Headline of the Day: “Nice Chatting, Mayor. Now Squeeze In. Press Corps Selfie!”
Lede of the Day: “Mayor de Blasio was so bent on fixing his strained relationship with the press that he spent five minutes Tuesday chatting with reporters on the steps of City Hall — before snapping a selfie of the group.” Read More
John Liu is still fighting.
The former comptroller, who is still exploring a return to elected office and maintaining an extensive public schedule, will hold a press conference tomorrow in Manhattan to announce a “federal challenge” to the Campaign Finance Board after he was denied public matching funds during last year’s mayoral race. Read More
President Barack Obama, in town for a pair of big-money fund-raisers, made a stop this afternoon at the Gap for a symbolic shopping session.
At just after 4 p.m, the president’s motorcade pulled up to the chain’s East 42nd Street location so he could do a little shopping for his wife and daughters, according to a White House pool report. Read More
Lincoln Restler, the former Brooklyn district leader who ran two high-profile races against his borough’s Democratic machine, has joined the de Blasio administration as a senior policy adviser, sources say.
Mr. Restler’s portfolio is not immediately clear, and the historically press-savvy politico has avoided the media since lending his assistance to Mr. de Blasio’s campaign last year. Read More
Many of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top labor allies want the new mayor to reconsider banning horse-drawn carriages from city streets, but Mr. de Blasio insisted today he was not changing his mind.
The mayor said that a letter from the Central Labor Council, a de Blasio-friendly umbrella group representing more than 1.3 million workers, would not persuade him to reconsider a ban. The letter called the carriage industry “iconic and thriving.” Read More
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said today that it would be a “terrible mistake” to legalize marijuana and predicted problems for states that go that course.
Still, he insisted that he supports the medical use of the drug–putting him on the same page as Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also also opposed to following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, two states that have recently legalized and taxed pot. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is set to deliver remarks this evening in front of a well-heeled crowd of donors at a fund-raiser with President Barack Obama, joked today he’ll be the odd one out.
Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon announced the appointment of commissioners of the Department of Correction, Department of Probation and several other criminal justice positions.
Joseph Ponte will lead the Department of Correction, Ana Bermudez will helm the Department of Probation, Elizabeth Glazer will head the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Vincent Schiraldi will serve as the senior adviser to the Office of Criminal Justice. Read More
GOP State Senator Greg Ball just doesn’t care for partisan politics.
“I don’t give a shit about party politics,” he explained in a radio interview this morning on Talk 1300 AM.