The president of the city’s teachers’ union, Michael Mulgrew, said today that receiving retroactive pay raises for his members is a “big issue” going into contract negotiations with the new administration, in his most specific comments on the topic to date.
“Myself and the mayor—Mayor de Blasio–have been very clear that we don’t want to do negotiations in the media,” Mr. Mulgrew told WNYC during a radio interview this afternoon, before acknowledging that back pay will indeed be a key issue moving forward. Read More
Bill de Blasio isn’t backing down from his staunch support of AIPAC.
Bill de Blasio’s off-schedule, closed-press speech last month to the pro-Israel lobbying organization drew criticism from the the Democratic mayor’s most passionate supporters, including The Nation‘s editorial board, which reacted especially harshly. Read More
Bill de Blasio isn’t trying to cover up his embarrassing furball fumble.
Reflecting on his first Groundhog Day as mayor, which featured Staten Island Chuck, the big city counterpart to Punxsutawney Phil, squirming from his arms and nearly escaping, Mr. de Blasio today jokingly compared the experience to that of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, whose team was overwhelmed in Sunday night’s Super Bowl game. Read More
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s top communications deputy isn’t entirely pleased with the way Bill de Blasio’s inauguration speakers presented his ex-boss’s record.
The deputy, Howard Wolfson, reached out to WNYC this morning to argue against some of the claims made by the event’s speakers, who presented the city as a deeply divided “plantation” in need of new leadership and direction. Read More
Although he condemns his party’s federal representatives for the partial government shutdown currently gripping Washington, Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota today endorsed one of their top demands: delaying the individual health care mandate.
“It should be delayed for one year,” Mr. Lhota flatly said this morning in a WNYC radio interview with Brian Lehrer. Read More
Council Speaker Christine Quinn went on WNYC this morning to make her pitch to voters, but the New Yorkers who called into the show were more interested in highlighting some of the biggest issues that have dogged her mayoral campaign.
Ms. Quinn was pressed repeatedly on her decision to extend term limits in 2009, which one caller, Susan from Greenwich Village, said had undermined democracy by overriding voter referendums. Read More
You can call Christine Quinn many things, but according to the City Council speaker, “establishment candidate” isn’t one of them.
In an interview with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer this morning, the host suggested she might be the most establishment-friendly Democrat in the mayor’s race, an argument Ms. Quinn promptly shot down as she insisted her progressive roots, in fact, run deep.
“I can’t tell you how unfair I think that is,” insisted Ms. Quinn. “If you look at the record of what I’ve done, it’s been about moving this city forward to make it a better place.” Read More
Bill Clinton’s “good-looking rascal” diss of Texas Governor Rick Perry earlier this week reminds WNYC’s Jim O’Grady of the warming the former president gave to Democrats about another guy from Texas.
“[T]he staffer, an acquaintance, said this was the advice he’d heard Clinton giving to various Dems about President Bush: ‘Do not underestimate the guy. He’s a canny pol. We need to beat him like a drum.’”
Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner signaled a shift on his economic policies, moving away from a pledge he made last year to avoid raising taxes.
On the Brian Lehrer Show this morning, around the 16:30 mark, the WNYC host asked “So, you won’t sign the Grover Norquist ‘no new taxes under any circumstances’ pledge?”