Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio told reporters today that a substantial, organized campaign would soon be launched to ensure the State Legislature approves the centerpiece of his policy agenda: a tax hike on the city’s high income earners to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs.
iran so far
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is cool with President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.
Mr. de Blasio–who argued “there is no closer relationship on earth, literally no closer relationship, than that between New York City and the state of Israel” during the campaign–told Politicker today that he has “a different view” from fellow New York Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who sharply criticized the recent agreement.
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has no sympathy for one of his biggest fans.
Mr. de Blasio today said that actor Alec Baldwin deserved to be fired from his new MSNBC talk show for allegedly using “inappropriate” and “sad” anti-gay slurs–but left the door open for the often hot-headed actor to attend his inauguration.
Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says a report that claims he’s been tapped by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to return to his old job as the city’s top cop is untrue.
“Ch. 11 report is inaccurate,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker via email this morning, adding, that “‘Police sources’ would be last to know” about his future plans.
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.
secret mayor man
Nearly three weeks after his election, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has yet to decide who will run the city’s public schools.
Asked for a status update today during a rare public appearance, Mr. de Blasio offered reporters eager for any tidbits about his transition efforts few hints.
A Tale of Two Skirts
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today compared the groundswell of support for change that propelled Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to victory, to the fashion industry changing hemlines on clothing.
Musing during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, the mayor rejected the idea that Mr. de Blasio’s election was a rebuke of his 12 years in City Hall.
Class Warfare? I Meant Classy Wardrobe There
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been singing a very different tune since Bill de Blasio was elected his successor earlier this fall.
Before November 5th, the mayor–and his staff–appeared barely able to contain their resentment for the city’s public advocate, dismissing his policy ideas and leveling personal insults.
Bill de Blasio might need to say a few “Hail Marys” after his new transition team offended a Catholic group just a day after its announcement.
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, blasted the mayor-elect this afternoon for not including any priests in his 60-member transition team, which was rolled out yesterday afternoon.
Gifts to One's Successor
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that his successor, Bill de Blasio, will become the first new mayor in modern history to inherit a balanced budget–but Mr. de Blasio’s team says he remains “concerned” nonetheless.
“For the first time in modern memory and perhaps for the first time in New York City history, the budget for the incoming fiscal year has been balanced for an incoming mayor well before he or she steps into office,” said Mr. Bloomberg, reporting the new numbers at a press conference at City Hall.