Chuck Schumer Stresses Bill de Blasio’s Crime Credentials

Chuck Schumer endorses Bill de Blasio.
Chuck Schumer endorses Bill de Blasio.

Senator Chuck Schumer made sure his endorsement event for Bill de Blasio this afternoon undermined the messaging of his Republican rival in the mayor’s race, Joe Lhota.

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Christine Quinn Defends Surveillance in Wake of Monitoring Reports

Christine Quinn speaks with Piers Morgan. (Photo: CNN.com)
Christine Quinn speaks with Piers Morgan. (Photo: CNN.com)

Mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn refused to criticize President Obama over reports that the federal government has engaged in widespread monitoring of Americans’ Internet activity and telephone calls–arguing that surveillance is crucial to the city’s safety.

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Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Letters containing a substance that tested positive for ricin have been sent to both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the head of his gun control advocacy organization, the New York Police Department announced this evening.

“Anonymous threats to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in letters opened in New York City on Friday and by the director of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns in Washington, DC on Sunday contained material that when tested locally, preliminarily indicated the presence of ricin,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told Politicker in a statement. Continue reading “Threatening Letters With Ricin Sent to Mayor Bloomberg”

Michael Grimm Has Had It Up to Here With President Obama

Congressman Grimm is not pleased. (Photo: Facebook)
Congressman Grimm is not pleased. (Photo: Facebook)

As President Barack Obama’s opponents pile on in the aftermath of multiple recent controversies–notably his reaction to the Benghazi attacks, revelations that the Internal Revenue Service focused on conservative-aligned nonprofits and the Justice Department’s unprecedented snooping on press communications–one local congressman wants it to be known that he is also not pleased.

To wit, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, who represents Staten Island and southern Brooklyn, released a lengthy statement this afternoon blasting Mr. Obama for “bringing Chicago-style politics to the White House.” This style of underhanded rule, Mr. Grimm said, has resulted in a presidency that is “the most secretive, deceptive, and divisive we’ve seen in modern times.”

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Rudy Giuliani Says Some in Washington in ‘Denial’ Over Terror Threat

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who led the city through 9/11, accused some in Washington of being in “denial” about the risks posed by terrorism and said that Democrats too preoccupied with “liberal ideas” are putting public safety at risk.

Speaking at a fund-raiser for Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota last night, Mr. Giuliani, who made an unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008, said that New York City remains a target, and that government must be ever-vigilant to stave off the next attack.

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Bloomberg Uses Terror Announcement to Bash Anti-Camera ‘Special Interests’

An NYPD counterterrorism  officer watches cameras after the Boston attack. (Photo: Getty)
An NYPD counterterrorism officer watches cameras after the Boston attack. (Photo: Getty)

During his press conference announcing that Boston Marathon bombers intended to target Times Square, Mayor Michael Bloomberg slamed “special interests” he accused of trying to block the city from installing crime-fighting surveillance cameras.

“The role that surveillance cameras played in identifying the suspects was absolutely essential to saving lives, both in Boston, and now we know here in New York City as well,” Mr. Bloomberg told reporters at City Hall.

“We’ve made major investments in camera technology–not withstanding the objections of some special interests,” he continued. “And the attacks in Boston, I think, demonstrate just how valuable those cameras can be.”

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Bloomberg Says Interpretation of Constitution Will ‘Have to Change’ After Boston Bombing

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo John Moore/Getty Images)
Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. (Photo John Moore/Getty Images)

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday the country’s interpretation of the Constitution will “have to change” to allow for greater security to stave off future attacks.

“The people who are worried about privacy have a legitimate worry,” Mr. Bloomberg said during a press conference in Midtown. “But we live in a complex world where you’re going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days, if you will. And our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change.”

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