Afternoon Bulletin: Mayor’s Approval Rating Down and Junior’s Cheesecake Discount

Bill de Blasio only has 38 percent approval from NYC voters, and Junior's sells 65 cent cheesecake today

Bill de Blasio's approval is down to 38 percent, an new low for the NYC mayor. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio’s approval is down to 38 percent, an new low for the NYC mayor. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images) (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

A poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal, NBC 4 New York and Marist College found that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approval rating has sunk to an all time low of 38 percent—the number is down from 44 percent in May. The poll surveyed 926 New York City adult registered voters. Two years into his four-year term, Mr. de Blasio’s support from black voters has fallen, with black voter approval polling at 50 percent, down from 59 percent. A whopping 49 percent of those polled said that Mr. de Blasio did not deserve reelection, while 42 percent said that he did. Compared to former New York City mayors’ approval at the same time during their terms, Rudy Giuliani polled at 35 percent and Michael Bloomberg polled at 40 percent approval. Mr. de Blasio’s spokeswoman Karen Hinton said “Polls are a lot like cotton candy. They evaporate fairly quickly after consumption.The truth is, quality of life has rarely been better in NYC. Crime is near historic lows. Jobs are up. The tourist economy is booming. We are building more and more affordable housing. Over 65,000 children are enrolled in pre-K. All on Mayor de Blasio’s watch.” (Wall Street Journal)

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Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn is giving away 65 cent slices of cheesecake today in celebration of their 65th anniversary. On a normal day, a slice of Junior’s cheesecake goes for $6.95, but Tuesday restaurantgoers can get the cheap piece of cake by itself or with the purchase of a meal. In 1973, New York Magazine called Junior’s slice the best in the city. The famous cheesecake destination opened in 1950 on the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension. (DNA Info)

The trial for former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver began today with opening statements from the prosecution, Assistant US Attorney Carrie Cohen began with the words “Power. Greed. Corruption.” Mr. Silver, 71, was arrested in January. He was accused of illegally making about $3 million in kickbacks from a law firm and making corrupt deals with a doctor, abusing the power of his office. It’s a classic case of a corrupt politician trying to fatten his wallet, and Mr. Silver could face 20 years for each of the claims against him, which include extortion, conspiracy and wire and mail fraud. (Observer)

A 70-year-old woman was fatally hit by an MTA bus in Brooklyn on Tuesday morning. The bus did not stop after hitting the woman, whose name has not been released, and MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan said that when authorities had discovered which bus had been involved in the incident by checking surveillance tapes, a new driver had already taken over. The new driver was pulled over on the B15 route. The woman was struck by the bus around 6:15 AM near Sackman Street and Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Investigation by the police and the MTA is ongoing. (New York Times)

The Italian marathon runner who had gone missing after the New York City Marathon on Sunday afternoon around 3 PM was found and is in good condition at FiDi’s First precinct. The 30-year-old runner, Gianclaudio Marengo, does not speak English and had been staying at a Sleep Inn Hotel in Long Island City with his teammates for the marathon. The Italian consulate, notified by Mr. Marengo’s teammates, informed NYPD that he was missing. Mr. Marengo suffers from mental disabilities. He was found by an off duty officer in a subway station in Lower Manhattan. (Gothamist)

Afternoon Bulletin: Mayor’s Approval Rating Down and Junior’s Cheesecake Discount