Bloomberg staffers and Wall Street Journal reporters can breathe a sigh of relief. The New York Times’ roving political reporter Michael Barbaro is off the city politics beat.
Mr. Barbaro has recently been called up to the national desk for the 2012 Republican primary, and for now, he’s covering its biggest player, Mitt Romney.
It’s a conspicuous but logical promotion for Mr. Barbaro, who for the past three years has made a white whale out of the city’s own superrich politician on the Times front page, even while routinely scooping the tabloids on the City Room blog.
When Mayor Bloomberg began a campaign to improve New Yorker’s diet and nutrition, rather than get every other politician’s opinion on the nanny state, Mr. Barbaro persuaded the manager of Mayor Bloomberg’s local diner to dish on Hizzoner’s snacking habits.
It wasn’t enough for Mr. Barbaro reveal that the mayor had missed a handful important city events due to his habit of skipping off to Bermuda on weekends. Oh, no. Mr. Barbaro spent a week on the island retracing the man’s steps, detailing what the mayor orders at the local four-star restaurant and relaying a choice bit of gossip from the local golf club: apparently the Mayor can be a little slow on the links.
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As the Wall Street Journal launched a “Greater New York” section, its direct competitor, The New York Times, was moving City Hall staff around.
First was the recent introduction of Javier Hernandez, who had been covering business. He’s now in City Hall. Most recently, he wrote a story about how a fight Read More
New York Times reporter Fernanda Santos is transferring from the City Hall beat. Santos, who covered upstate New York before coming to Room 9, will be transferring to the paper’s Queens beat. (Yes, they have one!).
“I’m a street reporter at heart, so this is a beat that suits me better,” she said in an Read More
City Hall released Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey’s schedule this evening, in reponse to Freedom of Information requests from me and other reporters.
Here, from Sheekey’s schedule from July 2, 2007 to January 11, 2009, are a few notable entires:
Sheekey and other top aides to the Read More
David Chen, the longtime Trenton reporter for The Times, is replacing Diane Cardwell as the paper’s City Hall bureau chief, according to an internal memo. Mr. Chen will join Michael Barbaro and Fernanda Santos in Room 9.
Mr. Chen’s departure means there’s a vacancy in Trenton, but at this point it’s unclear whether the paper Read More
The New York Post is hiring Staten Island Advance City Hall reporter Sally Goldenberg.
She’s filling the position vacated by Frankie Edozien, who broke the City Council slush fund story, then departed to take a teaching position at N.Y.U. and a Kaiser fellowship to write about health issues in Africa.
Other changes on Read More
The New York Times is poised to announce they’re sending their Wal-Mart reporter, Michael Barbaro, to cover City Hall, according to two people familiar with the move.
Barbaro, who the Times hired from the Washington Post, had his telephone bugged by Wal-Mart after he demonstrated a knack for breaking news about them. Read More
Wonkette gives us a comedic list of possible outcomes to the ban on lobbyist-bought meals.
Backroom Deal Breaker has an interesting flip flop by Randi Weingarten (can I still use flip flop, or is it passé?) and Speaker Quinn on term limits.
Fishbowl NY rounds up a Read More