Many of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top labor allies want the new mayor to reconsider banning horse-drawn carriages from city streets, but Mr. de Blasio insisted today he was not changing his mind.
The mayor said that a letter from the Central Labor Council, a de Blasio-friendly umbrella group representing more than 1.3 million workers, would not persuade him to reconsider a ban. The letter called the carriage industry “iconic and thriving.” Read More
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said today that it would be a “terrible mistake” to legalize marijuana and predicted problems for states that go that course.
Still, he insisted that he supports the medical use of the drug–putting him on the same page as Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is also also opposed to following in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington, two states that have recently legalized and taxed pot. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is set to deliver remarks this evening in front of a well-heeled crowd of donors at a fund-raiser with President Barack Obama, joked today he’ll be the odd one out.
Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon announced the appointment of commissioners of the Department of Correction, Department of Probation and several other criminal justice positions.
Joseph Ponte will lead the Department of Correction, Ana Bermudez will helm the Department of Probation, Elizabeth Glazer will head the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and Vincent Schiraldi will serve as the senior adviser to the Office of Criminal Justice. Read More
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.
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
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
First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris today defended his new administration’s press shop, which has come under growing fire in recent weeks after a series of alleged faux pas.
During a Crain’s New York Business breakfast this morning, Mr. Shorris was asked directly whether the mayor needed to beef up his communications team, which includes a handful of veteran campaign staffers, but few with extensive experience in the notoriously difficult New York City media scene. Read More
Assemblyman Bill Colton may have shared an overlapping southern Brooklyn district with former Councilman Domenic Recchia for 12 years, but he’s not quite willing to back the Democrat against a possible long-shot primary challenge from Rev. Erick Salgado.
Mr. Salgado, a socially conservative pastor who ran a colorful campaign for mayor last year, publicly thanked Mr. Colton today for helping put together the paperwork he needed to run for the Staten Island congressional seat now held by Republican Michael Grimm. Read More