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

De Blasio Shelled Out Nearly $2 Million on Inauguration and Transition, Latest Filings Show

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio has spent nearly $2 million on his inauguration and transition efforts so far, according to new numbers released today by the city’s campaign finance board.

The new numbers show that, between January 1 and February 28, the campaign spent more than $980,00 on the efforts, including more than $240,600 on the new mayor’s Inauguration Day festivities. That’s in addition to the more than $1 million spent between early November and December 31, 2013 and reported by the board earlier this year. Continue reading “De Blasio Shelled Out Nearly $2 Million on Inauguration and Transition, Latest Filings Show”

De Blasio to Return Transition Contribution

Bill de Blasio and Harry Belafonte. (Photo: Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition team will return a $1,100 contribution it mistakenly accepted from its top money bundler, whose company does millions of dollars worth of business with the city, an administration spokesman said.

According to city Campaign Finance Board rules, transitions are barred from accepting money from people who are currently lobbying or who have open contracts with the city to limit the influence they wield on an incoming administration. Those people are still allowed to bundle, however. Continue reading “De Blasio to Return Transition Contribution”

Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City

Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Photo: Stan Honda/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at his inauguration, which was funded by transition donors. (Stan Honda/Getty)

Donors hoping to gain favor with newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio had one last chance to fill his coffers before his administration kicked into high gear. They took advantage of the opportunity.

New and loyal backers pumped more than $2 million into Mr. de Blasio’s transition effort, new campaign finance filings show. And with Mr. de Blasio already elected, it perhaps isn’t surprising that many of those offering last-minute backing have a financial stake in his administration. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Transition Donors Include Many With Interests Before City”

De Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With Controversial Inauguration Speeches

Bill Clinton officiates as Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office next to his family.
Bill Clinton officiates as Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office next to his family.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended the controversial comments made by many of his inauguration speakers, including one cleric who described New York City as a “plantation.”

“I am very comfortable with everyone’s remarks yesterday and I think the ceremony represented the positive aspiration of New Yorkers for a more just city,” he told reporters today after swearing in his new Police Commissioner, Bill Bratton, at a ceremony at 1 Police Plaza. Continue reading “De Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With Controversial Inauguration Speeches”

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”

De Blasio Inauguration Both Populist and Tightly-Controlled

Members of the public in City Hall line up to greet Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Stan Honda/Getty)
Members of the public in City Hall line up to greet Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Stan Honda/Getty)

A line hundreds deep and hours long snaked through the City Hall rotunda this afternoon, crammed with New Yorkers waiting to take a picture with the new mayor of New York City after his inauguration.

To the many admirers of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the first Democratic mayor in two decades, a bitter cold day in January and a massive wait could do little to diminish their glow.  Continue reading “De Blasio Inauguration Both Populist and Tightly-Controlled”