Endorsement time | Wall Street lives | MWBE op-ed | CFB snafu | Cabaret Law

And our endorsement goes to…

It’s true that Mayor Bill de Blasio can point to four years of robust job growth, low crime, labor peace, expanded pre-K, and an affordable housing program that’s making its numbers.

Yet he’s still managed to rub a lot of New Yorkers the wrong way. Could he also blow his chance at gettable (i.e., non-New York Post) newspaper endorsements?

Actually, he could, such as by forgetting Woody Allen’s axiom that 80% of life is just showing up. Read Crain’s verdict on the mayoral race here. 

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A chicken in every pot

The mayor had held more town halls in October than in August and September combined and has announced a slew of goodies for key constituencies in recent weeks. But his office says he is doing nothing out of the ordinary in the run-up to the election. Will Bredderman begs to differ.

State regresses on MWBE contracting

As the availability of black-owned construction firms more than tripled and the availability of Hispanic-owned firms grew by more than a third, their utilization by state agencies has declined by 2%. This is unacceptable, Bertha Lewis and state Sen. Marisol Alcántara write in an op-ed.

Maybe regulation did not cripple Wall Street

Fans of Wall Street have long argued that Democrats tightened the rules too much on the financial industry after its risk-taking and malfeasance brought the economy to its knees. One business leader alluded to that in a statement Monday about the Street’s second straight year of profit growth, but stopped short of acknowledging that warnings of congressional overreach had been proven wrong.

“The fact that Wall Street remains profitable, despite a much stricter regulatory environment since the financial crisis of 2008, is very good news for New Yorkers,” said Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of the Partnership for New York City. Aaron Elstein puts things in perspective here.

Voter Guide snafu is second so far

A city Campaign Finance Board error resulted in a Brooklyn City Council candidate appearing to blast his chief political benefactor.

It was the second mistake to surface this week in the newly published Voter Guide. Will Bredderman has the scoop.

Get ready to dance

Muchmore’s, a bar, was ticketed in 2013 by a police officer who found people swaying to a live band in violation of the Cabaret Law, which has been on the books since 1926.

The owner decided to fight back. Today, he will celebrate the repeal of the archaic statute. Read more here.

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