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  • Bill de Blasio tells New Yorkers not to eat at anti-LGBT Chick-fil-A

    05/04/2016 9:55:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 4, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday encouraged his constituents not to eat at a new Chick-fil-A restaurant opening in the city, citing the companys pro-traditional marriage views. What the ownership of Chick-fil-A has said is wrong, Mr. de Blasio said at a press conference, as reported by DNA Info. Im certainly not going to patronize them, and I wouldnt urge any other New Yorker to patronize them, he said, adding that they do have a legal right. Mr. de Blasios comments came after city Councilman Danny Dromm started a boycott for a new Chick-fil-A location opening in...
  • Sprawling corruption case with humble beginnings roils NYC

    04/24/2016 5:16:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2016 6:21 PM EDT | Jake Pearson and Tom Hays
    After a successful attack on corruption in New Yorks state government, the hard-charging federal prosecutor in Manhattan appears to have set his sights on New York City. Over the past few weeks, a series of loosely related public corruption investigations coordinated by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara have spilled into public view, with targets including high-ranking New York Police Department officials, the union representing city jail guards, and the political fundraising activities of several people with ties to New York Citys mayor. Already an embarrassment to the nations largest police department, it remains unclear whether the widening probes could do damage...
  • De Blasio gamed donation limits, hid names: Board of Elections

    04/23/2016 6:16:15 PM PDT · by GilGil · 22 replies
    Daily News ^ | 4/22/2016 | Kenneth Lovett
    ALBANY The head investigator for the state Board of Elections probed the 2014 fundraising efforts by Mayor de Blasio and his team on behalf of the Senate Democrats and found enough willful and flagrant violations to warrant a criminal referral to the Manhattan DAs office. The Daily News obtained a bombshell memo state Board of Elections Chief Enforcement Officer Risa Sugarman sent to the boards four commissioners on Jan. 4 recommending the referral. I have determined that reasonable cause exists to believe a violation warranting criminal prosecution has taken place, Sugarman wrote. The violations discovered by this investigation can...
  • De Blasio Team Violated Campaign Finance Laws, Report Says

    04/23/2016 3:23:35 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 22, 2016 | WILLIAM NEUMAN and JESSE McKINLEY
    An investigation by the New York State Board of Elections found evidence of flagrant violations of campaign finance law by a team of people that Mayor Bill de Blasio created to raise money for Democrats running for the State Senate in 2014, according to a confidential board report. The board sent the report to Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, three months ago, prompting a criminal investigation into the fund-raising. The mayors Senate effort, which failed in its goal to wrest the legislative body from Republican control, has proved damaging to him in multiple ways. Democrats remained in...
  • De Blasio to mandate energy retrofits for privately owned buildings

    04/22/2016 3:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Politico New York ^ | April 22, 2016 | David Giambusso
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that he will impose mandates on the commercial real estate sector to achieve dramatic greenhouse gas emissions among the city's building stock by far the city's biggest contributor to global warming. In an announcement tied to Earth Day, the mayor's office said the requirements, along with city programs and incentives, would help kickstart the mayor's goal of cutting building emissions dramatically over the next 35 years. The mandates are a significant development for the city's real estate world. When de Blasio announced a plan two years ago to cut building emissions, he threatened...
  • Diagnosing Bill de Blasios disease: How can we explain the trouble he's in?

    04/18/2016 6:25:16 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 7 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 17 Apr, 2016 | HARRY SIEGEL
    The bad news has been snowballing for Bill de Blasio, what with the emergence of a federal probe involving, among other things, top cops in Brooklyn accepting diamonds, trips and more from two big donors to various appendages of his political operation and whats now four separate investigations into a city-aided flip, again involving a wired backer of the mayor, of a Lower East Side nursing home for AIDS patients into luxury condos. I wrote last Sunday that after this week, Im losing faith that de Blasios horse trading is paying off for the city. And it appears Im not...
  • Cruz Goes After DeBlasio in New Ad

    04/13/2016 6:54:37 PM PDT · by writer33 · 37 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 04/13/16 | CR Wire/Phil Silver
    The Cruz campaign's latest radio ad rips Bill DeBlasio following the New York City mayor's attacks on Ted Cruz. "DeBlasio's socialist policies are tearing the city apart," the narrator states before systematically ripping apart DeBlasio's record as mayor. "He treats cops like criminals and criminals like freedom fighters," the ad continues.
  • 'It was his skit!' Hillary blames de Blasio after she joined him on-stage at gala for 'racist' ...

    04/13/2016 2:07:10 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | April 13, 2016 | Ben Tufft, Francesca Chambers and Kalhan Rosenblatt
    Complete Headline: 'It was his skit!' Hillary blames Bill de Blasio after she joined him on-stage at gala for 'racist' colored people joke Hillary Clinton distanced herself from Mayor Bill de Blasio's 'racist' joke Democratic front-runner and mayor performed skit at the Inner Circle event NYC mayor endorsed Clinton at end of October, after New York Governor The mayor joked that it took him so long because he was on 'C.P. time' Clinton jumped in and said C.P was a reference to 'cautious politician' time 'C.P. time' is actually short for 'colored people' time. As video of the incident made...
  • Clinton's joke with New York mayor criticized as insulting blacks

    04/12/2016 8:27:31 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 43 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12 Apr 2016
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A comic gag turned into a gaffe for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, triggering a social media storm that raged through Tuesday over what some said was their insensitivity to African-Americans. New York voters head to the polls next week for the primary election on April 19. While Clinton has strong support from black voters, some supporters worry that Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders has begun making inroads with them. Clinton and de Blasio took the stage on Saturday at the Inner Circle, an annual media roast of politicians that...
  • Watch: Hillary & de Blasio make a cringeworthy colored people time joke at NYC charity event

    04/11/2016 3:41:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | April 11, 2016 | Sophia Tesfaye
    At the same annual event where former mayor Rudy Giuliani famously dressed in drag, things got awkwardly racial For the uninitiated CPT is an acronym for colored people time, an old stereotype African-Americans have employed in jest amongst each other to excuse tardiness. Unfortunately, I found out on Monday that the shorthand CPT is no longer just an inside joke, but such a commonplace referral that even Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are publicly joking about the term. At a charity event Sunday night, the Democratic presidential candidate apparently decided her campaign had successfully brushed...
  • Trump's Corrupt And Liberal New York Values

    04/11/2016 4:41:42 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 43 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 11, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    In a Fox News debate, Donald Trump attacked Sen. Ted Cruzs critical reference to New York values with a passionate reference to the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. As Real Clear Politics reported his remarks: Ive had more calls on that statement that Ted made, that New York is a great place, its got great people, its got loving people, wonderful people. When the World Trade Center came down, I saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than New York.
  • NYPD corruption scandal leads straight to de Blasio

    04/09/2016 7:45:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 7, 2016 | 11:29pm | Michael Goodwin
    As Bob Dylan told us long ago, You dont need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. These days, a foul wind blows from City Hall. With subpoenas issued, investigations spreading and at least one federal grand jury at work, the question isnt whether Bill de Blasios administration has a corruption problem. The questions are how big is the problem, how many agencies are tainted and how high up the pecking order does it go? [] The two biggest and most recent scandals involve lucrative gifts and cash given to current and former top officers in the NYPD,...
  • GOP Rep Peter King: Any New Yorker Who Votes for Phony Cruz Needs Their Head Examined

    04/07/2016 3:59:37 PM PDT · by drewh · 56 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 1 hour ago
    Thursday on AM 970 Rep. Peter King (R-NY) criticized Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), calling him a phony and saying his supporters in New York would need their heads examined. King said, Let me say something about the New York primary, any New Yorker who even thinks of voting for Ted Cruz should have their head examined. Really, heres a guy who refused to sign onto the 9/11 health care act for the cops and fireman. Heres a guy who talks about New York values. To me, New York values is what people did after 9/11 the...
  • NYC mayor signs bill banning smokeless tobacco in ballparks

    04/06/2016 6:43:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 6, 2016 9:04 PM EDT
    New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has signed a bill that bans the use of smokeless tobacco products at all ticketed baseball stadiums, sports arenas and recreation areas. De Blasio signed the bill Wednesday. He said the legislation was important to the health of baseball players and the people of New York. The City Council approved the legislation last month by a vote of 44-3. It was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson.
  • New York gives pro-terror Palestinian activist $500,000

    04/03/2016 2:38:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 4/3/2016, 12:07 PM | Ari Yashar
    Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian-American activist who recently raised an uproar for her open support of rock-throwing terrorism against Israel, has been awarded over $500,000 by the City of New York. The activist, who is a longtime ally of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and has helped him get votes, has led the Arab-American Association of New York based in Brooklyn since 2005. [] Sarsour is the daughter of Palestinian Arab immigrants. Last October she exposed her blatant anti-Israel bias during a Twitter debate with Queens Councilman Rory Lancman, who is Jewish.
  • New York Daily News: An early look at tomorrow's front page..."THIS IS HOW WE FIGHT TERROR, TED"

    03/26/2016 6:49:02 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 59 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3/26/2016 | New York Daily News
    EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz knows 'absolutely nothing' about counterterrorism in NYC, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton says.
  • De Blasio Goes Full Retard Attempting To Explain Away NYC Knife Attacks

    03/20/2016 6:47:57 AM PDT · by SJackson · 28 replies
    Bearubg Arms ^ | March 14, 2016 | Bob Owens
    According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, the spike in edged weapon attacks in the Big Apple are a result of the citys gun control efforts being so successful. Yes, he really is that delusional. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the explosion in random slashings this year shows the city is getting guns off the streets, but critics say its another NYPD policy that is driving the blade attacks: The end of stop-and-frisk. De Blasios claim earlier this month that violent criminals are using knives, razor blades and boxcutters to maim strangers because they cant get...
  • [Vanity] Why does Trump have the support of NY Republicans if he supported DeBlasio and Clinton?

    03/19/2016 7:57:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 89 replies
    If Trump was such a big liberal why does he seem to have so much support from NYGOP primary voters? You would think NY GOP primary voters would be the people who'd object the most if he was cutting bad deals with NY Democrats.
  • Gay Irish Eyes Are Smiling Mayor De Blasio Praises NYCs Inclusive St. Paddys Day Parade

    03/17/2016 3:12:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2016 | 12:51 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Homosexual advocates are celebrating todays St. Patrick Day parade in New York City with a new twist on a beloved Irish ballad. Gay Irish eyes are smiling, the March 4 article posted on the Advocates website begins, citing the fact that homosexual groups will be participating in the parade and so will Mayor Bill De Blasio. [] The Advocate article noted that last year Out@NBCUniversal was the first LGBT group allowed to march, but that other groups were not included. NBC is an official sponsor of the parade, the Advocate article said.
  • New Bill Would Require NYC Restaurants to Post Carb Warnings

    03/10/2016 5:12:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Grub Street ^ | March 9, 2016 10:25 a.m. | Clint Rainey
    Looks like the city is spoiling for a new fight with restaurateurs: A bill being introduced today by Brooklyn city council member Inez Barron would force them to warn customers that foods with too much sugar and carbs are dangerous to people with diabetes. If its passed, restaurants would be required to hang a poster created by the Department of Health that spells out the risks of excessive sugar and other carbohydrate intake for diabetic and pre-diabetic individuals. Barron says the city has an obligation to provide consumers with this information just like it has with calorie counts.
  • If Trump wins, Cuomo could be out

    03/08/2016 7:12:34 AM PST · by b4its2late · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 7 2016 | Fredric U. Dicker
    Donald Trumps fired-up New York backers predict that a victory by him in November would set the stage for defeating Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018 and lead to the ouster of their own GOP leader next year. They also predict that if the Manhattan developer becomes president, hed work from the White House to turn New York away from the anti-business, tax-and-spend, progressive Democratic politicians, including Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who now dominate City Hall and the state Capitol. The Trump supporters, who lost out Friday in an effort to convince state GOP Chairman Ed Cox to...
  • NYC revisits policing tactics that clogged jails, courts

    03/06/2016 10:25:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 6, 2016 1:05 PM EST | Jake Pearson and Michael Balsamo
    The city that pioneered broken windows policing is retooling its longtime strategy of trying to reduce serious crime by cracking down on people who commit minor offenses, like public drinking and littering. [] Change cant come fast enough for people like Manhattan resident Jamal Williams. The 28-year-old was cited by the police two years ago for spitting on the ground outside his East Harlem public housing building. The offense was as minor as they come, but when he forgot to show up for his court date, he became a wanted man. [] But critics say the softer touch will threaten...
  • NY mayor ends St Pats parade boycott after gay ban dropped

    03/04/2016 9:34:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    CathNews ^ | March 4, 2016
    Mr De Blasio, a first-term Democrat, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that for the first time he will take part in the parade along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on March 17. He skipped the parade in 2014, when no gay groups were allowed to openly march, and he skipped again last year, when only one small lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group was permitted. "The St Patrick's Day parade is a New York City tradition, but for years Irish LGBT New Yorkers could not show their pride," Mr De Blasio told the AP. "Finally, they can celebrate their heritage by...
  • NY mayor to march in St. Pat's parade after gay ban dropped

    03/02/2016 2:55:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 2, 2016 5:42 PM EST | Jonathan Lemire
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is ending a two-year boycott of the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade now that it has fully dropped its longstanding ban on allowing gay and lesbian groups to march under their own banners. De Blasio, a first-term Democrat, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that for the first time he will take part in the parade along Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. He skipped the parade in 2014, when no gay groups were allowed to openly march, and he skipped again last year, when only one small lesbian, gay, bisexual and...
  • You Wont Get Arrested for Public Boozing (or Urinating) in Manhattan Anymore

    03/01/2016 7:29:39 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 54 replies
    observer.com ^ | 3/1/2016 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Go ahead and pop the champagne: the NYPD will no longer arrest most people who are caught drinking alcohol in public in Manhattan, the city announced todaybut they can still get a summons. Unless its necessary for public safety reasons, the NYPD will no longer arrest people for certain low-level offenses in Manhattan, including public consumption of alcohol, public urination, littering and riding between subway cars or taking up more than one subway seatand Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. will no longer prosecute those infractions, his office said today. Offenders can still receive summonses, which require them to pay...
  • Judge issues temporary hold on NYC salt warning enforcement

    02/29/2016 3:43:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 29, 2016 4:57 PM EST
    New York City's enforcement of its first-in-the-nation rule mandating salt warnings on some restaurant menus has been put on hold the day before it was supposed to go into effect. An appellate judge issued a temporary stay on Monday. The National Restaurant Association had asked for the stay last week, after another judge ruled the city could fine restaurants that don't comply with the labeling rule up to $600, starting on March 1. The rule, enacted in December, calls for chain restaurants and fast-food places with more than 15 outlets nationwide to put triangle icons with salt-shaker images on menus...
  • Trump: De Blasio to be 'good mayor' (2013)

    02/24/2016 10:14:35 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/31/13 | Lucy McCalmont
    Business mogul Donald Trump is optimistic about the future of New York City if Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio wins the mayoral election. “I think pretty strongly that he’ll end up being a good mayor, maybe a very good mayor and I don’t think he’s going to want to kill the golden goose,” Trump told an Albany radio station Thursday, according to the New York Daily News.-snip-“I think he’s a smart guy that knows what’s going on really big league and I think he is not going to want to destroy New York,” Trump said. “I think he is going...
  • Latest Slashing Has Riders Terrified, As Bratton Insists Subways Are Safe

    02/03/2016 11:01:59 AM PST · by fella · 16 replies
    CBS New York ^ | 2 Feb 2016
    There's been another slashing on a New York City subway, and terrified riders are calling for protection. This, as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton insists the subways are safe. As CBS2's Alice Gainer reported, a 30-year-old man is recovering after being slashed with a knife while on a No. 3 train Monday around 12:40 p.m. "SNIP" "Every night I see a different slashing," one woman said. "It does concern me because I have to take it every day. So it's kind of scary," another woman said.
  • NYC pilot program aims to foster greater school diversity

    01/30/2016 10:11:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 10:57 AM EST | Karen Matthews
    Gentrification has been coming fast to Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood. The influx of wealthier, white residents is being reflected in the hallways of Public School 705. The elementary school is still half black and more than a quarter Hispanic, but Principal Sandra Soto has seen enough change to worry that P.S. 705 was on the cusp of a phenomenon that has occurred elsewhere in the city, where poorer, minority children disappear as their families are priced out of the neighborhood. "The next thing you know I have a whole slew of middle-class white families," she said, while black and Hispanic...
  • Don’t Be Racist – NYC Okays “Pee In Place” Public Sidewalk Urination

    01/25/2016 5:22:33 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies
    http://constitutionrising.com ^ | January 26, 2016 | Rick Wells
    New Yorkers can take solace in the fact that their rights to be equally disgusting, offensive and unsanitary and to publicly expose themselves to passing strangers, including children are now protected by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his city council. An assortment of quality-of-life laws are being relegated to the ranks of the non-enforced because too many minorities are being arrested under them. When an overly large percentage of the violations of a law take place among a particular minority or ethnicity, the liberals naturally assume there is something wrong with the law or those who are enforcing it. The...
  • Why Trump Endorsed Bill de Blasio

    01/19/2016 9:39:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 111 replies
    Red State ^ | January 19, 2016 | Dan Spencer
    Courageous Conservatives is a political action committee that supports Ted Cruz and other conservative candidates who support Conservative principles and defend the Constitution of the United States. It has just released a new video weighing in on Donald Trump's New York values, which Sen. Ted Cruz has made a major issue by turning the Donald's words against him. As Cruz has been doing the Courageous Conservatives PAC uses Trump's own words against him. Watch the video: "... Fred Dicker: What is it going to mean for Donald Trump to have Bill de Blasio as Mayor?" Donald Trump: "He's a smart...
  • Trump was for de Blasio before he was against him

    01/17/2016 12:41:24 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 129 replies
    Redstate ^ | August 16, 2015 | Neil Stevens
    Right now socialist New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is conducting a one man Jihad against Donald Trump, but the fact is, before Trump decided to run for President, Trump was a big fan. Yes, even when it was known that de Blasio was a committed socialist, with a long record of being on the extreme left, Trump was a fan. "I think pretty strongly that he'll end up being a good mayor", Trump said. "Maybe a very good mayor and I don't think he's going to want to kill the golden goose." His positive words, spoken before the election...
  • Teen walking in park with dad raped by group of men

    01/11/2016 9:40:10 AM PST · by massmike · 122 replies
    http://nypost.com/ ^ | 01/11/2016 | Amanda Woods
    Five fiends took turns raping a terrified teenage girl in a Brooklyn playground Thursday evening, police said on Saturday. The 18-year-old and her dad were inside Osborn Playground, near Hegeman Avenue and Osborn Street in Brownsville, at 9:10 p.m. when the perverts, all strangers, accosted them. One had a gun and pointed it at the pair, demanding that the father leave. The father ran out of the park, desperately looking for help. When he left, each of the men, who ranged in age from 20 to 30, raped his daughter, cops said. By then the father had encountered two cops,...
  • 6 Big Cities See Hiring Fade After Minimum Wage Hikes

    01/09/2016 10:23:38 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 39 replies
    IBD ^ | January 6, 2016 | Jed Graham
    U.S. cities that implemented big minimum-wage hikes to $10 an hour or more in 2015 have seen a strikingly similar aftermath: Job gains have fallen to multiyear lows at restaurants, hotels and other leisure and hospitality venues. The data aren't, for the most part, stark and reliable enough to amount to smoking-gun proof. But Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. — all on the leading edge of the push for big minimum wage hikes — all show worrisome job trends.
  • NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police

    01/07/2016 12:59:41 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Tom Hays
    NYC Settles Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance by Police By tom hays, associated press NEW YORK -- Jan 7, 2016 The New York Police Department will strengthen safeguards against illegal surveillance of Muslims in investigations of terror threats and install a civilian representative on an advisory committee that reviews the probes under the terms of a settlement of two high-profile civil rights lawsuits, lawyers said Thursday. The announcement of a deal following months of negotiations formally ended litigation over accusations that the nation's largest police department cast a shadow over Muslim communities with a covert campaign of religious profiling and illegal...
  • N.Y. Restaurant Owners Plead for Mercy as Gov. Cuomo Tightens Screws on Wages [Min. $15/hr.]

    01/07/2016 8:49:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 01/07/2016 | Rod Kackley
    More than 100 restaurant owners in the state of New York are begging Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) not to force them to pay their waiters and waitresses $15 an hour. But it's doubtful he heard them over the roar of union workers at rallies Jan. 4 supporting Cuomo's call for a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage. Melissa Fleischut, president and CEO of the New York State Restaurant Association, can see the $15 an hour wage coming, but she's hoping for a five-year moratorium for people who make their livings on tips. She said her organization's members would be crushed...
  • Philadelphia’s 99th Mayor Says He’s Not ‘Progressive’

    12/31/2015 4:23:20 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 20 replies
    CBS PHILADELPHIA ^ | 31 DECEMBER 2015 | AP
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Philadelphia Mayor-elect Jim Kenney bristles at the label "progressive." "How about fairness?" he said in a recent interview. "When you know something's unfair, it's unfair. There are certain things that you have to acknowledge are the case and then work to fix them." Jim Kenney is not African-American but few white politicians are as comfortable discussing issues of inequality, mass incarceration and policing. The 57-year-old Irish-American, South Philly native's positions have earned him comparisons with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
  • New York City unveils new rules on gender discrimination

    12/21/2015 7:48:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 21, 2015 5:56 PM EST | Michael Balsamo and Jennifer Peltz
    Restaurant owners can't require ties for male diners only. Gyms can't tell clients which locker room to use. And in most cases, an employer can't put "John" on a worker's ID if she prefers "Jane." New York City's Human Rights Commission is establishing what advocates called some of the most powerful guidelines nationwide on gender-identity discrimination, releasing specifics Monday to flesh out broad protections in a 2002 law. "Today's guidance makes it abundantly clear what the city considers to be discrimination," which can lead to fines of up to $250,000, Commissioner Carmelyn P. Malalis said in a statement. Officials said...
  • Peddlers flock to New York City for 'coniferous tree' season (new PC term for Christmas tree)

    12/12/2015 9:06:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2015 8:52 AM EST | Verena Dobnik
    In New York City, even sidewalk space is coveted real estate. Street vendors sometimes spend a fortune or languish for years on waiting lists to acquire one of the permits that allow them to sell goods in tightly regulated locations. But once a year, there's an exception, laid out in an artfully worded city ordinance: During the month of December, anyone may sell "coniferous trees" just about anywhere - no license required. It's a rare tree-for-all. Peddlers flock in from across North America. Big trucks carrying huge loads of trees arrive in the dead of night. Stands selling coniferous trees...
  • NYC mayor discharged from hospital after hernia surgery

    12/11/2015 6:06:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 11, 2015 8:17 PM EST
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been discharged from a hospital after undergoing surgery for a hernia. [...] De Blasio is now resting at Gracie Mansion and will return to City Hall on Monday. ...
  • De Blasio blasts Trump for anti-Semitic speech & general Islamophobia: “Doing bidding of ISIS”

    12/07/2015 7:38:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | December 7, 2015 | Scott Eric Kaufman
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went on CNN’s “New Day” and accused Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump of dividing the country in a way that only helps one group — ISIS. Host Alisyn Camerota asked de Blasio what his “ongoing beef” with Trump is, and the mayor replied that he doesn’t care what Trump says about him, “what I’m concerned about [is] he goes before a Republican Jewish group and uses age-old, horrible stereotypes of Jewish people — out loud!” He added that “these are the kinds of stereotypes that have undercut the Jewish community for centuries,” before...
  • Divest stocks in gun-makers, New York City mayor tells city's pension funds

    12/05/2015 9:03:52 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 44 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4 Dec 2015 | Gaurdian
    In wake of San Bernardino mass shooting, Bill de Blasio appeals to comptroller to 'to divest immediately' from funds that include assault weapon-makers New York City's mayor, Bill de Blasio, urged the city's pension funds on Friday to divest their holdings in stocks of gun-makers after this week's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. In a statement he said: "I call on all government pension funds in New York City and across the country to divest immediately from funds that include assault weapon manufacturers." The mayor urged the city comptroller "to divest as soon as possible if no verifiable assurance...
  • Restaurant group sues NYC over new salt-warning labels

    12/03/2015 8:25:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 3, 2015 9:32 PM EST | Jennifer Peltz
    New York City's new warning label for salt-laden chain restaurant food is headed for a court fight, after restaurateurs sued Thursday to argue that health regulators overstepped legal bounds to enact the first-of-its-kind requirement. The National Restaurant Association's suit came just two days after the rule took effect, compelling chain eateries to put a salt-shaker icon on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium -- about a teaspoon. The group had vowed to challenge the city Board of Health-approved rule, which will sprinkle salt warnings on some dishes ranging from burgers to pizzas to...
  • Principal ‘fixes’ failing grades behind teachers’ backs: staff ( NYC )

    11/29/2015 7:25:53 AM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    The NY Post ^ | November 29, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    The principal of DeWitt Clinton HS, a struggling Bronx school in Mayor de Blasio's multimillion-dollar Renewal program, changed students failing grades to passing without teachers knowledge or consent, insiders told The Post. In one case, Santiago Taveras gave a senior who received a "no show" in a global-history class a 75 and changed her failing 55 grade in gym to a minimum passing 65, records show. She then got a credit for each class, which she did not deserve, several staffers charged. He thinks he is God and can do whatever he wants. ... Taveras changed a students failing 55...
  • In New York, a Warmer Reception for Syrian Refugees

    11/28/2015 1:23:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Voice of America ^ | November 28, 2015 | Ramon Taylor
    In the wake of the terror attacks in Paris, politicians and others are calling for a ban — or at least a delay — on the influx of refugees to the United States. Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush have called on the U.S. to accept only Christian Syrian refugees, not Muslims. Presidential candidate Donald Trump goes one step further, saying he would accept none. Dr. Ahmad Jaber, president of the Arab-American Association of New York and Dawood Mosque, calls such rhetoric unconstitutional. "How dare you say you are not welcoming refugees," Jaber said. "How dare you say...
  • Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Support of White New Yorkers, Poll Finds

    11/18/2015 8:02:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, ALEXANDER BURNS and DALIA SUSSMAN
    Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds. Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites. Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted...
  • Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Support of White New Yorkers, Poll Finds

    11/18/2015 7:59:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Michael Grynbaum, Alex Burns and Dalia Sussman
    Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds. Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites. Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted...
  • De Blasio looks to fix ObamaCare flaw that left cancer patients without coverage (Pelosi knew)

    11/12/2015 2:40:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/15 | Yoav Gonen
    Mayor de Blasio is moving to clean up a state medical-insurance mess that blindsided thousands of New Yorkers, including 114 cancer patients in the city who were about to lose their doctors. Under a hastily drawn-up deal, the patients will continue to get coverage for treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the city's MetroPlus health plan. The patients had faced a tough choice: pay out of pocket or find new doctors because of the impending bankruptcy of Health Republic - one of the state's ObamaCare providers and the only one that covers treatment at Sloan Kettering.
  • Nine wounded, two fatally, as hours of violence breaks out between Brooklyn and Queens: cops

    11/01/2015 6:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:14 PM | Keldy Ortiz
    Nine people were woundedtwo fatallyin seven violent incidents between two boroughs which spanned from Saturday night through Sunday morning, police said. The mayhem started in Queens when two men were shotone fatallyat a house party on 240th St. near 144th Ave. in Rosedale around 8:53 p.m., cops said. The victimsPeyton Manwaring, 19, and a unidentified 18-year-old manwere disputing with someone and the suspect shot them, according to the police. Manwaring was shot once in the stomach, while the other was shot in the gut, arm and leg, cops said. Both were taken to Jamaica Hospital, but Manwaring could not be...
  • De Blasio will finally endorse Hillary Clinton: source

    10/26/2015 3:39:14 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 8 replies
    AP via the New York Post ^ | 10/26/2015 | Associated Press (uncredited)
    NEW YORK A person familiar with the plans of Bill de Blasio says New York Citys mayor is planning to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. The person told The Associated Press on Monday the endorsement would likely come before a December presidential forum in Iowa organized by de Blasio. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter before the announcement and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.