Posts Tagged ‘Ed Koch’

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]

Union Leaders Mixed on Linn and Brezenoff Appointments

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

Two of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s five latest appointments, Robert Linn, the city’s new director of labor relations, and Stanley Brezenoff, who will advise First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris in an unpaid role, received a mixed response from some city union leaders who are hoping that the two government veterans will settle the outstanding municipal labor contracts with the city. Both Linn and Brezenoff worked under former Mayor Ed Koch in different roles, with Brezenoff serving as Koch’s deputy mayor… [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]

Winners and Losers, September 27, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Winners & Losers

  Who would be the winners in a potential Bill de Blasio administration? Would Robert Mugabe get the nod to head up the Human Rights Commission? Daniel Ortega as deputy mayor for economic development? Fidel Castro as commissioner in the Department for the Aging? But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, so for now, here are this week’s winners and losers. Can’t get enough of our Winners and Losers? Tune in to the “The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan… [More]

Tawkin’ The Tawk: The Noo Yawk City Accent and the Race for City Hawl (page 2)

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

Page 2 of 2 — First Page John Liu, who came to New York City from Taiwan as a child, has certain features of the local accent. (John Liu 2013, via Facebook) Earlier this month, Bill Thompson took the stage at a mayoral debate in Manhattan sponsored by the AARP. While the Noo Yawk accent originated with Italian, Irish and Jewish speakers and is today largely associated with their white descendants, Thompson’s speech was dotted with shibboleths. He introduced himself… [More]

Tawkin’ The Tawk: The Noo Yawk City Accent and the Race for City Hawl

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections

Anthony Weiner was feeling at home. After a long day of campaigning, he made a final stop at a mayoral forum in Canarsie, a middle class Brooklyn neighborhood that overlaps his old congressional district. The last candidate to speak, he told the crowd he would be “just fine” if they voted for whoever had visited the run-down auditorium at the Hebrew Educational Society the most. The audience—a mix of older whites, remnants of the Jewish and Italian populations who settled… [More]