Bill de Blasio’s Old Campaign Operations Live On, in One Form or Another

The @deBlasioNYC Twitter feed.
The @deBlasioNYC Twitter feed.

Bill de Blasio’s old campaign Twitter account has been busy these days.

For the past six weeks, @deBlasioNYC has done nothing but retweet a steady stream of posts from UPKNYC–the nonprofit campaign launched to push the new mayor’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K–blasting the campaign’s messages to the 49,800 followers the then-candidate acquired mostly during his winning race. (The @UPKNYC account has around 2,400 followers itself.) Continue reading “Bill de Blasio’s Old Campaign Operations Live On, in One Form or Another”

The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends

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He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.

“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.

This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave. Continue reading “The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends”

Activists Fan Out Across City to Push de Blasio’s Pre-K Plan

A volunteer collecting signatures this morning in the Bronx. (Photo: Twitter/UPKNYC)
A volunteer collecting signatures this morning in the Bronx. (Photo: Twitter/@UPKNYC)

These days, the liberal activists collecting signatures and knocking on doors aren’t rallying against the mayor; they’re working for him.

Newly-minted Mayor Bill de Blasio this morning began the next phase of his push to raise taxes to fund universal pre-K, unleashing a “grassroots and online campaign” dubbed “UPKNYC” to build momentum for and pressure lawmakers in Albany to pass his signature campaign proposal. Continue reading “Activists Fan Out Across City to Push de Blasio’s Pre-K Plan”

John Liu Campaigns Onward

John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)
John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty)

He’s out of office, no longer running for election, and supposed to be weighing jobs in the private sector, but that isn’t enough to stop ex-comptroller and unsuccessful mayoral candidate John Liu from ending his perennial politicking.

Indeed, Mr. Liu, who was known to log a dozen stops across the five boroughs during an ordinary day, seems to be having trouble giving up the trappings of elected office, continuing his break-neck schedule of events even after his term as comptroller ended on December 31.

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Charlie Rangel So Excited to Run for Re-election He Asks Reporter to Dance With Him

Congressman Charlie Rangel today.
Congressman Charlie Rangel today.

Congressman Charlie Rangel officially kicked off his re-election bid in Harlem this afternoon, telling reporters that he “feels so good it scares the hell out of me” and even asking one female journalist to dance with him in celebration. Continue reading “Charlie Rangel So Excited to Run for Re-election He Asks Reporter to Dance With Him”

Bill de Blasio Launches Star-Studded Campaign for Universal Pre-K [Update]

Bill de Blasio kicking off his campaign for pre-k.
Bill de Blasio kicking off his campaign for pre-k. (Photo: Twitter/@UPKNYC)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today rolled out a new campaign tasked with turning his central promise–raising taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-K and afterschool programs–into reality.

“I believe than an absolute necessarily step forward for this city is to achieve the tax on the wealthiest New Yorkers so we can have full day pre-K for every child and after school for every middle school child. And we will proceed vigorously to get that done in Albany,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Launches Star-Studded Campaign for Universal Pre-K [Update]”

Where Are the Candidates Celebrating Their Victories?

Bill Thompon's invite to supporters.
Bill Thompon’s invite to supporters.

Last Saturday night, the Supersuckers, the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World,” jammed at The Bell House, a Brooklyn concert hall, along with DJ Bubba Guitar and Hellbound Glory.

Tonight, at the same spot, it’ll be Bill de Blasio.

The various campaigns for mayor are getting ready to party down after the polls close at 9 p.m., and while Mr. de Blasio–the front-runner in the Democratic primary–seems likely to have the most to celebrate tonight, the other candidates are also planning events.

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