President Obama: “Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”

Democratic strategist and former White House adviser David Axelrod said Hillary Clinton, who he helped Obama beat in 2008, will likely end up being the party’s presidential candidate in 2016 – if she decides to run.

Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman will forgo a run for county district court judge after being appointed by Cuomo as special Long Island adviser with the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program.

Ezra Friedlander, head of the Friedlander group, has joined NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign as a key advisor on Jewish outreach.

Quinn’s campaign launched “Latinos Unidos con Quinn” with the release of a list of more than 500 names of Latino endorsers.

Howard Dean re-enacted the notorious scream that ultimately helped sink his 2004 presidential campaign at a fundraiser for NYC Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio.

De Blasio filed a legal action in Brooklyn Supreme Court against SUNY Downstate to stop what he claimed was SUNY’s attempt to “starve” LICH in violation of a court order blocking the hospital’s closure.

…and was successful in securring a temporary restraining order.

Detroit’s bankruptcy filing started people talking: Is that where Syracuse is headed? The answer, according to experts, is yes, but not right away.

A statewide group of pro-fracking landowners has hired an expert in takings claims and eminent domain to represent them in an expected lawsuit against New York.

Brooklyn Councilman Erik Martin Dilan has raised more than $105,000 in congressional campaign funds since May, suggesting he’s strongly considering a rematch against Rep. Nydia Velázquez.

Spokesperson Twitter war. More here.

Spitzer isn’t the first NYC comptroller candidate to envision a bolder role for the office.

NYC mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson’s campaign emailed supporters a memo insisting their internal polls show him performing more strongly with black voters than the public polls do.

Unhappy with Cuomo’s proposed plan to turn over control of Long Island Power Authority over to New Jersey’s PSEG, a Patchogue man is planning a protest and alternate plan.

NY1′s Josh Robin opines on Spitzer’s “appetites,” recalling him as “the kind of person who could survive on Fritos and coffee.”

One former pol who probably can’t come back from his epic sex scandal: Former Senator and presidential hopeful John Edwards.

In his ranking of 10 Democrats who would be 2016 contenders if Clinton doesn’t run, Chris Cillizza bumps Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand up a rung (from #5 to #4) and keeps Cuomo in third place behind VP Joe Biden.