‘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’”

Bill de Blasio Will Not Bail Out Money-Losing Citi Bike

Citi Bikes. (Photo: Getty)
Citi Bikes. (Photo: Getty)

Citi Bike, hard-up for cash, shouldn’t expect any help from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The new mayor told reporters today that the city’s bike-share program, reportedly bleeding money, will probably not be getting any public dollars to help fill its coffers. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Will Not Bail Out Money-Losing Citi Bike”

De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver New Parks Commissioner

Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing his new Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver in Seward Park in Chinatown. (Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of respected city planner Mitchell Silver as the city’s new parks commissioner, hailing him as “a visionary” with “a passion for fairness and equality.”

Speaking at a press conference at Seward Park on the Lower East Side, Mr. de Blasio praised Mr. Silver, who is current the head of planning for the city of Raleigh, North Carolina, as someone who will lead the department in a more equitable direction. Continue reading “De Blasio Appoints Mitchell Silver New Parks Commissioner”

David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

Chuck Schumer Predicts Scott Brown Will Lose: ‘By a Lot’

Senator Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Senator Chuck Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is expected to face off against a New Hampshire Democrat in a bid to return to his old gig, but Senator Chuck Schumer isn’t too worried about the Republican’s imminent challenge. 

Racing out of City Hall today after a meeting with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Mr. Schumer said he was sure Jeanne Shaheen, the New Hampshire Democratic senator facing Mr. Brown, would easily beat the state-hopping Republican.  Continue reading “Chuck Schumer Predicts Scott Brown Will Lose: ‘By a Lot’”

Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources

Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: www.planning.org)
Mitchell J. Silver. (Photo: planning.org)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to announce tomorrow that Mitchell Silver will be the new parks commissioner in his slowly-growing administration, sources say.

Mr. Silver is the former president of the American Planning Association, and is currently the head of planning in Raleigh, North Carolina. He formerly worked as a town manager in New Jersey and deputy planning director in Washington, D.C., according to an online bio.

Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio to Appoint Mitchell Silver Parks Commissioner: Sources”

De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans

Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters this afternoon.
Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters last week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today brushed off a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been meddling in the mayor’s efforts to build support for his plan to raise taxes on the city’s highest-income earners to fund universal pre-K.

Capital New York reported this morning that Mr. Cuomo’s office “has pressured elected officials and others to pull support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan.” Continue reading “De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans”