Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center

Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan's Family Justice Center
Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan’s Family Justice Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, shared the podium today with political heavyweights and women’s rights leaders, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, to announce the opening of Manhattan’s new Family Justice Center.

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De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall

Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray speaking to parent bloggers. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)

Mayor de Blasio took his pre-K campaign to the blogosphere this afternoon, inviting a group of parent bloggers to City Hall for  a discussion on preschool and after-school programs, which he is fighting to expand.

“We need Albany to hear concerns of parents in our city and provide the resources,” said Mr. de Blasio, who has launched a massive push to try to convince lawmakers in Albany to approve a tax on the city’s richest residents to fund the programs. Continue reading “De Blasio Welcomes Parent Bloggers to City Hall”

Bill de Blasio Is Indecisive About Wedding Rings Too

A close-up shot of Bill de Blasio's ring. (Cropped Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
A close-up shot of Bill de Blasio’s ring. (Cropped Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Bill de Blasio, who is often described as indecisive by those who work closely with him, waited until the last possible minute to decide on his wedding ring, too.

The mayor described the ring-hunting experience at an unrelated press conference this afternoon when an eagle-eyed reporter noticed that his distinctive, silver-and-stone wedding band was missing from his finger. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Is Indecisive About Wedding Rings Too”

Bill de Blasio Says He’ll Build Upon Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio asserted today he would build on Michael Bloomberg’s far-reaching and personally-financed initiative to help young minority men, but said he had no immediate plans to ask his billionaire predecessor for another check.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says He’ll Build Upon Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative”

Bill de Blasio Names Wife Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Gabrielle Fialkoff Senior Adviser

Bill de Balsio and Chirlane McCray.  (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Bill de Balsio and Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today formally clarified his wife’s role in his administration, confirming previous reports indicating she would likely chair the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

He also named Gabrielle Fialkoff, the chair of his inauguration, as a senior adviser and director of his Office of Strategic Partnerships. Ms. Fialkoff, who worked with the mayor on Hillary Clinton’s first senate campaign, will oversee public-private partnerships for the administration, including the fund. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Names Wife Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Gabrielle Fialkoff Senior Adviser”

Chirlane McCray Talks Immigration at First Solo Appearance as First Lady

Chirlane McCray speaking last night at the Christian Cultural Center.
Chirlane McCray speaking last night at the Christian Cultural Center.

Chirlane McCray made her first solo appearance as first lady last night, kicking off a panel on black immigration at the sprawling Christian Cultural Center in East New York.

Ms. McCray took the stage an hour late and spoke for less than 10 minutes in front of an audience gathered for a discussion of The Black Institute’s new “G Project,” which aims to identify first to fourth-generation black immigrants. Continue reading “Chirlane McCray Talks Immigration at First Solo Appearance as First Lady”

Chirlane McCray’s City Hall Role Slowly Takes Shape

Chirlane McCray introducing her new Chief of Staff Rachel Noerdlinger.
Chirlane McCray introducing her new Chief of Staff Rachel Noerdlinger.

New York City’s new First Lady, Chirlane McCray, will not receive a salary for her work at City Hall, the mayor’s office said this evening.

However, her new chief of staff, former Al Sharpton aide Rachel Noerdlinger, will make $170,000 a year. She will be based in the Office of the Mayor, and will be paid as a City Hall employee, the office said. Continue reading “Chirlane McCray’s City Hall Role Slowly Takes Shape”