Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly $2 million on his inauguration and transition efforts so far, according to new numbers released today by the city’s campaign finance board.
The new numbers show that, between January 1 and February 28, the campaign spent more than $980,00 on the efforts, including more than $240,600 on his Inauguration Day festivities. That’s in addition to the more than $1 million spent between early November and December 31, 2013 and reported by the board earlier this year. Read More
Two years ago, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez fended off a furious challenge backed by then-Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez.
Mayor de Blasio took his pre-K campaign to the blogosphere this afternoon, inviting a group of parent bloggers to City Hall for a discussion on preschool and after-school programs, which he is fighting to expand.
“We need Albany to hear concerns of parents in our city and provide the resources,” said Mr. de Blasio, who has launched a massive push to try to convince lawmakers in Albany to approve a tax on the city’s richest residents to fund the programs. Read More
Rev. Erick Salgado, a socially conservative Democratic pastor who waged a colorful campaign for mayor last year, has his sights set on a new target: incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm.
Mr. Salgado confirmed that he is considering challenging the congressman in a brief phone interview this afternoon. Read More
Former Councilman Lew Fidler is going back to the City Council–but this time, he won’t be serving as an elected official.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has hired Mr. Fidler, a 12-year Brooklyn lawmaker and attorney, to join the City Council as a part-time counsel, a spokesman for Ms. Mark-Viverito confirmed. Mr. Fidler is working in the office of the general counsel, where he helps represent the entire council body, not just the speaker. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to Chicago yesterday for a panel discussion with three of his most high-profile colleagues, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Atlanta’s Kasim Reed and Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel.
With political consultant David Axelrod leading the conversation, the group acted like a lineup of old friends, ribbing each other over recent weather woes, and joining together to herald the role of cities and criticize the federal government’s lack of investment in them. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Only 39 Percent of New Yorkers Approve of This Bill de Blasio Character Now.”
Lede of the Day: “Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. managed to offend jurors at his corruption trial even before his attorneys opened their mouths.”
Rob Astorino took his gubernatorial launch across multiple channels last night. On Capital Tonight, Mr. Astorino challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to debates. “I’ll debate him any day. I’ll have no problems with debates,” he said. “I didn’t shy away from it as a challenger when I ran in ’09, or as an incumbent … So yeah, I’ll debate Gov. Cuomo every day of the week.” Read More
Only 39 percent of registered voters in the city approve of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s job performance, according to a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll.
While many believe the mayor cares about average person, is fulfilling his campaign promises, and can bring the city together, two months into his tenure, just 10 percent of those polled described his performance as excellent, while 29 percent described it as good. Another 37 percent gave it a fair rating and 20 percent said he is doing poorly. Read More
Mr. Boyland was convicted on all 21 counts accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. Read More
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.
Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs. Read More