The Anthony Weiner Show
Anthony Weiner made the radio rounds Friday morning, as he wrapped up his second week on the campaign trail. And while, in recent days, he has been largely able to avoid conversation of the lewd sexting scandal that forced him to resign two years, the topic was front-and-center Friday for hosts John Gambling and Mark Riley.
WWRL’s Mr. Riley asked Mr. Weiner whether he got mad over the all the Weiner jokes or seeing the word “disgraced” before his name in newspaper stories.
As he seeks to consolidate his position as the outer-borough fighter in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s jump into the mayor’s race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio outlined an economic agenda Thursday morning that would dramatically shift the city’s priorities. He described it as a bid to prevent the complete disappearance of New York’s middle class.
Speaking at the New School, Mr. de Blasio argued that, while the super-rich are living it up like never before, the ranks of those struggling to make ends meet continues to swell.
Keeping It Cool
Despite being targeted by what police say were a pair of ricin-laced letters decrying his fight against illegal guns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained cool as a cucumber last night, saying he didn’t feel threatened or angered by the alleged attacks.
“Well, there was a letter that threatened us, but let me tell you, we are–number one–I have enormous confidence in the NYPD and the FBI and their procedures,” he told reporters outside the Museum at Eldridge Street Synagogue’s spring celebration gala at Gotham Hall, according to a transcript of the remarks.
At a Jewish Press mayoral forum tonight in Anthony Weiner’s old congressional district, the former congressman was evasive when pressed about his stance on a controversial Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice that Mayor Michael Bloomberg sought to regulate last year.
Letters containing a substance that tested positive for ricin have been sent to both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun control advocacy organization, the New York Police Department announced this evening.
“Anonymous threats to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in letters opened in New York City on Friday and by the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington, DC on Sunday contained material that when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told Politicker in a statement.
Love & Romance
Mister Bloomberg kissed Miss Piggy again, and his girlfriend didn’t like it.
The fateful exchange came on Tuesday, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Muppets creator Jim Henson’s estate donated nearly 400 puppets, costumes and props to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.
Asked about the subsequent kiss he shared with Miss Piggy during his weekly WOR radio show this morning, the mayor said his girlfriend Diana Taylor disapproved.
The city’s billionaire mayor has added another two properties to a collection that now includes more plots of land than the number of shoes in most people’s closets.
The mayor purchased two new properties in Southampton, New York, according to highly-redacted tax returns and other disclosure forms released by his office this afternoon.
The first, a 4.8-acre property, is adjacent to a home he already owns in the town, and is characterized in the forms as “vacant unimproved land” valued at $500,000 or more. It was purchased in May 2012.
A second new property, also in Southampton, was purchased in July 2012. That residence is also valued at $500,000 or more on the forms.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke out Tuesday following a wave of alleged anti-gay hate crimes that have stirred outrage in neighborhoods across the city.
“New York City has zero tolerance for intolerance,” he told reporters at a press conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at police headquarters.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Friday he fears the city’s Board of Elections could screw up this fall’s election so badly the city will be left without a mayor in 2014.
“We could go to January and not know who the mayor is,” Mr. Bloomberg said during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, repeating concerns he raised earlier this week about the potential for disaster.
Short on bombast and long on analysis, left-leaning academics and the co-chair of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus took to the stage at the CUNY Graduate Center last night to outline their alternative vision for a city in the twilight of the Bloomberg era.
“We’ve been in a kind of sitting in the laboratory, mixing the chemicals phase in the past nine months and we hope to go out and cause a few explosions in the coming months and after the elections,” said John Mollenkopf, a CUNY political science professor and co-organizer of the panel discussion, “Progressive Policies for the Future of New York City,” which the New York Times’ Michael Powell moderated.