Morning Bulletin: Nixon’s Rally Outside Zabar’s, Tragedy at Douglass Houses, Special John Lennon Stamp Unveiled

Photo by Ellen Cohen.

September 10, 2018 Weather: Rainy, with a high of 69 degrees.

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The Central Park Conservancy has some tips for fall bird watching.

Cynthia Nixon spoke to people outside Zabar’s on Sunday shortly before Rosh Hashanah began following a false attack on her by the state Democratic party. The party sent out a mailer saying she supports the BDS movement and warning that Nixon — who has raised her children Jewish — wouldn’t stand up to anti-Semitism. Governor Cuomo, who “effectively controls the state party,” denied knowing about the flyer, as did the head of the state party, Geoff Berman. But the party isn’t saying how a smear-filled mailer could have been designed, paid for and sent out with no one in charge having any idea.

Alicia Avery, who was burned and beaten in an attack in June in the Frederick Douglass Houses, has died. She was 32. Larry McGloster, accused of committing the attack, is now facing homicide charges.

John Lennon was honored in a Central Park ceremony with his own postage stamp. “John Lennon was a noted philatelist: In 2016, Lennon’s personal collection of stamps, which he started as a child, displayed at the World Stamp Show in New York City following a residency at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.”

The Bowery Boys, who produce podcasts about city history, have done an episode about the history of Riverside Park. “In peeling back the many layers to Riverside Park, upper Manhattan’s premier ribbon park, running along the west side from the Upper West Side to Washington Heights, you will find a wealth of history that takes you back to Manhattan’s most rugged days.”

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    1. Bob Lamm says:

      Yes, indeed. How could a smear-filled mailer have been designed, APPROVED (a word you might have added), paid for, and sent out with no one in charge having any idea?

      Sure, Andrew Cuomo didn’t know. Just like he didn’t know that his cherished, right-hand man,Joseph Percoco, was deeply involved in corruption. Whenever there’s something ugly right near him, Cuomo never seems to know. His claims of innocence would be hilarious if the stakes weren’t so high.

      • Jen says:

        That alone could be the reason not to vote for him. Too dirty of a politician.

      • Anonymous Listmaker says:

        there are many, many instances of corruption and/or incompetence with Cuomo. Cynthia Nixon tried, but she could have done a better job of bringing them out during the campaign:

        — Joseph Percocco, his former right hand man, convicted of soliciting and accepting $300K of bribes from a state contractor;

        — Alain Kalyeros, a SUNY campus president, powerful NY State economic development czar, and the highest paid NY State employee, convicted of bid rigging in $1 billion worth of contracts. The “Buffalo Billion”, a name given by the Cuomo administration to their Erie County economic development plans, was thoroughly corrupted. Are we really to believe that Cuomo didn’t know that, of the $1 billion, $750 million was basically sole sourced to a single contractor? If he didn’t look into something of this magnitude, he was either woefully corrupt or painfully incompetent.

        — As Cynthia Nixon has pointed out, the “raiding” of MTA funding to the tune of $100 million for non-transit projects.

        — the huge expenses of the 2nd Avenue subway: orders of magnitude greater than subway construction in comparable world cities.

        — the cost over-runs and delays in the East Side Access project.

        — the arbitrary $30 million in “re-tiling” of the recently completed Midtown Tunnel project, so it would match his favored color scheme:

        — the shuttering of the Moreland Commission

        that is just off the top of my head. Oh, there’s more, there’s more.

        It has been the great sorrow of this campaign that the full incompetence of the Cuomo administration has not been exposed, and the possible corruption not investigated more thoroughly.

      • Tom says:

        He also had “no Idea” about his political ally Andrew Schneiderman.

        • Bob says:

          Doubly clueless. Can’t even get ERIC Schneiderman’s name right. And Schneiderman wasn’t within a mile of being an ally of Cuomo.

    2. West 88 says:

      Cuomo needs to go. Everyone go out and VOTE! He’s a dirty politician disguised as a progressive, liberal democrat when it is not the case. Do your research, it’s all there.

    3. Harold says:

      Vote Nixon!
      Vote Nixon!!
      Vote Nixon!!!
      Turn the table –
      Nixon is NOT a crook.
      Cuomo IS a CROOK!

    4. Sarah says:

      Rest in peace, Ms. Avery.

    5. Jerome B says:

      Are we surprised that this came from the same man who created “vote for Cuomo Not the homo” for his dad’s mayoral campaign in 1977? He is the epitome of the dirty politician.

      • Bob Lamm says:

        At a dinner of legislative correspondents in Albany in May, Cynthia Nixon recalled and turned around the homophobic bigotry in the the 1977 mayoral race by unveiling her brilliant campaign slogan: “Vote for the Homo, Not the Cuomo.”

    6. gretchen says:

      Don’t think the Nixon rally is gonna help much. Cuomo has already widened his lead according to the latest Siena poll: Cuomo 63, Nixon 22. Unless Russian hackers intervene.

      • Bob Lamm says:

        In a report tonight on the NY1 cable show “Inside City Hall,” one of their reporters (sorry, I don’t recall the name) said that the Siena poll that has Cuomo 41 points ahead of Nixon is heavily weighted toward voters age 55 and over. So its accuracy is in question. Let’s not forget that the last poll in the congressional primary between Queens boss Joe Crowley and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had Crowley ahead by a mile. And that most 2016 polls right before Election Day had Hillary Clinton heading for the White House.

    7. Leon says:

      While at Zabar’s she ordered a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese, lox and capers. I can’t vote for someone with judgment that bad.

      • Carnival Canticle says:

        According to a heartburningly detailed video of the event, she also had the counterman put tomato and onion on the cinnamon raisin bagel as well as the lox, cream cheese and capers. He looked bemused but kept loading it on. We are fortunate that the video ended before we could see her bite into the thing.

    8. sophia says:

      Don’t let Cuomo’s approval polls discourage you from voting for Nixon. At the very least, if Nixon loses, it’ll send a message to Cuomo if her numbers are respectable.

    9. NotImpressed says:

      I’m no fan of Cynthia Nixon, but Cuomo is a truly repulsive person.
      I was going to vote for Cuomo even though I can’t stand him but have decided to vote for Nixon on Thursday.
      I may vote for the GOP candidate in November.

      • ZoomZoom says:

        You and many more will vote GOP in November.
        I’m thinking the same.
        Cuomo is a disaster. A corruption walking on two and a liar.
        I’m going Nixon in the primary.

    10. Public says:

      Was excited to see and listen to her standing in the rain.
      She strongly defended herself and her family against the dirty smear, felt bad for her.
      Whoever falsely labeled her like that should be fired.