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  • NYC cops preemptively uninvite Mayor Bill de Blasio to their funerals

    12/13/2014 9:18:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/13/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The situation between New York City police and the Mayor’s office has clearly reached a critical point. While they have disagreed on several things in the recent past, there always seemed to be some level of cooperation remaining, or at least the willingness to maintain a public patina of such when the cameras were turned on. But after Bill de Blasio’s response in the wake of Eric Garner’s death, it seems that city’s finest have had enough. A police union in the Big Apple has asked their members to sign a waiver stating their wishes that Hizonor refrain from...
  • New York police union tells Mayor Blasio he is BANNED from funerals of cops killed on duty ...

    12/13/2014 7:01:06 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 46 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | Wills Robinson
    New York police union tells Mayor Blasio he is BANNED from funerals of cops killed on duty - after he told officers they had to change in the wake of Garner chokehold death The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association posted a form on its website Allowed members to sign a letter barring the mayor and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from their service Say it's because of their 'consistent refusal' to show officers respect Goes on to add that their attendance would be considered an 'insult' De Blasio prompted anger last week when he said his black son Dante should be 'wary'...
  • Cops to de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals

    12/12/2014 7:10:34 PM PST · by PROCON · 30 replies
    nypost ^ | Dec. 12, 2014 | Tara Palmeri
    Not over their dead bodies. Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa ​Mark-​Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be ​killed in the line of duty. The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals. “I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am...
  • New Yorkers souring on how Bill de Blasio has run the city

    12/12/2014 5:21:03 PM PST · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 12, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    With only weeks before New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios first year in office comes to a close, the Big Apples voters are starting to sour on their famously progressive mayor. While a majority of voters continue to approve of the job the mayor has done in office (52 percent, according to the latest New York Times/Siena poll), a figure that remains largely unchanged from an April Siena poll, voters are turning on how the city is managed. 52 percent say that de Blasios New York City is on the wrong track. Only 41 percent disagree. That is a...
  • New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages ( Follow the money )

    12/08/2014 5:16:53 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    npr ^ | December 08, 2014 | Bill Chappell
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park. The legislation says that as of June 1, 2016, "it shall be unlawful to operate a horse-drawn vehicle in the city of New York or offer rides to the public on a vehicle drawn or pulled by a carriage horse." ... It also boosts the penalty for breaking horse-carriage rules to a maximum of $25,000 instead of the current $500. The proposed ban was introduced one day after...
  • NYC Mayor de Blasio Reveals Teaching Biracial Son Not to 'Reach for Cell Phone' Near Police Officers

    12/08/2014 9:36:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/08/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed in an interview on Sunday that he has taught his biracial son to not "move suddenly" or "reach for [his] cell phone" when near police officers, adding that the reality is different for white children. A police union chief responded by slamming the comments as "moronic," and said that they do not help ease the racial tensions in the city. When asked by ABC News on Sunday whether he believes his son, Dante, is at risk from the police department, de Blasio, who is married to an African-American woman, said: "It's different...
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio: Rudy Giuliani Fundamentally Misunderstands the Reality

    12/07/2014 7:03:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 7, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani fundamentally misunderstands the reality, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said today on This Week in response to Giulianis recent comments focusing on violence within African-American communities, rather than questions over police interactions with minorities that have sparked nationwide protests. I think he fundamentally misunderstands the reality, de Blasio told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in his first television interview since a New York grand jury decided this week not to indict police officers in the July death of Eric Garner in Staten Island. Were trying to bring police and community together. There is...
  • De Blasio: Giuliani 'Fundamentally Misunderstands the Reality' of Race

    12/07/2014 1:02:04 PM PST · by Zakeet · 53 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 7, 2014 | Allen McDuffee
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday admonished former mayor Rudy Giuliani for his repeated recent comments that "responsibility is on the black community" for reducing the necessity of police officers in their communities. "I think he fundamentally misunderstands the reality," said de Blasio on ABC's This Week. "There is a problem here. There is a rift here that has to be overcome. You cannot look at the incident in Missouri; another incident in Cleveland, Ohio; and another incident in New York City all happening in the space of weeks and act like there's not a problem."
  • NYC principals strike 9-year, $743M labor deal with city (Guess whose side de Blasio is on?)

    12/06/2014 5:49:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Aaron Short
    City principals received a new nine-year, $743 million contract in a deal Mayor de Blasio and union officials announced Saturday. The mayor called the agreement a long overdue achievement and praised principals for working without a contract since 2010. That was wrong, that was unacceptable, and that ends now, he said. Given the hard work you do, you will get fair pay, you will get what you deserve and at the same time we will protect the citys long term fiscal health. The unions 6,000 members will receive an average 2-percent raise annually through 2019 and a $1,000 bonus when...
  • Eric Garner Police Killing: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio Announces Retraining of Entire NYC Police Force

    12/05/2014 6:50:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | December 4, 2014 | Roberto Ontiveros
    In the wake of a Staten Island grand jury's failure to indict New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the initiation of a retraining program for the entire New York City police force. Eric Garner died as a result of neck compression from a chokehold that is banned by the New York City Police Department. Bill de Blasio spoke on Wednesday night about the personal feelings he had tied with the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Panteleo, bringing up the painful talks he and his wife Chirlane...
  • Sheriff Clarke Blasts De Blasio's 'Irresponsible Rhetoric'

    12/05/2014 8:23:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-4-14 | The Kelly File
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke was on The Kelly File tonight, where he slammed New York Mayor Bill de Blasios irresponsible rhetoric on the Eric Garner case. Slavery left a stain on the soul of this nation [] but that wound is starting to heal and its been healing for a long time, but now we have a segment of people who are picking at that scar, hoping to reopen it and take us back to a time that simply doesnt exist today," Clarke said. De Blasio said that he worries about the safety of his biracial son and suggested...
  • 5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows

    12/04/2014 7:02:27 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12-4-2014
    5 free things to see and do in NYC at Christmastime, from trees to windows NEW YORK The Christmas season is one of New York City's busiest times of year. Tickets for Broadway shows and hotel rooms go for premium prices and lines for top attractions are long. But some of the best and most beautiful things to see and do around the city during the holidays are free. Here are five of them. STORE WINDOWS
  • Holder and Lynch Tell de Blasio DOJ Will Investigate Garner Case

    12/03/2014 6:33:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 26 replies
    mediaite ^ | Dec. 3, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    During his remarks about the grand jury decision not to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that Attorney General Eric Holder and his nominated replacement Loretta Lynch (who also happens to be the U.S. Attorney for the district in which the incident occurred) will pursue a federal investigation into this case. The federal government is clearly engaged and poised to act, Mayor de Blasio said in his press conference. He said that before he met with leaders on Staten Island, he received a phone call from Holder and...
  • The Actual Facts Of The Eric Garner Case

    12/03/2014 6:28:48 PM PST · by Biggirl · 105 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Wednesday, a New York grand jury refused to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. Pantaleo is white; Garner is black. That one fact meant that the President of the United States and the Mayor of New York City took to the microphones to denounce American racism.
  • NYC Mayor on Garner Decision: Centuries of Racism Brought Us to Today

    12/03/2014 4:54:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 3, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke today on the Eric Garner grand jury decision, bringing up the black lives matter refrain and saying people repeat it because, frankly, it just needs to be said more. De Blasio expressed his heartfelt sorrow for Garners family and how no family should have to go through what they did. The mayor even made the case a little personal, talking about his own son Dante and how he worries about his safety every day. This is now a national moment of grief, he said. A national moment of pain. He even went...
  • Ferguson Lynch Mob Leaders Convene at the White House

    12/02/2014 5:06:33 AM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | December 2, 2014 | Matthew Vadum
    Ferguson Lynch Mob Leaders Convene at the White HousePosted By Matthew Vadum On December 2, 2014 @ 12:55 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 10 Comments A week after grand jurors in Ferguson, Mo., did their civic duty and resisted pressure from President Obama on down to lynch an innocent police officer, Al Sharpton and Ferguson riot leaders gathered at the White House yesterday to make plans to further exacerbate the racial tensions they created in order to cripple the economy and attack civil society.These domestic subversives refuse to accept the official finding Nov. 24 that no probable cause existed to charge...
  • Homelessness Up 13% in New York Under Socialist Mayor De Blasio

    12/01/2014 7:39:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/01/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Shockingly a policy of setting up massive shelters for drug addicts and the mentally ill in stable neighborhoods is proving about as popular as free Ebola. So Bill de Blasio, New York City’s Socialist mayor just isn’t telling them that he’s going to do it. The sudden opening of a homeless shelter at 58-66 Clay St. is also giving rise to concerns that Greenpoint and other North Brooklyn neighborhoods are saturated with such facilities.Community Board 1 Chairperson Dealice Fuller fired off a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Nov. 6 demanding that the city close the Clay Street site...
  • Teens now have a say in New York Citys government

    11/29/2014 9:10:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 29, 2014 11:26 AM EST | jenniferpeltz
    Rashana Jackman isnt old enough to vote in an election, but she could soon have a vote on a city-appointed board that takes influential stands on neighborhood issues. At 17, the Brooklyn high school junior is considering applying to serve on her community board, under a new state law that lets 16- and 17-year-olds join the panels that function as front lines of local government in the nations biggest city. The advisory but oft-heeded groups opine on zoning changes and liquor license applications, consult on city budgeting for local projects and serve as conduits for community concerns. Its a great...
  • The De Blasio Democrats

    11/21/2014 2:55:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/21/14 | Matthew Continetti
    Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, says he knows why Democrats lost the 2014 election. Income inequality defines our times, he said during a visit to Washington this week, and his party did not talk about the issue enough. De Blasio needs a hearing aid. Democrats speak of little else. Dodging questions about Hillary Clinton, de Blasio praised Elizabeth Warren. He called the liberal heroine one of the indispensable voices among Democrats, and appeared with her at a Center for American Progress event later that day. The policy conference featured other darlings of the left: Julian Castro, Tammy Baldwin,...
  • NY GOP Chair: de Blasio will take 2016 nomination over Hillary

    11/17/2014 9:41:03 AM PST · by JimRed · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/17/2014 | Fredric U. Dicker
  • Bill De Blasio 2016? NYC Mayor Will Run For President, Beat Hillary Clinton, New York..

    11/17/2014 7:32:17 AM PST · by PROCON · 45 replies
    ibtimes.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Howard Koplowitz
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is maneuvering to run for president in 2016 and will use his progressive credentials to derail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s expected bid for the White House, according to a prediction from the chairman of the Republican Party in New York. Ed Cox, the New York state GOP chairman, also said de Blasio’s plan will be successful, according to the New York Post. “It’s like Barack Obama; he was a brand-new freshman senator, and he ran for president and won. I think de Blasio is going to do it,” Cox said at a...
  • NYC Mayor de Blasio 'Willing to Continue the Conversation' on Granting Non-Citizens Voting Rights

    11/16/2014 9:51:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 16, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Unlike his predecessor, left-wing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will not commit to rejecting a bill that would allow non-citizens to vote in city elections. In January, City Council member Council Daniel Dromm will reportedly introduce legislation that would grant non-citizens voting rights in local elections, hoping that the bill will have a better chance of passing now that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who opposed the bill, is no longer in office. The legislation Ive seen so far, I think, has a number of challenges and issues that have to be addressed, so I was not...
  • De Blasio rebukes report about Ebola patient

    10/29/2014 11:32:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Capital New York ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sally Goldenberg
    Mayor Bill de Blasio admonished a report in Wednesday's New York Post that accused Dr. Craig Spencer, the Harlem physician who tested positive for Ebola last week, of lying to authorities about his self-monitored quarantine. "I'm sick of these attempts to belittle a man who is a hero. It's got to end," de Blasio told reporters after a Hurricane Sandy-related press conference on Staten Island. "This is a guy who went into danger to protect all of us. We don't spend a lot of time when someone comes back wearing a military uniform questioning their desire to do good." The...
  • New York mayor criticizes New Jersey's 'disrespect' of Ebola nurse

    10/26/2014 5:11:17 PM PDT · by Karl Spooner · 64 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/26/2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio condemned the treatment of a symptom-free nurse quarantined in New Jersey after she returned from caring for Ebola patients in West Africa, saying, What happened to her was inappropriate.. De Blasios remarks came during a news conference at New York Citys Bellevue Hospital, where a doctor infected with the deadly virus remained in serious but stable condition Sunday, showing slight improvement. Dr. Craig Spencer had recently returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders in West Africa, where he treated Ebola patients. Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday. The mayor spoke during...
  • De Blasio forms task force on immigrant healthcare

    10/23/2014 12:08:15 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 13 replies
    http://www.capitalnewyork.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Gloria Pazmino
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is asking his health policy team to formulate a plan for how the administration can better reach immigrant communities and connect them to health care. Led by Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, the deputy mayor for health and human services, the new working group will submit a list of recommendations in the coming months, outlining a plan to better reach immigrantsboth documented and undocumentedwho are not eligible for traditional health care options like Medicaid and Medicare, nor insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Protests Greet Mets Premiere of Klinghoffer

    10/20/2014 8:42:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/20/14 | MICHAEL COOPER
    At the Metropolitan Operas first performance of John Adamss The Death of Klinghoffer on Monday night, men and women in evening attire walked through a maze of police barricades, while protesters shouted Shame! and Terror is not art! One demonstrator held aloft a white handkerchief splattered with red. Others, in wheelchairs set up for the occasion, lined Columbus Avenue. Political figures, including former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, joined a rally, several hundred strong at Lincoln Center, to denounce an opera that has become the object of a charged debate about art, anti-Semitism and politics. But after months of escalating protests,...
  • Bronx in uproar after de Blasio skips Columbus Day parade

    10/13/2014 4:35:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/12/2014 | Elizabeth Hagan and Michael Gartland
    Mayor de Blasio skipped a Columbus Day parade in The Bronx at his own peril Sunday, as residents chided him for showing off his ethnic pride only when it suits his political ends and not marching this year to hide from the recent controversy over one of his top aides. Hes Italian when he feels like it! This is the second largest Columbus parade in the city! said parade-goer Joe Carfora of Hizzoners failure to attend the celebration along Morris Park Avenue in the northeastern part of The Bronx. When Bloomberg was mayor, he would show up every year....
  • Rats! Report shows pest complaints jumped in NYC

    10/12/2014 10:27:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2014 1:04 PM EDT
    An audit by the New York City comptrollers office shows the number of pest complaints including rat problems jumped by more than 2,000. The report says citizen calls about pests to the citys 311 hotline plus online reports went from 22,300 in fiscal year 2012 to 24,586 the next year.
  • City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger was with ex-con boyfriend during 2011 drug arrest ( NYC )

    10/11/2014 7:22:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | October 10, 2014 | Leslie Larson
    As rumors swirled that Noerdlinger would resign amid disclosures, de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak released a statement late Friday afternoon praising Noerdlinger as 'a valued member of our team.' Another day, another embarrassing revelation about top City Hall aide Rachel Noerdlinger. And after nearly 10 hours of silence, another vow of support by Mayor de Blasio for his embattled appointee, a former top confidante of the Rev. Al Sharpton. The new disclosures concern an incident on Aug. 27, 2011, in Edgewater, N.J., when a cop spotted Hassaun McFarlan, Noerdlingers ex-con boyfriend, driving her Mercedes-Benz into oncoming traffic. ... McFarlan was...
  • Zoo mulls Groundhog Day ban on mayors after de Blasios deadly fumble

    09/25/2014 2:00:49 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/25/14 | Erin Calabrese and Sophia Rosenbaum
    Mayor Bill de Blasio may not get a chance to kill any more groundhogs. The Staten Island Zoo is considering ditching its Groundhog Day policy that includes the mayor holding the winter-weather prognosticator following a Post report Thursday that Chuck who was actually Charlotte died from injuries suffered when she was dropped by Hizzoner.
  • On The Defensive, Domenic Recchia Calls Michael Grimms Foreign Policy Embarrassing

    09/24/2014 2:41:35 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    The back-and-forth in the tight race between indicted Congressman Michael Grimm and his rival Domenic Recchia over foreign policy credentials continued last night with Mr. Recchia calling the sitting congressmans behavior embarrassing. Michael Grimm should be the last one to critique anyone or make a comment about anyones foreign policy issues, Mr. Recchia, a Democrat, said last night on NY1. After Mr. Recchia, a former councilman from Brooklyn, was unable to answer questions from reporters last week on international trade issues, Mr. Grimm a Republican who served in the first Gulf War as a U.S. Marine slammed him...
  • Whorealdo prosletizing on WABC about NYC ID card.

    09/19/2014 7:57:19 AM PDT · by Leo Carpathian · 12 replies
    self | 9/19/2014 | self
    Had my AM radio left on WABC 880 and have "privilege" to listen to famous pretending reporter Heraldo Rivera. The topic is the new ID card for NYC illegal aliens being issued by commiessaar DeBlasio, free, allowing free access to some NYC venues. Heraldo is defending the card, how great it is, no problems. But it is a crime to ask for ID when dead democRATs are trying to vote multiple times, union thugs being bussed from polling place to polling place and rigging the voting machines. Welcome to Upsidedown States of Amerika!
  • NY Democrats seek citizen rights for illegal immigrants

    09/15/2014 6:43:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/15/14 | Carl Campanile
    Illegal aliens in New York could score billions in Medicaid and college-tuition money along with drivers licenses, voting rights and even the ability to run for office if Democrats win control of the state Senate in November, the Post has learned. A little-known bill, dubbed New York is Home, would offer the most sweeping amnesty available anywhere in the country to nearly 3 million noncitizens living in the Empire State.
  • Despite proven academic success of NYCs charter schools, the mayor and unions are waging a war on..

    09/13/2014 12:17:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    AEI ^ | September 12, 2014 | Mark J. Perry
    All four Harlem Success Academy charters serve primarily minority student populations (all are 93.5 to 97.1% black and Hispanic) and low-income households (75 to 80% of students at these schools qualify for free or discounted lunch), and yet all are ranked academically higher than about 97% of all schools in New York state based on 2013-2014 standardized test assessments in math and reading. What a truly amazing academic success story! Harlem Success Academy 3, an elementary school where 95.2% of the students are black or Hispanic and 80% are from poor households who qualify for free or discounted lunch, performed...
  • De Blasio doesnt have security clearance for classified info

    09/10/2014 6:13:17 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 09/10/2014 | Tara Palmeri
    ---SNIP--- The disturbing revelation comes just days before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. A law enforcement source said Tuesday that if de Blasio does apply for clearance, he will have to endure an arduous vetting process that would include questions about his 1991 trip to Communist Cuba and support of the Marxist Sandinista regime during his visit to Nicaragua in the 1980s. He would automatically be questioned about his visit to Cuba and his contacts with the Sandinistas. Maybe he didnt apply [for clearance] because he doesnt want to go through that,...
  • Gays scoff at NY St. Patricks Day Parade decision

    09/03/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2014 7:48 PM EDT | Jim Fitzgerald
    A decision by organizers of the citys St. Patricks Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday. Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban on them. Others expressed continuing mistrust. Nathan Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, called the announcement disappointing and self-serving.
  • Gay Groups in St. Patricks Parade All Right with N.Y. Cardinal Dolan

    09/03/2014 7:19:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/3/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) After years of strong resistance, organizers of New Yorks St. Patricks Day parade on Wednesday (Sept. 3) said that gays and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan the parades grand marshal next March has welcomed the move. The decision is another sign of how quickly changing public attitudes toward gay people have pushed changes in state laws, government policies and the practices of private entities. Dolans positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians...
  • St. Patricks Day Parade ending ban on gay groups

    09/03/2014 11:49:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 63 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 3, 2014 | 8:14am | David K. Li
    New Yorks St. Patricks Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. OUT@NBCUniversala lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affinity group at 30 Rockwill be flying its banner and marching up Fifth Avenue on March 17, officials said. Thatll be the only gay group marching in the 2015 version of the worlds largest St. Patricks Day Parade, but other LGBT groups can apply in future years, spokesman Bill OReilly said.
  • NYC developer makes changes in poor door design

    08/29/2014 11:24:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 29, 2014 2:07 PM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called poor door is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday. The retooled plan for 1 West End Ave. still involves separate entrances, but all residents will now have access to such building amenities as a courtyard and river-view roof deck, and the affordable segments lobby will be stylishly appointed and set facing a park. [] (S)ome residents and officials see the divisions as discriminatory, and Mayor Bill de Blasios administration has said it aims to bar...
  • NYC mayor declares Al Roker Appreciation Day

    08/20/2014 11:33:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2014 2:02 PM EDT
    Al Roker didnt have this honor in his forecast. Mayor Bill de Blasio surprised the beloved Today Show weatherman on his 60th birthday Wednesday and declared it Al Roker Appreciation Day across the city.
  • New York Mayor de Blasio Stands Firm on Refusal to Reimburse Public for Personal Trips

    08/19/2014 10:04:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 6:22 p.m. ET | Michael Howard Saul
    Mayor Bill de Blasio says he won't reimburse the taxpayers for personal trips when his security detail is at the wheel, even though New York City's other top elected officials have said they would. For the first time Monday afternoon, Mr. de Blasio addressed criticism from government watchdogs and former elected officials who have questioned his ethics for allowing the public to fund out-of-town private travel, an issue raised in report published last week in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, said he would abide by a March 2009 advisory opinion from the city's Conflicts of Interest...
  • Violent Weekend in NYC

    08/18/2014 11:30:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    WOR, 710 AM, NYC ^ | Monday, August 18th 2014 @ 5am
    Two dozen people were shot here in New York City over the weekend in a rash of gun violence. Two of the victims were killed early yesterday morning in a drive-by shooting outside a deli on West 151st Street in Harlem. [] Shootings are up more than 10 percent around the city compared to last year.
  • 15 Shot in Spate of Overnight Violence in New York City (Update)

    08/17/2014 3:06:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    NBC NY ^ | 8/17/14 | NBC NY
    Fifteen people were shot in a spate of overnight violence in New York City that left two people dead and 13 others injured, some critically, in a span of eight hours. Police reported the first shooting late Saturday, at an East Harlem Park. Three people were shot and injured in Jefferson Park on 113th Street and First Avenue; one of the victims was seriously injured, according to officials. Shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday two were shot dead in Hamilton Heights when a motorist got out of his car and opened fire. The driver fled after fatally wounding a 21-year-old man...
  • Empire State Building Lights Up For DNC Despite Policy, Refuses Kids with Cancer

    08/12/2014 8:07:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 12, 2014 - 11:56 AM | Dan Joseph
    Its no secret that New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio really, really wants the 2016 Democratic national Convention to be in his city. The mayor has been handing out iPads and personalized basketball jerseys to members of the DNC Site Selection Committee, in an effort to sway them into choosing the Big Apple as the host city for its 2016 nominating convention. The Empire State Building, which is not run by the city government has decided to help the mayor in his goal and has announced that they will light the top of the famous skyscraper blue on Tuesday night,...
  • Sowell: Attacking Achievement

    08/11/2014 11:04:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 12, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    New York's mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves "progressive," is gung-ho to solve social problems. In fact, he is currently on a crusade to solve an educational problem that doesn't exist, even though there are plenty of other educational problems that definitely do exist. The non-existent problem is the use of tests to determine who gets admitted to the city's three most outstanding public high schools Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. These admissions tests have been used for generations, and the students in these schools have had spectacular achievements for generations. These achievements...
  • Squeegee men are back and terrorizing city streets

    08/07/2014 8:32:15 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 7, 2014 | Erin Calabrese, Kathleen Culliton and Bruce Golding
    They were the ultimate symbol of the lawlessness and blight of the 1980s and early 1990s — and now they’re making a comeback. Squeegee men are menacing motorists across New York City, including spots near the Holland, Lincoln and Queens-Midtown tunnels, as well as the Queensboro Bridge, The Post has learned. Residents and drivers who pass through the areas said the panhandlers are spraying and wiping windshields without permission to shake down drivers for cash. Benthins, who has also been seen with a squeegee near Times Square, was using a wadded-up copy of the amNewYork free newspaper as a rag....
  • Follow de BlasiosMoney

    08/03/2014 4:09:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    nypost.com ^ | August 3, 2014
    <p>Like most progressives, Bill de Blasio is a champion of public financing for political campaigns. And with good reason.</p> <p>For all his railing against the evil of big money in politics, hes been quick to take advantage of big fat donations to fuel his agenda provided they come in a way that doesnt require him to leave his fingerprints on them.</p>
  • City Council delegation differs on whether New York should house children entering U.S. illegally

    08/02/2014 5:38:51 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    silive.com ^ | Tom Wrobleski
    City Councilwoman Debi Rose said she backs a call by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, her fellow Democrat, that New York house children who are entering the U.S. illegally from Central America. But Republican Councilmen Vincent Ignizio and Steven Matteo disagreed. Ms. Rose (D-North Shore) said many of the children "are fleeing situations more dangerous than Iraq or Afghanistan." (SNIP) "I represent a district of mostly middle class homeowners," Matteo said. "They pay the city's bills but all too often it is their needs that are overlooked. It is my responsibility above all others to put their interests first." Other borough Republicans...
  • De Blasio vows to improve NYPD-community relations

    07/28/2014 10:21:49 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 28, 2014 7:05 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio, facing his first significant test in trying to improve relations between police and minority communities, said Monday that he believes the troubles stem from racial tension that defined his predecessors 12 years in office.He did not specifically say he thought race played a role in the recent death of a black asthmatic father of six who died after being put in apparent chokehold by a white officer, an encounter that was caught on video. He did say that more trust was needed between police and residents. If you talk about the last decade or so in...
  • De Blasio closes Ramadan event to press, citing sit-down meal and prayer ( NYC )

    07/03/2014 4:24:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Capital NY ^ | Jul. 3, 2014 | Azi Paybarah
    Mayor Bill de Blasios press office announced this morning a dinner he is hosting at Gracie Mansion tonight for Muslims will be closed press, despite initially being listed as open. The Ramadan Iftar dinner, according to de Blasio spokesman Phil Walzak, was always designed to be closed but was erroneously listed as open on the mayors schedule last night due to an internal miscommunication. Walzak also said, "Tonight's event is closed press because it is a sit-down dinner and there also is a praying portion. Last year and the year before this event was closed press it historically has...