Candidates Strut Their Stuff at Post-DOMA Pride Parade

Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.
Anthony Weiner charges up the crowd at Stonewall.

Days after the dismantlement of the Defense of Marriage Act in a landmark Supreme Court ruling, the celebration is still going strong in the streets of New York City.

Thousands of people flooded Fifth Avenue this afternoon, decked out in every imaginable shade, waving rainbow flags in varying amounts of clothing for the city’s annual gay pride parade. Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the Supreme Court case which ultimately led to the dismantlement of DOMA, was among three Grand Marshals who oversaw the proceedings.

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who was also on hand, sent the crowd into a fervor as he approached the historic site of the Stonewall Inn at the end of the route. Carrying a megaphone and a massive rainbow flag, Mr. Weiner exuberantly rushed down the street engaging the crowd with his energy and championing gay rights.

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Tish James Adds UFCW to Endorsement Pile

Tish James. (Photo: Facebook)
Tish James. (Photo: Facebook)

After receiving nods from all but one of the city’s major unions thus far, Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James public advocate campaign is continuing to roll out other notable labor endorsements.

Yesterday, Ms. James scored District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union, and today, she’s adding UFCW Local 1500, which represents the city’s grocery store workers.

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De Blasio Dodges Questions About Supporter Alec Baldwin’s Anti-Gay Rant [Update]

Mr. de Blasio speaking outside City Hall today, yet silent on Baldwin rant.
Mr. de Blasio speaking outside City Hall today.

Actor Alec Baldwin surprised the country last night by going on a profanity-laced Twitter rant against a Daily Mail reporter, which included physical threats and homophobic insults like “you toxic little queen.”

But given 14 hours to respond, the man Mr. Baldwin has endorsed in the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio, has had nothing to offer but radio silence. Indeed, the city’s public advocate declined to comment on Mr. Baldwin–who is set to host a widely-touted fund-raising dinner on Mr. de Blasio’s behalf–in-person earlier today.

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Bill de Blasio Bets on 1199 as Mayoral Race Heats Up

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaking to 1199 retirees today.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio speaking to 1199 retirees yesterday.

There were two big winners in this week’s long-awaited polls, and Bill de Blasio was not one of them.

But the public advocate, brushing off the numbers, has been working on shoring up support in his base. He spent yesterday afternoon pumping up the retires of 1199 SEIU, his largest union backer.

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Stephen Colbert Takes on Bloomberg’s Sparkler Ban

No sparklers allowed. (Photo Credit: Shalom Ormsby)
No sparklers allowed. (Photo Credit: Shalom Ormsby)

Stephen Colbert found a new enemy on last night’s The Colbert Report: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his opposition to a bill that would legalize sparklers outside New York City limits.

“He’s attacked our smokers, he’s attacked our Big Gulps, and now he’s attacked one of our time-honored patriotic traditions,” Mr. Colbert declared.

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Mayor’s Future Grandkid’s Father Was Arrested for Boating Under the Influence

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Ramiro Quintana, via the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The father of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s future grandchild was arrested earlier this year for allegedly boating under the influence in Florida, according to police and court records first reported by a South Florida gossip site.

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Mayor Bloomberg on Stop-and-Frisk: ‘We Disproportionately Stop Whites Too Much and Minorities Too Little’

A police officer observes an anti-stop-and-frisk rally in February. (Photo: Getty)
A police officer observes an anti-stop-and-frisk rally in February. (Photo: Getty)

On the defense after the City Council passed a pair of bills designed to curb the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk tactic and other alleged abuses, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that his critics had it backwards when they accuse the police of stopping too many black and Latino men. In fact, he bluntly declared the opposite to be true if viewed through a lens of who commits murders.

“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little,” Mr. Bloomberg argued during his Friday morning WOR radio show with John Gambling. “It’s exactly the reverse of what they say. I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”

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