Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio

Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)
Eva Moskowitz last night on Capital Tonight last night. (Photo: screenshot)

Success Academy Charter Schools founder Eva Moskowitz continued her media tour this morning, slamming “so-called progressive” Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to pull the plug on three of her schools.

“We have a mayor in the City of New York who says he’s a progressive on the one hand, but wants to deny poor kids in Harlem an opportunity, a shot at life,” said Ms. Moskowitz, speaking to a receptive audience on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Continue reading “Eva Moskowitz Goes on Media Tour Bashing ‘So-Called Progressive’ Bill de Blasio”

De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit

Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Bill de Blasio with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today made good on a campaign promise, laying out a deal to end the city’s appeal of a federal court ruling that deemed the NYPD’s implementation of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Under the deal, the city will accept Judge Shira Scheindlin’s assessment that the the Bloomberg administration engaged in racial profiling and move to settle case. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to End Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit”

Is NYCHA’s Land Lease Plan Dead? Housing Authority Does Not Intend to Designate Sites Before de Blasio Takes Office

The New York City Housing Authority’s controversial land lease plan, in which the cash-strapped agency would have raised direly needed repair funds by building market rate apartments on public housing land, looks unlikely to become a reality, at least in the form proposed by the current administration.

Today NYCHA announced that despite receiving promising proposals for 11 of the 14 possible development sites in six of eight housing projects, it does not expect to move to a conditional designation of any of the sites until 2014, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch supporter of the plan, is out of office.
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Erick Salgado Sues Pollster for $1.5 Million for Excluding His Name

Erick Salgado. (Photo: Facebook)
Erick Salgado. (Photo: Facebook)

Erick Salgado, a long-shot Democratic candidate for mayor, is furious that Quinnipiac University has consistently left his name out of their polls.

He’s so furious, in fact, that his campaign filed a lawsuit today in Manhattan Supreme Court seeking to prohibit the firm from “conducting and/or releasing any voter preference poll for the New York City Democratic mayoral primary which does not include all candidates qualified to participate … in the first primary election debate,” according to a press release sent out this afternoon by his campaign.

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Lawyers Predict Lawsuits Loom in Spitzer’s Future

Eliot Spitzer soliciting petitions in Union Square.
Eliot Spitzer soliciting petitions in Union Square.

Eliot Spitzer has been scrambling to collect the 3,750 valid signatures the city says he needs to make it on the ballot to run for comptroller. But could he actually need to collect double that?

According to several top election lawyers, Mr. Spitzer and other citywide candidates should, in fact, be aiming to collect 7,500 petition ballots–not just to provide a cushion to protect from faulty entries–but because that’s the minimum number required by a conflicting state law.

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Bloomberg Recalls Upper East Side’s Gritty Roots in Safety Speech

Mayor Bloomberg delivering his speech last wee. (Photo: NYC.gov)
Mayor Bloomberg delivering his speech last week. (Photo: NYC.gov)

In a room filled with the grieving families of fallen cops, Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again lashed out against his wannabe successors who’ve been critical of the department–albeit less dramatically than his fire-and-brimstone speech last week.

During a memorial ceremony for six officers at One Police Plaza, Mr. Bloomberg said the NYPD should be celebrated–not attacked–and repeated his threat that future administrations may leave both officers and the public less safe.

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Mayor Bloomberg Wants the Law to Stop Interfering With His Plans

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Robert Morgenthau. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg railed against the court system Friday, blaming lawsuits for railroading his agenda in his final term.

“We’ve got to do something about our court system. Because they just stop everything,” Mr. Bloomberg lamented during his weekly radio interview Friday morning with WOR’s John Gambling.

Mr. Gambling chimed in in agreement: “Everything gets stopped–everything the city does.”

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