Bill de Blasio Blasts Alec Baldwin’s ‘Sad’ Anti-Gay Remarks

(Photo: Getty)
Alec Baldwin. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has no sympathy for one of his biggest fans.

Mr. de Blasio today said that actor Alec Baldwin deserved to be fired from his new MSNBC talk show for allegedly using “inappropriate” and “sad” anti-gay slurs–but left the door open for the often hot-headed actor to attend his inauguration. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Blasts Alec Baldwin’s ‘Sad’ Anti-Gay Remarks”

Bratton Says Report He’s Been Tapped as Police Commissioner Is ‘Inaccurate’

Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)
Bill Bratton. (Photo: Getty)

Former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says a report that claims he’s been tapped by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to return to his old job as the city’s top cop is untrue.

“Ch. 11 report is inaccurate,” Mr. Bratton told Politicker via email this morning, adding, that “‘Police sources’ would be last to know” about his future plans. Continue reading “Bratton Says Report He’s Been Tapped as Police Commissioner Is ‘Inaccurate’”

Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer

Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)

As he lobbies aggressively to become the next speaker of the City Council, Mark Weprin likes to say he has one clear advantage over his rivals: he will be able to serve in the city’s second most powerful post for up to eight years. Continue reading “Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer”

Morning Read: ‘Something as Ridiculous as That Is Just Not True’

Today's Newsday.
Today’s Newsday.

Headline of the Day: “It’s Time to Play ‘Bill de Blasio or the Pope?’”

Late last night, PIX11 drew a lot of attention among politicos by reporting “the word is” Bill Bratton will be Bill de Blasio‘s pick for police commissioner. De Blasio spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by tweeting that when Mr. de Blasio “has decided on a police commissioner, he will make it known publicly.” Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘Something as Ridiculous as That Is Just Not True’”

Minority Members Say Diversity ‘Quota’ Has Not Been Met for Speaker’s Race

The leading candidates.
The leading candidates for speaker at a recent forum.

The City Council’s black, Latino and Asian caucus is pushing back against the assertion by some observers that members are more open to considering a white candidate for council speaker because a black candidate was elected to citywide office earlier this year.

In their first public statement of the behind-the-scenes campaign, the caucus members argued that Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James’s election as public advocate should have no bearing on the contest to choose the city’s second most powerful post. Continue reading “Minority Members Say Diversity ‘Quota’ Has Not Been Met for Speaker’s Race”

Governor Cuomo Takes Chance to ‘Really Torture’ His Brother on CNN

Andrew Cuomo calling into New Day (Screengrab: CNN)
Andrew Cuomo calling into New Day (Screengrab: CNN)

It wasn’t enough for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to revel in being named the sexiest 55-year-old alive.

He had to rub it in his younger brother’s face.

Speaking in an Albany radio interview earlier today, Mr. Cuomo bragged about calling into 43-year-old Chris Cuomo’s New Day show on CNN to tout his sexiest-man award from People magazine. Continue reading “Governor Cuomo Takes Chance to ‘Really Torture’ His Brother on CNN”