De Blasio Deputy Mayor Praises ‘Terrific’ Press Team in Face of Criticism

Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the Heavenly Visions Church in the Bronx Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks at the Heavenly Visions Church in the Bronx on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Credit: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers remarks to the press last Sunday. (Photo: Ed Reed/NYC Mayor’s Office)

First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris today defended his new administration’s press shop, which has come under growing fire in recent weeks after a series of alleged faux pas.

During a Crain’s New York Business breakfast this morning, Mr. Shorris was asked directly whether the mayor needed to beef up his communications team, which includes a handful of veteran campaign staffers, but few with extensive experience in the notoriously difficult New York City media scene. Continue reading “De Blasio Deputy Mayor Praises ‘Terrific’ Press Team in Face of Criticism”

De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he would accept a check from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund universal pre-K in place of his signature tax on high-income earners–as long as the governor provides enough cash.

“We haven’t seen the final plan yet … And what I’ve tried to say is we need the verification here for New York City that we’ll have the money each year we need for five years,” said the mayor, speaking this morning on Morning Joe. Continue reading “De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash”

The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends

bdb feature image1 The Perma Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends
He stood at a podium surrounded by a crush of City Council members and left-leaning advocates from protests groups like Make the Road New York and local unions.

“Si, se puede!” (“Yes, we can!”), they shouted, crammed shoulder to shoulder on a tiny stretch of sidewalk in Bushwick, Brooklyn, under the elevated subway tracks. As the trains rushed by every few minutes, the man of the hour—standing in front of a backdrop adorned with his campaign’s slogan, “One New York, Rising Together”—paused and raised his arms like an orchestra conductor, urging the overflow crowd penned behind police barricades across the street to burst into chants again.

This wasn’t a campaign rally or a protest of City Hall’s policies. It was Bill de Blasio’s first major policy rollout as mayor of New York City: a press conference to announce a deal with the City Council on legislation to expand mandatory paid sick leave. Continue reading “The Perma-Campaign: For Bill de Blasio, the Race Never Ends”