It's Election Day and, this being New York, no surprises are expected. As Runnin' Scared has no influence to peddle, we can afford to be brutally honest about this. The Mayor's reelection is treated as a foregone conclusion and, down-ticket, the Democrats are expected to romp (except in Staten Islan ... More >>
No one else seems to be doing it, so let's see what 26-year-old Alex Zablocki (pictured) -- Tea Party person and Republican candidate for Public Advocate -- has been up to. He debated Democrat Bill de Blasio and Socialist Maura Deluca Monday, which didn't get much attention: In fact, Downtown ... More >>
By Lucy Jordan and Grace Smith
City Comptroller Bill Thompson yesterday released an audit criticizing the Department of Small Business Services for its lousy record of awarding contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities.
At a press conference outside City Hall, Thompson said tha ... More >>
Mark Green was the first New York City public advocate -- a sort of Mayoral VP and public busybody -- and, after a two-term interregnum by Betsy Gotbaum, he looks good to become the third. But it's not such a sure thing as it once looked.
When Green announced for the race he actually scared ... More >>
Bill Thompson, the Democratic mayoral front-runner, needed to raise a quarter mil to qualify for federal matching funds at a six-to-one ratio. He didn't make it, says the New York City Campaign Finance Board. So he missed out on around $1.5 million. (His people are confident he'll qualify at the nex ... More >>
Because the Mayor talks about "belt tightening" and "sacrifice" when he cuts the budget, and you never hear from the civil servants who get those cuts in the neck, you might get the impression that they heroically and uncomplainingly shoulder their burden like good soldiers.
Therefore it is both r ... More >>
In endorsements for the Manhattan D.A.'s race, as we noted before, it's been all about Richard Aborn. But the other candidates are starting to grab some big names, too. Cyrus Vance Jr. has just added former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall to his roster, which includes David ... More >>
We didn't know Taxi Appreciation Day was a Thing -- we never see cards for it at the Hallmark store -- but it apparently is celebrated yearly on various days in various jurisdictions. For example, the Mayor of Toronto declared one on June 9, 2003; Syracuse had one by mayoral proclamation last June 1 ... More >>
At PolitickerNY, Azi Paybarah sees Manhattan D.A. candidate Richard Aborn pursuing an "Early-Endorsement Strategy." His office certainly sends out plenty such notices: in the past few weeks we've been alerted to his endorsements by the Broadway Democrats and the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democ ... More >>
Well, it is a nice shot, but $329,000 is a little over our standard freelance rate. Best of luck, Luis Caldera.
Great medical PR headline of the day: "Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic."
The face transplant lady still loves her husband, who shot her face off.
Brownsville Recreation C ... More >>
President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking.
Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>
We're getting close enough to elections that local political clubs are sizing up candidates. We covered a VID club meet-and-grill earlier, at which Manhattan DA candidate Leslie Crocker Snyder defended her evolution on the death penalty. The subject came up again at last night's debate among the can ... More >>
Mark Green is getting a surprisingly friendly reception to the Public Advocate's race. The current PA, Betsy Gotbaum, who will not compete in this year's race, responds, "It doesn't surprise me that the field of strong candidates for the Public Advocate's race continues to grow. I believe that is a ... More >>