De Blasio Names Kathryn Garcia Next Sanitation Commissioner

Bill de Blasio and Kathryn Garcia at today's event.
Bill de Blasio and Kathryn Garcia at today’s event.

With most of the winter season now behind him, Mayor Bill de Blasio today named Kathryn Garcia to lead the city’s Department of Sanitation. Continue reading “De Blasio Names Kathryn Garcia Next Sanitation Commissioner”

De Blasio Blasts ‘Patently Inaccurate’ Times Report on Sanitation Commissioner

Bill de Blasio and John Doherty responding to the snow inside of an emergency command center. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio and John Doherty responding to the snow inside of an emergency command center. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Bill de Blasio slammed the New York Times this afternoon for its front-page profile of John Doherty, which suggested the new mayor snubbed the long-standing sanitation commissioner at a press conference yesterday. Continue reading “De Blasio Blasts ‘Patently Inaccurate’ Times Report on Sanitation Commissioner”

De Blasio Commissioner to March in St. Patrick’s Parade

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg marching n last year's parade. (Photo: Ramin Talaie/Getty)
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg marching n last year’s parade. (Photo: Ramin Talaie/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to skip this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, citing the exclusion of openly gay participants. But one of his Irish-American commissioners is going to march anyway.

“I march in a lot of St. Patrick’s Day parades and I’ll probably march in this one this year too,” Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty told Geraldo Rivera in a radio interview this morning.  Continue reading “De Blasio Commissioner to March in St. Patrick’s Parade”

De Blasio Dismisses ‘Mistaken’ Reports of Upper East Side Snow-Clearing Snub

Mayor de Blasio at this morning's storm update.
Mayor de Blasio at this morning’s storm update.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended his administration’s snow-clearing efforts, brushing aside allegations that plows skipped the Upper East Side in an act of political revenge.

“They’re just mistaken. No one was treated differently. We believe in a five-bough approach in everything we do,” he told reporters, taking questions during a storm briefing at a Brooklyn firehouse. Continue reading “De Blasio Dismisses ‘Mistaken’ Reports of Upper East Side Snow-Clearing Snub”

De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms

A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)
A Brooklyn car buried in snow after the 2010 storm. (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty)

New Yorkers may have elected him on his campaign promise to reduce widening income inequality, but Bill de Blasio still knows what can really bury a mayor’s approval rating in the winter months: too much snow.

At his final press conference today–just hours before he takes office–Mr. de Blasio said he identified with the woes of outer-borough residents struggling with unplowed streets and promised “aggressive action” if a big snowstorm hits this week. Continue reading “De Blasio Vows ‘Aggressive Action’ Against Snowstorms”

OEM, Fire and Sanitation Commissioners Will Continue Under de Blasio

Mayor Bloomberg updating New Yorkers on the city's snowstorm responsein2011,with to snow storm with Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno and other
Michael Bloomberg updating New Yorkers on the city’s response to a January 2011 snowstorm with Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty, OEM Commissioner Joe Bruno, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano. (Photo: Flickr/nycmayorsoffice)

Three commissioners tasked with overseeing critical, emergency city services will remain in their positions during the start of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration. Continue reading “OEM, Fire and Sanitation Commissioners Will Continue Under de Blasio”