Bill de Blasio Paves Way for More Charter Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made clear today that his schools agenda will include more controversial co-locations and charter schools, despite his constant hammering of both on the campaign trail.

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De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling

Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio is shaking hands, not panhandling. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted today that any claims of a “crackdown” on panhandling in the city’s subway system are overrated.

Asked by WNYC radio show host Brian Lehrer whether the “crackdown on subway panhandling” was “consistent with your vision of how the NYPD should treat poor people who are basically innocent of crimes?” Mr. de Blasio said he wanted “to reframe the question” before answering. Continue reading “De Blasio Insists There’s No ‘Crackdown’ on Subway Pandhandling”

Greg Ball Doesn’t Care for Party Politics

Greg Ball speaking with Fred Dicker. (Photo: Twitter/@Ball4NY)
Greg Ball speaking with Fred Dicker. (Photo: Twitter/@Ball4NY)

GOP State Senator Greg Ball just doesn’t care for partisan politics.

“I don’t give a shit about party politics,” he explained in a radio interview this morning on Talk 1300 AM.

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DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions

The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio's traffic safety announcement this week.
The amNewYork cover after Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety announcement this week.

She may have partnered with Bill de Blasio to launch his ambitious “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic speeds and pedestrian fatalities, but don’t except Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to slam the mayor on his recent traffic violations controversyContinue reading “DOT Commissioner Dodges ‘Speedgate’ Questions”

De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism

Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Bill de Blasio isn’t backing down from his staunch support of AIPAC.

Bill de Blasio’s off-schedule, closed-press speech last month to the pro-Israel lobbying organization drew criticism from the the Democratic mayor’s most passionate supporters, including The Nation‘s editorial board, which reacted especially harshly. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Foreign Policy Views After AIPAC Speech Criticism”

De Blasio Compares Groundhog Drop to Peyton Manning’s Loss

Staten Island Chuck. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Staten Island Chuck. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Bill de Blasio isn’t trying to cover up his embarrassing furball fumble.

Reflecting on his first Groundhog Day as mayor, which featured Staten Island Chuck, the big city counterpart to Punxsutawney Phil, squirming from his arms and nearly escaping, Mr. de Blasio today jokingly compared the experience to that of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whose team was overwhelmed in Sunday night’s Super Bowl game. Continue reading “De Blasio Compares Groundhog Drop to Peyton Manning’s Loss”

‘Sorry’: Mayor Does Not Support New Yorkers Buying Weed at Their Bodegas

A college yearbook photo of a then-very groovy looking Bill de Blasio .
A college yearbook photo of a then-very groovy looking Bill de Blasio .

Bill de Blasio, slammed by some conservative critics for his lefty policy aspirations, is not flying high on one particularly ambitious marijuana proposal.

The mayor stopped by the hip-hop station HOT 97 this morning to discuss yesterday’s stop-and-frisk decision, and wound up weighing in on a host of other topics, including the Super Bowl and marijuana policies.  Continue reading “‘Sorry’: Mayor Does Not Support New Yorkers Buying Weed at Their Bodegas”