Bill Thompson Blasts Mayor Bloomberg and His ‘Partner’ Christine Quinn for a ‘Bewildering’ Budget

Bill Thompson (Photo: Getty)
Bill Thompson. (Photo: Getty)

Mayoral candidate and former comptroller Bill Thompson had harsh words for Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn after a report from the Independent Budget Office highlighted issues with the city budget. The report noted “while projected budget gaps may currently appear modest—certainly when compared with gaps faced in some recent years—the next Mayor and City Council are likely to face significant budget challenges,” a situation Mr. Thompson described as Mr. Bloomberg and Ms. Quinn rather literally passing the buck.

“Today’s Independent Budget Office report once again confirms that Mayor Bloomberg and his partner in the budget, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, continue to kick the fiscal can down the road and push tough economic decisions into the next mayor’s term,” said Mr. Thompson in his statement. Continue reading “Bill Thompson Blasts Mayor Bloomberg and His ‘Partner’ Christine Quinn for a ‘Bewildering’ Budget”

How Chuck Schumer Helped Negotiate the Biggest Leasing Deal of 2012

The five-year saga involving the General Services Administration and 1 World Trade Center reflects both intractable Washington gridlock and the lurching progress at the building formerly known as the Freedom Tower.

When the GSA , an independent government agency in charge of supplying and managing federal offices, secured a 270,000-square-foot lease at 1 World Trade Center, it pushed the still-rising landmark above 50 percent occupancy.

But along the way there was a dramatic scaling back of lease terms, an angry congressman and a Las Vegas spending spree that nearly torpedoed the transaction.

After the jump, an illustrated guide to the biggest deal of the year.
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Morning Read: ‘Hubris Online’

Barack Obama and Brian Schatz (Photo: NeilAbercrombie.com)
Barack Obama and Brian Schatz. (Photo: NeilAbercrombie.com)

Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, will become the state’s senior senator today due to the death of Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka’s impending retirement. BuzzFeed compiled a list of six factoids about Hawaii’s senator-designate who, at 40, will be the youngest member of the U.S. Senate for a few days. Additionally, Mr. Schatz speaks “basic Chinese,” founded the “Hawaii Draft Obama” campaign in 2006 and used to operate a web consultancy called “Hubris Online” with his wife, Linda. Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘Hubris Online’”

Conspiracy Theorist Jeff Boss Launches Mayoral Bid

Jeff Boss with some of his posters. (Photo: Animal New York/Bucky Turco)
Jeff Boss with some of his posters. (Photo: Animal New York/Bucky Turco)

Jeff Boss, who has made a name for himself by putting up posters around the city proclaiming that he “WITNESSED THE NSA ARRANGE THE 911 ATTACKS” will be running for mayor next year. In addition to his mayoral bid, Mr. Boss, who is something of a perennial candidate, has his eye on the Governor’s Mansion in New Jersey, the White House and the Town Hall in Guttenberg, New Jersey, just across the Hudson from Manhattan.

Mr. Boss officially registered his mayoral campaign last Thursday. He also announced his intention to run for mayor of New York City on his website, BossForSenate.com where he posted a lengthy, all-caps list entitled “Things I will do for you as Mayor of NYC.” Continue reading “Conspiracy Theorist Jeff Boss Launches Mayoral Bid”

State Senator Slams ‘Asinine’ Newspaper Editors Who Published Gun Permit Map

Sen. Greg Ball (Photo: Facebook)
Senator Greg Ball. (Photo: Facebook)

Over the weekend, The Journal News newspaper published maps with the addresses and names of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland Counties. The information for the map was legally obtained by the paper through a Freedom of Information Act request, but it sparked a nationwide controversy among those who considered the map a privacy violation. This morning, State Senator Greg Ball weighed in by proposing legislation to keep gun records private and prevent the publication of similar stories in the future. He also blasted “the asinine editors at The Journal News” who published the map.

“The asinine editors at The Journal News have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law-abiding firearm owners throughout the region. The immediate elimination of the information posted on the Journal News website is the only way we can ensure the safety and liberty of these New Yorkers,” said Mr. Ball in a statement. “This is clearly a violation of privacy, and needs to be corrected immediately. The same elitist eggheads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law-abiding citizens like level three sexual predators.” Continue reading “State Senator Slams ‘Asinine’ Newspaper Editors Who Published Gun Permit Map”

Ruben Diaz Rings in the New Year With Jabs at the State Senate and ‘Uncle Tom’ Malcolm Smith

Ruben Diaz Sr. (Photo: nysenate.gov)
Ruben Diaz Sr. (Photo: nysenate.gov)

State Senator Ruben Diaz sent a special New Year’s-themed edition of his regular “What You Should Know” email newsletters this morning. In his year-end missive, Mr. Diaz took a series of shots at the State Senate with backhanded “political wishes” for the new IDC/GOP leadership coalition, “Uncle Tom” State Senator Malcolm Smith and State Senator Adriano Espaillat.  Continue reading “Ruben Diaz Rings in the New Year With Jabs at the State Senate and ‘Uncle Tom’ Malcolm Smith”