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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 97. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Clear. Low of 79. Winds less than 5 mph.

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SummerStage, New York’s largest free performing arts festival, runs in Queens thru August 11. On Tuesday, July 16, check out a concert with Meli’sa Morgan/Fonda Rae/Alicia Myers/Marley Marl, part of the “This is __Hip-Hop” Series, at Queensbridge Park at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Spitzer, Weiner lead NYC races in poll

If Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are turning the city’s elections into a turnoff, someone might want to tell the voters. Read more: AP

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One of the jurors from the George Zimmerman trial has broken her silence. Read more: CBS New York

Poll puts Spitzer ahead of Stringer in comptroller race


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Voters seem ready to give Eliot Spitzer a second chance.

The results of a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll show the former Governor with a 9-point lead over Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in the city comptroller race.

The poll found that 42 percent of registered Democratic voters support Spitzer, while 33 percent support Stringer.

Despite the prostitution scandal that led to Spitzer’s resignation as governor five years ago, 67 percent polled said he deserved a second chance, and 44 percent said he was a changed man. Voters also said they have a more positive opinion of Spitzer than Stringer, according to the poll results.

Stringer was considered the front-runner until Spitzer announced his plans to run on Sunday.

But it’s still not certain that Spitzer will make the September primary ballot.

He has until midnight Thursday to collect 3,750 signatures from registered Democratic voters.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 88. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 75. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

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Documents on former Mayor Koch released by FBI

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Quinn: Spitzer, Weiner haven’t earned second chance

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

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Monday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 90. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday night: Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 72. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

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Former governor Eliot Spitzer plans run for NYC comptroller 

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from the position in 2008 following a prostitution scandal, is planning a political comeback with a bid for city comptroller, the New York Times reported Sunday. Read more: The Queens Courier

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Pilot of crashed Asiana plane was in 777 training

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Former governor Eliot Spitzer plans run for NYC comptroller


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Anthony Weiner won’t be the only disgraced politician running for citywide office this primary season.

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned from the position five years ago following a prostitution scandal, is planning a political comeback with a bid for city comptroller.

“I’m hopeful there will be forgiveness, I am asking for it,” he said in a telephone interview on Sunday, July 8 with The New York Times.

The same night, he discussed his intentions to run on Twitter through the handle @SpitzerForNYC.

“As a former governor and attorney general, I believe I have the right record to continue fighting for the people of #NYC as comptroller,” a tweet on the account stated.

The Democratic candidate will need to gather at least 3,750 signatures from registered party voters by Thursday to make it onto the September primary ballot.

In the primary, he will face front-runner Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who has already picked up numerous endorsements.

Other potential opponents include Republican John Burnett, who has worked on Wall Street, Green Party candidate and former school teacher Julia Willebrand and former madam Kristin Davis.

A Libertarian candidate, Davis spent time in jail for her role in the Spitzer prostitution scandal.

Though he was caught on wire tap arranging for high-end hookers, Spitzer did not end up facing any criminal charges. But after it was publicly revealed that he spent thousands on prostitution services — and as threats of impeachment loomed — he resigned as governor in March 2008.

Since his resignation, Spitzer, 54, has stayed away from political office, but not the spotlight. He has hosted a primetime show on CNN and Current TV and been a commentator on NY1.

But his five years out of office are not enough for some Queens residents to give Spitzer a second chance.

“I can’t believe he’s actually putting himself back in the public eye after what he did,” said Vic McKinney. “I think it’s insulting to the voters and I hope he doesn’t get elected for anything.”

“I don’t think it’s a good idea for him to run,” said Alexander Ciccione. “But since Weiner is running again and he seems to be getting a decent amount of popularity, maybe Spitzer thinks he should try to make a comeback, too.”

Others were more forgiving of the former governor.

“I think it’s OK for Spitzer to run. He seems like he regrets what he did and should be given a second chance,” said Mandee Crenshaw. “I know a lot of other people won’t feel the same way, but I don’t see what harm he could do as a comptroller, so I think a comeback is possible for him.”

-With additional reporting by Johann Hamilton

Updated Monday, July 8

 

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