriage Is On The Rocks As Biden Backtracks

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The Road To City Hall, an hour-long look at New York politics, can be seen on NY1 News weekdays at 7 and 10 p.m.

On last night’s program, we brought you our exclusive survey of all 62 State Senators, which showed that 20 Senators support it while 28 are against it. Fourteen others either are undecided or won’t say. HERE is a link to our tally to show you where each lawmaker stands.

Tonight’s program includes: The Rev. Al Sharpton; Our political rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero.


The New York Times

In an interesting article, Sam Roberts notes: “…[T]he way this year’s mayoral race is shaping up, New York City voters may have fewer candidates to choose from than at any time since the modern nominating system began nearly a half century ago.”

Jim Dwyer looks at the mayor’s crankiness.

Paul von Zielbauer reports: “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and city labor officials announced a tentative agreement Tuesday to amend health benefits for more than 550,000 current and retired city employees, guaranteeing the city $400 million in savings over the next two fiscal years. “

Barron & Barbaro write: “The commissioner in charge of New York City’s jails and its probation department said Tuesday night that he would announce his resignation on Wednesday.”

The AP notes: “Two New York Assembly staff members have succeeded their Democratic bosses in special elections in the Bronx held on Tuesday, easily beating their challengers. Vanessa Gibson, a Democrat, beat Joel Rivera, a Conservative, and Barbara Bowland, a Republican, in the 77th Assembly District. The seat had been held by Aurelia Greene, a Democrat, since 1982 in the Democratic-controlled Assembly.”

New York Post

Charlie Hurt writes: “Gaffe-prone Vice President Joe Biden backtracked yesterday from comments he made at a Democratic fund-raiser in Manhattan that were widely viewed as an endorsement of Gov. Paterson's re-election.”

Brendan Scott reports: “Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver yesterday came under new pressure to disclose his controversial -- and long-secret -- law-firm income, when Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith unexpectedly said legislative leaders should be banned from holding second jobs.”

And Scott also writes: “The Brooklyn bishop who's threatening to close churches and schools in districts of lawmakers backing a sex-offender law might be risking his diocese's tax-exempt status, the legislation's sponsor said yesterday.”

New York Daily News

Michael Saul reports on yesterday’s Democratic debate in the Manhattan D.A.’s race.


Alfonso Castillo writes: “'Doomsday' may have been avoided but the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is not out of the woods yet, according to a state comptroller's report released Tuesday that predicts a remaining deficit for the agency over the next two years and alarmingly mounting debt.The MTA was facing an unprecedented $1.8-billion operating budget deficit this year when the state Legislature last month passed a rescue package that staved off large fare hikes and widespread service cuts.”

New York Observer

Azi looks at how the mayor’s “disgrace” attack against him has had legs.
Steve Kornacki notes: “…[T]he fact that Michael Bloomberg takes a generally contemptuous view of the press corps assigned to cover him isn’t really significant. But what is exceptional and noteworthy is Mr. Bloomberg’s regular failure to rein in his contempt in public, something that has spawned a series of petty blowups that have left the mayor looking like a bully with an unhealthy sense of entitlement.”

Jason Horowitz writes about Andrew Cuomo’s quasi-candidacy for governor: “He continues to tailor-make his general-election platform: consumer protection, corruption fighting and, now, downsizer of government bloat. And he waits—for the governor to collapse under the weight of his own popularity, or for interest groups and officials and maybe even, as one popular bit of speculation goes, the White House to come in and force Mr. Paterson out.”

There are lots of politicos on the Observer’s Power 100 -- it's list of the city’s most powerful shakers and movers in the real estate market.

Village Voice

Tom Robbins continues to raise questions about how City Comptroller William Thompson has overseen the city’s pension funds and notes: “Now that Anthony Weiner has been chased from the race, Thompson is Michael Bloomberg's only serious opponent for mayor. Normally, this would make the comptroller's pension role fair game for the mayor's hard-punching campaign aides. So far, they've stayed mum. Maybe that's because they prefer not to go negative on Thompson, the city's top African-American official. Or maybe it's because Bloomberg's representatives on city pension boards voted to approve the same insider deals.”

Until tomorrow.

Bob Hardt

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