De Blasio Kicks Off St. Patrick’s Day With Gracie Breakfast

The mayor speaking at this morning's St. Patrick's Day breakfast.
The mayor speaking at this morning’s St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. (Twitter/@TheWildCottons)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who will be skipping today’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade along Fifth Avenue to protest its policy of excluding openly gay groups, welcomed Irish leaders to Gracie Mansion this morning, where he did his best to smooth relations that have gotten off to a rocky start.

The New York Times reported this weekend that in his two-and-a-half months in office, Mr. de Blasio has managed to repeatedly slight some Irish New Yokers, earning harsh editorials in community newspapers and other complaints from critics. Continue reading “De Blasio Kicks Off St. Patrick’s Day With Gracie Breakfast”

Hot 97 Hosts Beg de Blasio to ‘Move Out of the Hood’

Bill de Blasio last night. (Photo: Pool)
Bill de Blasio last night. (Photo: Pool)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97’s morning show to stage an intervention.

Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side more than three months after his election. Continue reading “Hot 97 Hosts Beg de Blasio to ‘Move Out of the Hood’”

De Blasio Rallies Troops for Final Pre-K Push

Bill de Blasio and labor leaders pressing the mayor's signature pre-k plan.
Bill de Blasio joined by labor leaders who support his signature pre-k plan.

Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed about 200 supporters to Gracie Mansion last night to urge them to do all they can to push his plan to raise taxes on the city’s richest residents to fund universal pre-K.

Members of the crowd, which included the Rev. Al Sharpton and other prominent clergy members, as well as labor leaders, developers, education activists and administration officials, were asked to get their friends and colleagues involved in pushing the “UPKNYC” plan to reticent Albany lawmakers, according to those in attendance. Continue reading “De Blasio Rallies Troops for Final Pre-K Push”

Bill de Blasio Insists He’s ‘Plenty Sunny’ Despite Recent ‘Bumps’

Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the Wilborn Temple First Church Of God In Christ Caucus Weekend ServiceMayor Bill de Blasio today acknowledged that his young administration had endured several “bumps” in its first two months, but said it’s still too early to judge his progress.

In an interview with ABC 7, Mr. de Blasio also denied that he’d grown “testy” with the media, despite a spate of negative coverage, beginning with his decision not to shutter schools during the last major snow storm and a call he placed to police on behalf of an arrested supporter. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Insists He’s ‘Plenty Sunny’ Despite Recent ‘Bumps’”

De Blasio Doesn’t Plan to Shovel Gracie Mansion’s Sidewalk

Mayor Bill de Blasio shoveling snow outside his house. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio shoveling snow outside his house. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Bill de Blasio has yet to say when he will make the move to Gracie Mansion official, but when he does, the mayor will give up one of his signature displays of everyman appeal: shoveling his own sidewalk.  

Mr. de Blasio, who has been spotted and photographed shoveling snow in front of his three-story Park Slope row house repeatedly this winter, shared his thoughts on the matter during yet another storm briefing today at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Doesn’t Plan to Shovel Gracie Mansion’s Sidewalk”

Bill de Blasio Plays Host at Gracie Open House

Bill de Blasio greets visitors to his open house at Gracie Mansion.
Bill de Blasio greets visitors to his open house at Gracie Mansion.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today played host at Gracie Mansion to several thousand New Yorkers who waited hours in the frigid cold for a quick photo-op with the new mayor.

But Mr. de Blasio, who spent weeks mulling whether he and his family would move into the opulent digs, made clear he was in no rush to decamp from his current Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Plays Host at Gracie Open House”

Slideshow: Gracie Mansion Move Will Mean Major Changes for de Blasios

Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday that he and his family intend to move into Gracie Mansion come January will mean major life changes for the mayor-elect.

The stately East River-side mansion is a world away from the modest Park Slope row house where Mr. de Blasio has been living for the last 13 years. Continue reading “Slideshow: Gracie Mansion Move Will Mean Major Changes for de Blasios”