A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens

Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio outside Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network headquarters. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

When Mayor Bill de Blasio dominated last year’s mayoral primary and general election, returns appeared to show that the Democrat had transcended the racial and ethnic factions that had divided the city’s electorate for so many decades. 

But polling data this year is telling a different story, and revealing that black voters are remaining loyal to Mr. de Blasio while white voters are disavowing the new mayor. Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities: Racial Divide Over Bill de Blasio’s Support Widens”

Bloomberg Slams Minimum Wage Hike, Says He Doesn’t Miss Old Gig a Bit

Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently sat down with Katie Couric for his first extended interview since leaving office, and claimed he’s not missing City Hall all that much.

“I literally don’t think about it,” Mr. Bloomberg told the Yahoo News host, when asked whether he was suffering from withdrawal following 12 years as the city’s mayor. Continue reading “Bloomberg Slams Minimum Wage Hike, Says He Doesn’t Miss Old Gig a Bit”

Bloomberg Says Skipping St. Patrick’s Day Parade Only ‘Hardens’ Views

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)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in an interview broadcast today that skipping the St. Patrick’s Day Parade–as his successer, Bill de Blasio plans to do–could “harden” parade organizers’ anti-LGBT views.

The official parade down Fifth Avenue prohibits openly gay groups from marching, prompting numerous officials to boycott the festivities this year. But Mr. Bloomberg said that, while he agrees the parade’s policy is “misguided,” skipping out likely won’t help. Continue reading “Bloomberg Says Skipping St. Patrick’s Day Parade Only ‘Hardens’ Views”

Bloomberg Holds His Fire on de Blasio but Blasts His ‘Disaster’ Priorities

Katie Couric Interviews Mike Bloomberg at the UN
Katie Couric interviewing former Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the UN. (screenshot: news.yahoo.com)

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg sat down with Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric for his first major interview since leaving office, where he finally weighed in on his successor, Bill de Blasio, after months of silence.

Though he vowed not to criticize Mr. de Blasio after leaving City Hall, Ms. Couric was able to press Mr. Bloomberg into slamming both his policies and rhetoric throughout the 30-minute interview. Continue reading “Bloomberg Holds His Fire on de Blasio but Blasts His ‘Disaster’ Priorities”

Is Manhattan for Everyone? The pied-à-terre and the ‘poor door’

Seven years ago, when the Westside mega-development known as Hudson Yards was but a twinkle in the collective eye of real estate moguls and Bloomberg officiates, grumbling had already begun about inequality among the neighborhood’s residents. Those residents, of course, had yet to arrive. And the complaints seemed stranger still given that Hudson Yards had, Read More

Staffing Choices Show de Blasio Approaching Albany Differently From Bloomberg

Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying in Albany. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio testifying in Albany. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

When former Mayor Michael Bloomberg won mayoral control of the city’s public schools or watched his dream of a West Side stadium die in Albany, he went into battle with a team of around a half dozen people tasked specifically with lobbying the state legislature.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now locked in a fight for an income tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten, has taken a different tack so far: Only two staffers currently work under Sherif Soliman, the head of Mr. de Blasio’s state legislative affairs office. Both are holdovers from the Bloomberg administration. Continue reading “Staffing Choices Show de Blasio Approaching Albany Differently From Bloomberg”

De Blasio Squirrels Away Money Ahead of Contract Negotiations

Bill de Blasio presenting his first budget. (Photo: Poll/The New York Times)
Bill de Blasio presenting his first budget. (Photo: Pool/The New York Times)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his $73.7 billion preliminary budget plan for the next fiscal year–squirreling away more than $1 billion in surplus money left by the previous administration as he prepares to enter negotiations with the city’s 150-plus municipal labor unions, which are all working under expired contracts and itching for pay hikes and retroactive raises. Continue reading “De Blasio Squirrels Away Money Ahead of Contract Negotiations”