As Chris Christie’s administration imploded over the last week, a few politicians—from Rand Paul and Jeb Bush to Barbara Buono and Jon Corzine—were surely asking, “is it wrong that I’m smiling?” Read More
It’s no secret that in the battle for federal transportation dollars, cars and highways usually win out over trains and buses. That’s because of the growing clout of the car-loving Sunbelt and the ever-diminishing number of congressmen from mass-transit states like New York and New Jersey. Read More
As he prepares for his reelection campaign in earnest, Governor Cuomo has gotten religious on the matter of medical marijuana. Indeed, with the zeal of a convert and the stroke of his pen, the governor plans to legalize pot for a limited number of patients in New York—without the usual practice of seeking approval from the legislature. Read More
Call it a tale of two mayors.
There is Bill de Blasio, the government professional. That Bill de Blasio has brought seasoned, well-respected advisers to City Hall, including one of his latest appointments, Polly Trottenberg, the city’s new commissioner of transportation. She joins an impressive team that includes leaders like Anthony Shorris, Stan Brezenoff and Bill Bratton. And the mayor deserves special praise for keeping Kyle Kimball on as president of the city’s New York City Economic Development Corporation, a nod toward keeping momentum behind some of the best ideas of the Bloomberg administration. These selections speak well of the new mayor’s eye for talent and his desire to get things done. Read More
In choosing a police commissioner, Bill de Blasio put aside his campaign pose as the Park Slope progressive alternative to the Giuliani-Bloomberg years. His selection of Bill Bratton as the city’s top cop was a signal that the incoming mayor understood the difference between campaigning and governing. Read More
Bill Bratton is a professional crime-stopper. Anthony Shorris is a professional manager and a government insider. Both are welcome additions to the incoming administration of Bill de Blasio, a man who campaigned as a government outsider, as a critic of the sort of policing Mr. Bratton has championed. Read More
He would have loathed the obituaries—most of them, anyway.
The ones that associated his name with mere snark, a quality that was far beneath his intelligence and integrity. The ones that described him as a pied piper of dewy-eyed ingénues, as if he had not given new life and new freedom to veteran journalists who turned down offers elsewhere mostly because of him. The ones that portrayed the newspaper he edited as an in-house newsletter for the city’s media elites, as though the paper’s coverage of politics, finance, real estate and culture were mere add-ons. Read More
There was a time, long ago, when national politics and New York politics were nearly one and the same. From 1928 to 1948, the state produced a presidential candidate every year, and in 1944, both presidential candidates, Franklin Roosevelt and Thomas Dewey, called New York home. Read More
The long Thanksgiving weekend promises to be slow in and around City Hall. That will give Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a chance to catch up on some reading and perhaps reflect on the changes he has promised to bring to post-Bloomberg New York. We’d recommend that he consult a new study conducted by Cushman & Wakefield’s capital markets group—it shows that, for the third straight year, New York is home to the world’s largest real estate market. Read More
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to scrap his ambitious proposal to rezone east Midtown. That’s unfortunate but for the best. The plan was doomed anyway: Incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio opposed the plan, as did many members of the City Council. Read More