New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official

Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)
Bill de Blasio at the traffic safety event. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio has the lowest approval ratings of any citywide elected official, according to a new poll this afternoon, which also shows a wide racial divide in his approval rating two-and-a-half months into the new administration.

Forty-five percent of New York City voters approve of the job Mr. de Blasio is doing and 34 percent disapprove, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. Continue reading “New Poll Shows de Blasio Most Polarizing Citywide Official”

Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center

Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan's Family Justice Center
Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan’s Family Justice Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, shared the podium today with political heavyweights and women’s rights leaders, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, to announce the opening of Manhattan’s new Family Justice Center.

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Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts

Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers
Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers

A Department of Education contract with milk providers has gone sour, the city’s new comptroller charged today.

Scott Stringer’s first major audit of city schools has revealed evidence of collusion among the dairy companies that provide milk to school children, Mr. Stringer told reporters at a press conference this morning. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts”

Stringer Doesn’t Think de Blasio’s Budget Deals With Open Labor Contracts

Comptroller Scott Stringer today.
Comptroller Scott Stringer today.

In yet another subtle sign that he is one of the few city Democrats willing to criticize the new mayor, Comptroller Scott Stringer today tweaked Bill de Blasio for not sufficiently accounting for expired labor contracts in his preliminary budget

Standing in front of a PowerPoint presentation in his downtown office’s conference room, the new comptroller praised Mr. de Blasio for fighting to raise the minimum wage and trying to hike income taxes to fund universal prekindergarten. But he said that Mr. de Blasio’s otherwise laudatory budget had failed to account for the mass of expired municipal labor contracts. Continue reading “Stringer Doesn’t Think de Blasio’s Budget Deals With Open Labor Contracts”

Council Members Rally for Higher NYC Minimum Wage

Melissa Mark-Viverito and other advocates rallying earlier today.
Melissa Mark-Viverito and other advocates rallying earlier today. (Photo: Kelly Weill)

The days after the mayor releases his preliminary budget are usually filled with protests by advocates stomping their feet, decrying cuts to favored programs on the steps of City Hall.

But today, the labor groups, workers, and council members rallying outside City Hall were there to hail Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call during his State of the City speech for an increase in the minimum wage. Continue reading “Council Members Rally for Higher NYC Minimum Wage”

Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City

Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)

Top Democrats and organized labor celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address this afternoon, hailing the new mayor’s repeated calls for more affordable housing, expanded science education and a tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten. 

Little of Mr. de Blasio’s speech actually broke new ground–the new mayor stuck mainly to the campaign themes that he repeated in his victory and inaugural addresses–but Democrats were more than happy to offer praise. Continue reading “Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City”

City Pols Celebrate CVS Plan to Stop Tobacco Sales

A CVS. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)
A CVS. (Photo: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Smoking is out at City Hall.

City politicians took to Twitter today to applaud CVS’s announcement that its stores will no longer sell tobacco after Oct. 1.

“Thanks to @CVS_Extra for taking bold action to improve public health & make vision of a #tobaccofree generation one step closer to reality,” wrote Comptroller Scott Stinger, a longtime anti-smoking activist. Continue reading “City Pols Celebrate CVS Plan to Stop Tobacco Sales”