Wake-Up Call: MTA fares may jump, Cuomo's numbers fall, and Weiner wraps it up
22 Oct 2014
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EXCLUSIVE: The City Council wants to bring the Board of Elections into the computer age. Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) will introduce legislation to allow would-be voters to register online. Currently, the Board of Elections requires paper registration forms to be mailed in the old-fashioned way.The bill would require the BOE to create a secure website to allow voters to register using the same form that is now sent by mail.
Step up to the plate, dads! That’s one of the keys to attacking poverty in Republican gubernatorial nominee Rob Astorino’s “Empowerment & Opportunity Plan,” which he unveiled Tuesday. The plan would recruit religious and community leaders to take part in a campaign that “celebrates the role of the father in strong families” and encourages fathers to be married to the mothers of their children.
Gov. Cuomo’s publisher is marketing his book to his political backers with help from his campaign. HarperCollins sent out an email Tuesday to Cuomo donors and supporters promoting the book. And it may have worked. Cuomo’s book jumped from No. 13,886 to No. 4,426 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list by 6 p.m. Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group complained the campaign list was used “to promote Cuomo’s private business interest.”
Cuomo may be Mr. Popularity in New York City, but more than half of suburbanites and upstaters have a dimmer view -- and he pulls his lowest-ever showing recorded in a Siena poll since he took office, a new survey released Wednesday finds. The incumbent Democrat still handily trounces his Republican rival, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by 21 percentage points -- or 54% - 33%.
WSJ: "Cuomo has held a steady lead in the polls as he runs for re-election, but for one night, on Wednesday, he will be on an even playing field in a debate with his Republican opponent Rob Astorino and two other candidates."
Our Bill Hammond's column: "Tuesday was a good day for the right to a fair trial in New York, but Gov. Cuomo could and should have made it a lot better. Settling a seven-year-old lawsuit brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Cuomo agreed that the state should make sure poor people accused of crimes actually get the legal representation they’re constitutionally entitled to..."
Prominent women of color have fired off an open letter backing embattled City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger. "Whether or not we agree with some of her personal choices, the truth is, who an employee is dating, how much they owe a creditor and what type of car they drive are not matters for public scrutiny," the letter reads. "These are personal matters that bear no impact on a person's ability to effectively perform their job."
NYT: "Lawyers for the woman who has accused a prominent defense lawyer of rape have gone public with a letter delivered on Tuesday to the Manhattan district attorney’s office, citing graphic details of the alleged sexual assault."
To fill its $15.2 billion budget gap solely through borrowing, the MTA would have to raise fares and tolls 15%, according to a shocking report released by the state controller Tuesday. If the increase was applied evenly across the board, it would boost the $2.50 base bus and subway fare to approximately $2.90, and jack up the 30-Day MetroCard, now $112, to $129.
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