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Elections Roundup: de Blasio on After School; Thompson’s Swindling Bundler; Weiner’s Apology Redux


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Democratic candidate for mayor Bill de Blasio attacked City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg for “undermining the after school system in this city."

"We’re not going to be able to fix our school system, we’re not going to be able to make sure our kids are safe without sufficient after school seats," said de Blasio on the City Hall steps before advocating his own plan to tax the rich in order to fund these programs.

"For this administration to systematically cut these seats, aided and abetted by speaker Quinn at every turn, has undercut the ability of our schools to do their job," the public advocate added.

 One of mayoral candidate Bill Thompson’s biggest fund-raisers has a questionable past according to the New York Times.

Jacob Brach, has raised upwards of $30,000 for the Thompson campaign. Brach has a history of crime, from 1988 to 1990 he conned two Canadian companies and a small Wisconsin village out of a combined $550,000 in two separate schemes. After being sent to prison for his crimes, he escaped a year into his sentence.

Anthony Weiner’s decision to run for mayor has affected more than just himself. After holding the story until Buzzfeed pieced it together from Google searches, the New York Times published interviews with the women on the other side of the former congressman’s explicit tweets. 

In an on-camera interview with City & State, Weiner conveyed his apologies for what the women have gone through.

"I have deep regret for the women’s lives who were turned upside down by their unwitting involvement in all of this.”

— Daniel Stein-Sayles



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