De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight

Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)
Barack Obama and Bill de Blasio in Brooklyn earlier this year. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is set to deliver remarks this evening in front of a well-heeled crowd of donors at a fund-raiser with President Barack Obama, joked today he’ll be the odd one out.

“They needed a token non-wealthy person, so I was there. They called me in,” said Mr. de Blasio, speaking to reporters this afternoon at an unrelated press conference at City Hall. Continue reading “De Blasio Says He’ll Be the ‘Token Non-Wealthy Person’ at Obama Fund-Raiser Tonight”

De Blasio Says ‘More Could Have Been Done’ to Clear Upper East Side Snow After Visit [Update]

Bill de Blasio visits the Upper East Side. (Photo: nycmayorsoffice)
Bill de Blasio visiting the Upper East Side today. (Photo: Rob Bennett/nycmayorsoffice)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made an unannounced stop this afternoon on the Upper East Side, where residents had assailed his snow-clearing efforts–some even accusing him of skipping their neighborhood in an act of political revenge.

“The Mayor made an unscheduled stop to the Upper East Side today to talk to residents, hear their views on the storm cleanup, and survey the area for himself,” his spokeswoman, Marti Adams, told Politicker. Continue reading “De Blasio Says ‘More Could Have Been Done’ to Clear Upper East Side Snow After Visit [Update]”

Bloomberg Says He Didn’t Tell Obama to Stay Out of New York

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Governor Christie and President Obama (Photo: Getty)

During his daily press conference discussing the city’s latest measures to recover from Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed a report that he told President Barack Obama to not visit New York in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Mr. Obama, of course, made a well-publicized tour of the damage in New Jersey with Republican Governor Chris Christie instead.

“That’s not true,” Mr. Bloomberg snapped, not waiting for a reporter’s question on the topic to finish. “I didn’t ask him to not to come. We had a conversation of where it would be most effective. I talked to him today, as a matter of fact; he called me. He’s coming to the city next week. We’re honored to have him.”

President Obama will be in town Thursday to survey the damage caused by the hurricane.

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