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  • 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...
  • De Blasio planned ‘snow shoveling’ shows at home

    03/19/2014 2:48:01 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 14 replies
    http://nypost.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Yoav Gonen and Beth DeFalco
    Mayor de Blasio’s attention-drawing turns as an average Joe shoveling snow in front of his Park Slope home in January were premeditated, records show. Hizzoner’s schedule, obtained by The Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, shows the snow clearing was blocked out beforehand — and even planned from the outset to include his popular son’s cameo. “7:00 – 7:20 am: Snow Shoveling Front of Residence with Dante de Blasio,” reads the mayor’s schedule on January 3. A separate entry on January 22, following another blanketing of the city, shows a shorter shoveling shift was planned: “7:00-7:15 AM SNOW...
  • De Blasio Is Full Of Blarney

    03/17/2014 8:20:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    I wish my Irish eyes could be smilin’ on St. Patty’s Day. But New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has stoked my Irish temper. And that’s no blarney. As an Irish lassie, I should be at the bar drinking green beer. Instead, I must be more austere. For Billy Boy is threatening to close New York’s charter schools by denying them the ability to “co-locate” or share real estate with public schools. The New York State Legislature is in the midst of budget negotiations that will impact the future of charter schools in New York and could also set a...
  • Hunger crisis: Charities are strained as nearly 1 in 5 New Yorkers depend on aid for food

    03/16/2014 11:12:59 PM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/16/14 | Barry Paddock and Ginger Adams Otis
    It´s a quiet crisis. In a city of plenty, a staggering number of people are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Nearly one in five New Yorkers, 1.4 million people, now rely on a patchwork network of 1,000 food pantries and soup kitchens across the city to eat. That represents an increase of 200,000 people in five years — straining the charities that are trying to help. The two biggest, City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City, now provide nearly 110 million pounds of food to soup kitchens and food pantries a year. Yet those working
  • Silence of the Left

    03/15/2014 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    The topic du jour on the left these days is inequality. But why does the left care about inequality? Do they really want to lift those at the bottom of the income ladder? Or are they just looking for one more reason to increase the power of government? If you care about those at the bottom then you are wasting your time and everyone else’s time unless you focus on one and only one phenomenon: the inequality of educational opportunity. Poor kids are almost always enrolled in bad schools. Rich kids are almost always in good schools. So what does...
  • New York City DOE Violates Teacher's Constitutional Rights

    03/13/2014 1:29:32 PM PDT · by clarkster · 1 replies
    Educator Fights Back ^ | 3/12/14 | Francesco Portelos
    On Tuesday March 4, 2014, I received a voicemail from Detective William Connor of the “84 Squad.” I found out later that “84 Squad” meant “Detective Unit of the 84th Precinct” in Brooklyn. I called back not thinking too much of it and he tells me that there was a complaint made against me by Chief Information Security Officer Desmond White involving alleged hacking of the NYC payroll system. It had something to do with my satirical post from February How to “Hack” the DOE Payroll Portal and Give Yourself a Raise. Apparently some people can’t take a joke. I...
  • Mayor De Blasio vs. Minority Children: Defender of the powerless or of the teachers’ unions?

    03/11/2014 7:38:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Mona Charen
    Just try to envision the scene: A newly elected Republican mayor of a large American city takes steps to close down some of the best schools serving an almost exclusively minority population. You know how it would go. We’d be hearing that Republicans “hate” the poor. The words “cruel,” “vicious,” and “racist” would circle the new mayor like sharks. News organizations would examine where the mayor sent his own children, and his hypocrisy would be fiercely denounced. It is, of course, the new Democratic mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, who is shutting down a number of highly successful...
  • Sowell: The Left Versus Minorities

    03/10/2014 1:03:26 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 11, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    If anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left's avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things. These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics...
  • New York City Mayor de Blasio has a Twisted need to Punish the Rich

    03/08/2014 10:47:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/08/2014 | David Lawrence
    Mayor de Blasio is not interested in children’s getting a better education. If he were, he would endorse the charter schools and allow Cuomo to fund them. But he couldn't care less about quality education – otherwise, why turn against the charter schools that are educating minorities better than any of the other schools? De Blasio’s whole desire is to tax the rich. He has some twisted need to punish them. He has the communist hatred of wealth. He is a man who emotionally identified with the communists when he traveled to Cuba, Russia, and Nicaragua. He is a big...
  • Tale of two rallies as 11,000 parents & kids fight for charter schools in NY

    03/05/2014 11:44:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | 03/05/2014 | By Carl Campanile, Tara Palmeri, Aaron Short and Bruce Golding
    It was a tale of two rallies — with Mayor de Blasio getting schooled by Gov. Cuomo. An overflow crowd of 11,000 charter-school supporters braved Albany’s subfreezing weather Tuesday to cheer Cuomo as he blasted the state’s 200-plus failing public schools and declared that “parents deserve a choice” in charter schools. “We are here today to tell you that we stand with you,” the governor told the huge crowd. “You are not alone. We will save charter schools.” Cuomo pledged to ensure that “charter schools have the financial capacity, the physical space and the government support to thrive and to...
  • THE ONE PERCENT SET TO FLEE NEW YORK CITY

    03/04/2014 10:06:50 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 113 replies
    According to the New York Post, New York City’s mad cap Sandinista Mayor Bill de Blasio is about to find out a truth that conservatives have known all along, that bashing the rich can only go so far. It seems when he is not throwing little children out of charter schools or banning carriage rides in Central Park, de Blasio is on full class warfare mode and is going after New York’s one percent with a vengeance. It seems that the wealthy elite are starting to have had enough and are getting ready to decamp en masse, to Florida it...
  • Mayor de Blasio Kicks 700 Kids Out of Over-Performing Schools

    03/02/2014 5:29:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Elite New York Democrats are waging a war on children. Well… At least that’s how it appears when the progressive Democrat mayor kicks 700 students out of high-performing schools, because… Well… He doesn’t really have a good reason. Ostensibly, it’s because he doesn’t want charter schools (public education facilities that govern their affairs with autonomy from New York public education directives) to share space with underperforming school districts. Proving that there are worse things than a Bloomberg-run city, de Blasio has decided to kick at least three charter school programs out of their co-location agreements with traditional public education facilities....
  • De Blasio’s anti-rich policies are driving wealthy people out of NYC

    03/03/2014 12:03:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The New York Post ^ | March 2, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    Money — it’s the root of all evil. Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Or at least an unfair advantage. That’s the gist of the liberals’ creed and justification for their war on wealth. The other half of their view holds that the poor are innocent victims of life’s rigged game. Their narrative of evil winners and noble losers clears the way for self-heroic redeemers. They will deliver social justice by meting out punishment and spreading the wealth around. Their virtue entitles them to power. It sounds like a comic-book view of life, but it’s the reality of...
  • (Socialist) De Blasio starts his war on charter schools

    02/28/2014 2:46:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/27/14 | Frank Rosario, Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio brought down the hammer Thursday on three charter schools operated by his nemesis Eva Moskowitz, leaving hundreds of kids without classrooms this fall. “This has to be the saddest day for the Success Academy’s children, family, teachers, school leaders,” Moskowitz said after meeting with stunned charter parents in Harlem. “Right now, our kids are being evicted. Evicted out of their school. It’s wrong and we need an explanation. You’re going to have to ask Mayor de Blasio what the motivations are for a decision that will hurt so many children now and, frankly, forever.”
  • New York's de Blasio boots charter schools from city space

    02/27/2014 6:50:28 PM PST · by gooblah · 30 replies
    Foxnews ^ | February 27, 2014
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took off the gloves in his battle with education reformers, rescinding an agreement for the city to share space with several public charter schools. The move undercuts educators, parents and some 700 students at four schools, including Harlem Success 4, one of the public charter school movement’s top success stories, and two set to open in the fall. While agreements at those schools were rescinded, expansion of a fourth school was also blocked. The schools were to operate rent-free in city-owned facilities under deals backed by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent supporter...
  • De Blasio SUV broke traffic laws after safety push

    02/21/2014 10:28:34 AM PST · by chessplayer · 33 replies
    NYP ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | By Yoav Gonen, Rebecca Harshbarger and Bruce Golding
    Mayor de Blasio’s SUV was caught on camera speeding through Queens and blowing through two stop signs Thursday — just two days after he announced a sweeping street-safety plan. The mayor — who was riding shotgun on the way back to City Hall from a pothole-filling photo op — was twice clocked going 15 mph over the speed limit by a WCBS/Channel 2 news crew. The two-car caravan also ran past two stop signs without even tapping the brakes and changed highway lanes without signaling, the CBS video shows. De Blasio’s wild ride came after his pledge to personally abide...
  • De Blasio jaywalks as he preaches road safety [also exceeded speed limit, ignored stop signs]

    02/21/2014 2:15:47 PM PST · by grundle · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 21, 2014
    Now he’s jaywalking! Mayor de Blasio and his security detail crossed a Brooklyn street against the light Friday on his way to his morning workout – just a day after his SUV blew through two stop signs and was speeding in Queens. Exclusive video taken by The Post caught the mayor — dressed in a “Brooklyn” sweatshirt, slacks and sneakers — chatting on his cellphone as he sauntered across 11th Street on 6th Avenue in Park Slope, ignoring the orange hand on the traffic signal that clearly warns pedestrians not to cross. In January, NYPD precincts launched an aggressive jaywalking...
  • De Blasio’s Caravan Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws [after he gave speech against speeding]

    02/20/2014 4:19:18 PM PST · by grundle · 31 replies
    CBS News New York ^ | February 20, 2014
    Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws. As CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday, the mayor’s two-car caravan was seen speeding, blowing through stop signs, and violating other traffic laws. Kramer reported that if the driver of the lead car, which carried the mayor in its passenger seat, would have racked up enough points to get his license suspended if he’d been ticketed. When the mayor announced his 62-point safe streets initiative, which includes...
  • (Socialist) Mayor de Blasio Drops Pre-K Tax Hike Promise In Presence Of Gov. Cuomo

    02/16/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    JP Updates ^ | 2/16/14 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Appearing together in Church, Mayor de Blasio dialed down the temperature Sunday in his ongoing clash with Gov. Cuomo over how to fund universal prekindergarten. Speaking at a church service for attendees of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus in Albany, the mayor did not mention at all his plans to fund it with a tax on the wealthy while stressing the need for universal Pre-K. “We know the direction,” de Blasio said. “We all have to work together at it. And I know we will because the public is realizing, the public is realizing that if...
  • New York City: A Pay More, Get Less Sinkhole

    02/15/2014 11:16:38 AM PST · by Winged Hussar · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/15/14 | William Levinson
    New York's dishonest governor, Andrew Cuomo, has made it eminently clear that there is no place for pro-life voters, or gun owners, in his sorry excuse for a state. This, along with the resounding failure of even moderate Democrats to distance themselves from this individual, shows there is no place for gun owners, Catholics, Orthodox Jews, or Evangelical Christians in the Democratic Party. New York State's problems have a clearly identifiable source. Votes from the Big Rotten Apple put individuals like Andrew Cuomo, his father Mario, and Emperor's VIP Club Client 9 into office. Michael Bloomberg was a Kim Jong...
  • De Blasio defends keeping schools open after storm, but even pals disagree

    02/14/2014 5:12:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/14/14 | Ben Chapman , Annie Karni , Caitlin Nolan AND Larry Mcshane
    Ten inches of snow. School buses colliding with cars. Half empty schools. “It’s absolutely a beautiful day out there,” beamed New York Schools Chancellor Carmen Farińa. The clueless chancellor added insult to inclement weather with that head-scratching remark at a news conference Thursday. She and Mayor de Blasio were defending the decision to keep schools open as a snowstorm bombarded the five boroughs. They tried to fend off criticism that came from everyone from elected officials to students to weatherman Al Roker. “Unlike some cities, we don’t shut down in the face of adversity,” said de Blasio, noting that New...
  • Rage as De Blasio keeps schools open in storm

    02/14/2014 4:52:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/14/14 | Yoav Gonen, Bob Fredericks and Jeane MacIntosh
    Faced with a blizzard of criticism from angry parents forced to trudge with their kids to school through a nor’easter that dumped up to three inches of snow an hour on the Big Apple, a seemingly out-of-touch Chancellor Carmen Farińa defended the call to keep classes open Thursday — blindly declaring it “a beautiful day out there” as wet flakes and freezing rain continued to pelt New Yorkers. Farińa and her head-in-a-snowdrift boss, Mayor de Blasio, scrambled to explain why school buses were rolling and kids sliding through the blinding storm, with Hizzoner trying to pin the blame on the...
  • Testy Mayor de Blasio Spars With Press Over Call To NYPD About Bishop Orlando Findlayter Arrest

    02/13/2014 12:15:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 2/13/14 | Celeste Katz
    **SNIP** When a reporter brought up a ticket-fixing scandal within the NYPD that erupted during former Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s tenure, de Blasio’s got snappy. “I don't even understand the parallel. Ticket fixing is illegal, period. Making an inquiry is perfectly appropriate, ticket fixing is illegal,” he shot back at the reporter. **SNIP** Asked if he would do the same again if a similar situation arose, de Blasio didn’t say no. “I would make my decisions on a case by case basis,” he said.
  • Election Day turnout lowest in over 50 years (DeBlasio in NYC last November)

    02/13/2014 11:16:32 AM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 6, 2013 | Andy Soltis
    The voter turnout on Election Day was a measly 24 percent, the lowest in more than half a century. With paper ballots still to be counted, the Board of Elections reported 1,026,169 ballots cast in a city with 4.3 million registered voters...
  • Al Roker blasts De Blasio for keeping schools open - comes under fire for putting kids in danger

    02/13/2014 10:15:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/13/14
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been criticized for putting children at risk by failing to declare a snow day as blizzards hit the city on Wednesday. Teacher's unions and elected officials called the mayor's decision a 'mistake' as schools were kept open despite New York's governor declaring a state of emergency. NBC weather anchor Al Roker even took time out from his Olympic coverage to blast the mayor's snow policy, saying: 'It’s going to take some kid or kids getting hurt before this goofball policy gets changed.'
  • Comptroller to de Blasio: Don’t get involved in arrests (socialist schooled again)

    02/12/2014 5:07:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/12/14 | Yoav Gonen, Beth DeFalco, Jamie Schram, Bruce Golding
    City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Wednesday criticized Mayor de Blasio for personally intervening when a politically connected preacher pal was busted by cops — saying “the mayor shouldn’t be involved in any way when someone gets arrested.” “It’s my sense that good intentions — trying to obviously be concerned about a bishop — is certainly something that I’m sure he felt,” Stringer said after a City Hall budget briefing. “But I think the rule is mayors should not get involved in any way about somebody’s arrest. It can only be problematic.” “Once a mayor makes a call like that, it...
  • Bill de Blasio’s Red Apple Agenda: State of the City speech delivers a goody bag for illegals

    02/12/2014 8:55:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/12/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    The further left a radical politician wants to go, the more likely he is to wrap his agenda in a mainstream Republican brand. In his interview with Bill O’Reilly, Obama compared himself to Nixon (not for the reason most Republicans would expect) and in his State of the City address, Bill de Blasio compared himself to Fiorello H. La Guardia; a former Republican mayor of New York City. The constant mentions of La Guardia, a universally popular figure, were a poor mask for a radical address filled with ugly divisive rhetoric, class warfare and schemes that will bankrupt the city....
  • Cuomo shuts down de Blasio’s minimum wage plan (Socialist schooled on constitution)

    02/11/2014 3:33:45 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/14 | Carl Campanile
    One day after Mayor de Blasio suggested New York City be allowed to set its own minimum wage, Gov. Cuomo shot down the idea as economically damaging to the entire state. Cuomo told a radio interviewer that having municipalities set their own, competing wage rates would create a “chaotic situation” and negatively “cannibalize” New York. The mayor needs Albany’s approval to increase the minimum wage, now set at $8 an hour.
  • De Blasio called cops to spare pal from jail (busted friend had outstanding warrants)

    02/11/2014 3:27:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/11/14 | Jeane MacIntosh
    Mayor de Blasio made a call to a top NYPD spokeswoman about the arrest of a pal who was key to helping him in the black vote last year – and the guy was spared a night in jail. Bishop Orlando Findlayter, pastor of New Hope Christian church in Queens, was pulled over at 11:21 p.m. Monday in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for making a left turn without signaling, according to the Wall Street Journal. When cops ran his license, they found two warrants issued on Jan. 16 for failing to appear in court for prior protest arrests. He was arrested...
  • NYC Mayor De Blasio pushes ID cards for illegal immigrants in speech

    02/11/2014 12:15:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | 02/11/2014 | By Yoav Gonen and Beth DeFalco
    Following through on a campaign pledge, Mayor de Blasio said Monday that he’ll push to create municipal ID cards so illegal immigrants don’t have to “live their lives in the shadows.” While the cards would be available to all New Yorkers, they would be aimed at undocumented immigrants who don’t have access to bank accounts, library cards and even memberships at Costco because they can’t produce official photo ID. The cards could be used to secure apartment leases and MTA senior passes. But they couldn’t be used for government benefits not otherwise available. “To all of my fellow New Yorkers who...
  • BILL DE BLASIO TO CLOSE NEW YORK SCHOOLS FOR RAMADAN'S END, CHINESE NEW YEAR

    02/07/2014 7:21:14 AM PST · by mandaladon · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Feb 2014 | ROBERT WILDE
    <p>Newly-minted Mayor of New York City Bill De Blasio is calling for school closures on two Muslim holidays and the Lunar New Year.</p>
  • 33% Rise in NYC Murders Under Bill “Soft on Crime” de Blasio

    02/06/2014 2:58:15 PM PST · by lowbridge · 13 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | february 6, 2014 | daniel greenfield
    Who could have predicted that electing a Dinkins aide whose only calling card was viral videos made by his obnoxious son and junkie daughter running on a 70s platform of class warfare, racial tensions and empowering criminals would backfire?
  • The Islamization of New York: Bill De Blasio Adds Two Muslim Holidays to School Calendar

    02/06/2014 7:25:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 02/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Bill de Blasio has added two Muslim holidays to the school calendar, but isn’t on board with adding the Hindu festival of Diwali. As usual, this isn’t about diversity, it’s about Muslim Privilege. A spokesman for the Indian community appealed to the mayor to recognize the Hindu holiday.“We are disappointed. We’ve been trying for a long time … It’s very important for the community,” said Dr. Shashi Shah of the Association of Indians in America.But he said he’d move forward with closing schools for Lunar New Year and for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, Muslim holy days.“It is complicated in...
  • [Good News]New York City mayor to protest St. Patty’s Day march

    02/05/2014 7:22:32 AM PST · by topher · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Feb 5, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is going against the grain yet again. The newly elected mayor says that he will not take part in this year’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers won’t allow participants to carry gay pride signs, CBS New York reports.
  • Bill de Blasio Sick of All This ‘Obnoxious’ Snow

    02/04/2014 9:12:07 AM PST · by Jean S · 34 replies
    Politicker ^ | 2/4/14 | Colin Campbell
    Bill de Blasio is now visibly annoyed at the constant blizzards bombarding New York.Speaking at a press conference this morning, the new mayor repeatedly sighed and expressed his exasperation at Mother Nature, which is set to deliver the fourth significant snowstorm of his tenure later today, with yet more bad weather forecast for later week.“The snowstorm situation is reaaaally getting a little too common,” began Mr. de Blasio as he began update on tonight’s approaching storm.“So,” he added, pausing for a breath, “let’s talk about tonight!”“The next snowstorm,” he continued, again pausing a beat, “will start roughly … between 12...
  • De Blasio drops NYC’s ‘Punxsutawney Phil’

    02/02/2014 3:12:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/02/14 | Beth DeFalco, Joe Tacopino
    The first fumble of Super Bowl Sunday belonged to Mayor Bill de Blasio — who dropped the Staten Island Zoo’s groundhog early Sunday morning. De Blasio was trying to handle Staten Island Chuck when the anxious animal squirmed right out of the mayor’s hands and fell on his noggin. “Next year they’ll need a net,” said Ann Jackman, who was at the park with her 14-year-old daughter. “Look how tall he is. Can you imagine falling from that height?”
  • NYC sees 33% spike in murders, fewer guns seized

    01/31/2014 3:59:18 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/28/14 | Jamie Schram
    As his first month as police commissioner under Mayor de Blasio winds down, Bill Bratton is already facing some sobering news — a 33 percent spike in murders across the city. According to the latest statistics released Tuesday, there have been 28 homicides so far this year compared to 21 in the same ­period last year. That puts the city on course for at least one murder a day.
  • De Blasio Time: NYC School Cancels Gifted Classes Over Lack of Diversity

    01/31/2014 10:24:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Front Page ^ | 01/31/2014 | by Daniel Greenfield
    Wait till De Blasio stooge Carmen Farina gets around to really trashing Stuyvesant. There clearly isn’t enough diversity there. But you have to start small. A popular gifted program will get the axe after Ditmas Park school officials chose diversity over exclusivity.Citing a lack of diversity, PS 139 Principal Mary McDonald informed parents in a letter that the Students of Academic Rigor and two other in-house programs would no longer accept applications for incoming kindergartners.“Our Kindergarten classes will be heterogeneously grouped to reflect the diversity of our student body and the community we live in,” McDonald told parents If McDonald...
  • Bill de Blasio and Chris Christie Look Chummy at Super Bowl Kick-Off Party

    01/28/2014 12:51:10 PM PST · by ZULU · 19 replies
    Politicker ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jill Colvin
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Mayor Bill de Blasio may have harshly criticized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his administration’s recent “bridgegate” scandal, but for one night, at least, it was all water under the bridge.
  • Bill de Blasio Should Just Admit It: He Wants to Tax the Rich

    01/27/2014 9:47:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The New Republic ^ | January 27, 2014 | Marc Tracy
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio may receive the kind of press attention most politicians would kill for, but on Monday he played the supplicant. He traveled to Albany, New York’s capital, to plead for the state government to pass a budget that would permit him to impose the tax plan that was the centerpiece of his campaign. His chief argument is that he needs the tax in order to raise enough money to pay for universal pre-kindergarten. His secondary argument is that he is not asking for a statewide tax, but merely a tax over the same voters who...
  • Cuomo, DeBlasio, and Obama's Hypocrisy (vanity)

    01/25/2014 1:56:59 PM PST · by Ray76 · 12 replies
    Vanity | Jan 25, 2014 | Ray76
    New York Governor Cuomo has demanded that those he disagrees with leave New York. New York City Mayor DeBlasio endorses Cuomo's statement "100%". At a memorial after the shooting of Gabby Giffords, Judge Roll, and other bystanders, Obama gave a speech in which he said: And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face...
  • New York City Mayor Agrees With Cuomo Booting Pro-Lifers, Calls Them “Extremists”

    01/25/2014 9:24:50 AM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | Bill Donohue
    One week ago today, Governor Cuomo railed against what he called “extreme conservatives” who are “pro-life, pro-assault weapons, anti-gay.” He said such persons “have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Yesterday, Mayor de Blasio said he agrees with Cuomo’s comments “100 percent.” He explained, “I interpret his [Cuomo's] remarks to say that an extremist attitude that continues the reality of violence in our communities or an extremist attitude that denies the rights of women, does not represent the views of the people of New York State.” deblasoThe spin won’t work. Who...
  • N.Y. mayor at closed AIPAC gala: Part of my job is to defend Israel

    01/25/2014 8:47:31 AM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 33 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2014 | Haaretz
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a heartfelt speech praising Israel at a private gala event hosted by AIPAC at the Hilton hotel in midtown Manhattan Thursday night, the local website Capital New York reported. According to an edited audio recording obtained by the site (below), de Blasio said that "part of his job description is to defend Israel" and that it is "elemental to being an American...
  • De Blasio pre-K tax called ‘charade’ for unions (by Gov. Cuomo)

    01/25/2014 4:02:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/25/14 | Aaron Short, Carl Campanile
    **SNIP** “The people who are pushing this are from the Working Families Party. De Blasio is married to them.” The Cuomo ally noted the WFP is basically run by the most leftist leaders in the labor movement — the Transport Workers Union, the Communication Workers of America and United Federation of Teachers, among others. **SNIP De Blasio and his allies show no sign of backing down. A labor-backed “UPK coalition” met Friday and vowed to continue a campaign to push the mayor’s tax-the-rich initiative in open defiance of the governor, who opposes it.
  • Progressives in power looking for payback (Obama, Hillary, Cuomo, De Blasio, et al)

    01/25/2014 12:41:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    A few random news items from around the country: •Dinesh D’Souza, a prominent conservative filmmaker, was indicted for allegedly violating federal campaign-finance laws. The indictment was “the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States senator in New York,” said a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office. Routine. A Google search for “liberal filmmaker indicted” did not turn up any liberal filmmakers who have been indicted. •James O’Keefe, a conservative maker of provocative films, said the New York State Department of Labor had taken...
  • The Totalitarians of New York

    01/23/2014 5:13:58 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | January 23, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    New York City mayors excel at banning everything from salt to carriages, but they are not very good at cleaning up the streets after a snowstorm. There are two ways of looking at any major city; as a mechanical problem of buildings, streets and sewers whose infrastructures need to be maintained or as a social problem of misbehaving people. The mayors of the mechanical problem understand that they need to clean the streets, but the mayors of the social problem think that they have to fix the people. Mayor Bloomberg flubbed the snow challenge badly. Instead of preparing road salt,...
  • Hillary vs. The 99 Percent (The progressive mindset in a nutshell)

    01/23/2014 3:12:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Art Voice ^ | January 23, 2014 | Professor Michael I. Niman, SUNY Buffalo State
    On the looming battle for the soul of the Democratic Party.Just over two years after the inception of Occupy Wall Street, and one year after the corporate media wrote it off as dead, an unabashed progressive, Bill de Blasio, took the movement’s rhetoric and mobilized the 99 percent to give him a landslide victory over four decades of class war against poor and working New Yorkers. Mayor de Blasio’s progressive campaign rhetoric could have come from the Occupy movement’s “human microphone,” and no amount of Koch brothers funded attack ads could derail the zeitgeist that drove de Blasio and a...
  • Sharpton-De Blasio Ties Bring Back Old Wounds For Some

    01/22/2014 1:17:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Jewish Week ^ | January 22, 2014 | Adam Dickter, assistant managing editor
    As a mainstreamed reverend enjoys access at City Hall, community leaders recognize change; but some still nurse grudges.Two decades ago, Rev. Al Sharpton was the ultimate civic iconoclast, speaking what he called truth to power, organizing rallies and attacking the establishment on behalf of the oppressed. Today, he’s under fire for being too mainstream. Last summer, another prominent black voice, Cornell West, attacked the National Action Network founder in a radio interview as a too-complacent “house negro” of Barack Obama’s “plantation,” failing to hold the president accountable for drone strikes or talk about “Wall Street criminality.” And as he emerges...
  • Mayor Kaiser Wilhelm II Did Not Plow The UES of NYC, but WHY?

    01/22/2014 12:55:46 PM PST · by mononymous · 38 replies
    Mononymous1/Wordpress ^ | 1/22/2014 | Mononymous1
    The UES wasn’t the only area in Manhattan that wasn’t plowed; in fact, as of 4:00 p.m. yesterday, it is KNOWN that most of the area shown in red in the following map was NOT plowed – not even once: http://project.wnyc.org/election2013/ The traffic on all major avenues in the red area was pretty much at standstill. Now, in fairness, I don’t know if all of the areas in green was plowed but someone ought to know. If the UES wasn’t plowed when, for instance, the UWS was, it’d seem that Kaiser Wilhelm II wasn’t going after just the 1 percenters...