On a recent Tuesday afternoon, outside a firehouse on the north shore of Staten Island, Bill de Blasio slipped between a throng of sweaty, angry protesters and was quickly ushered to a microphone stand.
“This mayor loves to brag how devoted he is to the numbers,” said Mr. de Blasio. “This is the fastest growing Read More
Who’s the bigger scofflaw-BP or Yassir Raouli?
You’ve heard of BP, but perhaps not of Mr. Raouli or his Bistro food truck, which operates daily from 11 in the morning until 7 at night at 15th Street and Fifth Avenue, northwest corner.
The city has always had a hard time figuring Read More
Earlier this week, The Observer spoke with former public advocate Mark Green, the city’s first holder of the office, about the current one, Bill de Blasio, who was profiled in the paper this week.
Here’s what Mr. Green had to say on the health of the office, and on Mr. de Blasio’s ambitions.
He Read More
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is touting her support among pro-choice and gay-rights advocates. Harold Ford Jr. says he supports same-sex marriage and is moving away from the “pro-life” language he was using until recently.
“The two camps are mirror images of each other: each thinks the other is presumptuous and too conservative,” former Read More
In a City Hall News story about Anthony Weiner, this line caught my attention: “he sends a note to everyone who loses a primary in New York City.”
I contacted a couple of Democrats who’ve lost primaries to see if they’d heard from Weiner. Turns out, not many had. (One got a present, though.) Read More
Jerry Skurnik crunches the numbers and emails some interesting bits of analysis.
Bill de Blasio beat Mark Green pretty much everywhere.
“Two closest were 59 AD (Canarsie), where Thomas Jefferson Club supported Green and he lost 1,465 – 1,224 & 26 AD (Eastern Queens), where he lost 2,189-2,141,” Skurnik writes. Read More
The primary and run-off are now history, and with that we can now start to talk about the mayor’s race—in 2013.
I know, I know, we’ve got one coming up in five weeks and Michael Bloomberg, for all his money and inevitability, has hardly been lighting the world on fire with his poll Read More
This morning, City Room followed the four remaining candidates when they went to vote in today’s underwhelming run-off.
Because there weren’t really any voters (“Turnout Is a Trickle” says the headline), there’s a lot about how the poll workers react to the candidates, so let’s read the tea leaves.
Comptroller candidate John Liu walked Read More
The manila folder attacks again!
A reader passes along a flier that's being circulated criticizing Bill de Blasio, who is in a run-off for public advocate against Mark Green.
It’s the same design as another flier that went around Jackson Heights recently, where incumbent City Councilwoman Helen Sears implied that her Read More
When the two remaining candidates for public advocate met for the campaign’s final debate on Wednesday night–to discuss whether they had ever been arrested and when they last cooked dinner–Queens Councilman Eric Gioia was not among them.
In the primary on September 15, Mr. Gioia finished a disappointing third, pulling only 18 percent Read More