Playbook: The long goodbye

December 23, 2013 by  
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1010 WINS ANCHOR JON BELMONT, announcing 70 degrees in Central Park yesterday: “It’s beginning to feel a lot like Easter.”

THE LONG GOODBYE: Mayor Bloomberg holds a 90-minute holiday reception for the New York City press corps at Gracie Mansion this evening. From the invitation: “To honor the season and show that we care, please bring 2 cans of food to donate and share. Your donation will go to City Harvest which helps feed more than 1 million hungry New Yorkers each year.”

The party winds down a series of farewell bashes: Last Monday, the mayor hosted 800 current and former City Hall staff from his three terms at Gracie. And the crown jewel was a 400-person salute to the mayor on Wednesday night, with Whoopi Goldberg as M.C. and a program that included Barbara Walters; Katie Couric, who read a poem she wrote about the mayor; and Charlie Rose, who introduced three songs by Paul Simon.


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–MARIO CUOMO, on stage: “It is reasonable to say that there is probably no mayor in modern history who has come close to achieving as much as Mayor Bloomberg has.”

–ALSO SPOTTED: Arthur Sulzberger; Rupert Murdoch; Mort Zuckerman; Sir Paul McCartney; Henry Kissinger; Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes; Richard Green, CEO of the Crown Heights Youth Collective; and the Mayor’s two daughters, Emma and Georgina.

MORNING SCOOP: Jake Goldman, deputy press secretary at the Mayor’s office, is headed to Vice Media to work as deputy communications director.

QUOTE OF THE DAY — de Blasio, on appointing Republicans: “Let’s not get crazy about this diversity idea.”

THE NEW TEAM — Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: The mayor-elect announced he’ll appoint Gladys Carrión, a former city and state commissioner, to lead the troubled Administration for Children’s Services. De Blasio and Carrión, a South Bronx native, emphasized the need for “preventive services” to combat problems in the child welfare system, though neither offered specific changes.

AZI’S TAKE: The real question about the Eliot Spitzer-Lis Smith news is how it will play with Bill de Blasio. Smith has been a very public part of de Blasio’s campaign and transition since joining after the primary. Spitzer is not someone too many Democrats want to be associated with. For de Blasio, this episode will show how he manages under fire. He knocked the press when his wife’s nearly three-decade essay identifying herself as a lesbian resurfaced on a timetable not of the campaign’s choosing. He told the press not to identify the college his daughter is attending in California, though he had named it in a tweet a year earlier. Smith has been on pace to be a top spokesman for de Blasio in City Hall.

WHILE YOU WERE OUT – NYT Sat. A1, “De Blasio’s Tale of 2 New Yorks Inspires Liberals Beyond City,” by Thomas W. Kaplan: “de Blasio … is fast becoming a national liberal leader whose views will be difficult to ignore. He headlined a delegation of newly elected mayors who met with Mr. Obama at the White House last week, and emerged saying the mayors, one after another, had talked about the same issues, like fighting inequality and poverty, and expanding access to early childhood education. … de Blasio’s election is being seized upon most explicitly by long-suffering urban Democrats in the Legislature.”

MOVING MONEY – “Wealthy N.Y. Residents Escape Tax with Trusts in Nevada,” by Bloomberg’s Richard Rubin: “The maneuvers are getting fresh scrutiny from officials in states including New York, which is losing an estimated $150 million a year through such tax avoidance. … California applies a 13.3 percent tax rate on taxable income exceeding $1 million. The top state-and-local combined rate in New York City this year is 12.7 percent for income exceeding $1 million for individuals and $2.1 million for married couples. … States such as Delaware, South Dakota, Nevada, and Alaska have become hubs for lawyers specializing in trusts and estates.”

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BLOOMBERG’S FIRST ‘SNL’ APPEARANCE: The outgoing mayor was asked about his next plans, and replied, “I’ve applied to teach Spanish at a few universities. I’m told that my accent isn’t, quote, ‘bueno’ enough.” … Bloomberg wrote one of his own punchlines.

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TEXTBOOK SUNDAY PRESSER BY CHUCK – N.Y. Post p. 10, “Schumer hits Target,” by Matt McNulty: “Schumer called for an investigation and some accountability from the company. ‘How can we tell that Target has fixed the problem when they refuse to tell us what the problem actually was?’ Schumer fumed.”

–“Chase’s rare Sunday hours,” by N.Y. Post’s Joe Tacopino: “The bank opened a third of its branches to help sort out account issues after hackers stole personal information from nearly 40 million Target customers … The bank had pledged to help customers obtain new debit cards on Sunday so they can shop without any restrictions.”

CUOMO’S QUIET PRE-K PUSH — Competitive grants emphasize cities — Capital’s Jessica Bakeman: New York City and Rochester are relative winners in Cuomo’s competition for pre-kindergarten funding, with each school district getting nearly $10 million. The state Education Department alerted winning districts that they were awarded the pre-K grants on Thursday, a source told Capital, but there were no press releases or public announcements from the department or Cuomo’s office. The grants were awarded the same day New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled a celebrity-heavy campaign for universal pre-K in the city’s schools, a promise that was a cornerstone of his bid for City Hall.

–Here’s the list of grant winners, obtained by Capital.

WHAT THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IS READING – “Solar energy projects finally getting boost in NY,” by AP’s George M. Walsh in Albany: “An array of shimmering panels covering 3 acres in New York’s Finger Lakes is a sign of the state’s latest push to catch up to its neighbors in the Northeast that have set the pace in recent years for promoting solar energy. The project in Romulus that will produce much of the electricity for the Seneca County sheriff’s department was funded in part with a grant of almost $1 million from the state’s NY-Sun program. The initiative by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will provide tens of millions of dollars a year for public and private projects producing at least a megawatt of solar power, the equivalent of about 200 typical residential installations.”


Bloomberg leaves rich public health legacy in NYC,” by AP’s David B. Caruso: “The adult smoking rate has declined from 21.5 percent in 2002 to 15.5 percent today. Childhood obesity rates inched down among schoolchildren. Life expectancy has increased in the city by three years since Bloomberg took office, compared to 1.8 years in the rest of the country. … The Affordable Care Act contained a provision, modeled after the one in New York, that will require chain restaurants nationwide to post calorie counts on their menus. The Food and Drug Administration said last month that it was adopting its own trans-fat ban, and would phase the substance out of the food supply for good.”

–“From crime to cigarettes, Bloomberg leaves his mark on New York,” by Reuters’ Ellen Wulfhorst: “Bloomberg’s most telling legacy may be, in one sense, himself, said Tom Wright, executive director of the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy group. … ‘He was elected as a CEO mayor who ran on a platform of keeping crime down, balancing the budget, and trying to take control of the schools. … He really didn’t have much,’ said Wright. ‘Now, here he is leaving 12 years later, hailed as an urban visionary.’”

WHAT’S WORKED FOR MEDIA IN 2013 – From today’s Media Pro morning email from Capital:VIDEO: An average of 47.2 percent of branded videos were watched to completion on mobile-rich media formats. Native social advertising saw $2.4 billion in revenues, up 77 percent from last year’s $1.4 billion. Ninety percent of Americans listen to the radio every week and dedicate a weekly average of 14 hours to audio consumption.

“MOBILE: Mobile and tablet views reached a new high of 15 percent of all online video plays, increasing 133 percent from September 2012 to September 2013. Facebook referrals to publishing outlets are up 170 percent in the past year, with a 47.44 percent increase in November alone.” If intel like this would be useful to you every morning, please sign up for Media Pro on our homepage.

ALBANY INIQUITY – Times Union front page today, “Scandal taints litany of lawmakers … Bribes, bullying, graft, with some of it on tape … second article in a series counting down the Top 10 local stories of 2013,” by Casey Seiler: “This tsunami of sleaze prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo to propose a slate of reforms, which lawmakers ignored. In response, the governor in July appointed a Moreland Act panel to investigate public corruption. That commission spent the fall fighting for information about lawmakers’ outside income, while some have claimed that Cuomo is using the commission to pressure the Legislature into accepting his agenda.”

–First in the Times Union “Top 10” series: “The former St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Watervliet was razed to clear a 3.5-acre site on 19th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues for a Price Chopper supermarket and two smaller commercial buildings.”

–Lead story of Sunday’s Times Union, “2013 stories that clicked … Top stories by traffic on 1. David Cassidy is accused of drunken driving 2. Camp Bisco festival 3. Outspoken GOP assemblyman accused of pot possession on Thruway 4.Woman rejects help despite storing 67 dead cats 5. The Sno Cone Joe-Mr. Ding-A-Ling stalking saga 6. School officials mull action for Nazi writing assignment 7. Sheriffs: Cuomo asked for silence 8. Mom charged after stripper party.”

TRUMP, BRIDGE-BUILDER — Donald Trump has his own ideas for the Tappan Zee Project — Post’s Fred Dicker: “I could fix the Tappan Zee Bridge for relative peanuts. I could get it done for so little and with so little disruption that it would make your head spin,’’ Trump said. “They said it’s useful life is 50 years? So you extend that for another 50 years. That’s what construction is all about. That’s what I do . . . $4 billion? It could be fixed for a tiny fraction of that. Nobody builds better than I build.”

FIRST SHOE DROPS — De Blasio says ‘Facilities will look different’ at ailing Interfaith Hospital — Capital’s Dan Goldberg: “It ain’t over til it’s over” — That’s what Bill de Blasio told reporters yesterday about Interfaith Hospital’s impending closure. “We know we have to find cost savings,” said de Blasio, who ran on a pledge to prevent hospital closures. “You know I’m a progressive guy, but I can count. We need to find cost savings. We will find cost savings. Facilities will look different, but they’ll be able to provide meaningful and immediate health care to community members. That’s what we need to achieve.”

SPEAKER WATCH — Pushing Mark-Viverito’s historic candidacy: Rep. Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, the first Puerto Rican woman elected to Congress, is sending a statement backing Mark-Viverito, noting she “can make history as the first Latina or person of color ever elected to Speaker.” Velazquez went on to say Mark-Viverito “will be effective, progressive and independent.” Mark-Viverito is fending off a challenge from Councilman Dan Garodnick of Manhattan, who is stressing his independence from the mayor-elect as one of his key attributes.

TWEET OF THE DAY — @MarkLevineNYC:“When she becomes next Council speaker, @MMViverito will be first latino to hold city-wide leadership post here since Juan Rodriguez in 1613.”

WALL STREET WATCH – “Hedge funds lose out to equities, again,” by Reuters’ Tommy Wilkes in London: “So far this year the average hedge fund is up 8.2 percent — their best year in three but lower than a near 21 percent rise in the MSCI World Index for stocks. … Hedge funds have made returns for their investors of 9.4 percent since 2011, and 39.6 percent since 2009, data from Hedge Fund Research shows, but an investment in a fund tracking global stocks would have made around 32 percent and 75 percent respectively.”


#UpstateAmerica: “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the parking lot of Lloyds of Lowville.”

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