During the race for City Council speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito was often described as having “a reputation for having cold personal relationships” with her colleagues.
But since her victory in the contest, it seems she is all hugs. Continue reading “Slideshow: Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Reign of Hugs”
In every political cycle, there are winners and losers—mostly losers.
Still, losers celebrate the holidays too, right? Yet between all the sobbing and whatnot, it’s hard to get a word in edgewise to find out what they really want. So The Observer created a handy shopping guide for the failed political candidate on your list.
Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday that he and his family intend to move into Gracie Mansion come January will mean major life changes for the mayor-elect.
The stately East River-side mansion is a world away from the modest Park Slope row house where Mr. de Blasio has been living for the last 13 years. Continue reading “Slideshow: Gracie Mansion Move Will Mean Major Changes for de Blasios”
Alec Baldwin wants more public protests. Dick Parsons wants to fix the schools. Katie Couric hopes potholes get filled. And the Naked Cowboy urges our boys in blue to keep up stop-and-frisk. Unsurprisingly, they aren’t the only New Yorkers anxious to share some friendly advice. Mr. de Blasio, we hope you’re taking notes. Read More
Bill de Blasio had a very happy Halloween.
The mayoral front-runner returned home last night for Park Slope’s annual Halloween parade, the undisputed star of the evening. Children, recognizing him from television, rushed from the sidelines to be near him. Euphoric cheers greeted him at almost every stop along the procession, which snaked down 7th Avenue to 3rd Street. Continue reading “Slideshow: De Blasio Celebrates Halloween in Park Slope”
At least they weren’t throwing food.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Congressman Anthony Weiner received a round of boos this afternoon when they appeared at a fast food workers rally–one they were there to support–in Union Square.
Ms. Quinn and Mr. Weiner joined the three other leading Democratic mayoral candidates and a slew of other pols showed up en mass to declare their support for fast food workers participating in a nation-wide strike today. Hundreds of workers from chains including McDonald’s and Burger King were present to demand higher wages and union benefits–and listen to the candidates flex their progressive credentials less than two weeks before primary day. But not everyone was warmly welcomed.
Continue reading “Quinn and Weiner Skewered by Some Fast Food Workers”
The Yankees won’t be calling these pols for a tryout any time soon.
A squad of the city’s top candidates for office, including several mayoral hopefuls, took their awkward cuts at a stickball tournament earlier this afternoon in Brooklyn. Naturally, the friendly competition allowed bitter rivals to exchange the political arena for an athletic one–but they found out politicking and batting are two very different skills.
“I haven’t hit in 50 years!” shouted GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis as he finally tipped a little pink ball thrown on a bounce from talk show host Curtis Sliwa. Continue reading “Slideshow: Mayoral Candidates Display Questionable Stickball Skills”