The city’s Independent Budget Office has some ideas for incoming Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to boost revenue and save cash as he prepares to take the reins of City Hall.
As part of its annual wish list, the group has suggested boosting the city’s tax rate on alcohol–and adding new tax on wine–to rake in nearly $50 million in extra revenue a year. Read More
Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.
Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own. Read More
Headline of the Day: “To mark the end of the Bloomberg era, parties.”
Runner-Up: “Mike’s a cold fish. Who really cares?”
The New York Times has a front-page profile of Chirlane McCray‘s expected roll in Bill de Blasio‘s administration: “Still, Mr. de Blasio conceded that he relied so frequently on his wife that he was wary of missing the kind of outside perspectives ‘that make sure the two of us don’t sometimes see the world too narrowly.’” Read More
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio rolled out an “all-star” brain trust today that will work to implement his ambitious universal pre-kindergarten agenda.
But first, he had to do story time. Read More
As next year’s race for Michael Grimm’s congressional seat heats up, the war of words has cooled a bit.
Six months ago, Mr. Grimm was blasting his Democratic challenger, Councilman Domenic Recchia, as a “pathetic political hack,” “complete empty suit” and “another hypocritical, career politician … void of an original thought,” but Mr. Grimm went with a tamer line of attack today. Read More
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election operation is getting ready to battle next year, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who endorsed him in 2010, isn’t jumping on the bandwagon yet.
Asked today at a press conference whether he would endorse Mr. Cuomo, Mr. Bloomberg expressed his broad support for the governor’s record but was initially unsure even how long Mr. Cuomo has served. Read More
The candidates for City Council speaker aren’t sure exactly how to pick a winner.
Several of the pols vying for the city’s second most powerful post were stumped at a Manhattan forum last night when an audience member asked about the specific process by which their 51-member body will go about choosing the next speaker in January. Read More
Headline of the Day: “Governor Cuomo Interviewed by His Brother, the Only Person Who Works at CNN.”
DNAinfo.com New York on Sunday’s deadly train accident: “Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks.” Read More
As controversy simmers around the Advance Group, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed tonight she is no longer taking free advice from the leading consulting firm in her bid for City Council speaker.
The Daily News reported last week the pro bono assistance may run afoul of election law by actually functioning as an unreported in-kind contribution. Ms. Mark-Viverito insisted today that this was not the case but out of an “abundance of caution,” the relationship would end. Read More
If there were any lingering doubts that the Democratic-controlled State Assembly would get behind Bill de Blasio’s legislative agenda, they were dispelled today, according to the mayor-elect. Read More