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”

De Blasio Takes Fire for Phone Call Placed After Pastor’s Arrest

Today's Daily News.
Today’s Daily News.

It’s the day of his first budget announcement, but much of the spotlight today will instead be focused on Bill de Blasio’s controversial decision to reach out to the NYPD following a friend’s arrest.

The city’s new mayor suddenly finds himself under fire from multiple corners following yesterday’s Wall Street Journal report revealing he personally made a call to inquire about Bishop Orlando Findlayter after the pastor was arrested Monday for outstanding warrants. A local police official subsequently–and suspiciously, some say–released Mr. Findlayter. Continue reading “De Blasio Takes Fire for Phone Call Placed After Pastor’s Arrest”

Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest

Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.
Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.

Police arrested New York Congressman Charles Rangel and 29 others, including City Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day-themed labor protest at LaGuardia Airport this afternoon.

The representatives had joined airport workers from the building workers’ union SEIU 32BJ as they gathered outside the airport to demand greater protections, including increased wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and the right to a paid holiday on Martin Luther King Day. In an act of intentional civil disobedience, the protesters staged a sit-in across the 94th Street bridge to LaGuardia, blocking traffic to and from the airport. Continue reading “Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest”

De Blasio ‘Glad’ City Agreed to Settle RNC Arrest Lawsuit

An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)
An NYPD officer. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is pleased that his new law department has agreed to pay out $18 million to settle various lawsuits stemming from the 2004 Republican National Convention, where many alleged they were illegally arrested by the NYPD.

“I’ll simply say I’m glad the case is settled,” Mr.  de Blasio told reporters this afternoon, speaking at a press conference outlining his plan to reduce traffic fatalities. “I have spoken before about my concerns about how that situation was handled at the time and I’m glad we’re moving forward.” Continue reading “De Blasio ‘Glad’ City Agreed to Settle RNC Arrest Lawsuit”

Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Reflect on Being Arrested Yesterday

Charlie Rangel under arrest. (Photo: Getty)
Charlie Rangel under arrest. (Photo: Getty)

“I didn’t get up in the morning ready to go to jail,” Charlie Rangel told Politicker today.

“I went to speak to the throngs of people and to give them encouragement,” he said. “Some people recognized me and asked me if I would get arrested with them: ‘Why won’t you, are you with us?’ I thought there’d be enough younger people getting arrested rather than me but I couldn’t walk away.” Continue reading “Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Reflect on Being Arrested Yesterday”

Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Arrested at Immigration Protest

Congressman Joe Crowley's head sticks up above the crowd. (Photo: Congressman Charlie Rangel's office)
Joe Crowley’s head sticks up above the crowd. (Photo: Vine/Charlie Rangel’s office)

New York Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley were among eight federal lawmakers reportedly arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington D.C. earlier this evening.

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Eliot Spitzer Attracting Some Controversial Supporters

George Smith standing behind Eliot Spitzer at the Board of Elections Thursday. (Photo: Colby Hamilton/DNAinfo New York)
George Smith (in blue) standing behind Eliot Spitzer at the Board of Elections Thursday. (Photo: Colby Hamilton/DNAinfo New York)

Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s surprise comeback campaign for comptroller has generated a huge amount of attention from the media–as well as several characters with controversial histories, including former City Council candidates accused of sexual harassment and race-baiting.

Of course, candidates can’t be held responsible for all of their supporters’ actions. But because Mr. Spitzer’s candidacy comes with its own scandal baggage, it is interesting to see who some of his most passionate supporters are.

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