De Blasio Names Sharpton Aide to Be Wife’s Chief of Staff

Rachel Noerdlinger speaking at National Action Network headquarters.
Rachel Noerdlinger speaking at National Action Network headquarters.

Bill de Blasio today named Rachel Noerdlinger, a top aide to Rev. Al Sharpton, to be chief of staff to his wife, Chirlane McCray, in the new mayor’s administration. 

The announcement, yet another sign of the expected high-profile role that Ms. McCray will play in the de Blasio administration, was rolled out at Mr. Sharpton’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrations at the National Action Network’s headquarters in Harlem. Continue reading “De Blasio Names Sharpton Aide to Be Wife’s Chief of Staff”

Bill de Blasio Really Likes His Wife’s Voice

Bill de Blasio kisses his wife Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio kisses his wife Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Every happy couple has certain things they adore about their better halves. And it seems, for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, that thing is his wife’s voice.

Speaking today at a press conference in Brooklyn, Mr. de Blasio could not stop raving about his wife, Chirlane McCray’s, speaking voice, which is featured in a new video aimed at building support for his signature plan to raise taxes on the rich to fund universal pre-k. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Really Likes His Wife’s Voice”

Bill de Blasio Says This Poem Made Him Fall in Love With Chirlane

Bill de Blasio kisses his wife Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio kisses his wife Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio has answered many a question in recent weeks, touching on everything from his favorite pizzeria to what he did on his Cuban honeymoon.

But this morning, during an appearance on W Radio, host Julio Sanchez Cristo asked Mr. de Blasio something new: whether he remembered any poems written by his wife, Chirlane McCray, whom he met while working for former Mayor David Dinkins. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says This Poem Made Him Fall in Love With Chirlane”

Jon Stewart Hearts the de Blasio Family

Jon Stewart is inspired by Dante de Blasio.
Jon Stewart is inspired.

The Daily Show weighed in on Tuesday’s election results last night, and celebrated mayoral winner Bill de Blasio’s “incredibly awesome family”–at one point donning an afro wig to try to be more like Mr. de Blasio’s famous son, Dante.

“Adopt me?” asked host Jon Stewart after playing a clip of the family on victory night doing their signature dance move, “The Smackdown.”

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Bill de Blasio Casts His Vote Amid Media Storm

Bill de Blasio chats with reporters after voting this morning.
Bill de Blasio chats with reporters.

Judging by the horde of cameras alone, Election Day is Bill de Blasio’s day.

The public advocate and his wife voted near their Park Slope home this morning, meeting a storm of cameras and reporters as they ambled into a local library to vote. Mr. de Blasio, leading his mayoral rivals comfortably in all of the latest polls, brushed off any talk that he would vault past 40 percent and avoid a runoff in the Democratic primary.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Casts His Vote Amid Media Storm”

Times Public Editor Will Stay Mum on Maureen Dowd

Don’t expect Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times‘ public editor, to join those calling for columnist Maureen Dowd to be axed over what they charge is a serial pattern of inaccuracy.

The Observer reached out to Ms. Sullivan to find out if she planned to weigh in on Ms. Dowd’s latest controversy: significantly misquoting a mayoral candidate’s wife so a policy-laden argument had the aura of a political cheap shot.
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McCray Dismisses Quinn’s ‘Silly’ Interpretation of ‘Children’ Comment

Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray

Chirlane McCray’s not backing down either.

Ms. McCray, the wife of mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, last night defended controversial–and incorrectly quoted–comment she made about de Blasio rival Christine Quinn in an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. Ms. Quinn, who is openly gay, slammed the remark  as a personal attack on her for being childless.

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