Wake-Up Call: Al Sharpton’s big night, Gov. Cuomo’s influence, and your chance …

October 2, 2014 Posted by admin

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Gov. Cuomo helps celebrate the Rev. Al Sharpton's birthday Wednesday.JEFF BACHNER FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Gov. Cuomo helps celebrate the Rev. Al Sharpton’s birthday Wednesday.

Al Sharpton threw himself a star-studded birthday bash at the Four Seasons in Manhattan Wednesday night. The civil rights activist and MSNBC host was loving the limelight as political and creative luminaries came by to shake hands and wish him a Happy Birthday. Sharpton, who turns 60 on Friday, beamed as a White House rep read him a celebratory letter from Barack and Michelle Obama.

Billionaire Ken Langone saw Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on the dais at the annual Al Smith dinner Wednesday, but charged the real top cop was nowhere to be found. “I don’t see the person in charge of the NYPD up here tonight — Al Sharpton,” he cracked at the annual event, where Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo subjected themselves to a ribbing to raise cash for Catholic Charities.

Party time.JEFF BACHNER FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Party time.

Unlike Cuomo, de Blasio ditched his fancy ensemble before showing up at Sharpton’s party. Hizzoner was distinctly underdressed in a blue shirt and necktie as he entered the glitzy ballroom, decked out in gold and silver balloons and festooned with life-size cutouts of Sharpton.

“This is a birthday fit for a king! Al Sharpton has been a blessing for the city, he has been a blessing for the nation,” de Blasio said. “The more people criticize him the more I want to hang out with him.”

For $4,975 a month, you can sleep like a Mayor — or at least in his house. Bill de Blasio and wife Chirlane McCray are putting their Park Slope brownstone on the rental market, CBS 2 reported Wednesday. The century-old home on a bucolic Park Slope street is to be listed Thursday. The three-story, three-bedroom home has a backyard and garden.

In a break with the welfare policies of the last two mayors, the de Blasio administration Wednesday eased the work requirements for more than 50,000 recipients. Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steve Banks announced a new plan that will exempt students from the work requirement for a longer period and scrap a controversial work experience program.

Campbell Brown for the Daily News: “Mayor de Blasio is absolutely right to label the allegations against Brooklyn public school teacher Sean Shaynak ‘disgusting.’ Unfortunately, the mayor has been wrong on just about everything else when it comes to New York’s broken teacher discipline system since the moment he entered City Hall.”

De Blasio is famously a Brooklyn booster — but he’s taking his time when it comes to visiting a celebrated Manhattan landmark. The mayor admitted Wednesday that he has never visited the High Line, the popular West Side elevated park created with the help of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Cap NY: “De Blasio is intensifying his involvement in the city’s bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.”

Assemblyman William Scarborough, D-Queens, left, and his attorney E. Stewart Jones leave the federal courthouse Wednesday.Mike Groll/AP Assemblyman William Scarborough, D-Queens, left, and his attorney E. Stewart Jones leave the federal courthouse Wednesday.

A state lawmaker from Queens was charged in a double shot of indictments Wednesday with ripping off taxpayers and donors — another blow to a Legislature battered by scandal. Assemblyman William Scarborough was slammed with 11 federal charges that he cheated the state by submitting 174 vouchers for at least $40,000 in bogus travel and lodging expenses from 2009 through 2012.

TUCapCon: “Asked about the size of his per diem bills, Scarborough said that he didn’t feel comfortable leaving his Albany office untended during the long off-session period.”

Bebeto Matthews/AP

Trying to turn Mayor de Blasio into a campaign issue, the city’s only Republican congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm, painted his Democratic challenger as a de Blasio disciple in a boisterous debate on Wednesday. Facing a standing-room-only crowd at a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, senior center, Grimm cast Democrat Domenic Recchia as an “ultraliberal progressive” in the mold of de Blasio and President Obama. “Is this country headed in the right direction? Do you think we are better off today than when President Obama took office?” Grimm demanded. “Do you think this city is better off?”

Newsday: “State Sen. Jack Martins leads Democratic opponent Adam Haber by 25 points in the race for New York’s 7th Senate District, according to a Newsday/News 12/Siena College poll released Wednesday.”


Cuomo denied Wednesday that his office is trying to influence the actions of a newly appointed — and supposedly independent — elections official.

Cuomo said he had “no idea” why Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman included a Cuomo press aide in a Sept. 22 email she sent to four other Board of Elections officials, but he insisted his office was not being consulted on her investigations.

The Daily News first reported Sugarman’s actions Wednesday morning. Sugarman has insisted Cuomo did not meddle in her work.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino delivered his prescription for the New York State economy Wednesday: a cut in income taxes across the board. The Westchester County executive proposed creating a “flatter and fairer system” with two tax rates for New Yorkers instead of the eight that exist now.

WNYC: “A report commissioned by Amtrak recommends shutting down four of its tunnels running under the Hudson and the East Rivers to repair damage caused by Sandy.”

When the next superstorm hits, disabled people won’t be left out in the rain. The city pledged Wednesday to revise its disaster plans to better accommodate the disabled. A settlement reached in Manhattan Federal Court with Disability Rights Advocates requires a minimum of 60 emergency shelters that can accommodate 120,000 disabled people by Sept. 2017.

Controller Scott Stringer laced into the city’s performance on contracting with women- and minority-owned businesses Wednesday — and opened up on Mayor de Blasio over his executive order on a living wage: “To do a midnight bait-and-switch on a core oversight function sets a terrible precedent going forward. Whether the mayor likes it or not, my job is to audit and investigate.”

The director of the Secret Service abruptly resigned Wednesday amid withering criticism over a series of shocking breakdowns in presidential protection. Support for Director Julia Pierson evaporated after her less-than-inspiring testimony at a House hearing and subsequent revelations of another stunning security breach. President Obama “concluded new leadership of that agency was required.”

NYT: “Obama on Wednesday called on a former member of the president’s personal detail to stabilize the agency until a permanent director is named.”

AP: “Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.”

The Obama administration made it crystal clear Wednesday that it opposes new Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem. The White House and State Department offered choreographed and critical assessments of news that Israel is accelerating plans for the 2,500-unit project.

AP: “U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered contingency plans drawn up nearly 40 years ago to attack Cuba, incensed over the small island’s deployment of troops to Angola, according to declassified government documents posted online Wednesday.”

Former President Jimmy Carter says that if he’d been more “manly” in his response to Iran and the U.S. hostage crisis, he might have defeated Ronald Reagan at the polls in 1980. “I could’ve been re-elected if I’d taken military action against Iran, shown that I was strong and resolute and manly and so forth,” he said in a far-ranging interview with “CNBC Meets” broadcast Wednesday.

There’s an ink stain on Jerry Holbert’s résumé after the veteran editorial cartoonist for the Boston Herald made a reference featuring President Obama that’s been decried as racist.

The cartoon — “White House invader got farther than originally thought” — shows Obama brushing his teeth in a White House bathroom while an intruder bathes in the tub behind him.

The man says: “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”

From our Bramhall’s World:

Leaders’ Lineup:

President Obama is in Illinois, Indiana, and Washington

10:55 AM: Attends a campaign event with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, Private Residence, Chicago

1:15 PM: Delivers remarks on the economy

Cahn Auditorium, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

2:35 PM: Departs Gary Chicago International Airport

5:25 PM: Arrives the White House

8:00 PM: Delivers remarks at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s 37th Annual Awards Gala, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Gov. Cuomo is in New York City

11:00 AM: Attends SUNY Board Meeting and Makes an Announcement, SUNY Global Center, 116 East 55th St., Manhattan

Mayor de Blasio is in New York City

Hosts a breakfast for members of the DNC 2016 NYC Host Committee in Manhattan; closed press

Meets with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu; closed press

Tuning In:

“The Joe Piscopo Show,” AM 970, 6 a.m.: Dr. Rock Positano and Dr. Brian Halpern of the Hospital for Special Surgery; Dan Bongino, former Secret Service agent and author of “Life Inside the Bubble;” David Bellavia, decorated Iraq war veteran and former Republican candidate for Congress; Harris Faulkner, co-host of “Outnumbered” on the Fox News Channel.

“The Brian Lehrer Show,” WNYC 93.9 FM, 10 a.m.: “Retired U.S. General David Petraeus and Robert Zoellick, Anthony Bourdain, 1992 and the fight against HIV/AIDS; and a look at the growing influence of Latino voters.”

“Inside City Hall,” NY1, 7 p.m.: City Controller Scott Stringer; Roundtable on education including Jeremiah Kittredge from Families for Excellent Schools.

“With his love and God’s grace I’m here.”

News tips, schedules or suggestions? Email ckatz@nydailynews.com.

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