Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Defends Boss After Inauguration Lashing

Michael Bloomberg at yesterday's inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Michael Bloomberg at yesterday’s inauguration. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.

The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction. Continue reading “Ex-Bloomberg Deputy Defends Boss After Inauguration Lashing”

A Cold Exit for Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bloomberg sitting expressionless in the background as Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks. (Official Photo: New York City Mayor’s Office)

It was a cold awakening for former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent his first day as a civilian listening to speakers skewer his legacy, as he looked on, stone-faced in the winter chill at his successor’s inauguration ceremony.

Mr. Bloomberg, who departed City Hall last night with a triumphant walk through a receiving line of enthusiastic cheers, today returned for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s inauguration, where he was met with a chilly reception as speakers lamented the current state of the city, especially when it comes to race relations and the growing gap between the rich and the poor. Continue reading “A Cold Exit for Mayor Bloomberg”

De Blasio Inauguration Starts With ‘Plantation’ Rhetoric

City Hall at today's inauguration event. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
City Hall at today’s inauguration event. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

During the election season, Bill de Blasio was often painted by conservatives as a leftist radical. But at his inauguration today, it was not Mr. de Blasio who dropped the most aggressive lines, but the first two speakers at the event.

In particular, Rev. Fred Lucas Jr., who was among several chaplains representing the city’s uniformed workers, surprised many observers by comparing the five boroughs to a “plantation.” Continue reading “De Blasio Inauguration Starts With ‘Plantation’ Rhetoric”

Belafonte Compares Koch Brothers to KKK While Introducing de Blasio

Bill de Blasio speaking at the First Corinthian Baptist Church.
Bill de Blasio speaking at the First Corinthian Baptist Church.

One of Bill de Blasio’s most prominent backers today equated the Koch brothers with the Ku Klux Klan while introducing the mayoral front-runner at a church in Harlem.

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Bill de Blasio Says He’s the Civil Rights Candidate With Harry Belafonte’s Help

The Public Advocate with Harry Belafonte
The Public Advocate with Harry Belafonte

Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio ramped up his push this afternoon for minority voters, rolling out endorsements from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and Caribbean singing legend Harry Belafonte.

Towering above his peers as he spoke in lower Manhattan today, the city’s public advocate addressed one of the larger crowds he’s seen on the campaign trail as if he had already won the September 10 Democratic Primary, thanking everyone who has supported him thus far as he added the new names to the list.

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Republicans Slam Elizabeth Warren For Hanging With Harry Belafonte

elizabeth warren Republicans Slam Elizabeth Warren For Hanging With Harry Belafonte
Elizabeth Warren (Photo: Getty)

Massachusetts Republicans criticized Democratic Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren for having a New York fundraiser hosted by calypso singer Harry Belafonte. Mr. Belafonte drew the ire of conservatives in Ms. Warren’s home state because of his long history as an activist, which included vigorous, sometimes controversial, opposition to the Bush administration that has earned him villain status among some conservatives.

“Harry Belafonte’s anti-American views are extreme and repugnant. He has praised Castro and Chavez, blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks that took place on 9/11 and denounced America as a villain in world affairs,” MassGOP Executive Director Nate Little,” told the Boston Herald. Continue reading “Republicans Slam Elizabeth Warren For Hanging With Harry Belafonte”