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September 28, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

Reading List: Bloomberg’s Bad Innovation Economy, The Mayor Courts Staten Island, The Garment District in Jeopardy

* In a post about innovation at BusinessWeek, Bruce Nussbaum writes that New York is doing a bad job of jumpstarting an innovation economy and tells Bloomberg to start paying attention.

* “Some things we were told no to in previous years, suddenly turned into yes.” – Staten Island City Councilman James Oddo, on Mayor Bloomberg trying to win over constituents by unexpectedly moving forward with stalled projects in the borough during the election season. Will Staten Islanders buy it?

* The runoff election for Comptroller and Public Advocate is tomorrow. Turnout is expected to be dismal.

* The Daily News reports that Bloomberg is having trouble finding Veteran groups to endorse him for mayor because of his lack of progress with aiding homeless or addicted vets, reaching out to soldiers returning from Iraq or Afghanistan, and helping vets find jobs or housing.

* Joyce Purnick is still around and taking some more questions from readers about Michael Bloomberg — this time at Gotham Gazette. Email any questions to: info at

* The New York Post reports that Christine Quinn’s speakership may be in jeopardy.

* Core77 reports that Mayor Bloomberg wants to turn the Garment District into a commercial district. In New York magazine, fashion designer Nanette Lepore says she has been trying to meet with Bloomberg for more than a year and says that small factories are being lost over to developers.

* Democratic mayoral contender Bill Thompson is having a hard time raising campaign money to beat Bloomberg.

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