Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel

State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has hired a prominent Democratic fund-raising firm–the latest sign the uptown lawmaker is serious about trying to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel again.

The firm, Bedford Grove, will assist Mr. Espaillat in building a national fund-raising network for a likely bid against Mr. Rangel, a source close to Mr. Espaillat told Politicker. The firm began working with Mr. Espaillat earlier this month. Continue reading “Adriano Espaillat Hires Fund-Raising Firm Ahead of Bid Against Rangel”

Diaz Jr. Goes to War Against French ‘Slanders and Libels’

A (presumably sad) mime. (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty)
A (presumably sad) mime. (Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty)

The Bronx is burning–with anger over misplaced stereotypes.

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is fuming over recent debate among French politicians over whether Paris does, or does not, resemble the Bronx.  Continue reading “Diaz Jr. Goes to War Against French ‘Slanders and Libels’”

Backers Talk Up Bill de Blasio’s Bronx Cred

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Ruben Diaz Jr. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

During a rare visit to the Bronx today, some of Bill de Blasio’s most prominent backers pushed back on charges that the mayoral front-runner has spent too little time in the borough while campaigning for mayor.

During last night’s final debate, Mr. de Blasio was forced to respond to criticism that he’d spent too much time in Manhattan and Park Slope and not enough time in places like the Bronx and the Rockaways since securing the Democratic nomination.

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‘He’s Already Dressed as the Mayor!’: Bill de Blasio Goes Trick-or-Treating in the Bronx

Bill de Blasio in the Bronx today.
Bill de Blasio in the Bronx today.

Mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio made a rare appearance in the Bronx today, greeting excited voters, handing out candy to trick-or-treating kids and talking up his campaign’s get-out-the-vote efforts in the election’s final stretch.

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Bronx Borough President Has Beef With Banksy

Banksy's latest work in the south Bronx. (Photo: http://www.banksyny.com)
Banksy’s latest painting in the South Bronx. (Photo: http://www.banksyny.com)

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is not a fan of famed graffiti artist Banksy’s latest work.

Mr. Diaz Jr. fired off a statement today chastising the British artist for one of his latest piece, which depicts a child scrawling “Ghetto 4 Life” on a wall in the South Bronx as a butler ironically stands by.

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Anthony Weiner Hits Mayor Bloomberg on Teacher Contracts

Anthony Weiner at Memorial Day ceremony in Co-Op City. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Anthony Weiner at Memorial Day ceremony in Co-op City. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

Anthony Weiner took one of his strongest shots yet against Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday afternoon, criticizing the mayor’s attitude dealing with teachers and the teachers’ union.

“Would any business treat its employees—meaning teachers—as badly as their boss is treating them?” the ex-congressman said following a Memorial Day service in Co-op City in the Bronx.

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Anthony Weiner Makes His Case to Skeptical Bronx Voters

Anthony Weiner speaks at his first forum appearance Thursday night. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Anthony Weiner speaks at his first forum appearance Thursday night. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

After a frenzied meet-and-greet with commuters in Harlem, ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner made his first appearance–that we know about–at a mayoral forum last night in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, where he tried to make a case to voters about why they should consider electing him again.

“For me, it’s good to be anywhere,” Mr. Weiner told members of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club–one of the few clubs he said endorsed him back in 2005–a day after formally jumping into the race with a video posted on his campaign website.

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