Blast From The Past
Republican Joe Lhota claimed today that a young Bill de Blasio mishandled the Crown Heights riots more than 20 years ago, withholding crucial information from a top deputy to then-Mayor David Dinkins.
Mr. Lhota didn’t say what information his front-running rival allegedly failed to disclose, but insisted Mr. de Blasio’s experience during the Crown Heights demonstrated that he is ill-prepared to govern the city.
Joe Lhota may have spent much of last night’s first debate on the defensive, but he came out swinging this morning during an early interview on Fox 5.
Stumping in a sweltering Brooklyn subway station this morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio brushed off the emerging chatter that his mayoral campaign, once launched with such promise, is stagnating.
“I never expected to be a front-runner for one day on this race. This was always a grassroots effort and that’s what wins,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker on the platform. “There’s so many examples of the insurgent who works hard winning in the end. That’s the model that’s been shown over and over again.”
Joe Lhota stepped up to the plate today for his one-time boss, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Mr. Lhota, currently running for mayor himself, sent out a press release blasting former mayor David Dinkins’ comments about his loss to Mr. Giuliani in 1993.
“I think it was just racism, pure and simple,” Mr. Dinkins wrote in his forthcoming memoir, highlighted in a New York Times piece published yesterday.
He’s so nice, they’ve endorsed him twice.
Former comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is currently in the midst of a press conference announcing an endorsement from former Democratic mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer.
“TODAY 12:30PM: Ferrer to Endorse Thompson,” the event’s advisory declared. But, in fact, there’s nothing new about the Mr. Ferrer’s support.
The Eight-Day Week
The One Hundred Black Men Inc. Annual Benefit Gala is honoring five civic and business leaders: the Honorable David N. Dinkins, the former New York City mayor and One Hundred Black Men Founder; Kevin Newell, executive vice president and global chief brand officer of McDonald’s (free Big Macs?); Carl McCall, former New York State comptroller Read More
Two hundred years is a hell of a long time for a nonprofit to have existed, Shindigger thought as we crept into the Pierre hotel on the chilly evening of December 12 to attend the New York City Mission Society’s bicentennial gala. NYCMS had invited an agglomeration of Harlem and uptown notables to the ever-swanky Read More
The Eight-Day Week
The New York City Mission Society is celebrating its 200th birthday tonight—and with age comes a few privileges, like getting distinguished guests to join in your cause. Legendary actress Cicely Tyson (who’s bound for Broadway in an upcoming The Trip to Bountiful revival), the Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III, philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and former Read More
On a damp evening in May, the great and the gray trooped up the marble stairs of one of New York City’s most hallowed institutions, the New York Public Library, for its centennial celebration. A smorgasbord of talent had been hired to showcase the library’s varied nature, including an outdoor electric harpist, the Abyssinian Baptist Read More
A bit more about the man tapped to run the country’s largest school system. Before entering City Hall with Bloomberg in 2002, Dennis Walcott was a recognized figure in city politics, joining a lawsuit to block fare hikes by the MTA, and appearing on NY1 to discuss, among other things, civil disobedience and police brutality. Read More