De Blasio Makes Final Campaign Stop in Crown Heights

Bill de Blasio in Crown Heights today.
Bill de Blasio in Crown Heights today.

Bill de Blasio appeared for the final time on the campaign trail today, choosing Crown Heights–the neighborhood at the center of the 20-year-old race riots that his rival, Joe Lhota, attempted to blame him for–to triumphantly greet a slew of ecstatic voters hours before the polls close. Continue reading “De Blasio Makes Final Campaign Stop in Crown Heights”

Morning Read: 'Napoleon' 'Dictator' 'Putz'

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Mayor Bloomberg Meets with New Jersey Governor-Elect Chris Christie December 10, 2009 (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)

NY-9: Catsimatidis said Obama threw business community “under the bus;” raising money for Turner on 8/23. [City Hall News]

NY-9: Weprin’s vote for same-sex marriage may be his biggest obstacle. “National Democratic officials are considering pouring resources into the race.” [Chris Bragg / City Hall News]

NY-9: Turner’s latest attack on Park51 is “hapless.” [Alison Gendar / Daily News]

Verizon Contract: 8 to 4, Panel for Education policy approves the deal. [Fernanda Santos / New York Times]

Verizon Contract: “We have a responsibility to pay Verizon – but to do this we have to approve this contract,” said Chancellor Walcott. [Ben Chapman / Daily News]

Verizon Contract: Liu criticized for “pandering” to union. [Daily News]

Crown Heights: Panel invite to Sharpton reignites debate about his role then. [Andy Stolis / NY Post]

Crown Heights: “If it is not an event that will heal, it is not an event that I will partake in,” said Sharpton. [Simone Weichselbaum / Daily News]

City Council: “He has no regard for the law, and this is a person who wants to be a lawmaker,” challenger Allan Jennings said of Councilman Ruben Wills. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

Immigration: Bloomberg hasn’t take a position on Quinn’s bill to end city’s participation in a federal program that has led to the deportation of people from Rikers Island. [Reuven Blau / Daily News]

9/11: “Christie privately lambasted Bloomberg as ‘Napoleon,’ ‘a dictator’ and ‘a putz'” for not inviting the NJ governor of 2001 to the 10th anniversary. [Josh Margolin and Bob Fredericks / NY Post]

9/11: Prompted by Florida congressman, FBI probe of Ground Zero workers shows none are suspected terrorists. [Devlin Barrett / WSJ]

Transportation: [A judge] made clear that he believes Sadik-Khan made a mockery of her responsibilities to provide the public with full access to city records as required by the Freedom of Information Law.” [Daily News]

Decoding Sharpton: “Most of the candidates who pay tribute to him aren’t nearly as concerned with the support of a man who has never drawn even 150,000 votes in four losing runs for office, as with defending themselves from the negative attention he can summon.” [Harry Siegel / Village Voice]

Sunday Reading: Bachmann Surges, Pawlenty Exits, Perry Enters

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AUGUST 12: Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann looks out the window of her bus as she leaves the Iowa State Fair August 12, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. Most of the Republican presidential hopefuls are visiting the fair ahead of Saturday's Iowa Straw Poll to greet voters and engage in the traditional Iowa campaigning ritual. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


2012: Bachmann wins Ames straw pol with 4,823 votes; Ron Paul got 4,671. Pawlenty got 2,292. [Thomas DeFrank and Rich Schapiro / Daily News]

2012: Pawlenty drops out. [ABC News]

2012: Texas Gov. Rick Perry enters, officially. [Dave Montgomery / Star-Telegram]

2012: “Perry’s announcement stepped on Bachmann’s triumph in the Ames Straw Poll, the biggest moment yet in her presidential campaign.” [West, Mehta and Reston /]

2012: “Republicans sense a new opportunity to win back the White House, but there was little clarity about whether voters would choose someone from the party establishment, an outsider or a hybrid.” [Jeff Zeleny / New York Times]

2012: Romney’s name was on the Ames ballot, but didn’t campaign; Perry was not on the ballot. [Jonathan Weisman and Neil King Jr. / WSJ]

2012: Fact-checking Perry’s statements on budget, jobs. [Dallas News]

2012: Perry’s program to fund tech companies in Texas gave a lot of money to companies run by political donors. [Charles Dameron / WSJ]

Congress: “Rep. Nydia Velazquez has not sponsored one bill, amendment or resolution this year.” [Alison Gendar / Daily News]

Lawsuit: GOP County Exec in Buffalo, Collins, accused of unfairly firing a prominent Democrat in his administration. [Phil Fairbanks / Buffalo News]

Ads: Spokeswoman for Collins’ Dem rival explained why they are using actors in their campaign ads. [Robert McCarthy / Buffalo News]

Ads: Bloomberg highlights his fight against coal. [Flickr]

Redistricting: “About the only thing near-certain is that all of Staten Island will remain in the 13th C.D., which will link in some fashion to Brooklyn and not Manhattan, as it did several decades back.” [Judy Randall / SI Advance]

Layoffs: NYC delayed sending pink slips to 465 park workers; may send next week if deal with labor union isn’t achieved. [Michael Saul / WSJ]

Unions: CSEA will tally votes tomorrow on whether to accept deal with Cuomo. [Rick Karlin / Times Union]

NYPD: Ticket-fixing probe shrinks scope down to 12 cops. “No high-ranking member of the NYPD are expected to be charged.” [Alison Gendar andKevin Deutsch / Daily News]

NYC Dept. of Corrections: Chief Davis resigned. He may have used a public employees as “his personal valets.” [Reuven Blau and John Doyle / Daily News]

NYC Dept. of Corrections: “Department of Investigation began looking into allegations that Davis took vacations that were paid for by his subordinates.” [Goldenberg, Otis and Perone / NY Post]

Brooklyn: Vito Lopez allies are new board members of Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council. [Gary Buiso and Aaron Short / NY Post]

Crown Heights: How much has changed since the 1991 riots there? [Simone Weichselbaum and Katie Nelson / Daily News]

Transportation: “[W]e hope New Yorkers will heed our ad campaign, “Don’t Be a Jerk,” and call out the rogue riders,” wrote NYC Transportation Commissioner. [Voice of the People / Daily News]

Fracking: Editors urge Christie to veto NJ bill outlawing franking. “[I]t would do enormous damage. To the nation. To Jersey. And even to Christie’s own political prospects (should he ever decide to seek national office).” [NY Post]

Trees: Some newly planted trees in Brooklyn aren’t doing so well. [Sarah /]

Schools: In one year, Buffalo Superintendent out of town “more a total of more than 130 days.” Currently on vacation while Board of Ed tries firing him. [Mary Pasciak / Buffalo News]

Schools: Bloomberg defends new sex education requirement; says parents aren’t teaching their kids these lessons. [Michael Saul and Lisa Fleisher / WSJ]

District Attorney: Two high-profile losses may hinder a Texas DA’s first re-election. [Geoff Grammar / Santa Fe New Mexican]

Opinion: “He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president.” [Norman Podhoretz / WSJ]

Media: NYT public editor asks, “did Joe Nocera really go too far” when he called Tea Party members “terrorists” on a “jihad”? [Arthur Brisbane / New York Times]