Posts Tagged ‘Michael Bloomberg’

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]

Process Servers Feeling the Heat of City Crackdown

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in News

For 29 years Maureen Mintzer and her husband have owned a small process serving agency in New York City. This month she must renew her license, a ritual she has performed every two years for almost three decades. But this year there is a little hesitation. It is not that Mintzer has grown tired of a business where chasing down citizens to serve them court documents is a normal occurrence. The problem is that the paperwork has become a killer.… [More]

De Blasio’s Budget: Progressive or Aggressive?

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, News

What does a “progressive” city budget look like? During his preliminary budget presentation last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio attached his favorite buzzword to a supposedly apolitical document. Through the explicit and implicit priorities laid out in his financial plan, the mayor—who mere months ago dubbed himself a “fiscal conservative”—threw caution to the wind, etching his major policy items into the budget with or without the necessary cooperation from Albany, and despite the element of unpredictability stemming  from the city’s… [More]

Council Members Hail Promised End to “Budget Dance”

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in News

During his first preliminary budget announcement at City Hall on Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to put an end to the annual “budget dance.” The process had been a staple at City Hall for the last several years: former Mayor Michael Bloomberg would propose budget cuts, advocates would rally on the steps of City Hall, and soon enough the New York City Council would direct a chunk of its discretionary money to restore the funds. The restorations, however, were… [More]

For Its 25th Anniversary, Give the City Charter the Gift of Revision

Written by Talia Werber on . Posted in Features, Opinion

Twenty-five years ago, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the New York City Board of Estimate violated the Constitution, the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission was established to propose a new city charter. That charter, which redistributed powers of the city government’s branches and offices, was approved by the voters and went into effect in 1990. As we approach the 25th anniversary of the revamped city charter, it is time for New York City… [More]

City & State TV: Geraldo Rivera

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Features, Interviews, Profiles

  For generations, Geraldo Rivera has been one of the most recognizable television journalists and talk show hosts in America. The host of the show Geraldo at Large and a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel, recently Rivera’s radio program on WABC shifted to a locally focused format centering on the New York area. City & State Editor Morgan Pehme spoke with the Peabody-award winning journalist about Bill de Blasio, the rise of Latino political power, the DREAM Act,… [More]

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]

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]