De Blasio Presents Agenda for Those Without ‘Caviar Pizza’ and Edible Gold

Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: The New School)
Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. (Photo: The New School)

As he seeks to consolidate his position as the outer-borough fighter in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s jump into the mayor’s race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio outlined an economic agenda Thursday morning that would dramatically shift the city’s priorities. He described it as a bid to prevent the complete disappearance of New York’s middle class.

Speaking at the New School, Mr. de Blasio argued that, while the super-rich are living it up like never before, the ranks of those struggling to make ends meet continues to swell.

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Anthony Weiner Pans Pete King but Passes on Michele Bachmann

Anthony Weiner holds court at a civic meeting in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn.
Anthony Weiner holds court at a civic meeting in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, before the debate last night.

Anthony Weiner was far more willing to rekindle old tensions with one of his former House colleagues than another last night.

Mr. Weiner, a week into his run for mayor, readily ripped Long Island Rep. Pete King on Wednesday. But, even when pressed, the infamously snarky Democrat had nothing to say about Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann–who spread allegations against his wife, Huma Abedin–and announced this week that she will not be seeking re-election next year.

“I have to say that Peter King, for one, has precious little authority on the subject, given the shameful way he has targeted people in one particular religion in his hearings,” he said in response to a Jewish Press forum question about the NYPD’s controversial surveillance of Muslim communities. “But, all that being said, I have absolutely no problem with the police, as part of their regular policing, trying to surveil any situation irrespective of where it is.”  Continue reading “Anthony Weiner Pans Pete King but Passes on Michele Bachmann”

Bloomberg Says He’s Not Angry After Ricin Letters

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

Despite being targeted by what police say were a pair of ricin-laced letters decrying his fight against illegal guns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained cool as a cucumber last night, saying he didn’t feel threatened or angered by the alleged attacks.

“Well, there was a letter that threatened us, but let me tell you, we are–number one–I have enormous confidence in the NYPD and the FBI and their procedures,” he told reporters outside the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue’s spring celebration gala at Gotham Hall, according to a transcript of the remarks.

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Morning Read: ‘Inappropriately Behaving Groomsmen’

"The Mayoral Matrix" for baseball teams. (photo: thenewyorkworld.com)
“The Mayoral Matrix” for baseball teams. (photo: thenewyorkworld.com)

Headline of the Day: “The Mayoral Matrix”

Councilman Jumaane Williams said former Comptroller Bill Thompson is taking the allegiance of black voters for granted when he approaches policing issues, stating, “I think he believes that the color of his skin is what’s needed to get to communities of color, rather than standing on the correct substance of issues.” Mr. Thompson shot back that the charge was “ridiculous.”

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Anthony Weiner Circumspect on Circumcision Controversy

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

At a Jewish Press mayoral forum tonight in Anthony Weiner’s old congressional district, the former congressman was evasive when pressed about his stance on a controversial Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice that Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought to regulate last year. Continue reading “Anthony Weiner Circumspect on Circumcision Controversy”

Michelle Obama Says Maxed-Out Donors Are ‘Baller’ at Upper East Side LGBT Bash

Michelle Obama. (Photo: Getty)
Michelle Obama. (Photo: Getty)

Michelle Obama was back in New York City this evening headlining two DNC fund-raisers: a small gathering at the home of fashion designer Tory Burch and an “LGBT Gala” on the Upper East Side.

Politicker was present at the second event, where an excited Ms. Obama told donors that maxing out on their contribution limits was a “baller” thing to do.

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