WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz

Danny Dromm
Councilman Danny Dromm. (Official Photo)

The Working Families Party is ramping up its rhetoric against charter school exec Eva Moskowitz in a sharply-worded letter set to be released to more than 100,000 members this evening.

The email, titled, “Cloudy with a chance of political pandering” and written by Councilman Danny Dromm, slams Ms. Moskowitz for her decision to close all of her schools on Tuesday so that students can attend a large pro-charter rally in Albany. The event just happens to overlap with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s planned trip to Albany with advocates to push his plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest New Yorkers to fund-universal pre-K. Continue reading “WFP Ramps Up Rhetoric Against Moskowitz”

De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’

Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)
Bill de Blasio announcing his new ACS commissioner. (Photo: Twitter/ ‏@NYCTransition)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio offered a pointed critique of his predecessor today, saying Michael Bloomberg’s refusal to acknowledge the city’s growing inequality would mar his administration’s legacy.

The current mayor has spent the past week criss-crossing the five boroughs, touting his accomplishments in areas including job growth, affordable housing construction and his investments in new infrastructure projects, such as the new 7 train extension. Continue reading “De Blasio on Bloomberg’s Legacy: ‘It’s Decidedly Mixed’”

Mayor Bloomberg Hopes to Score Tickets to the NBA All-Star Game

Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an NBA press conference today.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg at an NBA press conference today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t known for his ravenous sports fandom, but the term-limited billionaire really hopes to score a ticket to the NBA All-Star Game festivities in 2015. Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Hopes to Score Tickets to the NBA All-Star Game”

Take Two: After Thompson Drops Out, Teachers’ Union Backs de Blasio

Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT's endorsement of Bill de Blasio.
Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT’s endorsement of Bill de Blasio.

The city’s powerful teachers’ union voted today to endorse Bill de Blasio for mayor–after snubbing him during the Democratic primary in favor of Bill Thompson.

“Mr. Thompson has asked us to support Mr. de Blasio because he knows–as well as Mr. de Blasio knows–the city can no longer afford to go in the direction which it has been going for way too long,” United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told reporters gathered tonight at the union’s Lower Manhattan headquarters after its delegate assembly had formerly voted for the second time this election season.

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Occupiers Hope Bill de Blasio Delivers on Inequality

A pro-Bill de Blasio sign at today's protest. (Photo: Twitter/@brigidbergin)
A pro-Bill de Blasio sign at today’s protest. (Photo: Twitter/@brigidbergin)

This afternoon, Bill de Blasio described his candidacy for mayor as an outgrowth of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which is celebrating its second anniversary occupying Zuccotti Park today.

“It’s a complicated movement to say the least, but the core message was we have to address inequality,” said Mr. de Blasio during an endorsement press conference on the steps of City Hall, where the drums from an anniversary march could be heard echoing from the street.

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Lhota Looks Forward to Debate With ‘Radical’ de Blasio

Joe Lhota talks to reporters this afternoon on the Upper East Side.
Joe Lhota talks to reporters this afternoon on the Upper East Side.

Republican mayoral contender Joe Lhota congratulated Bill de Blasio on securing his party’s expected nomination this afternoon and said he’s looking forward to a more mature and vigorous debate.

After weeks of being attacked by his ex-Republican challenger billionaire John Catsimatidis–most recently for saying he would not have shut down subway service to save two stray kittens on the tracks–Mr. Lhota said he was ready to go one-on-one against a candidate who has a dramatically different vision for the City of New York.

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Despite Bravado, Teachers’ Union Bets Wrong Again

The UFT endorsing Bill Thompson in June.
The UFT endorsing Bill Thompson in June.

The city’s powerful teachers’ union just can’t seem to get mayoral races right.

When the United Federation of Teachers offered its coveted endorsement to Bill Thompson in June, it was seen as a game changer for the candidate. But the union’s efforts came up short yet again, with Mr. Thompson conceding the contest today after placing a distant second.

This is not a new situation for the UFT, which chose to sit out the 2005 and 2009 races, and–as its critics like to point out–last backed a winning candidate in 1989.

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