Bloomberg vs. Thompson, EV Murder, Blue Elm Menu

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In the latest Marist poll, Bill Thompson has not gained any ground on Mike Bloomberg. He still trails 59-39%

Joyce Purnick of the NYT is out with the definitive bio on Bloomberg. The Village Voice says the book should be required reading for Thompson: "In keeping with the Thompson theme that Bloomberg is out of touch with
ordinary folks, Purnick reports that during one interview, 'suddenly,
with no explanation or context, he advised me: 'You should have your
own plane by the way, it's a great luxury.''

City Hall News looks at Bloomberg's loss of support in Chinatown.

EV Grieve reports on a homicide that happened late Thursday night on Avenue C. 

Grub Street has a look at Blue Elm's menu.

Students, Community Groups Rally To Save After School Programs

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A large group of students and staff from dozens of community organizations came to City Hall this afternoon to fight for continued funding of after school programs (see our earlier coverage here). Mayor Bloomberg decided to cut off money the city allocates to 88 community-based after school programs. A coalition representing those programs delivered petitions with almost 5-thousand signatures to Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott. Several City Council members, including Alan Gerson, John Liu and Robert Jackson addressed the rally, promising to support their campaign. Look for a full video report tomorrow, featuring highlights from the speeches given by the councilmen and several students.

Thursday News Links

Four men are in custody in Lower Manhattan, suspected of plotting to blow up two synagogues in the Bronx. Authorities say they were "aspirational," meaning they had the will but not the weapons or expertise to launch a major terrorist attack.

Mayor Bloomberg holds a summit meeting at Gracie Mansion this afternoon to try to break a stalemate between the Port Authority and developer Larry Silverstein over the fate of ground zero. State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called for the summit two weeks ago, saying he was "fed up" with the delays. The New York Observer notes that Silver has no direct say in the outcome, only a bully pulpit. But the New York Post views Silver as a key player in finally resolving the conflict.

The mayor is facing growing criticism that the city hasn't moved fast enough to close schools affected by the swine flu outbreak.

Job posting of the day, via Twitter:
Small group of Jewish students interested in stories and poems written
by contemporary Yiddish writers with the intention of forming a new
quarterly publication in Yiddish. Please write a brief inquiry if you
are interested in contributing.