The Daily News and New York Post returned to Bill de Blasio‘s tardiness problem. The Post: “Chronically late Mayor de Blasio showed up 35 minutes after the scheduled start of his first State of the City speech on Monday. And he appeared to be in no rush … ‘He doesn’t care about anyone’s time but his own,’ one former aide told The Post.”
New York‘s Chris Smith wondered if Mr. de Blasio’s big speech exaggerated the labor contract problem: “The more De Blasio bemoans the awful, brutal, horrendous challenge of settling the 150 — or maybe it’s 150,000,000 — open union contracts, the more I’m starting to think that he is being sly, that he’s confident the negotiations really aren’t going to be too difficult after all.”
“The biggest problem with de Blasio’s speech, though, was what was missing. Quoting New Deal-era mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, de Blasio said that ‘a mayor who cannot look fifty or seventy-five years ahead is not worthy of being in City Hall,” wrote Nicole Gelinas in City Journal. “Twelve years from now, which of de Blasio’s far-sighted actions will be creating new jobs and tax dollars?”
Capital New York called the speech “campaign-like” and noted ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s first one “outlined detailed plans for his first year in office and was supplemented with specific data.” Mr. Bloomberg also gave multiple shout-outs to then-Gov. George Pataki while Mr. de Blasio mentioned Gov. Andrew Cuomo once “to briefly thank him and note his absence.”
Assemblyman William Boyland, on trial for corruption, apparently had plans to run for governor himself. “Good P.R., do some MSNBC spots, um, you know, do some columns, you know, have the hottest parties and just have all the supporters coming out to just support us and … winning this thing big time,” he was recorded saying.
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. doesn’t expect Congressman José Serrano will be primaried by either State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. or Councilwoman Annabel Palma. “I don’t think Rev. Diaz is going to be challenging the congressman,” he told City & State. “We’ll see what happens [with Ms. Palma]. One thing is to say you’re running for office; the other thing is actually getting on the ballot.”