By Colin Campbell 3/11 11:20am
GOP State Senator Greg Ball just doesn’t care for partisan politics.
“I don’t give a shit about party politics,” he explained in a radio interview this morning on Talk 1300 AM.
By Colin Campbell 3/11 9:41am
After some bruising coverage of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to cancel a handful of charter school co-locations, MSNBC’s Morning Joe returned to the issue a third time today.
This morning’s show featured a handful of young children learning as they would at their embattled Success Academy charter school: playing chess, solving multi-step fraction problems, making molecular models and, for one student, “doing some writing before she dances.” Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/11 8:09am
Headline of the Day: “Aide To Mayor: Earth ‘Kind Of Revolving Around Sun.’”
Runner-Up: “Liam Neeson’s horse sense.”
Capital New York notes some less-than-encouraging signs for Bill de Blasio‘s tax plan: “After a weekend building momentum for the plan through rallies and church visits, a union that supported de Blasio’s mayoral bid scrapped its plans for a radio ad urging voters to support the pre-K effort.” This combines with Chirlane McCray abruptly canceling Tuesday trip to Albany. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/10 1:11pm
After Mayor Bill de Blasio took a pounding on MSNBC’s Morning Joe today for his sometimes critical approach to charter schools, Gov. Andrew Cuomo scheduled an appearance on The Brian Lehrer Show to praise them.
Not only are charter schools not a threat, Mr. Cuomo said, but they are part of the solution to failing public schools, which he called “the civil rights issue of our day.” Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/10 10:02am
Mayor Bill de Blasio spent nearly half an hour this morning talking education on Morning Joe, where he got an earful from the show’s hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who hammered the new mayor for his allegedly antagonistic stance toward charter schools.
“I don’t understand your positions on charters,” stated Mr. Scarborough. “The waiting list is 50,000. And it’s not a bunch of rich kids from Manhattan that want to get in there, it’s some of the poorest, most disadvantaged children of colors.” Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/10 8:16am
Headline of the Day: “Meet ‘Oblasio’: De Blasio’s turning into Obama’s twin.”
Runner-Up: “Liam Neeson’s message for Vladimir Putin.”
Liam Neeson’s push to get Mayor Bill de Blasio to visit some horse stables may not have succeeded directly, but it still yielded coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Daily News. “He should have manned up and come,” Mr. Neeson said, on the front page of the News. “I’m disappointed he’s not here.” Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/08 10:40am
Mayor Bill de Blasio today named Meera Joshi, the former general counsel at the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), as his pick to lead the agency. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/07 3:01pm
Rev. Erick Salgado, a socially conservative Democratic pastor who waged a colorful campaign for mayor last year, has his sights set on a new target: incumbent Republican Congressman Michael Grimm.
Mr. Salgado confirmed that he is considering challenging the congressman in a brief phone interview this afternoon. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/07 8:15am
Headline of the Day: “Only 39 Percent of New Yorkers Approve of This Bill de Blasio Character Now.”
Lede of the Day: “Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. managed to offend jurors at his corruption trial even before his attorneys opened their mouths.”
Rob Astorino took his gubernatorial launch across multiple channels last night. On Capital Tonight, Mr. Astorino challenged Gov. Andrew Cuomo to debates. “I’ll debate him any day. I’ll have no problems with debates,” he said. “I didn’t shy away from it as a challenger when I ran in ’09, or as an incumbent … So yeah, I’ll debate Gov. Cuomo every day of the week.” Read More