a bronx tale
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.
Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.
“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show.
“So what brings you guys out today?”
Rob Astorino kicked off his uphill gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Andrew Cuomo today with a joking question to those assembled for his formal launch on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse.
“I am Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and today we kick off our campaign for governor in the state of New York,” said Mr. Astorino, a Republican running in a heavily Democratic state.
Back to School
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97′s morning show to stage an intervention.
Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East side more than three months after his election.
Around the town
Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing for the second time since taking office on the rollicking hip-hop station HOT 97, insisted he was not an enemy of charter schools this morning and skewered the press for its coverage of the controversy.
“I’m feeling like they’re making you look like you’re anti-charter school,” remarked one of the station’s morning show hosts, giving the mayor–whom they referred to as “our favorite mayor”–an opportunity to defend himself.
Progressive Nuts & Bolts
It’s a big week for news weeklies. The long-anticipated redesign of Time magazine’s website went live last night. Meanwhile, Newsweek‘s IBT-owned relaunched print magazine hits newsstands in just a few days (the cover story went up today). (Ad Age)
The grainy and heavily edited videos were Acorn’s last imprint on the national consciousness.
One of the country’s best known community organizing groups, it crumbled rapidly four years ago, after right-wing activists, posing as a pimp and prostitute, secretly filmed Acorn workers providing them tax advice.
Cable news networks exploded with outrage, and conservatives rhumbaed on Acorn’s grave.
Bill Bratton believes in the power of a good book.
The city’s new police commissioner often credits a children’s book named “Your Police” with inspiring his early interest in police work. And on Wednesday, he visited the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch to share his love of reading with a new generation of New Yorkers.
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Rob Astorino, the county executive of Westchester who has been exploring a possible run for governor, formally announced his bid today in a video posted on his campaign website.
Mr. Astorino, a Republican with relatively small fund-raising operations, faces an uphill battle against incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is further boosted by the Democratic-leaning nature of the Empire State.
Cuomo You Don't!
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos invested more money in Business Insider. (The Wall Street Journal, sub req)
The Boston Globe has replaced its paywall with a New York Times-style meter that lets visitors read 10 stories for free each month before making them pay. (Poynter)
One October day on the campaign trail last year, Rob Astorino was heading to a street festival in Mount Vernon, a heavily African-American city just across the border from the Bronx. Not a place where a Republican politician is a natural sell.
After hearing word that several local residents had jokingly threatened to fight him in a nearby boxing ring, the Westchester County executive just went with it.
“Who wants to fight me? Who wants to fight me?” he asked the crowd when he arrived, according to his re-election campaign manager, Phil Oliva.