Lhota Attacks de Blasio for Role in Crown Heights Riots

Joe Lhota in Dyker Heights today.
Joe Lhota at a Brooklyn senior center today.

Republican Joe Lhota claimed today that a young Bill de Blasio mishandled the Crown Heights riots more than 20 years ago, withholding crucial information from a top deputy to then-Mayor David Dinkins.

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‘So Much Nonsense’: David Dinkins Responds to Joe Lhota’s Attacks

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Former Mayor David Dinkins. (Photo: Getty)

Former Mayor David Dinkins defended his tenure at City Hall and took several shots at mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, after the Republican used him as a punching bag this morning to warn about the return of high crime if Bill de Blasio is elected mayor.

In an interview with Politicker this afternoon, after a day of charged attacks in the mayor’s race, Mr. Dinkins insisted it was “nonsense” to suggest that he was somehow responsible for the crime of the 1990s.

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Legendary Consultant Bill Lynch Dies

David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
David Dinkins and Bill Lynch. (Photo: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Legendary political consultant and former Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch passed away this afternoon Columbia Presbyterian hospital from complications from kidney disease, according to a statement from his family. He was 72.

The sudden passing sent shock waves through the city’s political world, with friends and former colleagues expressing shock and disbelief at the news.

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Bill de Blasio Goes Underground in Bay Ridge

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio underground.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio underground.

Stumping in a sweltering Brooklyn subway station this morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio brushed off the emerging chatter that his mayoral campaign, once launched with such promise, is stagnating.

“I never expected to be a front-runner for one day on this race. This was always a grassroots effort and that’s what wins,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker on the platform. “There’s so many examples of the insurgent who works hard winning in the end. That’s the model that’s been shown over and over again.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Goes Underground in Bay Ridge”

Lhota: It Wasn’t Race That Caused David Dinkins to Lose in ’93

Joe Lhota campaigning on the Upper East Side
Joe Lhota campaigning on the Upper East Side

Joe Lhota stepped up to the plate today for his one-time boss, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Mr. Lhota, currently running for mayor himself, sent out a press release blasting former mayor David Dinkins’ comments about his loss to Mr. Giuliani in 1993.

“I think it was just racism, pure and simple,” Mr. Dinkins wrote in his forthcoming memoir, highlighted in a New York Times piece published yesterday.

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Thompson Campaign Likes to Re-Announce Old Support

Freddy Ferrer and Bill Thompson back in 2008. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Image)
Freddy Ferrer and Bill Thompson back in 2008. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Image)

He’s so nice, they’ve endorsed him twice.

Former comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is currently in the midst of a press conference announcing an endorsement from former Democratic mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer.

“TODAY 12:30PM: Ferrer to Endorse Thompson,” the event’s advisory declared. But, in fact, there’s nothing new about the Mr. Ferrer’s support.

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