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
By Colin Campbell 3/06 12:01pm
“So what brings you guys out today?”
Rob Astorino kicked off his uphill gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Andrew Cuomo today with a joking question to those assembled for his formal launch on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse.
“I am Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and today we kick off our campaign for governor in the state of New York,” said Mr. Astorino, a Republican running in a heavily Democratic state. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/05 1:58pm
Not a second had elapsed after Rob Astorino announced his campaign for governor today before he was under criticism from pro-choice organizations and women’s groups.
In fact, one group went on the attack moments before Mr. Astorino, a pro-life Republican, made his intentions official this morning. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/05 11:49am
By Colin Campbell 3/05 10:58am
Rob Astorino, the Westchester county executive who has been exploring a possible run for governor, formally announced his bid today in a video posted on his campaign website.
“I’m announcing my candidacy today for governor of New York state because I’m tired of listening to the fairy tale that ‘everything is just great’ when it’s just the opposite. I’m tired of watching New York’s decline. Living in New York shouldn’t feel like a prison sentence, but that’s exactly what you hear today,” he said. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/05 8:17am
Headline of the Day: “New Yorkers Are About To See These Ads Warning That Their Neighbors Might Be Nazis.”
Runner-Up: “That didn’t take long.”
Charter schools leader Eva Moskowitz again insisted her rally yesterday was not a dig at Bill de Blasio‘s pre-K rally, telling NY1 that advocates were simply “very worried with Mayor de Blasio’s campaign rhetoric and then his announcement that he was cutting $210 million from the capital budget and then saying he was going to impose rent on public charter schools. We were just feeling under siege.” Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/04 8:06pm
One October day on the campaign trail last year, Rob Astorino was heading to a street festival in Mount Vernon, a heavily African-American city just across the border from the Bronx. Not a place where a Republican politician is a natural sell.
After hearing word that several local residents had jokingly threatened to fight him in a nearby boxing ring, the Westchester County executive just went with it.
“Who wants to fight me? Who wants to fight me?” he asked the crowd when he arrived, according to his re-election campaign manager, Phil Oliva. Read More
By Colin Campbell 3/04 1:53pm
It was a tale of two rallies.
In another round of the political chess between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mr. Cuomo spoke today at a rally framed by Mr. de Blasio and his supporters as an attempt to undermine the mayor’s education agenda. Read More