Posts Tagged ‘David Dinkins’

New HRA Commissioner a Thorn in Side of Past Mayors

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in News

A longtime thorn in the side of many previous mayoral administrations will now be calling the current New York City mayor “boss.” Mayor Bill de Blasio named Steve Banks, currently attorney-in-chief for the Legal Aid Society, as commissioner for the Human Resources Administration. Banks’ appointment was widely acclaimed by advocates and public officials, but it will be an interesting pivot for Banks, who has a long history of butting heads with the city as an advocate for the homeless. Banks has… [More]

City & State TV: Sid Davidoff

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Video

Veteran political strategist Sid Davidoff contrasts the de Blasio administration with those of Mayors Dinkins and Lindsay in an interview with Morgan Pehme. Davidoff served as an administrative assistant to Mayor John Lindsey and then as an advisor to Mayor David Dinkins. Comparing the current mayor to the two former ones, Davidoff thinks Mayor Bill de Blasio is much more like Lindsay. “I like to compare BdB more to John Lindsay, who came in as a progressive Republican fighting for… [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]

De Blasio Pre-K Push Mirrors Dinkins Era Negotiation [CORRECTED]

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, News, Public Safety, Social Services

Last week New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Albany to make the case for his universal preschool program in front of the state Assembly Ways and Means and the Senate Finance committees. De Blasio, who campaigned on providing full-day preschool for all four year olds, as well as after school programs for every middle school student, has ramped up his campaign for the effort, which would be paid for through a temporary tax hike on the city’s… [More]

How de Blasio Can Avoid Being Dinkins

Written by Michael Benjamin on . Posted in Features, Opinion

Standing amid the de Blasio celebrants last November, I wondered, “Who would have thought that the Dinkins mantle would fall to Bill de Blasio?” And so it seems with the election of Bill de Blasio, the Dinkins restoration began. Perhaps de Blasio will fulfill the promise offered by the election of the city’s first black mayor back in 1989. In choosing de Blasio, voters thought he would best solve the jobs, housing affordability and income inequality crises hurting many neighborhoods.… [More]

Slim Capital Budget Leaves de Blasio With Few Options

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News

Mayor Bill de Blasio will have a year to submit his capital budget plan, which will set a road map for new infrastructure projects during his term. That plan, however, will not come without challenges, some of which were discussed at an infrastructure panel hosted by the General Contractors Association of New York at Fordham University on Monday. De Blasio spent much of the last year touting the need for a tax on the wealthy to pay for pre-kindergarten and… [More]

Lessons Learned from Al Vann’s Example

Written by Bruce N. Gyory on . Posted in Opinion

There was a retirement party for Councilman Al Vann of Brooklyn last month. The party was well deserved, honoring Vann’s lifetime of public service as a soldier, teacher and legislator. Vann dedicated his public service to the agenda of empowerment. He tried to knit progressive coalitions in furtherance of that agenda. He sought alliances with progressive whites, but he would never tolerate minority voters being taken for granted. The 2013 elections must have filled Vann with pride. Brooklyn cast 34… [More]

What Recent History Teaches: A Foreword To The Five Borough Ballot E-Book

Written by City & State on . Posted in Features, Opinion

I’ve been asked to write a backward-looking foreword for this book. This may seem illogical to many but in fact is another way of looking at recent history. It has been said, most memorably by President John F. Kennedy, that history not only teaches us about the past but can illuminate the future. There are many articles and voices cataloguing the successes and shortcomings of the outgoing administration. This article will take a different tack. With that as a guidepost,… [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]