This song in honor of diva state Senate candidate Mindy Meyer is actually listenable. (Warning: It may create ear worms).

President Obama is employing a soft media strategy that pretty much involves talking to everyone BUT the White House press corps.

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced the pension fund’s overall rate of return for the first quarter of the fiscal year was negative: -.92 percent. The fund’s estimated value at the end of June was $146.5 billion.

Presidential/VP candidates, shirtless. Enough said.

Chris Cillizza on why state legislatures (AKA the “minor leagues”) matter more than you think.

New York City’s bike-sharing program won’t launch until next spring as the vendor tapped to run the program continues to struggle with software problems.

Stu Loeser was in the spotlight on his last day on the job as Bloomberg’s press secretary.

Loeser said he had to “tack left” (ironically) when he left Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office to work for Bloomberg, who was a Republican at the time.

Sen. Greg Ball’s campaign claimed that by working for the international law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Democrat Justin Wagner supports the practice fracking because his firm’s clients include large energy companies.

Hillary Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines, poet. (He was refuting a report that Clinton turned down an offer to run as Obama’s VP as recently as a couple weeks ago).

The five borough taxi plan was rejected by a state Supreme Court justice.

Cuomo gave Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky an “attaboy” for his Standard Charterd settlement in a NY Post OpEd.

Cuomo’s top environmental aide said the administration views natural gas as a potential bridge to a “clean energy economy.”

Salt-N-Pepa tried – without success – to get Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown to loosen up last night. (H/T @joncampbellGAN).

Bad news for Chris Bragg – and the NY political journalism world – but a solid quote from Adam Lisberg.

Here’s Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (at Clarkson University) insisting today that she has no plans to run for president any time soon: