What Bill Bratton, the incoming police commissioner, and Anthony Shorris, the new first deputy mayor, have in common–beyond the tremendous scope of their new authority and years of experience–is one rather simple fact: they are both white men in a city where the majority of people are not. Read More
“The Wait Is Over,” a sponsored Gothamist post about Nissan taxicabs trumpeted yesterday: “NYC’s New Cabs Have USB Chargers, Passenger Climate Control, Panoramic Glass Roofs.”
High tech cabs with phone chargers and a view? Sounds great to us. But after we got to the bottom of the post promoting Nissan’s #HailYes campaign, we wondered: where are these wondrous vehicles?
Well, only about 12 of the city’s 13,237 cabs are Nissan NV200s. But Nissan’s still pushing a giant #HailYes social media campaign. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Joel and Cuomo: Piano Man and Friend.”
Politico looked at Gov. Andrew Cuomo‘s national operation or lack thereof. “Somebody like Cuomo, who’s had an opportunity to come here and rejected it every time, I don’t see him running,” former South Carolina Democartic Party chair Dick Harpootlian said. “For instance, I know Bill de Blasio. I’d be much more comfortable having de Blasio come and speak right now.” Read More
Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren under 5 years of age.
On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs. Read More
In the escalating war of words between Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and his Democratic challenger, Councilman Domenic Recchia, the Republican is firing a new salvo: Mr. Recchia’s Brooklyn address.
In a statement released by his campaign today, Mr. Grimm, who hails from Staten Island, asked how Mr. Recchia can be trusted “to put Staten Island first” given his home address and voting record. Read More
With just over three weeks to go before he takes office on January 1, Bill de Blasio is taking things slowly.
The mayor-elect has yet to announce the vast majority of the most important hiring decisions of his administration. Indeed, Mr. de Blasio has yet to even begin interviewing commissioner candidates for many major agencies, according to a source familiar with his transition progress. Read More
Senator Chuck Schumer is gushing with outrage over new federal regulations he claims will force New York City to replace more than 1,000 fire hydrants and spend more than $1 million to replace them.
In a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency today, Mr. Schumer asked for a delay of a recently-announced requirement demanding reduced lead levels in fire hydrants–just in case they’re ever used for drinking water. Read More
Two incoming Brooklyn councilmen want to create a new committee to oversee Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Strong Vanilla: The relentless rise of Kirsten Gillibrand.”
Runner-Up: “New York City Hall’s best-kept secret: Its third floor.”
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly gave an exit interview to New York magazine. Of his future plans, Mr. Kelly said, “I mean, I’m going to remain active and employed, and I can’t go into much more because lawyers have advised me not to talk about it, conflict of interest, that sort of thing.” Read More
To move or not to move? That, for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, is still the question. Read More