Fifty-eight percent of Americans think gay marriage should be legal, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found.

Undeterred by a judge’s rejection of his sugary drink ban, Mayor Bloomberg wants to prohibit the public display of tobacco products in most NYC retail shops.

Nik Wallenda will try to cross the Grand Canyon on a tightrope in June. The stunt will be aired live by Discovery, and this time, no safety harness.

President Obama’s former top adviser David Plouffe says Hillary Clinton  is “probably the strongest” candidate in either party among potential 2016  presidential contenders.

Artists Against Fracking may be running afoul of a law requiring lobbyists to register with the state.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber and other anti-fracking activists were arrested in Watkins Glen while blockading the entrance to Inergy, LP’s compressor station.

Gun rights supporters who unsuccessfully challenged the NY SAFE Act in court last week have filed an appeal, and the state will have to again defend the gun law this Friday.

State Budget Director Bob Megna has a new (early) baby son named Leo.

My alma mater has a new dean.

President Obama has a new labor secretary, Thomas E. Perez , who’s a Buffalo native.

Perez once served as labor secretary under Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential 2016 contender.

TPM has a new reporter: The NY Observer’s Hunter Walker.

Sen. Jose Peralta has a new campaign website for his Queens borough president run.

Alec Baldwin continues to rail against NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, insisting she’s “not qualified” to be mayor.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney endorsed Quinn for mayor, while NYC Councilman Charles Barron backed NYC Comptroller John Liu.

After dropping out of the mayor’s race, erstwhile GOP hopeful Tom Allon dined with his onetime opponent, Joe Lhota.

Council members interested in succeeding Quinn as speaker are spreading campaign cash around to their colleagues.

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and Square, says he’d like to be mayor of New York City one day.

Reasons other than a presidential run in 2016 that could account for Hillary Clinton’s decision to endorse gay marriage.

Whither former Gov. Mario Cuomo’s portrait?

The Washington Post is starting a paywall.

Bloomberg says he made up his mind “a while ago” who he’ll be voting for in the race to succeed him, but won’t reveal his choice.