De Blasio Proves He’s Comfortable Saying ‘Pussy Riot’

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for CBGB)
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot. (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for CBGB)

Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to welcome members of the band Pussy Riot to City Hall for a meet-and-greet this evening, and made clear this afternoon that he has no problem saying their name out loud.

“Can I say Pussy Riot?” he told reporters in response to one’s challenge, a wide grin across his face. “Yes I can.” Continue reading “De Blasio Proves He’s Comfortable Saying ‘Pussy Riot’”

Russian Power Broker Looks Ahead After Salgado Loss

Erick Salgado.
Erick Salgado playing stickball.

Inspired by the Tea Party, Gregory Davidzon is trying to craft a right-wing of the Democratic Party.

The Brooklyn-based Russian media mogul, known for trying to crown candidates in local races, made another foray into citywide politics this year when he backed a little-known reverend named Erick Salgado for mayor.

Mr. Salgado, a social conservative who often boasted about being the only Latino Democrat running, finished a distant sixth in the primary Tuesday– a disappointing showing, Mr. Davidzon confessed. Continue reading “Russian Power Broker Looks Ahead After Salgado Loss”