New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official

Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has the lowest approval ratings of any citywide elected official, according to a new poll this afternoon, which also shows a wide racial divide in his approval rating two-and-a-half months into the new administration.

Forty-five percent of New York City voters approve of the job Mr. de Blasio is doing and 34 percent disapprove, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Continue reading “New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official”

‘Nothing More Beautiful Than Democratic Unity’: Bill Thompson Endorses Bill de Blasio

Bill Thompson concedes the mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio today.
Bill Thompson concedes the mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio today.

Bill Thompson’s mayoral dream has officially ended.

At a City Hall press conference flanked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some of Mr. Thompson’s most ardent supporters, including Congressman Charlie Rangel and teachers’ union president Michael Mulgrew, the former comptroller today endorsed his one-time Democratic opponent, Bill de Blasio, in the mayor’s race.

“I am proud to stand here today and support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of the City of New York,” said Mr. Thompson. Continue reading “‘Nothing More Beautiful Than Democratic Unity’: Bill Thompson Endorses Bill de Blasio”

Mayoral Candidates React to Latest NYPD Surveillance Report

Protesters outside of the NYPD headquarters
Protesters outside of NYPD headquarters earlier today.

Following new revelations about the NYPD’s surveillance of Muslim New Yorkers–including allegations that entire mosques were deemed terrorist organizations–the reaction in some quarters of city politics was swift.

Comptroller John Liu, a candidate for mayor, was particularly incensed by today’s Associated Press report on the issue, calling an emergency press conference near his office.

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Yvette Clarke Backs Tish James for Public Advocate

Yvette Clarke (photo: colbertnation.com)
Yvette Clarke (photo: colbertnation.com)

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke is throwing her support behind City Councilwoman Tish James’s bid for public advocate.

“Once in a long while, a special leader comes along who has an uncanny ability to empathize with the plight of everyday people and the courage to fight for them. Councilwoman Letitia James is that leader,” said Ms. Clarke, who represents Brooklyn, in a glowing statement.

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Anthony Weiner Has Another Ideas Book

Mr. Weiner and his ideas.
Mr. Weiner and his ideas.

As Anthony Weiner continues to try–and often fail–to pivot the media conversation away from his sexting scandals, he released a sequel to his “Keys to the City” idea book today. The new one is creatively entitled: “Even More Keys to the City.”

At a gusty afternoon press conference on a Queens pier overlooking the East River, Mr. Weiner made the case for his esoteric proposals, accompanied by his spokeswoman making her first foray to a public event since her now-infamous “slutbag” rant.

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Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

Bill de Blasio.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Just weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s campaign appeared to be treading water.

He was behind in the public polls. He had failed to unify labor. And the unlikely comeback candidacy of former Congressman Anthony Weiner—another outspoken, progressive with outer borough branding—seemed like the nail in the proverbial coffin, eliminating his path to victory.

But as it turns out, Mr. Weiner’s entry has turned into a blessing for Mr. de Blasio, at least as far as public polling is concerned. trans Bill de Blasio Finds Himself an Indirect Beneficiary of the Weiner Scandal

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Poll: Weiner Support Drops After Latest Sexting Controversy

Anthony Weiner's Tuesday press conference.
Anthony Weiner’s Tuesday press conference.

Anthony Weiner’s new sexting scandal is taking its toll both on the former congressman himself and his standing in the mayoral race.

In the first poll taken since Mr. Weiner admitted Tuesday to continuing digital affairs after his resignation–and after proclaiming himself to be a changed man a year later–Mr. Weiner’s one-time lead has whittled.

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