2013 Tag All blog entries tagged as 2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:09:54 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: Final Democratic Debate For Mayor http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/04/todays-lead-final-democratic-debate-for-mayor http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/09/04/todays-lead-final-democratic-debate-for-mayor

The final debate for the Democratic candidates for mayor last night was used primarily as a means to attack Bill de Blasio, who has become the front runner in the polls. He was hit on issues like his support for a tax hike on the rich to pay for prekindergarten classes - which his opponents point out needs Albany's approval. De Blasio was attacked for supporting expansion of term limits when he was running for Speaker. His late support for a living wage bill was another source of contention, as was his acceptance of earmarks. The candidates did, however, elaborate on their stances towards union contract negotiations a bit. De Blasio said the city couldn't afford to give the unions all the retroactive raises they want, while most of them said they wouldn't raise taxes to pay the workers. The NY Times published a useful fact checking piece for their claims throughout the debate here.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:12:42 +0000
Today's Lead: De Blasio Jumps To First Place In Poll http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/14/todays-lead-de-blasio-jumps-to-first-place-in-poll http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/08/14/todays-lead-de-blasio-jumps-to-first-place-in-poll

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Bill de Blasio leading the pack of mayoral candidates in the Democratic primary, with 30 percent of likely voters supporting him. Christine Quinn dropped to second with 24 percent. The poll also found him winning in a runoff election against Quinn, which is called if no candidate wins over 40 percent of the vote. De Blasio began advertising on television last week, but his popularity may be due to his stance on stop-and-frisk. He's also the only candidate to support a tax increase on the wealthy. Despite the poll, it was Quinn who took the most attacks in the mayoral debate last night. After all, a third of those polled said they may change their minds.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 14 Aug 2013 12:17:34 +0000
Today's Lead: Liu Denied Matching Funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/06/todays-lead-liu-denied-matching-funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/06/todays-lead-liu-denied-matching-funds

Yesterday the Campaign Finance Board denied $3.5 million in matching funds for John Liu's mayoral campaign, citing evidence of pervasive violations of campaign finance laws. It is largest penalty in the history of the program. Liu's lawyer called it a "death penalty." The campaign has already spent hundreds of thousands on legal fees and only has $1.5 million left. Liu argued that the irregularities were due to the make up of his donors, who are "overwhelmingly immigrant and first-time donors to any campaign." But a probe by the firm Thacher Associates found straw donors and other problems with the campaign's fundraising.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:17:36 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner's Latest Scandal http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/24/todays-lead-weiners-latest-scandal http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/24/todays-lead-weiners-latest-scandal

Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted to continuing lewd online exchanges with female admirers well after resigning from Congress amid a sexting scandal.

After images of Weiner's private parts and texts of private conversations with an admirer were made public yesterday by a gossip blog, the former congressman held a news conference to apologize for his behavior and to reaffirm his desire to be the next mayor.

Weiner said he would not drop out of the race. His wife, Huma Abedin, stood by his side.

"We discussed all of this before Anthony decided he would run for mayor, so really what I want to say is, I love him, I have forgiven him, I believe in him," she said in a statement she read to reporters.

With the election increasingly looking like a made-for-the-tabloids drama, the political establishment began calling for the candidate to drop out of the race.

"The serially evasive Mr. Weiner should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City," The New York Times Editorial Board wrote.

A handful of rival candidate for mayor also called for him to drop out.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Wed, 24 Jul 2013 11:53:52 +0000
Today's Lead: A Look At The Candidates' Fundraising http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/16/todays-lead-a-look-at-the-candidates-fundraising http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/16/todays-lead-a-look-at-the-candidates-fundraising

Anthony Weiner has raised $829,000 since he declared his campaign for mayor. Taxi drivers and dispatch employees gave him over $12,000 the day he announced his opposition to Bloomberg's outer borough taxi plan. Christine Quinn’s mayoral campaign has the most cash on hand -- nearly $6 million, compared to $4.8 million for Weiner. Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota pulled in $516,000 between May and July but spent $732,000. Scott Stringer raised $110,000 in the four days following Eliot Spitzer's announcement that he was challenging Stringer in the comptroller race. That number is more than Stringer raised in nearly a year of fundraising before. In state election news, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver spent $115,000 in campaign funds during the past six months to pay legal bills stemming from his involvement in the Vito Lopez harassment scandal. And 80 percent of the cash Gov. Andrew Cuomo raised this election cycle came from donors who gave $10,000 or more. Meanwhile, the senate's Independent Democratic Conference announced that it has $2,835,000 on hand.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:18:23 +0000
Bill Thompson Doesn't Believe The Polls #NYC2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/06/bill-thompson-doesnt-believe-the-polls-nyc2013

Bill Thompson isn't scared by poor showings in recent polls.

In recent polls from both Quinnipiac and Marist College, the former comptroller and second-time mayoral candidate has stayed in the low double digits while former Congressman Anthony Weiner creeps up and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn tumbles downwards.

"I've yet to see the polls be particularly accurate," Thompson said. "They've been inaccurate through most of my career and many of the elections that I've seen, they've been incredibly inaccurate. This is about Sept. 10 and the primary. That'll be the great indicator."

Whether or not the polls are inaccurate, Thompson continues to shore up support from both Latino elected leaders and long-time New York political stalwarts. The latest came earlier today from former Congressman Herman Badillo.

Badillo was the first Puerto Rican to serve as Bronx borough president and as U.S. House representative. He also served as a deputy mayor to former Mayor Ed Koch. The 83-year-old joined Thompson in East Harlem today to announce his endorsement.

Badillo spoke softly but firmly in support of Thompson, calling him a uniter who can address the city's education woes. It's a far cry from 2005, when Thompson ran against Mayor Michael Bloomberg. At the time, Badillo — formerly a long-time Democrat — was a registered Republican and supported Bloomberg's campaign.

"Four years ago, he almost won to everyone's surprise," Badillo said. "This year, with additional support form other people throughout this neighborhood and with my support, I'm sure he will be able to win. I'm sure that this time he will pass Christine Quinn and all the other candidates."

Asked by a reporter why he would not support Quinn, Badillo said it was because Bloomberg failed to keep his end of the bargain.

"Because of the fact that Bloomberg, if you remember, he announced himself to be the education mayor," he said. "He forgot about his own promise. He went back on it and we haven't heard anything about education from Bloomberg over the past few years."

Badillo's endorsement comes days after Thompson gained support from Democratic fixtures Rep. Charlie Rangel and former Mayor David Dinkins. He has also benefited from endorsements from Latino politicians such as Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, state Sen. José M. Serrano and his father, Rep. José E. Serrano.

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Photo by Latima Stephens/Gotham Gazette.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:18:52 +0000
Marist #NYC2013 Poll: Quinn Still Leads, Weiner Not Far Behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind Former Congressman Anthony Weiner's entry into the mayoral race ate into City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's lead among likely Democratic voters, a new poll shows.

A Marist College poll released today showed that despite a 4 percentage point drop from April, Quinn still has a command across the Democratic spectrum: liberals, conservatives and moderates. She also came out in front across most of the boroughs, save for Brooklyn. However, where Quinn falls short is in loyalty among voters, proving that the race is still hers to lose.

Of those who said that they support Quinn, almost three out of four Democratic respondents said that they somewhat support her or might vote differently come the September primary. That's good news to the whole slate of candidates, potentially even more so for Weiner.

Weiner actually enjoyed the highest bump after he announced his candidacy last week, up 4 percentage points to 19 from his 15 percent in April. Despite Quinn's drop in the poll to 24 percent from last month's 26 percent, he still trailed the speaker by five points.

Weiner did have a lead on Quinn in his home borough of Brooklyn, although Public Advocate Bill de Blasio isn't too far behind. Fresh off a spate of labor endorsements, De Blasio inched up 1 percentage point among Democrats citywide. He also barely edges out former Comptroller Bill Thompson — who remains steady at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, current Comptroller John Liu took a sizable tumble into the single digits: 8 percent from his earlier 12 percent. The pack is rounded off with former Councilman Sal Albanese and the conservative Rev. Eric Salgado receiving 1 percent or less.

The overall spread lines up pretty well with last week's Quinnipiac poll, which also showed Quinn and Weiner leading the race.

It's not all bad news for the candidates lagging in the race, though. Of the 1,001 New Yorkers polled by Marist, 23 percent haven't quite made up their minds yet.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 28 May 2013 18:26:19 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner Keeps The Spotlight http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/24/todays-lead-weiner-keeps-the-spotlight http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/24/todays-lead-weiner-keeps-the-spotlight

Anthony Weiner's entry into the mayoral race continues grabbing headlines. A mass of reporters trailed him around the city yesterday. The campaign will be one lacking institutional support. Gov. Cuomo "joked" that it would be a "shame" if he were elected. Weiner's wife - a Clinton operative - has been a main architect of the campaign. Since he left office, he didn't have to release financial disclosure forms like most of his Democratic competitors. Some have speculated that the midnight leak of his announcement was meant to keep puns off the front pages.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Fri, 24 May 2013 11:57:12 +0000
Today's Lead: Weiner Announces Mayoral Candidacy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/22/todays-lead-weiner-announces-mayoral-candidacy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/22/todays-lead-weiner-announces-mayoral-candidacy

Former Congressman Anthony Weiner announced his campaign last night with a video ad on his Web site. It went up accidentally at first but was still viewable on mobile browsers. He brings with him a $4.8 million war chest and could force a run-off election with rival candidate Council Speaker Christine Quinn. He was forced to resign from Congress over a sexting scandal and ran a strategic consulting firm during his absence. He has a 64 point plan with ideas spanning from giving public school students Kindles to using Medicaid money to create a city-run, single-payer health system for the uninsured.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Wed, 22 May 2013 11:48:20 +0000
A Day of #NYC2013 Endorsements For Thompson, Catsimatidis and Lhota http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/07/a-day-of-nyc2013-endorsements-for-thompson-catsimatidis-and-lhota http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/07/a-day-of-nyc2013-endorsements-for-thompson-catsimatidis-and-lhota As Democratic mayoral candidates continue to court political leaders in the outer boroughs, former Comptroller Bill Thompson today secured an endorsement from one of the Bronx's most powerful Latino leaders.

Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. stood in front of City Hall alongside Thompson, touting the former comptroller's commitment to the Bronx and his track record with the community.

Díaz said Thompson has shown that when worked on "broader issues" that "there's been equity."

"There's a certain commitment," he said. "There's a heart that he has that says, 'I want to do for all New Yorkers.'"

Diaz said that he had been in talks with other Democratic candidates who vied for his endorsement, namely Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Quinn and de Blasio have already secured their own endorsements from Bronx leaders: Quinn from State Sen. Gustavo Rivera in early April and de Blasio from State Assemblyman Luis R. Sepúlveda.

Reporters at the press event asked Díaz about his thoughts on other candidates in the race, particularly the two Latino mayoral hopefuls: conservative Democrat Rev. Erick Salgado and Independence Party candidate Adolfo Carrión.

Diaz's father — State Sen. Rubén Díaz Sr. — has endorsed and organized fundraisers for Salgado. The junior Diaz dismissed Salgado's campaign as an unserious one.

"We all have fathers," Diaz said with a smile. "My father's been wrong before; my father's wrong now."

Díaz also said he wished Carrión luck, but raised questions about the former Bronx Borough president's attempt to jump party lines in his bid to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"I'm a Democrat," Díaz said. "He abandoned the party. When we needed him, he left us. So I'm going to be there for Billy, who's always been there for us."

During the presser, Thompson tried to strike a diplomatic tone about the nature of endorsements.

"It doesn't have to be that others are bad to have someone support you," Thompson said. "It means they think you're the better candidates. It means, in this case, the borough president is expressing faith in my ability to lead the city."

Around the block from Thompson's event and across from the Manhattan Municipal Building, another mayoral hopeful made his own endorsement announcement.

Republican candidate John Catsimatidis said he was proud to accept the nomination of the city's Liberal Party.

"John Catsimatidis understands history and respects the power of a successful Republican-Liberal Party fusion in New York City electoral politics," said party chairman Jack Olchin in a statement today, drawing comparisons to 1940s Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia.

Hours after the Catsimatidis campaign's event, fellow Republican candidate Joe Lhota made news of his own when he got the endorsement of Rep. Peter King and the Staten Island Republican Committee.

The former MTA chief said he was honored to receive King's endorsement, praising the congressman for his support for the city and counter-terrorism advocacy on a national level. King likewise celebrated Lhota, mostly for his experience in the private and public sectors.

"The city is facing serious challenges both to its public safety and economy and Joe is the only person in the race who will focus on creating jobs and keeping us safe," King wrote.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 07 May 2013 16:38:57 +0000
Today's Headlines: What Future For The City's Waterfront? http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/10/todays-headlines-what-future-for-the-citys-waterfront http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/10/todays-headlines-what-future-for-the-citys-waterfront

The hard-earned lessons of Superstorm Sandy shaped a mayoral forum yesterday where candidates fielded questions on waterfront development, expanding ferry service and creating a new agency to oversee the city's vast coastline. "Make no mistake," said Democratic candidate and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, "you get to say once, 'It was an unprecedented storm.' You don't get to do that again." Six candidates were asked to respond to policy proposals put forward by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance that touches on everything from docks to land use. The public also got to submit questions. Continue reading the story on the Gotham Gazette to see what the other candidates had to say ...

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:11:37 +0000
Today's Headlines: Malcolm Smith Arrested In Mayoral Plot http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/02/todays-headlines-malcom-smith-arrested-in-mayoral-plot http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/02/todays-headlines-malcom-smith-arrested-in-mayoral-plot

The New York Post reports that State Sen. Malcolm Smith was arrested today for trying to bribe GOP leaders into getting his name on their mayoral ballot. He allegedly had Councilman Dan Halloran, a Republican, meet with party leaders and negotiate thousands in bribes. Halloran was also arrested today and is accused of collecting thousands in bribes for himself.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 02 Apr 2013 12:15:14 +0000
Today's Lead: MTA Chief Quits for Mayoral Bid http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/19/todays-lead-mta-chief-quits-for-mayoral-bid- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/19/todays-lead-mta-chief-quits-for-mayoral-bid- Joseph Lhota, the M.T.A. chairman, will step down on Friday and is expected run for mayor as a Republican. A law prevents him from entering the race while holding the chairmanship. He's received widespread praise for his response to Superstorm Sandy. But the agency will adopt its new budget on Wednesday, and is expected to vote on approving a slate of fare and toll increases. It is likely he'd face primary challengers as well.

In the Press...

No Clear Link Between Cancer and 9/11 Debris, Study Finds (NY Times)

9/11 Cancer Study Won't Settle Debate Over Risks (Associated Press)

Flood Insurance Program Provides Money to Elevate Homes Above Flood Level (Daily News)

In Staten Island, Sandy Victims Struggle With Housing Options (WNYC)

Life in the Projects: A Shift to Violence (WNYC)

Cost-Cut Ideas Forwarded to Governor (Albany Times Union)

Task Force Report Tells of Danger, Cuomo Lauds His Administration (Associated Press)

Council Passes Bill to Increase City Contracts for Minority Businesses (Gotham Gazette)

City Council to Fight Extreme Weather With Legislation (Gotham Gazette)

Frank J. Macchiarola, NYC Schools Chancellor From 1978-1983, Dies at 71 (NY Times)

Today's Report

Sandy's Impact on Immigrant Communities in NY Area
More than a month after Superstorm Sandy, many New Yorkers continue to struggle with the devastation of their homes, neighborhoods and livelihoods. One group that has faced particular challenges, but has received little attention, are the region’s thousands of immigrants. (read the full report)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 19 Dec 2012 13:13:20 +0000