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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s foot-dragging on moving to Gracie Mansion prompted the hosts of Hot 97′s morning show to stage an intervention.
Mr. de Blasio called into the show this morning to chat charter schools, stop-and-frisk and House of Cards–but was also pressed on why he had yet to decamp from his Park Slope row house to the Upper East Side more than three months after his election.
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has a theory for why the press has been so aggressively covering New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s “Bridgegate” scandal: presidential politics.
According to Mr. Giuliani, one of the few Republicans to defend Mr. Christie in the immediate aftermath of the scandal last week, media outlets like The New York Times have been ripping into Mr. Christie because he is “the only guy” that rivals Hillary Clinton in the 2016 race for the White House.
Bill de Blasio, criticized for his “silence” on the high-profile murder of a Hasidic businessman–as well as the ensuing controversy over the New York Post‘s coverage of the killing–went on the radio waves Saturday night to declare his “outrage.”
“I’ve seen many a headline that was not appropriate,” the mayor said, speaking on WMCA’s Community Matters program after Shabbos. “This was particularly inappropriate. The family was in pain. The community was in pain.”
¡Viva El Bloombito!
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.
The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction.
A Tale of Two Skirts
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some choice words for those who razz him for his stilted Spanish: get a life.
Speaking on his weekly radio show this morning, Mr. Bloomberg–whose command of the language has long been the butt of jokes, eye rolling and even a parody Twitter account–said he’s actually pretty good and getting better all the time.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg today compared the groundswell of support for change that propelled Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to victory, to the fashion industry changing hemlines on clothing.
Musing during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, the mayor rejected the idea that Mr. de Blasio’s election was a rebuke of his 12 years in City Hall.
As Seen on TV
John Gambling, the WOR radio host famous in New York’s political world for co-hosting a weekly show with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is leaving his post just a handful of days before Mr. Bloomberg leaves office at end of the year.
Mr. Gambling, 63, made the announcement early this morning on the air.
Anthony Weiner, whose mayoral bid imploded following revelations that he’d continued sexting long after his resignation from Congress, was already plotting a Plan B more than six months before he lost his bid for Gracie Mansion, sources said.
A coalition of labor unions has launched a major Spanish-language radio campaign touting City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor.
SEIU 32BJ, the Hotel Trades Council, the Mason Tenders District Council and Teamsters Joint Local 16 have teamed up as “Unidos para Comunidades Trabajadoras” for the one-minute spot, which touts Ms. Quinn’s record and declares: “It’s time we had a mayor who looks out for us.”
The ongoing break-up saga between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his former confidante-turned-combatant Fred Dicker continued Monday, as Mr. Cuomo dismissed Mr. Dicker’s latest report on office in-fighting as “not credible.”
Mr. Dicker reported in the New York Post that the Cuomo administration is being divided by “a war over turf and power” being between two of the governor’s top right-hand men: Chief of Staff Larry Schwartz and Director of Operations Director Howard Glaser.