In the final seconds of a 42-minute press conference Thursday announcing the appointment of his top deputy for human services, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio fielded a question about his family's upcoming move to Gracie Mansion.
For someone who so recently campaigned on "outer-borough" populism, evoking the contrast between privilege and poverty, it had to be slightly ticklish,... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio yesterday announced the appointment of city government veteran Lilliam Barrios-Paoli as his deputy mayor of health and human services.
Barrios-Paoli is Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Department for the Aging commissioner and also led agencies in Ed Koch’s and Rudy Giuliani’s administrations.
“I think very few people in the city have a stronger understanding of what... » more
More than a decade ago, while first running for City Council, Bill de Blasio was a paid consultant for the Service Employees International Union’s New York state council.
As a councilmember, and later the city’s public advocate, de Blasio kept an alliance with SEIU and other entities active in organized labor. And in May, a key affiliate — 1199SEIU Healthcare Workers East<NO1>cq<NO>... » more
For a second time, Ray Kelly departs as police commissioner at the end of one mayoral administration with Bill Bratton due to succeed him in the next.
But this handoff of the NYPD baton has a sharply different feel from the 1994 version.
Twenty years ago, Bratton came in under GOP Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s aggressive anti-crime mandate. Kelly had been Democratic Mayor David Dinkins’s commissioner... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio says he aims to win his fight for a new tax on top earners to fill a money pot for expanded pre-K programs — and intends to do so by April 1, when the new state fiscal year begins.
That’s especially interesting because for months, it has sounded highly unlikely that the governor and Legislature would agree to a new tax in what will be, for them, an election year.... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio charged forward yesterday with his plan to bring universal prekindergarten to New York City, naming six education experts to develop the program, and vowing he will win a fight in Albany to pay for it with higher taxes on the rich.
“I’m not ever going to be interested in bargaining against myself and this vision,” de Blasio said after reading to preschoolers at an... » more
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s first major speech Monday since winning election doubled down on a hallmark of his campaign — that his early education proposals be funded with taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents.
The Democrat called the tax hike “the right path” despite criticism that state legislators would not approve the measure and a suggestion Monday by mentor and former Mayor David... » more
President Barack Obama was one of America’s least influential people last year, according to GQ magazine.
The president came in at No. 17 out of 25 on its list, with GQ’s Drew Magary citing Obama’s inability to work with Republicans in Congress and his flair for speechmaking, calling the president a “very eloquent hat stand.”
“I have spent the majority of this man’s presidency watching... » more
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday he is leaving Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio a budget that is balanced through mid-2015, and fiscal watchdogs predicted that would give the new administration more flexibility.
Higher-than-expected tax revenue of more than $500 million, plus the sales of city-owned buildings and new taxicab medallions, helped erase a projected $2 billion shortfall for the... » more
Terrorism, anthrax, and Superstorm Sandy — plus blizzards and blackouts — have permanently thrust New York City government into the business of disaster response and planning.
A mayor faces important choices of how to conduct that business — options that go beyond picking police, fire and health commissioners. Emergency-management professionals, whose job it is to prepare for grim scenarios,... » more