On Inauguration Day, a New City Government Doubles Down on Progressive Vision

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Housing, News, Other News, Public Safety

A bitterly cold, gray New Year’s Day greeted New York City’s new government leaders on Wednesday afternoon in front of City Hall. The standard political party mix of Bruce Springsteen and various Motown and soul numbers thumped from the sound system, though if there were any dancing it was likely an attempt to keep blood flowing to the extremities. City and state dignitaries and several celebrities were in attendance, glad-handing, smiling through chattering teeth, and waiting patiently for the man… [More]

Council Spox Jamie McShane To Join REBNY

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

Jamie McShane, the longtime director of communications for the New York City Council, will join the Real Estate Board of New York in a similar capacity. McShane will become senior vice president of communications, a newly created management-level position, and will be REBNY’s point person in dealing with the media, REBNY President Steven Spinola announced in a statement. “Jamie brings to REBNY a tremendous level of experience dealing with communications and public policy,” Spinola said. “He will be an asset… [More]

De Blasio Announces Anthony Shorris as First Deputy Mayor

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Latest, News, Other News

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced the first appointments to his administration today, naming Anthony Shorris as first deputy mayor, Dominic Williams as Shorris’ chief of staff and Emma Wolfe as director of intergovernmental affairs. While introducing Shorris, de Blasio highlighted his wealth of experience in government and his effective managerial skills. “I don’t think I know anyone who has this range of experience and achievement and will be able to work with all levels of government seamlessly…… [More]

De Blasio Attends NYCC Gala, Praises Mark-Viverito

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Other News

New York City’s progressive illuminati squeezed into a room at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 headquarters in downtown Brooklyn to welcome their favorite son, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, and recognize the work of New York Communities for Change and the organization’s late founder Jon Kest. If de Blasio and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito wanted to quell the notion that she was his personal choice for Council speaker, they did a poor job of concealing that fact last night, as… [More]

De Blasio Meets with Assembly Democrats about Pre-K Proposal

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News, Transportation

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a contingent of Assembly Democrats at Silver’s annual holiday luncheon this afternoon. The topic? De Blasio’s signature policy idea: raising taxes on the wealthiest New York City residents to pay for a universal preschool and afterschool program. “It was very warmly received by the Assembly members,” de Blasio said after the meeting. “A lot of energy, a lot of willingness to help us make this a… [More]

City Council Speaker Candidates Emerge At Somos

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Latest, News, News & Features, Other News

Whether you were an elected official or otherwise in attendance at this year’s Somos El Futuro conference in San Juan, there’s a good chance that a handful of the conversations you took part in revolved around the behind-the-scenes campaign for speaker of the New York City Council. With Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife only making brief cameo appearances at the conference before ducking away for a vacation, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo skipping out altogether, the unofficial focus of… [More]

Bharara Calls For Forfeiture of Corrupt Pols’ Pensions

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

At a Moreland Commission public hearing in Manhattan on Tuesday night U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced his office will seek new fines that would reduce public pensions that corrupt elected officials earn. “That error of state law, partially fixed a couple of years ago, must succumb to common sense,” he said in his testimony. “The common-sense principle is a simple one: Convicted politicians should not grow old comfortably cushioned by a pension paid for by the very people they betrayed in office.” Bharara noted that… [More]

Bill Lynch, Former Dinkins Deputy Mayor And Longtime Consultant, Passes Away

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Longtime New York City political consultant Bill Lynch passed away today. He was 72. A statement from Lynch’s family said that the cause of death was complications from kidney disease. Lynch was instrumental in helping David Dinkins win election as the city’s first African-American mayor and was one of Dinkins’ chief advisers during his administration, serving as deputy mayor for intergovernmental affairs. He would later leave the Dinkins administration to run Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign operation in New York.… [More]

Carrión Unamused By “Theatrics” At HIV/AIDS Forum [UPDATED]

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

During a mayoral forum on HIV/AIDS issues on Tuesday, little-known Democratic mayoral candidate Randy Credico, a comedian and political activist, took advantage of his rare invitation by launching into a rant about his past exploits, drawing hysterical laughter from the audience. Credico began by calling former mayor Rudolph Giuliani a “thuggish dictator” and comparing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Napoleon before detailing his personal history. “I used to drink, I used to hang out in the village, I used to do… [More]

Cuomo Defeats Bloomberg–in River Rafting

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Government Operations, Heard Around Town, News & Features, Other News, Uncategorized

Eighteen seconds was all Gov. Andrew Cuomo needed to outlast Mayor Michael Bloomberg in the second day of whitewater rafting during the Adirondack Challenge. Team Cuomo, which included the governor, top gubernatorial aide Joe Percoco, and Alphonso David, deputy secretary of civil rights, edged Team Bloomberg on the 3.5-mile course in Indian Lake on Monday in a contest that both offices have been hyping for months. Bloomberg, who sources said fell off his raft into the river at one point, joked that he had been reluctant… [More]