Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning announced the appointment of his final deputy mayor.
Richard Buery, who currently serves as president of The Children’s Aid Society, will serve as the new Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiates–a newly-created position.
He’s so nice, they’ve endorsed him twice.
Former comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is currently in the midst of a press conference announcing an endorsement from former Democratic mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer.
“TODAY 12:30PM: Ferrer to Endorse Thompson,” the event’s advisory declared. But, in fact, there’s nothing new about the Mr. Ferrer’s support.
He’s in. After weeks of speculation, disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner has officially thrown his hat into the mayor’s race, announcing he’s running with a new video posted on his revamped campaign website at midnight on Wednesday.
“Look, I made some big mistakes. And I know I let a lot of people down. But I’ve also learned some tough lessons,” he says in the video, which opens with a family scene of the former councilman and his wife, Huma Abedin, having breakfast in their kitchen with their young son.
“I’m running for mayor ’cause I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you,” he says into the camera in the 2-minute, slickly-shot reel.
After weeks of hemming and hawing, it looks like ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner is finally ready to put his skates on and jump back onto the proverbial ice.
An unnamed source told the New York Post that Mr. Weiner is “definitely” running for mayor, and expects him to announce his bid sometime in the next 10 days–likely before Memorial Day, which just so happens to be the second anniversary of the fateful tweet that sent his career into free-fall.
Comptroller John Liu is finally ready to take the plunge.
Mr. Liu, the last of the remaining major Democratic mayoral candidates who has yet to declare his electoral intentions, will formally announce his candidacy Sunday afternoon, according to multiple sources.
grace enters the race
Councilwoman Liz Crowley formally announced her campaign for Congress this afternoon standing beneath the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows – Corona Park.
“As a daughter from Queens, from a very young age I felt the calling for public service,” she declared with her supporters standing behind her.
Her campaign message relied heavily on broad Democratic themes:
District Leaders and elected officials crowded into the Queens County Democrats’ headquarters this morning to unanimously endorse Assemblywoman Grace Meng for the Congressional District Gary Ackerman spontaneously declined to run for last week. If Ms. Meng wins, she’ll be the first Asian-American Member of Congress from New York.
Congressman Joe Crowley, who heads the Queens County Democratic Party, paid constant homage to the new district’s demographic makeup when explaining his party’s decision to back Ms. Meng. The new court-drawn map makes the 6th district plurality-Asian, but Mr. Crowley also argued for her ability to win throughout the eastern Queens seat.
“It is a very diverse district and I think Grace Meng has the ability to transcend her base of support, which is largely based in the Asian-American community,” he told reporters after the meeting.