Thursday’s Headlines: Premature Election Syndrome Edition
That was fast. In 24 hours, the nation went from an inevitable Trump sequel to an apparent Biden presidency. So even without results from Nevada, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania, the vaunted New York City press corps already transitioned to demanding answers to hypotheticals from the mayor.
The main one: “OK, if Biden has won, will he bail out ___________?” (insert “transit,” “the city,” “the municipal workforce” or any other long-suffering urban noun in that blank space).
Mostly, Hizzoner didn’t bite, though he certainly let on that he thinks a newly minted President Biden would do more for Gotham than the devil we know. (NY1, NY Post). The Daily News pointed out de Blasio’s concern that any bailout money might pass through Gov. Cuomo’s Albany sausage grinder.
NY1’s Dan Rivoli looked at the transit implication of a Biden presidency — and determined that the MTA would get some help, but probably not enough.
Meanwhile, the NYPD is still on alert for unrest … though, who, exactly, would be the unrestive ones right now, given that the apparently vanquished president is the one threatening legal action to alter what appear to be the results? (NY Post) Gothamist had full team coverage of the NYPD’s rush to charge anyone with obstructing governmental administration.
And more police brutality was captured on video:
Wild times pic.twitter.com/lLuOZty4Qr
— Nick Pinto (@macfathom) November 5, 2020
Which provoked this hot take:
The NYPD's unions endorsed Donald Trump and are now beating people in the streets for marching to demand every vote be counted.
— The Jewish Worker (@JewishWorker) November 5, 2020
And then the speaker of the Council, who didn’t reduce the police budget when he had the chance earlier this year, tweeted that he was outraged when he saw more Jake Offenhartz video:
Incredibly disturbing videos in this thread. People have a right to protest, and journalists must never be threatened with arrest for doing their job. We need de-escalation at times like this. https://t.co/1obyOGuSUQ
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) November 5, 2020
The NYPD also created a horribly done anti-looting video aimed at, again, who? (NY Post)
In other news from a very slow news day (outside of national politics):
- Credit where due department: The typically pro-car CBS2 did a total slam dunk report on the 34th Avenue open street in Jackson Heights and Corona, with reporter Dave Carlin literally calling it a “gift” from the city. The segment featured prime organizer Jim Burke and it’s clear that whatever Burke said to Carlin off camera really stuck with him. The tone of Carlin’s piece was atypical for local TV — more “It should be permanent” instead of “Who are these crazy people who want it to be permanent.” That’s a game-changer in Queens.
- What’s it like to eat outside on a cold night? Gothamist’s Scott Lynch got the (not so) hot assignment. That piece came a day after the Times’s Pete Wells offered his insight into the importance of outdoor dining.
- From the assignment desk: DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will take a victory lap of sorts by cutting a symbolic ribbon on two good new protected bike lane projects: one on Flatbush Avenue and the other on Fourth Avenue (the more significant and much-needed improvement). The fun starts at 10:45 a.m. in Grand Army Plaza.