Michael Mulgrew Won’t Take Joe Lhota’s Calls

Joe Lhota
Joe Lhota signs an autograph.

The United Federation of Teachers is screening its calls.

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota says the president of the powerful teachers’ union, Michael Mulgrew, has refused to take his phone calls, despite repeated attempts to connect.

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‘Nothing More Beautiful Than Democratic Unity’: Bill Thompson Endorses Bill de Blasio

Bill Thompson concedes the mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio today.
Bill Thompson concedes the mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio today.

Bill Thompson’s mayoral dream has officially ended.

At a City Hall press conference flanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some of Mr. Thompson’s most ardent supporters, including Congressman Charlie Rangel and teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew, the former comptroller today endorsed his one-time Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, in the mayor’s race.

“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” said Mr. Thompson. Continue reading “‘Nothing More Beautiful Than Democratic Unity’: Bill Thompson Endorses Bill de Blasio”

John Liu Denied Matching Funds

John Liu supporters rallying in front of the CFB headquarters this morning.
John Liu supporters rallying in front of the CFB headquarters this morning.

The city’s Campaign Finance Board has ruled to deny more than $3.5 million in public matching funds to City Comptroller John Liu, putting his election prospects into serious turmoil.

Citing evidence of “serious and pervasive” potential violations across the campaign’s fund-raising, the board voted unanimously this morning to deny the funds at its headquarters in Lower Manhattan, where dozens of supporters gathered earlier this morning to support Mr. Liu and urge the agency to give his mayoral campaign the cash.

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The Unmighty Quinn: City Council Members Sense New Opportunities in Mayoral Politics

Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)
Christine Quinn. (Photo: Getty)

Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera was ready to defy established order.

He sensed that Speaker Christine Quinn was losing her grip on the legislative body.

“I’m scared,” he told Politicker at the time. He kept the petitions he gathered at home–just to be safe.

Mr. Cabrera, a pastor, quietly went from colleague to colleague to rally support for two bills that the speaker had stalled, one that would let churches rent school property and another codifying a Tenants’ Bill of Rights. He said he gathered the dozen signatures necessary to give him the power to force a vote—a tactic, called a motion to discharge, that has not been deployed during Ms. Quinn’s tenure.

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Thrill Bill: Thompson Is Ready to Bust Out of His Boring Brand ‘Bit by Bit’

(Photo: Dale Stephanos)
(Art: Dale Stephanos)

“My phrasing may be too responsible, I don’t know.”

Bill Thompson, a candidate for mayor this year, was waxing philosophical last week about why his policy statements might not have the same pizazz as his competitors’ fiery pronouncements.

“If I had thrown an expletive in, maybe it would have gotten more attention. But then people would have to bleep it out,” he continued, sipping coffee. “Then it would be, ‘Bill Thompson, he doesn’t have the temperament to be the mayor of the City of New York!’”

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Alec Baldwin Isn’t Running for Mayor, Likes Bill de Blasio for the Job

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

On Piers Morgan Tonight last night, actor Alec Baldwin stated flatly he would not run for Mayor of New York City, a possibility he had flirted with for some time. But that doesn’t mean he’s going to stay out of the race.

“Although it was something I would have loved to have done, truly,” the 30 Rock star explained. “I didn’t have time because I’m doing the TV show now and I have other commitments. But I’m very interested in what the post-Bloomberg New York will look now, that’s for sure.”

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Cuomo Expects to Stay Out of NYC Mayoral Race

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(Photo: Getty)

Late last night, The New York Times broke the news that M.T.A. Chairman Joe Lhota is considering entering next year’s mayoral race as a Republican, and is being strongly urged by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to do so. Since Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, is Mr. Lhota’s boss and the chairman was beside him at a press conference this afternoon, a reporter asked the governor about this possibility. Needless to say, Mr. Cuomo does not sound not interested in adding to his current political complications he’s already dealing with in Albany.

“I’m going to try to stay out of the politics of New York City if I can avoid it,” Mr. Cuomo replied. Pressed on whether he will make any endorsement whatsoever, he succinctly added, “I’m not expecting to, no.”

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