Lhota Attacks de Blasio for Role in Crown Heights Riots

Joe Lhota in Dyker Heights today.
Joe Lhota at a Brooklyn senior center today.

Republican Joe Lhota claimed today that a young Bill de Blasio mishandled the Crown Heights riots more than 20 years ago, withholding crucial information from a top deputy to then-Mayor David Dinkins.

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John Liu Compares Himself to Barack Obama at Harlem Rally

Comptroller John Liu at his rally last night.
Comptroller John Liu at his rally last night.

Yes he can, apparently.

Comptroller and mayoral hopeful John Liu hosted a raucous rally at the Apollo Theater in Harlem last night, likening himself at its climax to President Obama. Speaking for about a half hour to a crowd that filled the famed theater’s lower level a week after his campaign was denied millions in public matching funds, Mr. Liu hammered home his populist message as his candidacy flounders, at least according to the public polls.

“We’ve got all these polls and pundits and doubters and naysayers. I’ve heard it all before,” Mr. Liu said behind a transparent lectern on stage, sans speaking notes. “Six years ago, a fellow by the name of Barack Obama stood on this very stage and he had a very simple but powerful message. And that message was: ‘Yes, we can.'”  Continue reading “John Liu Compares Himself to Barack Obama at Harlem Rally”

Legendary Consultant Bill Lynch Dies

David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Legendary political consultant and former Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch passed away this afternoon Columbia Presbyterian hospital from complications from kidney disease, according to a statement from his family. He was 72.

The sudden passing sent shock waves through the city’s political world, with friends and former colleagues expressing shock and disbelief at the news.

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