From the Daily News:
Here's what you missed while Mayor Bloomberg was running for a third term - because he kept it under wraps until after the ballots were counted:
• The city budget deficit isn't as bad as he said.
• The NYPD was quietly exempted from the budget cuts at almost every other agency.
• A $60 million tax loss that gave Bloomberg a soap box to rail against the state Senate has magically vanished.
But that's all just numbers. What really drives the point home is the photo of Bloomberg and Sarah Palin hanging around in City Hall.
The picture - and six others - was shot Oct. 10, 2007, when the then-governor of Alaska was on a visit to New York.
The photos might have been inconvenient for Bloomberg while he was running against Democrat Bill Thompson in a heavily Democratic city, but they belong to the taxpayers.
The Daily News asked for copies of the photographs July 8. Under the state Freedom of Information Law, Bloomberg's lawyer Anthony Crowell had to respond within five days.
He handed them over two weeks after the election.
No, what's most telling is that the Daily News endorsed Bloomberg and conveniently failed to disclose that this was happening - until 3 weeks after the election - 4 months after they asked for the photos.