De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks

Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today's press conference. (Photo:  Credit: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio)
Bill de Blasio and Mitchell Silver at today’s press conference. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Call him Mayor Robin Hood–for parks at least.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his new parks commissioner today threw their weight behind the idea of getting wealthy, privately-funded parks conservancies to help subsidize parks with less green–but stopped short of endorsing making such an arrangement mandatory. Continue reading “De Blasio Still Wants Conservancies to Share Money With Poorer Parks”

De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at a City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he would accept a check from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund universal pre-K in place of his signature tax on high-income earners–as long as the governor provides enough cash.

“We haven’t seen the final plan yet … And what I’ve tried to say is we need the verification here for New York City that we’ll have the money each year we need for five years,” said the mayor, speaking this morning on Morning Joe. Continue reading “De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash”

De Blasio Responds to Cuomo’s ‘Repugnant’ Charge Against His Pre-K Funding Plan

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The verbal slugfest between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio over pre-K funding escalated today, with Mr. Cuomo calling the logical extension of the mayor’s position “repugnant” and Mr. de Blasio insisting his tax-the-rich funding scheme is the city’s only viable option.

During a press conference today, Mr. Cuomo defended his opposition to the mayor’s plan, arguing that not all cities have enough millionaires to support full pre-K programs via a de Blasio-esque tax on high income earners. Continue reading “De Blasio Responds to Cuomo’s ‘Repugnant’ Charge Against His Pre-K Funding Plan”

De Blasio Compares Pre-K Poll Question to ‘Bowl of Free Candy’

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor’s signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is not impressed with a new Quinnipiac poll out today, which showed that voters prefer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to fund universal pre-K using existing state funds over the mayor’s signature plan to raise the money with a new tax on the rich.

“With all due respect to the Quinnipiac poll, the way they phrased this question was the equivalent of asking, ‘Would you like a bowl of free candy?’ To which most people would say, ‘Yes,'” said the mayor during a brief break from fiscal questions at his first budget briefing. Continue reading “De Blasio Compares Pre-K Poll Question to ‘Bowl of Free Candy’”

Tish James Hits Cuomo Tax Plan for Favoring ‘Corporations and the Wealthy’

Tish James at the rally this morning. (Photo: Public Advocate's Office)
Tish James at the rally this morning. (Photo: Alliance for Quality Education)

The city’s new public advocate, Tish James, who had vowed to be a thorn in the side of fellow officials, is already making good on her promise.

At a press conference early this morning demanding more education funding from the state, Ms. James went after Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the $2 billion tax cut plan he unveiled ahead of his State of the State speech last week, separating her from other city lawmakers, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, who have largely refused to criticize the plan. Continue reading “Tish James Hits Cuomo Tax Plan for Favoring ‘Corporations and the Wealthy’”

Bloomberg Suggests North Korea as a Home for Brooklyn College Critics

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Ever since Brooklyn College’s political science department made the controversial decision to co-sponsor a forum promoting BDS–boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel–New York City’s elected officials have thoroughly condemned them and even hinted that the publicly-funded institution could suffer financial consequences as a result. At a press conference today on Hurricane Sandy relief, however, Mayor Michael Bloomberg passionately defended the university’s right to sponsor the event.

“I couldn’t disagree more violently with BDS,” Mr. Bloomberg explained. “As you know, I’m a big supporter of Israel–as big of a one as I think you can find in the city. But I could also not agree more strongly with an academic department’s right to sponsor a forum on any topic that they choose. If you want to go to a university where the government decides what kind of subjects are fit for discussion, I suggest you apply to a school in North Korea.”

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Obama Campaign Blasts Romney With Big Bird Attack Ad

ofa big bird Obama Campaign Blasts Romney With Big Bird Attack Ad
(Photo: YouTube)

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign has officially gone there.

In an ad released this morning, Mr. Obama takes Republican rival Mitt Romney to task for wanting to take the ax to Sesame Street‘s federal funding in a rather sarcastic fashion.

“Criminals, gluttons of greed,” the narrator stated after ticking off a  list of Wall Street crooks. “And the evil genius who towered over them? One man has the guts to speak his name.”

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