Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy

Tish James celebrating her win Tuesday night. (Photo: Facebook)
Tish James celebrating her election win with Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Facebook)

Two of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s closest allies today refused to criticize the mayor over the controversy surrounding his call to police following the arrest of an early campaign supporter–with one literally walking away from reporters at City Hall.

“I will defer to the mayor of the City of New York,” repeated Public Advocate Tish James, as she was trailed by reporters walking from City Hall to her office on Centre Street. Continue reading “Speaker and Public Advocate Refuse to Criticize de Blasio Over Bishop Call Controversy”

Bill de Blasio Cancels Press Conference One Day After Grilling

Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter's church last year. (Photo: Facebook)
Bill de Blasio attending Orlando Findlayter’s church last year. (Photo: Facebook)

Mayor Bill de Blasio canceled a planned press conference this morning, a day after he was grilled by reporters for his decision to keep schools open during yesterday’s blizzard and placing a personal call to police after an early campaign supporter was arrested earlier this week.

His office announced the scheduling change via email blast, which read, “There are no public events scheduled.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Cancels Press Conference One Day After Grilling”

Jon Stewart Takes on Forkgate

Jon Stewart reacting to Forkgate. (Photo: Screenshot)
Jon Stewart reacting to Forkgate. (Photo: Screenshot)

The Daily Show last night took on new Mayor Bill de Blasio first major “scandal”: his decision to eat his pizza with a knife and fork.

Calling out Mr. de Blasio’s utensil transgression, a faux-outraged Jon Stewart castigated the new mayor, who has presented himself as a populist fighter, for eating just like Donald Trump. Continue reading “Jon Stewart Takes on Forkgate”

Vito Lopez Hits ‘Opponents’ in New Mailer

Part of Vito Lopez's mailer.
Part of Vito Lopez’s mailer.

Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned after a sexual harassment scandal and is now running for City Council, has a background that is basically made for an attack ad. For example: extremely lurid reports of official misconduct.

But that doesn’t mean he can’t send out negative mailers of his own.

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The Stringer Family Hits the Comptroller Campaign Trail

Ms. Buxbaum and baby.
Elyse Buxbaum and Miles.

It was time for Scott Stringer’s wife and baby to shine.

Elyse Buxbaum–a.k.a. Mrs. Stringer–officially hit the trail for the first time this morning on behalf of her husband’s city comptroller campaign, with the pair’s 11-week-old son, Miles, in tow. Accompanied by public advocate hopeful Reshma Saujani, Ms. Buxbaum visited two senior living centers in Queens, showing off her bundle of joy to the elderly residents milling about before lunch.

“This is his wife,” Stringer spokeswoman Audrey Gelman said to a resident who was familiar with the borough president. “Do you like babies?”

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Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer Really Do Not Like Each Other

Stringer and Spitzer sparring in the first comptroller debate.
Stringer and Spitzer sparring at the first debate.

Sometimes sequels really are better than the original.

Facing off at the second debate of the comptroller’s race, former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer managed to ratchet up the negativity and attacks even beyond what was seen during their first round in the ring last Friday.

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Eliot Spitzer Draws a Comparison to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eliot Spitzer speaking with Rev. Youngblood
Eliot Spitzer speaking with Rev. Youngblood

Under the glow of a dangling chandelier in Brooklyn’s First Baptist Church this morning, Eliot Spitzer was forgiven.

Mr. Spitzer’s candidacy in the city comptroller’s race has often been branded as a quest for political redemption even as the former governor tries not to discuss the prostitution scandal that derailed his political career five years ago. But the topic of conversation was not up to him this morning.

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