“My name Is Joe Lhota and I am a fiscal conservative,” declared Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota this morning as he kicked off a speech in front of the Association for a Better New York, a pro-business group.
The line was a reference to a claim made by Mr. Lhota’s Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, who also labeled himself a “fiscal conservative” when he addressed the same group on Friday–raising eyebrows and eventually forcing a walk-back to “fiscally responsible.”
Manhattan real estate moguls talk about his “Solomonic wisdom,” according to The New York Times.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani called him the “dean of damage control.” His public relations firm, Rubenstein Associates, once simultaneously represented both Leona Helmsley and Donald Trump.
So it’s no exaggeration to say that nothing of importance happens in New York City without somehow involving Howard J. Rubenstein.
A reader passes along this image of FDNY Commissioner Sal Cassano and a contemplative NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, from the ABNY / Downtown Alliance breakfast this morning at 7 World Trade. The guest speaker was Joe Daniels, President & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Read More
Amidst the celebratory backslapping at the Real Estate Board of New York’s Ingenies on Monday evening, REBNY president Steven Spinola quietly savored an even bigger victory.
In a January 2010 Observer article, he had sounded one of the earliest calls for not holding the 9/11 terror trials in the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan. Attorney General Read More
Next Monday, Kirsten Gillibrand will make her first major speech in New York City since being selected to fill Hillary Clinton's vacancy in the U.S. Senate.
Gillibrand is schedule to speak at meeting of the business group Association for a Better New York, according to a source.
Economically, Gillibrand's positions aren't totally clear. Read More
Here’s David Paterson at the A.B.N.Y. breakfast yesterday morning, offering up a critique of spending in public authorities across the state.
“There are 640 public authorities in this state, only 11 of them regulated by a public authority control boards,” he said. “Maybe we should find out what the other 629 do. Because they Read More
Here is David Paterson talking to Bill Rudin, the head of the Association for a Better New York, the business group hosting a breakfast in midtown where the governor will speak shortly.
The event comes hours after congestion pricing was killed, and in the middle of a long, drawn-out budget negotiation that isn’t over Read More
Eliot Spitzer, whose ally Malcolm Smith is now one Republican defection away from taking power in the State Senate, unveiled a new theme this morning at a breakfast hosted by the Association for a Better New York: unity.
During a speech entitled “one budget for one New York,” the governor displayed two maps of the Read More
Hillary Clinton may have returned a contribution from Wal-Mart, and Barack Obama’s wife may also be distancing herself from the company, but the country’s largest retailer is trying to win other friends in high places with its own quiet campaign in New York.
Without much fanfare, Wal-Mart Read More
The new Secretary-General of the United Nations made his first public speech outside the confines of his Turtle Bay HQ this morning – and took the opportunity to talk about traffic jams.
Ban Ki Moon, who officially succeeded Kofi Annan on January 1, tried to reassure New Yorkers that he would do his best to Read More