Bill de Blasio Rolls Out Inauguration Team

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Bill de Blasio is getting ready for his inauguration. 

Almost exactly one month before the January 1 date when he’ll take the oath of office, the mayor-elect rolled out his inaugural committee today, a list of names “from all five boroughs, every community and every walk of life,” as his transition team put it in a press release. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Rolls Out Inauguration Team”

Peter Kaplan: Never Hold Your Best Stuff

Peter W. Kaplan, the editor of The New York Observer from 1994 to 2009, died Friday of cancer, The New York Times reported earlier this evening.

Mr. Kaplan, who died at age 59, was an outsized figure at the newspaper and across the city itself, not least for launching the careers of writers in every corner of journalism, book publishing and beyond. Their remembrances will start flowing as the news spreads, but there’s no better source on Mr. Kaplan than the editor himself. After the passing of Clay Felker—another New York City editing giant—Mr. Kaplan wrote an elegant tribute, republished below, that was as much about his own approach to the craft of newspapering as his mentor’s.

The piece, quoting Mr. Felker, was titled “Never Hold Your Best Stuff.” Mr. Kaplan never did.
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Morning Read: ‘The Dreams I Had’

Bill de Blasio at a food pantry the day before Thanksgiving.
Bill de Blasio at a food pantry the day before Thanksgiving.

Headline of the Day: “Buzz Lightyear injures worker, Spider-Man punctured.”

Runner-Up: “De Blasio’s Big Thanksgiving Decision.”

The New York Post‘s Page Six invited Bill de Blasio to Thanksgiving “to see if the rumor is true that he is really an inch or two taller than the 6-foot-5 he says he is.” The paper also wanted to learn more about how Gov. Andrew Cuomo “was said to be a serial lady-killer.” Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘The Dreams I Had’”

Programming Note

In one of the strangest traditions of our country, President Barack Obama pretends to pardon a turkey named "Popcorn." (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty)
In one of the strangest traditions of our federal government, President Barack Obama pretends to pardon a turkey named “Popcorn.” (Photo: Jim Watson/Getty)

The Observer is off today for Thanksgiving.

We’ll be back tomorrow but much of the political world will be quiet until Monday. Accordingly, there may be lighter posting than usual unless breaking news occurs. 

De Blasio Says He’ll Soon Launch ‘Campaign’ for Universal Pre-K

Bill de Blasio at a Brooklyn food pantry today.
Bill de Blasio at a Brooklyn food pantry today.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio told reporters today that a substantial, organized campaign would soon be launched to ensure the State Legislature approves the centerpiece of his policy agenda: a tax hike on the city’s high income earners to fund universal pre-kindergarten and expanded after-school programs.  Continue reading “De Blasio Says He’ll Soon Launch ‘Campaign’ for Universal Pre-K”

De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio is cool with President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran.

Mr. de Blasio–who argued “there is no closer relationship on earth, literally no closer relationship, than that between New York City and the state of Israel” during the campaign–told Politicker today that he has “a different view” from fellow New York Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who sharply criticized the recent agreement. Continue reading “De Blasio Backs Obama’s ‘Promising’ Deal With Iran”