Speaker Pleads With Press to Give Space to East Harlem Victims

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/Willam Alatriste)
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/Willam Alatriste)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants the media to back off a little bit when it comes to its coverage of last week’s East Harlem gas explosion.

Ms. Mark-Viverito, who represents the neighborhood, told reporters today their coverage of the victims was becoming “overwhelming.” Continue reading “Speaker Pleads With Press to Give Space to East Harlem Victims”

Mayor Takes Dig at Media for Focusing on ‘Sideshows’

Reporters at a recent de Blasio press conference. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Reporters at a recent de Blasio press conference. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, enduring a recent string of mini-controversies, told reporters today that he wished the media would focus less on “sideshows” and more on his substantive policy goals.

Fielding questions at a Hurricane Sandy-themed press conference in Staten Island, Mr. de Blasio said he understood the scrutiny he receives is natural given his responsibilities, but implied it’s often unwarranted.  Continue reading “Mayor Takes Dig at Media for Focusing on ‘Sideshows’”

New York Post Skewers ‘Unprepared’ de Blasio’s Snow Response

"SHAMBLES!" Today's New York Post cover.
“SHAMBLES!” Today’s New York Post cover.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who emerged almost criticism-free from the first snowstorm that pounded the five boroughs on his watch, doesn’t appear to be as lucky this time around.

The main headline of the New York Post this morning blares: “SHAMBLES! Turmoil as Blas botches ‘early’ snow.” The text on the front page adds that his team was “completely unprepared” for the winter flurry. Continue reading New York Post Skewers ‘Unprepared’ de Blasio’s Snow Response”

De Blasio Blasts Post Stark Cover After Criticism

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Bill de Blasio, criticized for his “silence” on the high-profile murder of a Hasidic businessman–as well as the ensuing controversy over the New York Post‘s coverage of the killing–went on the radio waves Saturday night to declare his “outrage.”

“I’ve seen many a headline that was not appropriate,” the mayor said, speaking on WMCA’s Community Matters program after Shabbos. “This was particularly inappropriate. The family was in pain. The community was in pain.” Continue reading “De Blasio Blasts Post Stark Cover After Criticism”

Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’

Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)
Melissa Mark-Viverito speaking at the National Action Network headquarters earlier today. (Photo: NYC Council/Will Alatriste)

Newly-elected City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the Rev. Al Sharpton went after the media this morning, accusing the city’s news outlets of being out-of-touch with voters.

In her first major appearance since Wednesday’s vote crowning her the second-most-powerful elected official in the city, the progressive firebrand told Mr. Sharpton’s National Action Network in Harlem that this year’s election victories signaled a sea change in New York that the mainstream media resisted. Continue reading “Al Sharpton and Speaker Mark-Viverito Blast Media: ‘They Just Went Crazy on Melissa’”

Bill de Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With His Regular Tardiness

Bill de Blasio at one of two events yesterday that started around 45 minutes late. (Photo: Rob Bennett)
Bill de Blasio at one of two events yesterday that started around 35 minutes late. (Photo: Rob Bennett)

Ever since he won the mayor’s race in November, reporters trailing Bill de Blasio have noted–and often complained–about how late his events begin.

But Mr. de Blasio isn’t worried. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio ‘Very Comfortable’ With His Regular Tardiness”