De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

City & State TV: Ruben Diaz Jr.

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Latest, News, Video

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses several recent political developments in an interview with C&S Editor Morgan Pehme, including the potential primary challenge Rep. Jose Serrano could face this year and the decision by freshman New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres to publicly break with Bronx lawmakers and back Melissa Mark-Viverito for Council Speaker. As City & State reported last week, several Bronx Democrats say there is a groundswell of opposition to Rep. Jose Serrano and at least three names… [More]

First Read – February 10, 2014

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Latest

  WEATHER: Mostly sunny downstate; slight chance of snow across the rest of the state. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 26; Buffalo, high 19.   EARLY INNER CIRCLE DETAILS EMERGE: In an exclusive tidbit, City & State’s reveals the name of this year’s comedy venue, its date and how to get tickets: LET GRANDFATHER GO: The New York City Council should repeal the grandfather clause that will allow certain members to serve a third term, City &… [More]

Inner Circle Set To Poke Fun At De Blasio Next Month

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News

It’s that time of year again—The Inner Circle, an organization of New York City political journalists, has announced the date of its annual revue poking fun at federal, state, and local elected officials. This year’s event, to be held on March 22nd at the New York Hilton Midtown, is titled “Stuck with de Bill”, and is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiation into the inglorious annals of Inner Circle tradition. The occasionally cringe-worthy production includes a variety of satirical musical theater-inspired… [More]

De Blasio Taps Transition Co-Chair as City Planning Commissioner

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Economic Development, Government Operations, Housing, Latest, News, News & Features

Either Carl Weisbrod was the best and only man for the job, or he was the last man for the job. Whatever the case, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio effusively praised Weisbrod while introducing him as the next chair of City Planning Commission at a press conference on Friday. In fact, the mayor went to great lengths to make it clear that Weisbrod, the co-chair of his transition committee, was indisputably the right choice for a permanent job,… [More]

First Read – February 7, 2014

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  WEATHER: Mostly sunny upstate and downstate; chance of snow in western New York. New York City, high 34; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 14.   NYC POWER 100: City & State presents its second annual list of the most powerful figures in New York City politics and government:   WINNERS AND LOSERS: It’s been a super week. It kicked off with the Super Bowl here in New York (sort of). On the same day, Staten Island Chuck took… [More]

Díaz, Palma Critical Of Rep. Jose Serrano; Primary Challenge Possible [UPDATED]

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano has served in the House of Representatives for nearly 25 years without so much as a threat to his incumbency, with his lowest vote percentage being 64 percent in 1992. However, several Bronx political sources say that there is a groundswell of opposition forming against Serrano, with several names being floated as potential primary challengers for Serrano in this year’s election, including state Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, City Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. Reached… [More]

First Read – February 6, 2014

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Latest

WEATHER: Mostly sunny for most of the state; chance of snow in Buffalo. New York City, high 30; Albany, high 25; Buffalo, high 13.   CITY & STATE TV: Assemblyman Francisco Moya discusses his push to pass the DREAM Act in New York, which would provide access to financial aid for higher education for young illegal immigrants, in an interview with Jon Lentz: HOW OPEN IS NEW YORK CITY’S DATA? In 2012 then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the Open Data… [More]

New York City’s Data is Open—But Not Always Accessible

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Government Operations, Latest, News, Technology

It appeared the fight for government data was won on Feb. 29, 2012 when then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the historic Open Data Policy into effect. But nearly two years later, the battle still rages on. The Open Data law was groundbreaking, forcing a flood of data that was once locked in city databases on to a government-sponsored portal that is free for anyone to access online. But as advocacy groups and city officials begin to use the data, it is… [More]

First Read – February 5, 2014

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  WEATHER: Snow across the state. New York City, high 33; Albany, high 30; Buffalo, high 25.   NEW THIS MORNING:  * State Sen. John Sampson pleaded not guilty to charges that he lied to federal prosecutors about asking a staff member to seek tax breaks for a liquor store he owned, the New York Post reports: * New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer didn’t approve a contract awarded just before the end of the Bloomberg administration to allow… [More]