The folks at the Drug Policy Alliance -- who we talked to extensively for last year's Voice feature "The White Mayor's Burden" -- put out a scathing press release yesterday writing that the NYPD arrested 50,680 New Yorkers for marijuana in 2011, making it the highest year for the Bloomberg administr ... More >>
Happy Valentine's Day Poll! According to a new NY1/Marist survey of 657 New York City adults, the "most romantic" borough was declared as Manhattan by 64 percent of city residents. Brooklyn came in second, followed by Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. Brooklyners, as to be expected, were ... More >>
Ed Koch and I were inaugurated on the same day in 1978. He became mayor and I became his weekly tormentor.
I had written a few pieces for the Voice before I took over the Runnin' Scared column that January, going back as far as 1973.
But I was now inheriting a column that Mary Nichols, th ... More >>
Mayor with pal, Uncle Jr. Soprano
The Times has taken a long overdue meter-reading of Team Bloomberg's diversity hiring performance and the results are not good. Consider:
--Since being elected to a third term last year, of the mayor's nine major appointments -- three deputy mayors and six co ... More >>
via ExposayLast night, I was by far the youngest one at the Friars Club tribute to ex NYC mayor David Dinkins, and that was amazing considering that most nights I feel like a junior high school counselor.
But comedian Norm Crosby, who's 82, insisted that he's not old.
"I'll tell you what ol ... More >>
Eric SchneidermanThe ongoing war of words between State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, two of the top candidates for New York Attorney General, is at least novel. Does anyone really think a DA should be blamed, as Schneiderman has Rice, if crime g ... More >>
Under the gaze of Moses, King Solomon, Hammurabi, and Abraham Lincoln (in a mural on the ceiling of the New York County Courthouse rotunda), the latest sad drama in the city's real estate bust played out this morning with minimal fanfare. Speaking slowly and deliberately, the auctioneer finis ... More >>
Mike Bloomberg couldn't make yesterday evening's giant swearing-in ceremony at the Great Hall at City College for new Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. Ex-mayor Ed Koch was there, as was David Dinkins, who gave a sweet speech hailing Vance as someone who cared as much about preventing cri ... 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 >>