Headline of the Day: “‘It’s not easy to fire your mom,’ says Board of Elections commissioner.”
Capital New York detailed its extensive efforts to get Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration to release information on the arrest of Bishop Orlando Findlayter. In short: Records officers appeared to do their best to ignore and delay repeated inquiries before one said that “he had not been authorized to release the information.” Mr. de Blasio championed information transparency as public advocate.
Mr. de Blasio discussed his “first (nearly) 100 days in office” with New York. “We’re going to focus on teacher retention, which I think is a huge difference-maker, because we’re hemorrhaging quality teachers,” he said of his future plans. “Why is Finland so wonderful? Because teachers are incredibly well prepared, and they do it as a lifelong career. That’s where I’m trying to move us.”
“Then I started experiencing the booing. Of course it was not a surprise. Any elected official is going to get that. But it was a lot!” Mr. de Blasio said of being booed at the Mets game. “I was surprised at the sheer feeling of it. The volume. Then I tried to focus on Travis d’Arnaud, my batterymate, who was totally a bro.”
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Rev. Al Sharpton met yesterday behind closed doors to discuss racial profiling at retail stores, but that wasn’t the only time they’ve recently run into each other. Mr. Bratton also heard profiling concerns from several African-American leaders and media figures, including Mr. Sharpton, at a Tuesday night reception, according to the New York Post.
According to the Staten Island Advance‘s sources, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is being mentioned as a possible running mate to gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. “She is a great leader in the state,” said Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud. “She is definitely someone that Rob has tremendous respect for.”
In an article titled “Brooklyn’s Hipster Economy Challenges Manhattan Supremacy,” Bloomberg News found ex-Borough President Marty Markowitz still boosting Brooklyn: “Marty Markowitz was strolling in Vienna when he noticed mannequins in a shop window wearing hats emblazoned with Paris, London and Brooklyn. The store had plenty of London and Paris models. Brooklyn was sold out.”
And, via NYTrue.com, here’s video of Mr. de Blasio praising staffer Emma Wolfe as his “Greek secret weapon” at a Gracie Mansion reception last night: