Councilman Says GOP Under Siege by de Blasio Administration

Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the minority leader of the overwhelmingly Democratic City Council, sounded a warning bell this morning over the impact of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s progressive policy agenda.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s WABC radio show, the host asked whether Republicans and conservatives should “feel under siege by this progressive administration.” Continue reading “Councilman Says GOP Under Siege by de Blasio Administration”

De Blasio Threatens to Unleash Locusts on East Side During Daily Show Appearance

Mayor de Blasio filming tonight's episode of The Daily Show. (Photo: Twitter/@marti_adams)
Mayor de Blasio filming tonight’s episode of The Daily Show. (Photo: Twitter/@marti_adams)

Mayor Bill de Blasio took his infamous “dad humor” to The Daily Show this evening, where he took jabs at the Upper East Side and his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, and proved he could eat pizza like a normal New Yorker: with his hands, according to a mayoral pool report.

“What else could we do to the Upper East Side?” asked host Jon Stewart, who earlier had joked about the new mayor shipping snow to the tony neighborhood, where some residents complained about cleanup after last month’s second major snowstorm. Continue reading “De Blasio Threatens to Unleash Locusts on East Side During Daily Show Appearance”

A Conversation With Mark Peters, Bill de Blasio’s Pick for DOI Commissioner

Mark Peters. (Photo: edwardswildman.com)
Mark Peters. (Photo: edwardswildman.com)

Mayor Bill de Blasio this weekend announced that he has nominated Mark Peters, a former prosecutor and his former campaign treasurer, to serve as commissioner of the Department of Investigation, the city’s chief anti-corruption watchdog.

Politicker spoke this weekend with Mr. Peters about his plans–if his nomination is approved by the City Council this week–as well as his relationship with the new mayor, a fellow Brooklynite and longtime friend, whom he first worked with on their local Park Slope school board. Continue reading “A Conversation With Mark Peters, Bill de Blasio’s Pick for DOI Commissioner”

Bloomberg Refuses to Address ‘Racist’ Accusation Against de Blasio Campaign

Mayor Bloomberg wanted to talk schools, not election, at a press conference today in East Harlem.
Mayor Bloomberg wanted to talk schools, not Bill de Blasio, at a press conference today in East Harlem.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today refused to explain his recent comment labeling Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign “racist.”

Speaking at since first open-question press conference since New York magazine published the controversial comments ten days ago, Mr. Bloomberg repeatedly insisted he would not talk about the race to succeed him.

“Look, I’m gonna stay out of this race,” he said in respond to the first question, which asked what he meant by the remark and whether he thought it played a role in Mr. de Blasio’s Democratic primary win.

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Bloomberg May Have Actually Walked Back ‘Racist’ Claim

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to have actually retreated from his accusation that Bill de Blasio’s mayoral campaign was “racist” for deploying his multiracial family on the trail, according to an updated version of the New York magazine story that has dominated the campaign trail today.

Although the interview still quotes Mr. Bloomberg describing the campaign as “class-warfare and racist,” when pressed on “racist,” he is now quoted saying, “Well, no, no,”–suggesting the mayor did not entirely stand behind his own wording.

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Jimmy McMillan Talks Stripping, Amnesia and Vietnam

Jimmy McMillan at a movie premier. (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)
The one and only Jimmy McMillan, pictured at a movie premier. (Photo: Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

Political firebrand, walking Internet meme and long-shot mayoral candidate Jimmy McMillan has a lot more on his mind than rising rents.

Yesterday, the perennial “Rent is Too Damn High” candidate was featured on Ménage à Trois radio, a local program hosted by Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer. Throughout the 38-minute-show, Mr. McMillan waxed poetic on everything from Agent Orange to his time as a male stripper.

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Anthony Weiner Inches Towards Mayoral Bid With Television Interview

Rep. Anthony Weiner speaks during his  p
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In his first television appearance since a social media-induced scandal torpedoed his political career two years ago, a contrite Anthony Weiner began to describe what life may be like under a theoretical Weiner Administration.

In particular, during the taped NY1 interview with Errol Louis, Mr. Weiner staked out several policy positions and offered criticism of the Democratic campaign primary thus far, edging closer to a mayoral bid that, based on the tone of the interview, appeared more likely.

“I got to do it soon. I mean, I’m starting the process and people are inviting me to come things and to talk to them about issues and I’m going to look for opportunities to talk about things as I move forward,” Mr. Weiner said, responding to a question about when he would officially launch a mayoral campaign. “I’ll tell you one thing for sure,  I want to be a part of the ideas primary, that’s for sure. That primary I want to do very well in.”

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