Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to the offices of an artisanal ice cream manufacturer in Brooklyn today to sign his first bill: a law that dramatically expands the city’s paid sick day mandate.

“It’s really an extraordinary day, four years in the making,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters and lawmakers gathered at the home of Steve’s Craft Ice Cream, which produces small-batch concoctions featuring creative names like “NOLA ICED COFFEE & DONUTS” and “BKLYN BLACKOUT.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory”

Bill de Blasio Calls Teen’s WTC Climb ‘Shocking’

Today's New York Post cover with the story.
Today’s New York Post cover.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not pleased that a 16-year-old New Jersey teen was reportedly able to scale 1 World Trade Center this weekend.

Asked about the story, reported on the front page of today’s New York Post, Mr. de Blasio labeled the incident “shocking and troubling” given the amount of security present at the site. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Calls Teen’s WTC Climb ‘Shocking’”

Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics

Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)
Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)

Bernie Madoff, the convicted operator of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars, apparently hasn’t been swept up by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s populist rhetoric.

In a Politico interview at a North Carolina medium-security prison last week, Mr. Madoff gave a series of colorful answers when asked about Mr. de Blasio and other politicians. Continue reading “Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics”

A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens

Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

When Mayor Bill de Blasio dominated last year’s mayoral primary and general election, returns appeared to show that the Democrat had transcended the racial and ethnic factions that had divided the city’s electorate for so many decades. 

But polling data this year is telling a different story, and revealing that black voters are remaining loyal to Mr. de Blasio while white voters are disavowing the new mayor. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens”

Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty Images)

New York voters are overwhelmingly opposed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-drawn carriages, according to a new poll out today.

The Quinnipiac survey found that 64 percent of those polled want to see the horses stay, versus 24 percent who want to ban them. Continue reading “Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay”

New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official

Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has the lowest approval ratings of any citywide elected official, according to a new poll this afternoon, which also shows a wide racial divide in his approval rating two-and-a-half months into the new administration.

Forty-five percent of New York City voters approve of the job Mr. de Blasio is doing and 34 percent disapprove, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Continue reading “New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official”