Schneiderman: ‘Powerful’ Message For Bloomberg To Speak

Add Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to the list of liberals happy to have former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking this evening at the Democratic National Convention.

“I think it is incredibly powerful that Michael Bloomberg, who is nationally recognized as a balanced, centrist leader, who is interested in getting problems solved, is here to endorse Hillary Clinton,” the AG said earlier today.

Bloomberg, a onetime Democrat who was first elected as a Republican mayor in 2001, and later became an independent, is due to endorse Hillary Clinton after considering – and then abandoning – his own run for the presidency.

Schneiderman believes Bloomberg’s nod is a signal to “business Republicans” that Clinton should be elected over Republican Donald Trump.

“This represents the core of the American business community that we can’t put our country in the hands of this narcissistic, megalomanic, xenophobe,” he said.

Clinton must still answer questions, it would seem, from the base of the party, which believes she is not liberal enough on key issues. But Schneiderman said Bloomberg’s remarks will highlight Clinton’s own desire to govern.

“Mike Bloomberg really embodies that sort of practical, smart, non-ideological, but inclusive, expansive, and visionary role for America,” he said.

De Blasio Shrugs Off Afternoon Speaking Slot

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in an interview shrugged off the 4:30 time slot he was given to speak at the Democratic National Convention later today, telling NY1’s Zack Fink he’s not a marquee speaker at any rate.

At the same time, de Blasio praised the decision to have his immediate predecessor, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, to give a prime time keynote address endorsing Hillary Clinton.

De Blasio is not the only New Yorker who has been scheduled to speak at the convention, with congressional candidate Adriano Espaillat speaking briefly on Monday night and Gov. Andrew Cuomo expected to go on Thursday (a time has not been released for when Cuomo will talk).

“I don’t worry about any of that stuff,” he said. “There are hundreds and hundreds of speakers to accommodate. There are folks who I understand 110 percent who need to get into the proper speaking slot.”

As for Bloomberg, a billionaire whose style and approach to the mayor’s office de Blasio has pointedly sought to avoid, the Democrat called the move “wonderful.”

“That’s really going to help build some support among independents,” he said.

Primetime speaking slots at conventions are typically highly coveted. Cable audiences grow at 8 p.m. hour, with network stations switching to convention coverage for the keynote speeches at around 10 p.m.

But de Blasio insisted that while it’s an honor to speak, he’s more concerned with the broader campaign effort of electing Clinton.

“So, there’s no news in me supporting Hillary Clinton,” he said. “It’s going to be an honor to speak during the convention and I’m going to work very hard on her behalf. But I think as people in political life, we should not worry about ourselves, but about the future of the country.”

De Blasio Calls Cuomo A ‘Doubting Thomas’ On Liberal Policy

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday in an interview called Gov. Andrew Cuomo a “doubting Thomas” on backing liberal issues such as combating income inequality.

De Blasio, speaking to NY1’s Zack Fink, did not believe Cuomo was attempting to co-opt liberal policy issues such as an increase in the minimum wage to $15, but was glad he could influence the governor’s thinking.

“I’m happy that those issues came into the mainstream in New York state and the country,” de Blasio said. “Yes, he was a doubting Thomas for quite a while. But whatever gets you there, so we can help people, working people, middle class people, that’s what we’re here to do. I’m glad that he came to it.”

Both men are in Philadelphia this week for the Democratic National Convention, but neither have publicly crossed paths despite staying at the same hotel in city’s downtown.

Cuomo and de Blasio have openly feuded over the last year, with the mayor accusing the governor of undermining New York City’s interests in Albany and colluding with Senate Republicans in Albany.

Cuomo’s aides have repeatedly fired back at the mayor, accusing him of incompetence and not managing the city well.

But the roots of the Cuomo and de Blasio feud did begin initially over a campaign pledge by the mayor to create a universal pre-Kindergarten program through a tax increase.

Cuomo had balked at the surcharge, but ultimately pursued a statewide pre-Kindergarten program.

The hostilities between the mayor and the governor have only escalated in the last year over a variety of concerns, including mayoral control of New York City schools and proposed cuts in funding to the City University of New York, tumbling into public view with a rare intensity, even for two jobs that are often in conlfict.

“I think it comes down to this: My job is to defend the interests of New York City — 43 percent of the state’s population,” de Blasio said in the interview. “We are the economic powerhouse of the state. We deserve fairness and respect.”

During his second term, Cuomo has emphasized decidedly liberal views, including the minimum wage as well as a 12 week paid family leave program.

“This is what the political process is all about,” de Blasio said. “I’m very proud of the fact that my campaign in 2012 and 2013 was about income inequality, raising taxes on the wealthy. We’re doing things very, very differently now.”

Schneiderman: ‘Vicious Tweets’ From Trump Supporters

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman blasted on Wednesday the supporters of Donald Trump who have sent him “vicious” anti-Semitic tweets in response to his lawsuit against Trump University.

“I should show you the vicious anti-Semitic hate tweets I get from Trump followers,” he said to members of the New York delegation earlier this morning during their breakfast meeting.

Speaking with reporters after his remarks, Schneiderman accused Trump of giving a tacit thumbs up to hate speech, linking the anti-Semitism to the Republican nominee’s rhetoric on immigration and Muslims.

“Donald Trump, more than any candidate in modern history, has really openly embraced bigotry,” Schneiderman said. “He’s advocating discrimination based on religion; he’s advocating discrimination based on national origin in a way we haven’t seen in a very long time.”

Schneiderman has led the effort on the lawsuit against Trump University, in which former students of the online school claim the course offerings were of little value promised and promoted by Trump himself.

Trump has repeatedly slammed the lawsuit and Schneiderman over the lawsuit, dismissing it as little more than a political stunt by the Democratic AG. He also caused waves several weeks ago when he criticized the judge in the case over his Mexican descent.

“This open door to bigots lets out all the bigots,” Schneiderman said. “We can’t only say this only about being anti-Muslim. (Trump) has given the green light to a lot of ugly stuff. This is opening he door to a lot of virulent anti-Semitism. I see it and there are other public officials who are seeing it, too.”

Schumer Vows ‘Different Approach’ On Trade

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer on Wednesday vowed to take a different approach on free trade agreements should he ascend to the majority leader post in the U.S. Senate, he told the New York delegation.

“I have been very skeptical of these arguments that free trade is good for America,” Schumer said. “My views have become even harder and stronger.”

Schumer, in line to become the new leader of the Senate Democrats in 2017, sharply criticized previous free trade deals as well as the Trans Pacific Partnership, which has become a key issue for both parties in the 2016 campaign.

“You don’t need a Phd. in economics to know why companies want to take jobs out of America and to Indonesia or anywhere,” Schumer said to applause. “It’s because the jobs there pay next to nothing.”

He promised to continue to oppose the TPP agreement, a deal that was forged by President Obama in the final months of his administration and part of a broader pivot toward Asia.

“As long as TPP reduces the wages and working conditions of American workers, I will oppose it,” Schumer said. “Should I become majority leader, we’re going to have an entirely different approach on trade.”

Both parities are facing political headwinds over stagnate wages and anxiety over the economy following the aftershocks of the great recession. Republican Donald Trump has broken with party orthodoxy on trade in the last year, winning the GOP nomination in the process.

Much of Schumer’s address, too, appeared aimed at supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who address the delegation’s breakfast on Tuesday with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Many of Sanders’s supporters in the delegation, however, appeared to have skipped the breakfast this morning.

“There have been a few bumps in the road, but our party is unified on policy,” Schumer said. “The Sanders platform has had a great effect on America and the Democratic Party. Bernie is a constructive man, he always has been.”

Cuomo Seeks To Knit Together Democrats For Clinton

From the Morning Memo:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wouldn’t admit whose idea it was to bring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday to the New York delegation’s breakfast.

But he told reporters later in the day it was a “brilliant one” considering it helped unify the two factions within the party in New York to back Hillary Clinton’s campaign for the presidency.

The embrace of Sanders by the New York delegation comes at a crucial time for Democrats nationally as they seek to unify the party more broadly against Republican Donald Trump, who despite an unusual convention, received a boost in the polls from the week of coverage.

“Our first task is to make sure that Hillary Clinton is elected our next president,” Sanders said to applause from the delegation. “Our second task, in my view, is to continue the political revolution whose goal is nothing less than transforming this country.”

Though he’s had an at-times difficult relationship with the left of the Democratic base, Cuomo on the convention floor sought to play up areas of commonality on policy, touting the push for the $15 minimum wage and 12 weeks of paid family leave — both measures that were approved in New York earlier this year.

Sanders supporters in New York aren’t happy with Cuomo’s time in office, and many likely backed Zephyr Teachout during the 2014 Democratic primary.

While it remains to be seen if Cuomo can stave off another challenge on his left flank in a 2018 campaign, quelling a potential flare up this week within his own state delegation — presenting a united front in contrast to other states — was key for him in Philadelphia.

“There was a spirit of unity in that room that was overwhelming and that was undeniable,” Cuomo said, “And that’s what I was concerned about.”

Labor Plans GOTV Role For Dems

From the Morning Memo:

New York labor leaders plan to make a push for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid this year, even as some in the movement continue to harbor doubts about her positions on free trade.

Support from labor is key for Clinton, even amid a decline in private-sector union enrollment over the last several decades.

However, the labor movement in New York remains an active factor in political campaigns, providing important mobilizing tools and voter outreach efforts.

“Donald Trump does not have that organize to actually go out, poll people, go knock on doors, that’s the strength of the labor movement — the grassroots, organizing effort,” said AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “That’s what we do. that’s what we’re good at all across this country.”

At the same time, Cilento insisted the concerns over trade agreements like the Trans Pacific Partnership — which could nudge blue-collar Democrats toward Trump’s message — have been resolved.

“The platform that was adopted is satisfactory to the labor movement, we’re all in favor of it,” he said.

Voter outreach, though, remains a priority for labor groups like 1199/SEIU, said its president, George Gresham.

“We want to make sure we’ll get them to volunteer, to get out into the campaign, to create the energy and the excitement that for working people there is really no option to stay home and have someone vote for you,” he said.

“It’s a not question of who they should vote for, it’s a question of getting out and doing the right thing.”

Here And Now — Day 3 In Philly

Good morning! Another day is in the books at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia that saw the formal nomination of Hillary Clinton for president of the United States — a historic first for the country as she is the first woman to be nominated by a major party.

Meanwhile, Democrats continued to try to smooth out their rough edges when it comes to party unity between the Clinton and Bernie Sanders camps. Sanders himself formally called for Clinton to be nominated by acclamation.

Your schedule:

At 8 a.m., de Blasio will participate in the Politico Breakfast panel discussion, Two Commerce Square, 2001 Market St., Philadelphia.

At 8:30 a.m., Cuomo will deliver remarks at the New York state delegation breakfast, Loews Hotel, Regency Ballroom, Floor 2M, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia.

At 11 a.m., Chirlane McCray will participate in the mayors against discrimination forum, Philadelphia City Hall, 1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia.

At 2 p.m., de Blasio will devliver remarks at the National Committee Labor Council panel discussion, Pennsylvania Convention Center – 118 ABC 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia

At 3:20 p.m., Cuomo will deliver remarks at the DNC Labor Caucus Meeting, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch Street, Room 120AB, Philadelphia.

At 4:30 p.m., de Blasio will deliver his remarks at the DNC, Wells Fargo Center, 3061 S Broad St., Philadelphia.


For a party roiled by disunity on Monday, it was a dramatic moment as Hillary Clinton’s former rival, Bernie Sanders, called for her to be officially nominated by acclamation.

Sanders brought his unity tour to the New York delegation breakfast, urging his supporters there to back Clinton’s campaign.

The mood was a buoyant one in the convention hall during the roll call of states and included a visibly emotional Sanders.

But some of Sanders’s still are not happy. They staged a sit-in protest at the media tent near the convention hall to highlight their dissatisfaction with Clinton’s nomination.

After she was nominated, former President Bill Clinton praised his wife as a “change maker” and delivered a folksy address highlighting their life together.

The Post’s Michael Goodwin called the speech “a desperate bid to humanize Hillary Clinton.”

“Now Democrats Need To Tear Donald Trump’s Face Off.”

Consensus is building in the intelligence community that Russia was behind the hack of internal emails at the Democratic National Committee.

As evidence grows Russia was behind the hack, Republican nominee for president Donald Trump saw fit to declare he has “ZERO” investments in the country.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will not be out of the state at the same time during the Democratic National Convention, resolving a question over who would be in charge if they both were in Philadelphia (It technically be Republican John Flanagan).

Cuomo credited Sanders repeatedly on Tuesday with helping unify the Democratic Party behind Clinton’s candidacy after a raucous primary.

At the DNC, Cuomo is facing down his own liberal critics in New York who believe he hasn’t been consistent enough on core issues, especially fiscal ones.

Politicos and wannabe politicians take note: A “charisma coach” assesses what makes a political speech a great one.

New York speakers at the convention have blasted Trump’s reaction to Sept. 11, with Rep. Joe Crowley asking where the businessman was in the aftermath of the attack.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is trying to reboot the energy for his agenda at the Democratic National Convention, though hindering that in part is a very early time slot speak.

The bad speaking slot is a snub for de Blasio, considering his support and surrogacy work for Clinton.

Cuomo told reporters the exact date and time he’s speaking at the convention is still up in the air, though he did talk up the benefits of speaking on Thursday, the final day of the DNC.

Both de Blasio and Cuomo sought to make time with Sanders at private and public events, but avoided running into each other in Philadelphia.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer in his own convention remarks gave a shout-out to upstate New York, name-checking Schenectady in the process.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is taking on a prominent role within the state delegation at the DNC after he was name chair of the state committee.

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner insists he’d beat Donald Trump, Jr. in a race for New York City mayor “like a rented mule.”

Trump Jr., of course, responded to Weiner on Twitter.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was critical of Michelle Obama’s speech on Monday, defending the use of slaves to build the White House.

As Democrats focus on deaths of unarmed black civilians in police incidents, the death of a Mount Vernon woman was referenced at the convention.

In non-convention news:

Frustrated with the Cuomo administration’s “obfuscation” Assemblyman Robin Schimminger is scheduling a hearing on the START-UP NY jobs program.

Attorney General Eric Scheiderman is refusing to comply with a subpoena from a congressional committee that’s critical of his handling of an Exxon-Mobil lawsuit.

A nursing-home probe is pitting New York City agencies against one another.

If current trends hold, New York City is on pace for more traffic deaths this year than in 2015.

A confidential memorandum reveals de Blasio’s aides mulled selling Rivington House for condominiums and sought to cover their tracks in the process.

The city is closing on 52,000 affordable housing units in order to keep on pace with the mayor’s housing plan.

Someone is distributing recruitment fliers for the KKK in central New York.

The Rochester D&C’s David Andreatta takes on the use of taxpayer-funded mailers for birthday greetings to constituents as an abuse of franking privileges.

Two prominent Saratoga Springs lawyers are in the running to replace John Herrick as GOP county chairman.

A recent spate of violence in Syracuse could be impacting the real-estate market in the city.

Sanders And de Blasio Meet

On the same day he addressed the New York delegation at a breakfast earlier this morning in Philadelphia, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, his office said.

The meeting lasted about 45 minutes and included First Lady Chirlane McCray and Jane Sanders.

The conversation was on the “future of progressive politics and the need to build on the grassroots success of Senator Sanders’ campaign,” de Blasio’s team said.

At the same time, they also discussed how to improve voter access for the young and disenfranchised.

De Blasio has been a supporter of Hillary Clinton’s, but he initially balked at endorsing her candidacy, even as most of the state’s Democrats lined up behind her second bid for the presidency.

The mayor eventually did back Clinton and campaign — door-to-door style — in Iowa ahead of the caucuses.

Earlier in the day, Sanders urged Democrats in New York to unite behind Clinton’s campaign for president, a speech that Gov. Andrew Cuomo credited with helping build party unity.

Cuomo Insists A Federal Job, Cabinet Or Otherwise, Is Not In The Cards

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to stay the governor, with no plans to take a job in a new Clinton administration or run for president himself, he insisted to reporters on Tuesday in Philadelphia.

“I want to run for governor,” Cuomo said amid questions about his political ambitions. “Are you trying to get me out of the governor’s race? I’m staying in New York.”

Four years ago, Cuomo attended the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte for less than a day, traveling there to watch President Obama’s renomination speech.

This year, Cuomo is taking a more visible role at the convention here in Philadelphia, attending forums and workshops and promoting Hillary Clinton’s candidacy.

It’s a shift, given his desire early in his time as governor to not travel outside of the state for more than a full day, least he be accused of stoking White House ambitions.

Cuomo indicated he’s in Philadelphia this year in part given the truculent nature of some of the Bernie Sanders supporters, saying this convention is “more difficult because of the division.”

His father’s 1984 convention speech, which catapulted then-Gov. Mario Cuomo into the national spotlight, also added a dash of klieg lighting to the Capitol the son sought to avoid.

“There’s no doubt the national narrative is a distraction,” Cuomo said. “I’ve been in a Clinton cabinet, thank you very much. Had a great eight years. I have no interest in serving in a Clinton cabinet. I have just an interest in serving as governor of New York.”

Should Clinton lose this November, Cuomo could still run in 2020, when he turns 62 that December.