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  • The De Blasio Democrats

    11/21/2014 2:55:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 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 · 51 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 I’ve 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 Blasio’s remarks came during a news conference at New York City’s 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 immigrants—both documented and undocumented—who are not eligible for traditional health care options like Medicaid and Medicare, nor insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act.
  • Protests Greet Met’s Premiere of ‘Klinghoffer’

    10/20/2014 8:42:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/20/14 | MICHAEL COOPER
    At the Metropolitan Opera’s first performance of John Adams’s “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. “He’s Italian when he feels like it! This is the second largest Columbus parade in the city!” said parade-goer Joe Carfora of Hizzoner’s 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 comptroller’s 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 city’s 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, Noerdlinger’s ex-con boyfriend, driving her Mercedes-Benz into oncoming traffic. ... McFarlan was...
  • Zoo mulls Groundhog Day ban on mayors after de Blasio’s 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 Grimm’s 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 congressman’s behavior “embarrassing.” “Michael Grimm should be the last one to critique anyone or make a comment about anyone’s 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 driver’s 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 NYC’s 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t apply [for clearance] because he doesn’t want to go through that,”...
  • Gays scoff at NY St. Patrick’s 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 city’s St. Patrick’s 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. Patrick’s 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 York’s St. Patrick’s 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 parade’s 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. Dolan’s positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians...
  • St. Patrick’s 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 York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. OUT@NBCUniversal—a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender affinity group at 30 Rock—will be flying its banner and marching up Fifth Avenue on March 17, officials said. That’ll be the only gay group marching in the 2015 version of the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but other LGBT groups can apply in future years, spokesman Bill O’Reilly 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 segment’s lobby will be stylishly appointed and set facing a park. […] … (S)ome residents and officials see the divisions as discriminatory, and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 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 didn’t 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 · 31 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
    It’s 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 Blasio’s Money

    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, he’s been quick to take advantage of big fat donations to fuel his agenda — provided they come in a way that doesn’t 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 · 4 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 predecessor’s 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 Blasio’s 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 mayor’s 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...
  • NYC creates public defender system for immigrants (illegals)

    06/27/2014 2:01:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun. 27, 2014 1:58 AM EDT | Deepti Hajela
    Poor New York City immigrants who otherwise would have faced the complicated immigration system with its threat of deportation on their own will now get legal representation to help them in a program advocates say is the first of its kind in the country and one they hope the federal government will ultimately take on. The New York Immigrant Family Unity Project will cover all eligible immigrant city residents detained in the system and appearing in immigration courts in New York City or the New Jersey cities of Elizabeth and Newark. Lawmakers approved $4.9 million for the initiative as part...
  • Komrade DeBlasio: Even Weirder than You Thought

    06/24/2014 5:02:35 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 1 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 24 June 2014 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Bill de Blasio’s Police Commish to Teach NYPD About 5 Pillars of Islam

    06/20/2014 10:09:58 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 20, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Bill Bratton has destroyed his reputation in a short amount of time by becoming a mouthpiece for Bill de Blasio. Taking the job was a poor idea since crime rates had dropped so low that they were bound to rebound, especially under a pro-criminal mayor like De Blasio. All that Bratton had done is set himself up to take the blame and join the ranks of failed NYPD commissioners like Lee Brown who did what a liberal mayor wanted instead of fighting crime. So now it’s time to pander to Islam.
  • Bill de Blasio’s Plan to Take Brooklyn Progressivism National

    06/15/2014 6:57:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | June 15, 2014 | Chris Smith
    The world was a beautiful place as Bill de Blasio folded himself into the front passenger seat of a black SUV. The late-afternoon sun was shining on Park Slope, and a grand political breakthrough was within reach. Sure, it had been a complicated few weeks as Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Working Families Party, bitter codependents, tried to agree on a deal that would give Cuomo the WFP’s ballot line this fall in exchange for the governor’s publicly pledging to get behind a progressive policy agenda. Now, though, thanks in part to de Blasio’s mediation, a compromise was falling into...
  • Startled carriage horse goes on Central Park run (De Blasio creating excuse for horse ban?)

    06/09/2014 8:40:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 9, 2014 11:11 PM EDT
    A startled carriage horse took a jaunt around Central Park without any passengers or its driver. The horse became detached from its bridle on Monday evening and ran into the Manhattan park, following its usual route, the union that represents carriage drivers said. It was unclear what startled it. […] Advocacy agency NYCLASS, which is seeking to end the carriage horse industry, released a statement saying carriage horses and city streets don’t mix. “It’s time to retire the carriage horses and replace them with something that doesn’t spook or dart dangerously through traffic and pedestrians,” it said. …
  • New York mayor wants Obama’s library in his city

    06/05/2014 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 5, 2014 4:28 PM EDT
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) wants his city to be the home of President Barack Obama’s future library. Obama hasn’t decided which city will house his presidential library. Many observers believe the favorite to be Chicago, his hometown. …
  • NYC Announces Plan to Equalize Neighborhoods

    05/27/2014 10:17:58 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 23 May 2014 | John Semmens
    Concerned that the City is an inhomogeneous hodgepodge with pockets of great wealth in some neighborhoods and squalor in others, newly appointed Housing Preservation and Development Commissar Vicki Been announced a plan to move 80,000 to 120,000 poorer families into middle class neighborhoods. “This way instead of having blight and filth in every direction they might look poorer families will be within easy walking distance of a better kept neighborhood,” Been boasted. “The crimes that plague poorer sections of our City would be more evenly dispersed throughout the whole City. Victims will come from a more broadly representative subset of...
  • (NY) City plans to attack economic segregation by moving poor into middle-class neighborhoods…

    05/22/2014 11:03:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 11:54 PM | Erin Durkin
    The City plans to attack economic segregation in its affordable housing plan—placing the poor in middle-class neighborhoods and the more affluent in high-poverty spots. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said the plan to build 80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve 120,000 units would create a more diverse city. “We really have to make economic diversity a cornerstone of that plan,” she said at a City Council budget hearing Wednesday. …
  • City plans to attack economic segregation by moving poor into middle-class neighborhoods...

    05/22/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 124 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/21/2014 | ERIN DURKIN
    The City plans to attack economic segregation in its affordable housing plan — placing the poor in middle-class neighborhoods and the more affluent in high-poverty spots. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said the plan to build 80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve 120,000 units would create a more diverse city. “We really have to make economic diversity a cornerstone of that plan,” she said at a City Council budget hearing Wednesday. “That means that in some neighborhoods that have mostly middle or upper-income housing, that we would need to put affordable housing at the very lowest income,” she...
  • Etsy gets $5M to stay in boro it said it’d never leave (Brooklyn NYC)

    05/13/2014 5:12:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Crain’s ^ | May 13, 2014 2:02 P.M | Thornton McEnery
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday morning that Etsy is getting $5 million from New York state to stay in Brooklyn, a pretty nice sum for a company whose CEO publicly acknowledged just weeks ago that it “could only exist in Brooklyn.” “A company like Etsy could only exist in Brooklyn,” Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson said during an April 23 appearance at a Brooklyn Tech Triangle symposium. “Almost all of our employees live in Brooklyn and our Manhattan employees are treated with scorn.” Etsy, which was founded in Brooklyn in 2005, plans to add more than 340 jobs by 2019 (a...
  • 1,000 stranded underground after subway derails in NYC

    05/02/2014 10:23:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/2/14 | Kevin Sheehan, Dana Sauchelli, Lorena Mongelli and Sophia Rosenbaum
    A packed commuter train derailed in Queens Friday morning — stranding more than 1,000 people underground, with rescue crews scrambling to get them out, according to the MTA. Passengers described a loud screeching noise just before the train came to an abrupt stop. “The train was shaking and the cars in the front started tilting to the right,” said Melissa Delgado, 33. “I heard a pang and then a screech and then the train came to a halt." The stranded passengers sat on the sweltering subway cars with little information besides a promise from the loudspeaker that “help was on...
  • Nearly Half of New Yorkers Are Struggling to Get By, Study Finds

    04/30/2014 10:39:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 30, 2014 | Sam Roberts
    New York City’s share of poor people appears to have plateaued since the recession, at 21.4 percent, with more people working in 2012 than the year before, but at lower wages, according to a new city study. Contributing to the city’s economic problems were increases in the number of Asian-Americans, immigrants and residents of Queens slipping into poverty. But under a broader definition of poverty that the city applies, the picture remains grim for a far larger number of New Yorkers. As in 2011, 46 percent, or nearly half of New Yorkers, were making less than 150 percent of the...
  • De Blasio wants to ban new wood fireplaces

    04/26/2014 7:53:32 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    nypost.com ^ | april 23, 2014 | beth defalco
    Mayor Bill de Blasio celebrated Earth Day on Tuesday by proposing more regulations — including a ban on new wood-burning fireplaces. The mayor made the proposal, along with those for other sweeping regulations that he said would update emission standards and help curb air pollution. Instead of wood-burning fireplaces, de Blasio wants to allow only cleaner-burning units, such as those that use natural gas. Residents who already have wood-burning fireplaces would be allowed to keep them, but would be required to use only firewood that has 20 percent moisture or less, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. Officials said...
  • Whoa there: NYC carriage horse ban is stalled

    04/22/2014 12:50:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 22, 2014 3:41 PM EDT | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is pulling back the reins on his plans to quickly get rid of New York City’s horse-drawn carriage industry, stung by a recent outpouring of support for the colorful coaches that have clip-clopped their way through Central Park for more than 150 years. A campaign pledge to take on the horses during his first week as mayor was eclipsed by other issues. […] What changed? For one, a media blitz led by actor Liam Neeson has portrayed the horse-drawn carriage industry as an iconic, romantic part of New York that provides about 400 jobs, many to...
  • Socialist NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio is Really Good at Tax Avoidance

    04/17/2014 8:51:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/17/2014 | Mike Schauss
    Suffering from a clear lack of intellectual honesty, the morally bankrupt progressive socialist mayor of New York City seems to have a knack for tax avoidance. (And remember: despite what Harry Reid would have you believe, tax avoidance is not a crime.) According to public records, Bill “punish the rich” de Blasio paid a mere 8 percent of his income in federal taxes. Just to put that in context for any liberal that has accidently stumbled across this paragraph: That’s less than that capitalist pig, Mitt Romney paid in prior years. Of course, to be fair, it is possible...
  • De Blasio Releases Tax Returns; Paid Effective 8.3% Rate

    04/16/2014 9:41:24 AM PDT · by Hoodat · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 04/16/2014 09:46 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is the first New York City mayor to release his tax returns in 12 years, according to the WSJ. de Blasio earned $165,000 as public advocate last year and brought in an additional $52,000 in rent on a second home he owns in Park Slope, according to his 2013 tax returns. Mr. de Blasio’s effective tax rate was 8.3%. As WSJ reports, Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire who served as mayor from 2002 through 2013, released highly redacted copies of his return that gave scant information about his net worth. In 2001, during...
  • De Blasio booed by Mets fans during 1st pitch

    04/01/2014 2:12:57 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 15 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 31, 2014 | Beth DeFalco, Priscilla DeGregory and David K. Li
    Donning a pinstripe home white jersey and blue Mets cap over dress pants, de Blasio was loudly booed twice by Flushing faithful — once as he was announced and then again as he left the Citi Field diamond.... De Blasio wore No. 6 in honor of late-1960s Boston Red Sox great Rico Petrocelli, the mayor’s aides said. The infielder, who slugged 210 home runs in his 13-season career, grew up in Brooklyn. So the Boston-loving mayor managed to pay homage to his beloved Red Sox, his adopted home borough and to Italian Americans by donning that shirt. But that still...
  • Giuliani Slams de Blasio, Says He Has ‘Real Disagreements’ With Mayor’s Policy

    03/27/2014 9:04:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | March 26, 2014
    Former Leader of NYC: 'People Are Talking About Moving Out Of The City'Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday, saying he has some “real disagreements” with the man now occupying his former desk at City Hall. As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, de Blasio has been in office about 85 days – two weeks shy of the 100-day mark. But that is enough time for Giuliani to make a judgment – and to take the gloves off and unload on the current mayor. “I know the economy of the city is going in the wrong...