De Blasio Deputy Mayor Praises ‘Terrific’ Press Team in Face of Criticism

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the Heavenly Visions Church in the Bronx Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the Heavenly Visions Church in the Bronx on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Credit: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks to the press last Sunday. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office)

First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris today defended his new administration’s press shop, which has come under growing fire in recent weeks after a series of alleged faux pas.

During a Crain’s New York Business breakfast this morning, Mr. Shorris was asked directly whether the mayor needed to beef up his communications team, which includes a handful of veteran campaign staffers, but few with extensive experience in the notoriously difficult New York City media scene. Continue reading “De Blasio Deputy Mayor Praises ‘Terrific’ Press Team in Face of Criticism”

Bill de Blasio Insists He’s ‘Plenty Sunny’ Despite Recent ‘Bumps’

Mayor Bill de Blasio addresses the Wilborn Temple First Church Of God In Christ Caucus Weekend ServiceMayor Bill de Blasio today acknowledged that his young administration had endured several “bumps” in its first two months, but said it’s still too early to judge his progress.

In an interview with ABC 7, Mr. de Blasio also denied that he’d grown “testy” with the media, despite a spate of negative coverage, beginning with his decision not to shutter schools during the last major snow storm and a call he placed to police on behalf of an arrested supporter. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Insists He’s ‘Plenty Sunny’ Despite Recent ‘Bumps’”

Meet Bill de Blasio’s New Press Team

Bill de Blasio unveils his press team earlier today.
Bill de Blasio unveiled his press team earlier today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today unveiled his new press team, rolling out a lineup that includes many old faces and loyal longtime aides.

Over the coming years, these men and women will serve as Mr. de Blasio’s voice and help to shape his message as he puts his mark on the city. Continue reading “Meet Bill de Blasio’s New Press Team”

Mayor de Blasio to Name Phil Walzak Press Secretary

Mayor Bill de Blasio's new press secretary Phil Walzak on NY1. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new press secretary Phil Walzak on NY1. (Photo: NY1 screengrab)

Mayor Bill de Blasio will appoint Phil Walzak to serve as his press secretary, sources confirmed.

Mr. Walzak, a longtime member of Mr. de Blasio’s campaign communications team, previously worked as a spokesman for Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin and as President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign spokesman in the Badger State. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio to Name Phil Walzak Press Secretary”

Bill Thompson Muses on Anthony Weiner’s Press Coverage

Anthony Weiner rides the train with some press. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner rides the train with some press. (Photo: Getty)

Riding in a van with reporters on his five borough tour yesterday, candidate Bill Thompson weighed in on the media storm that has engulfed Anthony Weiner since he jumped into the mayoral race two weeks ago.

“If anything, I didn’t know that CNN was interested in this election,” Mr. Thompson said with a smile. “It has created additional media attention–that it has done. I don’t know if it’s increased the attention on the public’s part but I know it has increased media attention,” he said. “Other than that, I don’t know that there is any real change.”

Continue reading “Bill Thompson Muses on Anthony Weiner’s Press Coverage”

Police And Paper Have Conflicting Stories After Photographer Allegedly Beaten And Arrested in The Bronx

robert stolarik Police And Paper Have Conflicting Stories After Photographer Allegedly Beaten And Arrested in The Bronx
Times photographer Robert Stolarik and a police officer at an Occupy Wall Street protest last December. (Photo: YouTube)

According to the NYPD, New York Times photographer Robert Stolarik “violently resisted” being arrested Saturday night and “inadvertently struck” an officer after he got too close to police who were dealing with another suspect. Mr. Stolarik and Times attorney George Freeman dispute this account and claim he was kicked and beaten by the police after simply attempting to do his job. After a long winter that was filled with clashes between New York City’s press and police at Occupy Wall Street, Mr. Freeman told The Politicker this incident shows the NYPD has failed on its promise not to interfere with those who cover the news on city streets. As for, Mr. Stolarik, he just wants to get his cameras and press pass back. Continue reading “Police And Paper Have Conflicting Stories After Photographer Allegedly Beaten And Arrested in The Bronx”

Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question Bro’

145765495 Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: Thats A Clown Question Bro
Harry Reid (Photo: Getty)

In a press availability with reporters this afternoon Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shot down a reporter’s question using some rather colorful language.

“I don’t want to answer that question. That’s a clown question bro,” Mr. Reid said eliciting laughs. Continue reading “Harry Reid Shuts Down Reporter: ‘That’s A Clown Question Bro’”