Diaz Jr. Goes to War Against French ‘Slanders and Libels’

A (presumably sad) mime. (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty)
A (presumably sad) mime. (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty)

The Bronx is burning–with anger over misplaced stereotypes.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is fuming over recent debate among French politicians over whether Paris does, or does not, resemble the Bronx.  Continue reading “Diaz Jr. Goes to War Against French ‘Slanders and Libels’”

Bronx Borough President Has Beef With Banksy

Banksy's latest work in the south Bronx. (Photo: http://www.banksyny.com)
Banksy’s latest painting in the South Bronx. (Photo: http://www.banksyny.com)

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is not a fan of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s latest work.

Mr. Diaz Jr. fired off a statement today chastising the British artist for one of his latest piece, which depicts a child scrawling “Ghetto 4 Life” on a wall in the South Bronx as a butler ironically stands by.

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Rubén Díaz Puzzled by Adolfo Carrión’s Mayoral Bid

Bronx Borough President Ruben Díaz Jr. (Photo: Getty)
Ruben Díaz. (Photo: Getty)

The Bronx Democratic Party is now united behind Bill de Blasio’s campaign for mayor, but Republican Joe Lhota is not the only pol lying in the cross hairs of the Democratic machine. 

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Bronx Democrats Join the Bill de Blasio Bandwagon

Bill de Blasio
Bill de Blasio gets the endorsement of the Bronx Democratic Party.

The Bronx Democratic Party backed Bill de Blasio for mayor yesterday, hoping their seal of approval would carry Mr. de Blasio further than the last Bill they endorsed–vanquished contender Bill Thompson–who conceded the race on Monday. Continue reading “Bronx Democrats Join the Bill de Blasio Bandwagon”

At Final Major Rally, Bill Thompson Fires Up Supporters and Bashes Bill de Blasio

Bill Thompson today.
Bill Thompson today.

Flooding the steps of City Hall with dozens of supporters, Bill Thompson and his high-profile surrogates urged voters to reject the polls–and the candidate leading them– at a final get-out-the-vote rally this afternoon.

With less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, the campaigns are in final crunch mode, making their closing arguments and trying to ensure supporters turn out to the polls. And to maximize his time, Mr. Thompson is currently in the midst of his second 24-hour tour, which will keep him campaigning through the night.

“This is not a race about who’s on Twitter. This is not a race about hairdos. This is race about serious business,” said Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr., taking a dig at front-runner Bill de Blasio’s popular television ads featuring his famously afro-haired son. “This is a race about hard-working men and women of the City of New York who are unfortunately still struggling to make it by.” Continue reading “At Final Major Rally, Bill Thompson Fires Up Supporters and Bashes Bill de Blasio”

Latino Leaders Have No Love for Spitzer

Ruben Diaz Jr. and Adriano Espaillat prepare to rail against Spitzer.
Ruben Diaz Jr. and Adriano Espaillat today.

Huddled in the shade on the steps outside of City Hall today, an Avengers-esque group of Latino leaders gathered to claim their allegiances to city comptroller candidate Scott Stringer, and, more importantly, level an onslaught of verbal assaults against the other guy, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. began the proceedings.

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King Me: The New Power Brokers of New York Try to Tilt Mayoral Race

Bill Thompson and Adriano Espaillat yesterday. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)
Bill Thompson and Adriano Espaillat yesterday. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)

Adriano Espaillat could not go a single day without a text message, email or phone call from a mayoral campaign operative eager to tout his or her candidate’s momentum. His last name doesn’t carry the weight of a Clinton or Cuomo, but the Manhattan state senator was like Helen of Troy to the many political strategists and surrogates clashing in the most competitive Democratic mayoral primary in more than a decade.

“At the beginning, it felt special. Now it’s very taxing,” Mr. Espaillat told Politicker of the lobbying efforts in the days before making up his mind. “I get phone calls, text messages, emails. I get surrogates calling constantly, union leaders, activists and even friends I know, personal friends involved in the campaigns.”

“They call every day. Every single day,” he marveled.

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