Bill de Blasio Visits Two Churches Blocks From East Harlem Explosion

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at the Church of God. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at the Church of God. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today addressed the congregations of two churches just blocks from last week’s East Harlem gas explosion, attempting to offer comfort to a community still reeling from the sudden deaths of eight locals.

Mr. de Blasio appeared at a large, predominately African-American church and a low-slung Spanish-speaking church, where he layered his speeches with Christian rhetoric and promises of help for the victims of the catastrophe.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Visits Two Churches Blocks From East Harlem Explosion”

Bishop Orlando Findlayter to Address Press Tomorrow

Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter's church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter’s church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bishop Orlando Findlayter will hold a press conference tomorrow morning to address the controversy surrounding his arrest and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s subsequent call to police. Continue reading “Bishop Orlando Findlayter to Address Press Tomorrow”

De Blasio Calls Clergy to Action on Pre-K Tax Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Bethany Baptist Church this morning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Bethany Baptist Church this morning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a rare display of anger, today railed against Albany lawmakers, slamming Senate co-leader Dean Skelos for refusing to bring to vote the mayor’s signature plan to tax the rich to fund universal pre-k and sounding a call to clergy leaders to mobilize on its behalf.

“The gauntlet’s been thrown in Albany. We will respond,” the mayor told religious leaders and elected officials gathered at the Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, at a breakfast organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton to support the universal pre-K funding plan. Continue reading “De Blasio Calls Clergy to Action on Pre-K Tax Plan”

Bill de Blasio Praises Charlie Rangel Challenger

Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)
Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)

Mayor Bill de Blasio this afternoon praised one of Congressman Charlie Rangel’s primary challengers, the Pastor Michael Walrond, but said it is too early to take sides in the race.

“I think the world of Pastor Walrond. He is a good friend,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker when asked about his relationship with Mr. Walrond at an unrelated Harlem press conference. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Praises Charlie Rangel Challenger”

Bill de Blasio Returns to the Airwaves With Al Sharpton

Bill de Blasio on Al Sharpton's show tonight.
Bill de Blasio on Al Sharpton’s show tonight.

In his first cable TV appearance since becoming mayor, Bill de Blasio paid a visit to Rev. Al Sharpton’s MSNBC show, where the two chatted about the end of the city’s appeal against a prominent stop-and-frisk ruling, Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential campaign and a top Sharpton aide’s role in the de Blasio administration.

Unsurprisingly, the two behaved like old friends. Mr. de Blasio thanked Mr. Sharpton for leading an anti stop-and-frisk rally, while Mr. Sharpton hailed the new mayor as a rare politician who could keep his word. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Returns to the Airwaves With Al Sharpton”

De Blasio Names Sharpton Aide to Be Wife’s Chief of Staff

Rachel Noerdlinger speaking at National Action Network headquarters.
Rachel Noerdlinger speaking at National Action Network headquarters.

Bill de Blasio today named Rachel Noerdlinger, a top aide to Rev. Al Sharpton, to be chief of staff to his wife, Chirlane McCray, in the new mayor’s administration. 

The announcement, yet another sign of the expected high-profile role that Ms. McCray will play in the de Blasio administration, was rolled out at Mr. Sharpton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem. Continue reading “De Blasio Names Sharpton Aide to Be Wife’s Chief of Staff”

Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaking at the event. (Photo: Flickr/governorandrewcuomo)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an unusually animated speech in front of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network this morning, at one point borrowing a phrase from the once controversial civil rights leader.

“The reverend used a new term … ‘agitation freaks.’ I love that one, I love that. Albany has a lot of agitation freaks,” the governor told the audience at the House of Justice in Harlem, using the term Mr. Sharpton had coined to describe people who are angry all the time just for the sake of being angry. Continue reading “Gov. Cuomo Says Albany ‘Has a Lot of Agitation Freaks’”