De Blasio and Cuomo Play Nice for the Cameras in Midst of Pre-K Showdown

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at their joint press conference in Albany. (Photo: Twitter/NYC Mayor's Office)
Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio at their joint press conference in Albany. (Photo: Twitter/NYC Mayor’s Office)

One is threatening to kill his newly-elected disciple’s signature campaign promise to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund universal pre-K.

The other is trying to out-maneuver his old boss–one of the slickest political operators in the state–in a power play that has become the dominating drama of the post-election political season. Continue reading “De Blasio and Cuomo Play Nice for the Cameras in Midst of Pre-K Showdown”

Bill de Blasio Keeps Focus on Brooklyn Hospital

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stands with Long Island College Hospital workers and healthcare union during a conference today.
Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio stands with Long Island College Hospital workers and healthcare union during a conference today.

Bill de Blasio, who was arrested last June while protesting the imminent closure of  Long Island College Hospital, isn’t letting the issue go.

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Bill de Blasio Among Those Arrested at Hospital Protest

Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)
Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)

Mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was arrested this morning while protesting the potential closure of two Brooklyn hospitals–Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

Mr. de Blasio, along with other protesters, refused to leave the sidewalk outside the SUNY Chancellor’s Office on West 42nd Street, chanting “Hell no! We won’t go!” as police circled in.

“Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you’re united to #SaveLICH,” Mr. de Blasio’s campaign tweeted, along with a grainy photo of his arrest around 11 a.m.

Prior to even crossing the street, where the protestors blocked the entryway to the building, Mr. de Blasio was hardly coy about his efforts to get arrested. When City Comptroller John Liu, another mayoral hopeful also in attendance at the protest, said “I heard you’re going to get cuffed today,” Mr. de Blasio merely smiled.

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