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]

Ball and Former HBO CEO Push “Jobs For Heroes”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany. Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The service-disabled veterans are the… [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]

Politics Of Love

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By JIMMY VAN BRAMER and DAN HENDRICK   Love and politics go together like clean water and hydrofracking. But not if you really work at it. We’ve been legally married for almost two years now, and a couple for nearly fifteen. Yet it feels like we’ve been inseparable for much longer than that. The story of our first meeting is a pretty fun one. A mutual friend invited us to a fundraiser for an LGBT community center in Queens. He wasn’t matchmaking… [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]

Bratton Commits To Making NYPD Data More Accessible

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in News

Advocates and members of the tech community have often butted heads with the New York City Police Department over their closed data practices. But it appears that newly appointed NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is committed to break down at least some of those barriers. During a speech at a Citizens Crime Commission breakfast in Midtown on Friday morning, Bratton highlighted the need for data transparency. That perspective is a marked shift in policy from how the NYPD operated under former… [More]

POWER 100: The Most Powerful People In New York City Politics 90-81

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 90. NEAL KWATRA Less than a year after leaving Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, where he served as chief of staff, Kwatra has built the city’s hottest new political consulting firm, Metropolitan Strategies. At Metropolitan Kwatra has been a key advisor to both the Working Families Party and the Hotel Trades Council, served as chief strategist for Ken Thompson in his upset win over longtime Brooklyn D.A. Charles Hynes and played a meaningful role in ensuring the passage of the… [More]

Moreland Lawyers Respond to Motion to Quash Subpoena

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News

Lawyers for the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption filed papers today against the motion to quash a subpoena of Daniel Odescalchi, the principal of a public relations firm that handled the website of Common Sense Principles. The commission has been looking into Common Sense’s dealings in 2010 and 2012 legislative races in New York. Moreland and its lawyers contend that Common Sense spent millions of dollars to affect the outcomes of those races. The crux of the state’s argument is… [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]