Headline of the Day: “Actually, This Is a GIF of Bill de Blasio Dancing in 1994.”
Tish James, who issued a defiant speech after winning the public advocate primary, offered more of an olive branch to vanquished rival Daniel Squadron last night. “I look forward to working with the senator,” she said on Road to City Hall. “He had some wonderful ideas and he ran a very spirited debate and campaign and I just thank him for all of his kind comments during his concession speech.”
Former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton seems to want his old job back in Bill de Blasio‘s hypothetical administration. “Apart from being an optimist, I guess I’m a glutton for punishment,” he said when asked if he’d take the gig, “adding that if he’s tapped to head the department next year, he’d decide then if it’s the right time,” according to WNYC.
Underneath a bold headline, “De Blasio’s choice for schools chancellor,” the New York Post reports that former Baltimore Schools CEO Andres Alonso is being considered as Mr. de Blasio’s education chief. But other picks are possible: “Bob Hughes, the longtime head of the nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools, is also on de Blasio’s radar.”
Meanwhile, teachers’ union head Michael Mulgrew took issue with a test question that involves evaluating Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s successes and failures. It reminded him “of some story coming out of North Korea and Kim Jong Il,” he said. “I doubt the mayor knew about it, but it’s just ridiculous.”
And a new Quinnipiac poll out this morning shows Mr. de Blasio absolutely crushing Republican Joe Lhota. “These numbers say Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s kids can start arguing over who gets the best bedroom in Gracie Mansion,” said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. View below: