Here’s Bill Thompson’s campaign manager, Eddy Castell, insisting to reporters after last night’s debate that his candidate had “a lot of passion” and “a lot of fire.”
Castell also explains the ignore-Tony-Avella strategy that was on display last night.
“Michael Bloomberg is the incumbent,” he said. “Michael Bloomberg is the Read More
City Comptroller BiIl Thompson said he’s support Governor David Paterson for re-election next year, even if there’s a Democratic gubernatorial primary. City Councilman Tony Avella said he’d support Paterson in a general election, but wouldn’t say he’d support the governor in a primary.
Thompson also took a shot at the new Democratic Senate leader Pedro Read More
Tony Avella is trying to raise money for his slightly less invisible mayoral campaign by fund-raising off two widely noted news stories: a city policy of flying homeless families to be reunited with relatives, and Sarah Palin’s resignation.
Here’s the Avella campaign email that just went out, which, if Read More
The City Council approved the Bloomberg administration-backed rezoning of Coney Island on Wednesday afternoon in a 44-2-1 vote. While the city is still negotiating with the rezoned area’s main private landlord—Thor Equities’ Joe Sitt—the two long-opposed parties may be close to reaching a final deal.
The rezoning plan would turn vacant lots currently Read More
The competitiveness of a race is, to some degree, a subjective notion, one which operatives on both sides try to manipulate.
Case in point: Bloomberg’s spokesman Howard Wolfson and today’s Marist poll.
Here’s Wolfson on the poll results: “We continue to be pleased with a double-digit lead over both of our opponents Read More
Marist is out with a poll saying 51 percent of voters in the city want a new mayor, but 73 percent say they think Michael Bloomberg will be re-elected.
In a head-to-head match-up against Bill Thompson, Bloomberg leads 48 to 35 percent. Against Tony Avella, Bloomberg leads 53 to 29 percent.
In a Democratic primary, Read More
Yesterday, I reported that the three mayoral candidates who are attending tonight's forum hosted by the Working Families Party were given the questions in advance.
Courtesy of an aide to one of the candidates, I now have the questions, which are listed below.
In addition, Michael Bloomberg, Bill Thompson and Read More
Tomorrow, the Working Families Party is hosting the first forum with all three leading mayoral candidates: Michael Bloomberg, Tony Avella and Bill Thompson, who will answer questions from “W.F.P. members who are affected by the issues,” said a spokesman, Dan Levitan.
The forum organizers shared the questions with each the candidates yesterday, Levitan said, Read More
“Tony Avella has lips like Julia Roberts.”
That’s what Richard Simmons, the exercise guru, said at a press conference outside City Hall just now.
I’m not prepared to vouch for the accuracy of that statement, but either way, it could help give Avella’s mayoral campaign some much-needed attention. Read More
Tony Avella, a councilman from Queens who is unknown to most New York voters, is delighted by the decreasingly ridiculous-sounding prospect of being the unchallenged Democratic nominee to take on Mike Bloomberg for mayor.
"I made a prediction some time ago that I thought either Weiner or Thompson, one of them would decide Read More