Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics

Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)
Bernie Madoff. (Photo: Timothy Clary/Getty)

Bernie Madoff, the convicted operator of a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of billions of dollars, apparently hasn’t been swept up by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s populist rhetoric.

In a Politico interview at a North Carolina medium-security prison last week, Mr. Madoff gave a series of colorful answers when asked about Mr. de Blasio and other politicians. Continue reading “Bernie Madoff Isn’t a Fan of Bill de Blasio’s Wealth ‘Redistribution’ Tactics”

Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress

Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)
Hillary Clinton. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended her foreign policy record to a pro-Israel group in Manhattan tonight and advocated for a nuanced–but tough–approach to Iran as tensions in the Middle East remain high.

Ms. Clinton, who is viewed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, nevertheless advocated for an unabashedly Israel-oriented approach to the region. Continue reading “Hillary Clinton Gives Nuanced Foreign Policy Speech to American Jewish Congress”

Akselrod Will Challenge Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Again

Ben Akselrod. (Photo: Akselrod Campaign)
Ben Akselrod. (Photo: Akselrod Campaign)

Ben Akselrod, a conservative Democrat who nearly unseated Brooklyn Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz two years ago, will challenge the state lawmaker again.

Mr. Akelrod recently filed a campaign committee and said today he is ready for the match. Continue reading “Akselrod Will Challenge Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Again”

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”

Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty Images)

New York voters are overwhelmingly opposed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to ban horse-drawn carriages, according to a new poll out today.

The Quinnipiac survey found that 64 percent of those polled want to see the horses stay, versus 24 percent who want to ban them. Continue reading “Poll: New Yorkers Want Horse-Drawn Carriages to Stay”