Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker

Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)
Lance Bass, in 2001. (Photo: Scott Gries/Getty)

It might be time for Dan Garodnick to say, “Bye, bye, bye.”

In the race for City Council speaker, rival Melissa Mark-Viverito has accumulated so many supporters that even 1990s heartthrob Lance Bass is on her team. Continue reading “Lance Bass Endorses Melissa Mark-Viverito for Speaker”

‘We Are in a Progressive Moment Right Now’: Bill de Blasio Fund-Raises for Emboldened Left

Bill de Blasio at last night's fund-raiser.
Bill de Blasio at last night’s fund-raiser.

Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.

Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.  Continue reading “‘We Are in a Progressive Moment Right Now’: Bill de Blasio Fund-Raises for Emboldened Left”

‘Let’s Not Get Intoxicated About the Polls’: Bill de Blasio Holds a Big Rally

Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, at today's rally.
Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, at today’s rally.

Far ahead in the polls as Tuesday’s Democratic mayoral primary looms, Bill de Blasio amassed the troops today for a gigantic get-out-the-vote rally.

At times, it felt like a victory party for the city’s public advocate, who once trailed his opponents but is now reveling in his new front-runner status.

“This campaign, like every good cause, started humbly and we worked really, really hard,” Mr. de Blasio reflected, standing on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “I give people in this crowd a lot of credit. There were many days when the polls weren’t so great, when you couldn’t get our message across; we’d put out a press release, no one printed it. We’ve had those days.”

Continue reading “‘Let’s Not Get Intoxicated About the Polls’: Bill de Blasio Holds a Big Rally”

Mayoral Candidates Release Competing Celebrity Videos

Cynthia Nixon in Bill de Blasio's ad.
Cynthia Nixon praising her candidate in Bill de Blasio’s ad.

With just two weeks before voters head to the polls, two Democratic mayoral candidates are increasingly relying on celebrity surrogates to make their cases.

This morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio released a slickly-produced web video featuring a whole host of bold-faced names, including actor Steve Buscemi, Sex in the City star Cynthia Nixon and plenty others. Music business magnate Russell Simmons, also in the video, is further set to appear with Mr. de Blasio on the campaign trail this afternoon.

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Bill de Blasio Mulls New Campaign Slogan: ‘Not a Boring White Guy’

Bill de Blasio and Cynthia Nixon on Piers Morgan Live last night
Bill de Blasio and Cynthia Nixon on Piers Morgan Live last night.

After spending the evening phone-banking with actor Steve Buscemi, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio stopped by CNN’s Piers Morgan Live last night with Sex and the City alum Cynthia Nixon to discuss his mayoral bid.

After prompting a glowing endorsement from Ms. Nixon, Mr. Morgan quickly turned to a video of Mr. de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, in which she proudly proclaims her dad is not “some boring white guy.”

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Cynthia Nixon: 'I Want to See Bill de Blasio as the Next Mayor of New York City'

cnixon Cynthia Nixon: 'I Want to See Bill de Blasio as the Next Mayor of New York City'Public Advocate Bill de Blasio hosted a fundraiser earlier this week at the Griffin in NYC’s Meatpacking district.

According to Mr. de Blasio’s fundraising staff, over 200 people were in attendance, among them actress Cynthia Nixon, who told the crowd that she backed the public advocate for mayor.

“For every reason—as a woman, as a gay person, as a public school parent, as a progressive—I want to see Bill de Blasio as the next Mayor of New York City,” said Ms. Nixon. “I want to wake up and find that that’s true, and get to love my city in a whole new way—because Bill de Blasio is a great city councilmember, he’s a great Public Advocate and he will be one of the greatest mayors that New York has ever had.” Continue reading “Cynthia Nixon: 'I Want to See Bill de Blasio as the Next Mayor of New York City'”

Morning Read: Deals in Albany, Pressure in Washington

 Morning Read: Deals in Albany, Pressure in Washington
Gay rights activist Ross Levi, left, ?Sex and The City? star Cynthia Nixon and New York Rangers player Sean Avery, at right, during a news conference calling on the state legislature to legalize same-sex marriage at the Capitol Tuesday June 14, 2011. (John Carl D'Annibale / Times Union)

Timing: Cuomo spox denies timing drag fund-raiser as same-sex marriage advances. [Fred Dicker / NY Post]

Deals: Silver threatens to blow up tax-cap deal if Cuomo doesn’t deliver Skelos on rent regulations. [Brendan Scott / NY Post]

Rent Regulations: “An extension is not enough” said State Senate Leader John Sampson, as deadline looms. [Thomas Kaplan / NY Times]

Patents: Schumer helps banks in fight against an inventor in “a tiny Texas company.” [Edward Wyatt / NY Times]

Same-Sex Marriage: 3 GOP Senators say, anonymously, it’ll pass. [Nick Confessore / New York Times]

Same-Sex Marriage: Greg Ball could be next GOP to flip. [Brendan Scott and Carl Campanile / NY Post]

Same-Sex Marriage: McDonald “seemed combative as he finally declared his [support].” [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

Same-Sex Marriage: “I’m tired of Republican, Democrat politics; I’m tired of blowhard radio people, blowhard television people, blowhard newspapers,” McDonald said. “They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background, I’m trying to do the right thing, and that’s where I’m going with this.” [Nicholas Confessore and Danny Hakim / NY Times]

Same-Sex Marriage: McDonald’s support announced hours after Dolan led opposition stampede. [Ken Lovett / Daily News]

Same-Sex Marriage: Passage in NY could impact NJ. [Sopnia Hollander / WSJ]

Watching Weiner: Huma is back. [CBS Local]

Watching Weiner: Dems hope Huma tips the scales for Weiner’s resignation. [Devlin Barrett and Katie Glueck / WSJ]

Pushing Weiner: “Maybe the White House helps him get a job, with no fingerprints” suggests Sheinkopf. [Marcia Kramer / CBS Local]

Replacing Weiner: Could be a placeholder who uses the seat as a launchpad for 2013. [Twitter]

Defending Weiner: “I can’t help but feel that some Democrats now urging Weiner to go feel a bit guilty they aren’t standing up for their party’s ideals the way he does.” [Victor Kamber / Politico]

Joking Weiner: Bloomberg makes a Weiner joke to reporters. [Page Six]

Ways and Means: GOP Rep. Tom Reed joins the committee. [Jerry Zremski / Bufffalo News]

Public Statements: US Attorney told John Liu to curb his remarks on CityTime scandal. [David Chen and William Rashbaum / NY Times]

Legislating Albany: Everything could be resolved by end of session. [Jimmy Vielkind / Times Union]

Political Muscle: How an acting mayor prevents rivals from getting signatures. [Lauren Stanforth / Times Union]

Restaurant Grading: Some are hidden. [David Seifman / NY Post]

City Budget: Bloomberg mum on union plans to tap health care trust fund to prevent layoffs. [Lisa Colangelo and Reuven Blau / Daily News]