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”

De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a barrage of questions today over his decision to keep schools open, despite forecasts of up to 14 inches of snow

For the lion’s share of more than 30 minutes of on-topic questioning following a storm update at the city’s Office of Emergency Management headquarter in Brooklyn, the new mayor and his schools chancellor repeatedly tried to explain their call to keep schools open during the sixth major storm in as many weeks. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision”

Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards ‘Empower’ Terrorists

ball Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards Empower Terrorists
State Senator Greg Ball (Photo via Facebook)

Elected officials and Democratic leaders fired back at Republican State Senator Greg Ball after the Hudson Valley lawmaker dubbed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to develop a municipal ID card system the “de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act.” Continue reading “Pols Blast Greg Ball For Suggesting Municipal ID Cards ‘Empower’ Terrorists”

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”

De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at today’s City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will not stop uniformed city workers from marching in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, despite calls from a flurry of lawmakers who want a boycott of the event, which bars the participation of openly gay groups.

“I believe that uniformed city workers have a right to participate if they choose to. And I respect that right,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters today when asked about the issue at his latest appointment press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Won’t Stop Uniformed Workers from Marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade”

De Blasio Heralds Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Decision in Brownsville

Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: NYC Mayor's Office)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office)

Standing in a Brownsville, Brooklyn recreation center, Mayor Bill de Blasio repudiated much of his predecessor’s public safety legacy this afternoon.

With a host of elected officials looking on, the new mayor and his police commissioner said they would end the controversial appeal of a stop-and-frisk lawsuit, drawing overwhelming praise from some of Michael Bloomberg’s bitterest critics.  Continue reading “De Blasio Heralds Stop-and-Frisk Lawsuit Decision in Brownsville”

Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response

Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)
Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)

They also snowed on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s parade.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Public Advocate Tish James took time out of their speeches at the inauguration of Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos yesterday to tweak Mr. de Blasio for his response to last week’s snow storm, which local residents–and later Mr. de Blasio himself–agreed had fallen short. Continue reading “Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response”