De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling

Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted today that any claims of a “crackdown” on panhandling in the city’s subway system are overrated.

Asked by WNYC radio show host Brian Lehrer whether the “crackdown on subway panhandling” was “consistent with your vision of how the NYPD should treat poor people who are basically innocent of crimes?” Mr. de Blasio said he wanted “to reframe the question” before answering. Continue reading “De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling”

Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jerry Nadler reaffirmed their hawkish foreign policy credentials at a Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush breakfast yesterday.

Mr. Schumer, speaking briefly to members of the Brooklyn Jewish civic group, said that the greatest threat to Israel “is now possible” if Iran, already buffeted by American sanctions, gains the ability to wield nuclear weapons.  Continue reading “Chuck Schumer and Jerry Nadler Rail Against ‘Nuclear’ Iran”

Morning Read: ‘I Can’t Always Figure Out Cuomo-Speak’

Today's New York Post.
Today’s New York Post.

Headline of the Day: “For local biz, sick-leave law is nothing to sneeze at.”

Runner-Up: “So what if de Blasio is slow on appointments?”

Bill de Blasio wasn’t on hand to accept an award from the Council of Jewish Organizations breakfast yesterday, choosing instead to give an education school speech in Morningside Heights. “The mayor is sick and tired of how each and every organization plays as if they are the most important organization on the horizon,” a “source close to the mayor” told Yeshiva World News. Continue reading “Morning Read: ‘I Can’t Always Figure Out Cuomo-Speak’”

Video: Bill de Blasio Dons Afro for Inner Circle Comedy Act

Bill de Blasio dons the afro. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio dons the afro. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio took his infamous “dad humor” to the stage last night at the annual Inner Circle Show, a yearly charity musical in which the City Hall press corps roasts the mayor through song and dance.

The new mayor kept to tradition by following with his own comedic performance. Continue reading “Video: Bill de Blasio Dons Afro for Inner Circle Comedy Act”

Antonin Scalia Has a Civil Liberties Debate in Brooklyn

Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Getty)
Antonin Scalia. (Photo: Getty)

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last night weighed in on some of the most heated civil liberties debates in the country, including the legality of mass surveillance programs.

Continue reading “Antonin Scalia Has a Civil Liberties Debate in Brooklyn”

De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks

Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today's press conference. (Photo:  Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today’s press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Call him Mayor Robin Hood–for parks at least.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new parks commissioner today threw their weight behind the idea of getting wealthy, privately-funded parks conservancies to help subsidize parks with less green–but stopped short of endorsing making such an arrangement mandatory. Continue reading “De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks”

‘Chronically Tardy’ de Blasio Dismisses Lateness Complaints as ‘Noise’

Bill de Blasio walking to yesterday's event. (Photo: Rob Bennett: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio walking to yesterday’s event. (Photo: Rob Bennett: NYC Mayor’s Office)

He’s going to show up when he’s good and ready.

A day after showing up 45 minutes late to a press conference and facing constant griping from reporters pressed to meet deadlines after his belated events, Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon labeled the complaints as just “noise.”  Continue reading “‘Chronically Tardy’ de Blasio Dismisses Lateness Complaints as ‘Noise’”