Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.
Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs. Read More
Bill Bratton believes in the power of a good book.
The city’s new police commissioner often credits a children’s book named “Your Police” with inspiring his early interest in police work. And on Wednesday, he visited the New York Public Library’s Jefferson Market branch to share his love of reading with a new generation of New Yorkers. Read More
State Senator Adriano Espaillat has tapped the National Action Network’s national field director to join his campaign as a senior adviser, adding another high-profile weapon to his repeat bid to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel. Read More
Gov. Andrew Cuomo today did his best to undermine his new Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, suggesting Mr. Astorino might not even win his own primary.
Even as Mr. Astorino appears likely to become the Republican nominee–the only other prominent candidate, Donald Trump, said he would only run unopposed–Mr. Cuomo nevertheless cast doubt on Mr. Astorino.
“I’ve seen the movie before. I’ve run for governor before, obviously. That’s how you become governor, to state the obvious,” he said this morning, speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show. Read More
“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
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97′s morning show to stage an intervention.
Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side more than three months after his election. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing for the second time since taking office on the rollicking hip-hop station HOT 97, insisted he was not an enemy of charter schools this morning and skewered the press for its coverage of the controversy.
“I’m feeling like they’re making you look like you’re anti-charter school,” remarked one of the station’s morning show hosts, giving the mayor–whom they referred to as “our favorite mayor”–an opportunity to defend himself. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Cat in Albany Is Outfoxing New York City’s Mouse.”
The New York Times is out with an A1 story exploring the fascinating power relationship between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has repeatedly out-foxed the mayor. “And at every turn, Governor Cuomo has not only stymied the mayor, but also seized the moment for his own gain,” they write. “And he has offered what amounts to a master class in political gamesmanship, turning the mayor’s arguments upside down and boxing him out of the headlines.” Read More
Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.
The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an Read More
The grainy and heavily edited videos were Acorn’s last imprint on the national consciousness.
One of the country’s best known community organizing groups, it crumbled rapidly four years ago, after right-wing activists, posing as a pimp and prostitute, secretly filmed Acorn workers providing them tax advice.
Cable news networks exploded with outrage, and conservatives rhumbaed on Acorn’s grave. Read More