David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources

Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: www.planning.org)
Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: planning.org)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce tomorrow that Mitchell Silver will be the new parks commissioner in his slowly-growing administration, sources say.

Mr. Silver is the former president of the American Planning Association, and is currently the head of planning in Raleigh, North Carolina. He formerly worked as a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, D.C., according to an online bio.

Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources”

De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans

Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters this afternoon.
Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters last week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today brushed off a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been meddling in the mayor’s efforts to build support for his plan to raise taxes on the city’s highest-income earners to fund universal pre-K.

Capital New York reported this morning that Mr. Cuomo’s office “has pressured elected officials and others to pull support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan.” Continue reading “De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans”

Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to the offices of an artisanal ice cream manufacturer in Brooklyn today to sign his first bill: a law that dramatically expands the city’s paid sick day mandate.

“It’s really an extraordinary day, four years in the making,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters and lawmakers gathered at the home of Steve’s Craft Ice Cream, which produces small-batch concoctions featuring creative names like “NOLA ICED COFFEE & DONUTS” and “BKLYN BLACKOUT.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory”

Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

Morning Read: ‘From Tammany Hall to Mama Leone’s’

Today's AM New York.
Today’s AM New York.

Headline of the Day: “Bye bye ‘Mandate.’”

Lede of the Day: “No nookie, no workie.” That was the gist of the message a source says former Gov. David Paterson sent his ex-girlfriend Pamela Bane when their relationship ended late last year.” Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘From Tammany Hall to Mama Leone’s’”

Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty Images)

New York voters are overwhelmingly opposed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-drawn carriages, according to a new poll out today.

The Quinnipiac survey found that 64 percent of those polled want to see the horses stay, versus 24 percent who want to ban them. Continue reading “Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay”