De Blasio, running as the anti-Bloomberg, leads with Dante
Bill de Blasio is going up on television with an ad featuring his 15-year-old son, Dante, who says his father is the only candidate with the "guts to really break from the Bloomberg years" and the only one who "will end a stop-and-frisk era that unfairly targets people of color."
De Blasio's campaign has been pitching itself as the choice for voters who want to summarily reject the Bloomberg administration after three terms of a mayor who never embraced the role as empathizer-in-chief of the city.
Some of this contrast is simply biographical: The de Blasios, as the campaign frequently points out, are a multiracial, outer-borough, middle-class family whose children went to public school. Notwithstanding the common Massachusetts roots, de Blasio would provide voters with a look that is considerably different than the billionaire he hopes to succeed.
Substantively, the changeover from Bloomberg to de Blasio would be less radical, in many ways, than it's cracked up (by de Blasio and Bloomberg) to be.
He would keep mayoral control of schools, although modified to include more parental input. Both Bloomberg and de Blasio supported the Atlantic Yards development, with de Blasio pushing the developer to deliver on his promise for more affordable housing. And de Blasio backed Bloomberg's plan to limit the size of large sugary drinks, something Bloomberg's closest political ally and fellow mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, opposed. De Blasio once called bike-promoting transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan a "radical;" now he's firmly on board with her agenda, notwithstanding the occasional obligatory nod to the prospect of a more inclusive process.
De Blasio would be more likely than Bloomberg has been to raise new revenue from rich New Yorkers to strengthen the city's social programs, and would deal more generously with the public-sector unions, which played a significant role in helping him get to where he is today.
He has promised to make major changes to the way the city's police force works, and is the only Democratic candidate supporting each of two Council bills to increase oversight. He's also said that, unlike Christine Quinn, he'd replace Ray Kelly as police commissioner. But de Blasio hasn't called for an outright ban on stop-and-frisk, and he's said that he would consider as the next police commissioner one of Kelly's top deputies.
The question, of course, isn't whether de Blasio would upend every single policy of the current administration—he wouldn't. It's whether de Blasio more likely than any of his rivals to provide the change that a substantial and quite possibly decisive number of Democratic primary voters are now looking for. If you take Dante's word for it, he is.
"He's the only Democrat with the guts to really break from the Bloomberg years." — Dante de Blasio
Mayor Michael Bloomberg called yesterday's student test scores "very good news." [Javier Hernandez and Robert Gebeloff]
In a settlement with the NYCLU, the NYPD agreed to expunge about 565,000 names of people who were arrested or received a summons after begin stopped-and-frisked. [Joseph Goldstein]
To help with his forthcoming book, Andrew Cuomo is working with writer Linda Kulman, who helped write books with Hillary Clinton and Amanda Knox. [Erica Orden]
The Joint Committee on Public Ethics opened an investigation into the New York State Assembly after it failed to turn over documents subpoenaed as part of a sexual harassment investigation into Assemblyman Micah Kellner. [Danny Hakim]
"To conduct the surveillance, the N.S.A. is temporarily copying and then sifting through the contents of what is apparently most e-mails and other text-based communications that cross the border." [Charlie Savage]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the dramatic decline in student test scores was just a result of using a different measure. [Dana Rubinstein]
Bloomberg and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand disagree on Mark Pryor. [Dana Rubinstein]
Senator Chuck Schumer waits for House Speaker John Boehner to get his caucus behind immigration reform. [Reid Pillifant]
Details about Daniel Squadron's public-advocate policy book. [Reid Pillifant]
A teacher concerned about pay increases is happy with what she hears from Bill Thompson. [Azi Paybarah]
Post columnists Andrew Peyser and Linda Stasi are stepping back from the paper. [Tom McGeveran and Joe Pompeo]
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The television ads are coming. [Michael Howard Saul]
Bill de Blasio's son says his dad is the only candidate who "will end a stop-and-frisk era that unfairly targets people of color." [Michael Barbaro]
De Blasio's strategy of campaigning with his family "is a deliberate attempt to humanize and distinguish a candidate who remains relatively unknown to New York City’s far-flung electorate." [Michael Barbaro]
Anthony Weiner did not apologize for calling Republican candidate George McDonald "grandpa". [Beth DeFalco]
One editorial page said Weiner and Eliot Spitzer have "unhinged personalities" which make them unsuitable for office. [New York Post]
"If Eliot Spitzer wins the race for city comptroller, his first job may be defending himself in court." [Seth Lipsky]
Public Advocate's Race
In an interview, Councilwoman Letitia James discussed her campaign said Bloomberg has been "fabulous" in fighting gun violence. [NY1]
Former assemblyman Vito Lopez received $88,000 in matching funds for his City Council race. [Jennifer Fermino]
City Hall / City Council
A city lawyer downplayed the significance of the NYPD's settlement with the NYPD. [Julia Marsh]
"This settlement, those officials said, will effectively end the database's used by the NYPD in criminal investigations." [Sean Gardiner]
Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., agreed with the NYCLU on this issue. [Dean Meminger]
More statistics about the new student test scores Bloomberg trumpeted. [Corinne Lestch and Ben Chapman]
In an op-ed, the UFT president said the mayor is at fault because schools were too slow in preparing for the tougher tests. [Daily News]
Outgoing Councilman Dan Halloran, who recently restarted his legal practice, allegedly met a client inside his City Council district office. [M.L. Nestel and Jennifer Bain]
“What he’s doing is part of his brand, but it also plays into the negative view of him, which is that he only cares about himself,” a Democratic operative says of Cuomo's close-to-home strategy. [Ruby Cramer]
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a contractor will pay back wages he owes workers. [Daniel Beekman]
The state's $633 million insurance fund will be "wipe[d] out" thanks to the liquidation of Executive Life Insurance New York, officials are expected to announce today. [Josh Kosman and Mark DeCambre]
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is preparing new rules for how the military handles sexual assault cases. [Thom Shanker]
Why it's good Obama canceled on Putin. [Miriam Elder]