Tale of Two Road Signs
She may have partnered with Bill de Blasio to launch his ambitious “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic speeds and pedestrian fatalities, but don’t except Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to slam the mayor on his recent traffic violations controversy.
Bill de Blasio isn’t trying to cover up his embarrassing furball fumble.
Reflecting on his first Groundhog Day as mayor, which featured Staten Island Chuck, the big city counterpart to Punxsutawney Phil, squirming from his arms and nearly escaping, Mr. de Blasio today jokingly compared the experience to that of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whose team was overwhelmed in Sunday night’s Super Bowl game.
Much Ado About Mandate
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.
The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction.
Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.
“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio today criticized the New York Times for its depiction of his efforts supporting Latin American revolutionaries, expressing surprise at how the paper had treated the story, which has dominated the campaign trail since it was published Sunday.
off the record
Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on WNYC this morning to make her pitch to voters, but the New Yorkers who called into the show were more interested in highlighting some of the biggest issues that have dogged her mayoral campaign.
Ms. Quinn was pressed repeatedly on her decision to extend term limits in 2009, which one caller, Susan from Greenwich Village, said had undermined democracy by overriding voter referendums.
Since the surprise raid on Occupy Wall Street’s encampment in Zuccotti Park last Tuesday, Mayor Bloomberg’s office has been in full spin mode. First defending the actions of the New York Police Department, then minimizing the magnitude of Thursday’s demonstrations and now loudly arresting an Al Qaeda sympathizer and would-be terrorist the FBI had determined wasn’t a major threat.
Pledge drives finally translated into line drives for WNYC. They scored their first win of the softball season in a nail-bitingly close game against New York. The score was tied 2-2 at the top of the eighth inning before WNYC went on to win 6-2. Read More
WNYC’s politics web site is expanding.
Washington Post and Time.com alum Catlin Thompson gets the editor slot, where she takes over for the award-winning Anna Sale, who becomes the site’s first full-time reporter. Their site has been populated by lots of good reporting from WNYC’s newsroom, and insightful analysis gleaned from Read More
Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino was on The Brian Lehrer Show this morning and did not sound like someone vying to take too much of the NPR vote.
Lehrer asked Paladino about his pledge to cut government by 20 percent, and Paladino said that after submitting his budget to the legislature on February 1, he Read More