Headline of the Week: “Sit happens! Kid can’t ‘stand’ wait for chronically-late de Blasio.”
The New York Post reports Bill de Blasio “met his match Thursday in little Jael Jesus Ramirez. Oblivious to protocol, the 4-year-old plunked himself down on the floor for a breather after the mayor arrived 45 minutes late to his very first bill signing. The adults standing near the podium didn’t have that luxury.”
Democrats as far-flung as Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu and Colorado Congressman Jared Polis are now jumping on the anti-de Blasio bandwagon. “We urge Mayor Bill de Blasio to reconsider his course of action to close and stop the expansion of high-performing charter schools in New York City,” they recently wrote.
The New York Business Journal reports on the confusion around the city’s new paid sick day law: “[W]ith only 12 days before the law takes effect, the city’s Department of Consumer Affairs has still not issued final regulations that employers expect to spell out numerous details and clarify points not explicitly addressed in the law.
The Daily News editorial board argues Mr. de Blasio “should reset his compass to the true north of pragmatism, come to grips with having graduated from carping public advocate and applause-seeking candidate to chief executive, and find a wise adviser capable of saying, ‘That’s just nuts, Mr. Mayor.’”
Despite the critics, The New York Times writes, “in fits and starts, Mr. de Blasio has steadily found ways to impose his uncompromising liberalism onto New York, exploiting the powers of his office to further an agenda that allies say is far more consequential than day-to-day squabbles and scandals.”
Capital New York looked at why 56 activists wanted to be arrested outside of Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s office yesterday: “Some had hopes of ousting him in 2014—but right now they don’t have a better horse, and Cuomo knows it. Instead, the rally sought to divert attention away from legislative leaders and back onto Cuomo.”
Sparks are flying in Congressman Charlie Rangel‘s primary fight. In the News, Mr. Rangel’s camp called State Senator Adriano Espaillat “seemingly addicted” to running for office and of doing “the bidding of people who give him money.” The Espaillat camp fired back: “This is obviously a desperate campaign in panic mode.”
The Times profiled another congressional hopeful, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice: “Like members of the Kennedy clan, Ms. Rice hails from a large Irish-American Catholic family steeped in the pungent sauce of politics. The Kennedys were Democrats, but her pedigree is more varied.”
The Times further profiled Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito‘s Twitter habits. “I said, ‘You are not going to get rid of my Twitter,’” Ms. Mark-Viverito recalled telling her aides.
And, in case you missed it, here’s video of Mr. de Blasio’s ice cream tasting yesterday: