Spin Cycle

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Top of the week: From NYPD to nursing and budget intrigue

Rumors about the career movements of  former NYPD (and LAPD) Commissioner William Bratton have been a perennial staple of city press for decades. The latest comprises quizzical speculation on whether he could succeed Ray Kelly (again — he did it in 1994) when the time comes.  Bratton, by the way, made an interesting correlation between stop-and-frisk usage and reduced personnel.  Links are here and here.

Health firms rebuked over millions in payments in the days when Andrew M. Cuomo was attorney general are now included in the Cuomo administration’s revamping of home health care. Boldface political names included in a Times story on the subject include Sen.-turned-lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato, Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos, and a player with one of the companies, Howard Fensterman, a Lake Success based Democratic fundraiser and health care mover-shaker.

Worth a close read.

The WSJ notes in this recording of the NYC budget pact between Quinn and Bloomberg that it does not address the many years of ignored labor contracts.

Probably the most anticlimactic “political” story  of the day comes in the Post which presents speculative photos on how candidates would look after Botox, which doesn't seem to make all that much difference. You can see for yourself here.

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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