Bill de Blasio Paves Way for More Charter Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made clear today that his schools agenda will include more controversial co-locations and charter schools, despite his constant hammering of both on the campaign trail.

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DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions

The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio's traffic safety announcement this week.
The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety announcement this week.

She may have partnered with Bill de Blasio to launch his ambitious “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic speeds and pedestrian fatalities, but don’t except Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to slam the mayor on his recent traffic violations controversyContinue reading “DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions”

De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Bill de Blasio isn’t backing down from his staunch support of AIPAC.

Bill de Blasio’s off-schedule, closed-press speech last month to the pro-Israel lobbying organization drew criticism from the the Democratic mayor’s most passionate supporters, including The Nation‘s editorial board, which reacted especially harshly. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism”

De Blasio Compares Groundhog Drop to Peyton Manning’s Loss

Staten Island Chuck. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Staten Island Chuck. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Bill de Blasio isn’t trying to cover up his embarrassing furball fumble.

Reflecting on his first Groundhog Day as mayor, which featured Staten Island Chuck, the big city counterpart to Punxsutawney Phil, squirming from his arms and nearly escaping, Mr. de Blasio today jokingly compared the experience to that of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whose team was overwhelmed in Sunday night’s Super Bowl game. Continue reading “De Blasio Compares Groundhog Drop to Peyton Manning’s Loss”

Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Defends Boss After Inauguration Lashing

Michael Bloomberg at yesterday's inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Michael Bloomberg at yesterday’s inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.

The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction. Continue reading “Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Defends Boss After Inauguration Lashing”

Joe Lhota Backs Obamacare Delay

Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)
Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)

Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.

“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer.  Continue reading “Joe Lhota Backs Obamacare Delay”

Bill de Blasio Explains His ‘Liberation Theology’

Bill de Blasio.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio today criticized The New York Times for its depiction of his efforts supporting Latin American revolutionaries, expressing surprise at how the paper had treated the story, which has dominated the campaign trail since it was published Sunday. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Explains His ‘Liberation Theology’”