A Hot97 endorsement for de Blasio, citing weed, Bloomberg and Dante’s ‘non-Jewish Jew-fro’

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who is now leading in the polls thanks in no small part to introductory television advertising featuring his biracial family, was endorsed this morning by Peter Rosenberg, one of the hosts on a popular rap radio station.

The first question de Blasio was asked when he called into the show was "You actually have a biracial son, correct?"

De Blasio responded, "I have a biracial family."

De Blasio was asked about stop-and-frisk, and agreed with the host that it was "lazy" for police officers to stop people based on how they look rather than for suspicious behavior. When de Blasio said the department should stop arresting people for having small amounts of marijuana in public, one of the hosts said, "Hold on, de Blasio! You are talking to a constituency here, that is listening to you, that is definitely a weed-smoking constituency. Are you saying, sir, that if we put you in office, we will not be going to jail for having small amounts of marijuana?"

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De Blasio said yes, but made to sure to elaborate on his point.

"I'm going to give you a very precise answer," he said. "I want a law passed in Albany that would end it and I would instruct the NYPD right now [to] stop arresting people for displays of small amounts. It's ridiculous. It doesn't make us safer."

Later, Rosenberg, who said he is a "registered independent," spoke about public housing and how "the projects were never intended for you to stay. It was a place for you to go, figure out how to get on your feet and move on. There are people taking advantage of the system."

De Blasio said the city needs to protect the current stock of public housing and also build "a much greater amount of affordable housing."

After the de Blasio interview, Rosenberg told the audience he was siding with de Blasio, and rattled off a number of reasons. The first reason Rosenberg stated was de Blasio's focus on the wealth gap in the city. Then he said, "I personally don't like the Christine Quinn-estabishment vibe. I don't like how much she's embraced by Mayor Bloomberg" and, "I want a change from Mayor Bloomberg."

After that, Rosenberg said this: "On top of that, and maybe most importantly, you can't tell me you don't want to have [a mayor] who happens to be white but his wife is black and his kid has the most epic, non-Jewish Jew-fro of all time."

Rosenberg said "all of those reasons are why I'm going to vote for Bill de Blasio."

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"Today in New York the public polls in the 2013 mayoral race have become a travesty." — Bruce Gyory

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From Capital

Michael Bloomberg's political donations are front page news in Colorado. [Reid Pillifant]

Asked how they would respond if one of their own children were stopped-and-frisked, none of the Republican mayoral candidates "stumbled in quite the way Michael Dukakis did" on a hypothetical question in 1988. [Reid Pillifant]

Charts showing Bill de Blasio's surge in Quinnipiac polls. [Azi Paybarah]

John Catsimatidis said someone at the Post "just doesn't like me" and that the Times endorsing Joe Lhota will hurt Lhota in the primary. [Azi Paybarah]

Lhota's attack mail piece hitting Catsimatidis says, "Waiting for information supporting this." [Azi Paybarah]

Ray Kelly dismissed an A.P. report he did not read. [Reid Pillifant]

In the wake of the A.P. story, John Liu said he audit the NYPD and Scott Stringer said he would specifically audit the NYPD's Intelligence Division. [Azi Paybarah]

Anthony Weiner called the allegations against the NYPD "shocking and indefensible," and Christine Quinn said, "If what the Associated Press is reporting turns out to be true, it raises serious questions that must be addressed." [Azi Paybarah]

The logo for the NYPD's Technical Operations Unit is either a spying garbage can or a spy in a garbage can. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has "No public events scheduled."

Christine Quinn's campaign schedule is "EMBARGOED UNTIL DATE AND TIME OF EVENT"

9 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate John Lu attends a meeting of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, at the Christian Community Neighborhood Church, 1437 Longfellow Avenue, Bronx. @JohnLiu2013

10 a.m. Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses flood recovery at Herkimer County Community College, 100 Reservoir Road, in Herkimer. @nygovCuomo

10 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gets endorsed by Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez and District Council 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, at the Finishing Trades Institute of New York, 45-15 36th Street (off of Queens Boulevard) in Long Island City, Queens. @BillThompsonNYC @DCouncil_9 #NYC2013

11 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Liu. [WNYC] @BrianLehrer @JohnLiu2013 #NYC2013

11 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese distributes food for Rosh Hashanah at the Shorefront Jewish Community Center, 3100 Brighton 4th Street, Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013

11:30 a.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio has a press conference on the northwest corner of Park Row and Centre Street, in Manhattan. @DeBlasioNYC

11:45 a.m. Cuomo discusses flood recovery at Oneida City Hall, 109 North Main Street, in Oneida. @nygovCuomo

Noon. Democratic mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner visits a senior center, on the 2nd floor of at 1625 Ocean Avenue (between Avenue K and Avenue L) in Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner

12:15 p.m. Liu visits a senior center at 961 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013

12:30 p.m. Liu visits a senior center at 966 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013

12:30 p.m. Thompson "calls for getting rid of outdated trailers being used as classrooms," on the steps of City Hall. @BillThompsonNYC #NYC2013 #EduElection

12:30 p.m. Democratic mayoral candidate Scott Stringer hosts a Women for Stringer Rally, at the Harriet Tubman Statue, at 122nd Street between St. Nicholas and Frederick Douglas Blvd., in Manhattan. @Stringer2013 Women4Stringer

1:15 p.m. Liu discusses his plans for medical marijuana, at New York Downtown Hospital, 170 William Street, in Lower Manhattan. @JohnLiu #MarijuanaLaws

2:15 p.m. Cuomo discusses flood recovery at Lockport Municipal Building, 1 Locks Plaza, n Lockport. @nygovCuomo

2:30 p.m. Weiner calls for the creation of a luxury real estate tax, across from 15 Central Park West (between West 61st St. and West 62nd St.) in Manhattan. @AnthonyWeiner #NYC2013

3 p.m. De Blasio, Liu and others rally with fast food workers, at Union Square. @JohnLiu2013

4 p.m. Albanese reiterates his call for permanent Rockaway ferry service at a rally in Rockaway, at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive, in Queens. @SalAlbanese2013 #NYC2013

5 p.m. Liu greets commuters at the 14th Street station for the A/C/E train, by 14th Street and 8th Avenue, in Manhattan. @JohnLiu2013

5:45 p.m. Weiner greets commuters on the northwest corner of Church Avenue and East 18th Street, in Brooklyn. @AnthonyWeiner

6:30 p.m. Thompson, Liu and others attends the New York County Democratic Committee cocktail party, at SEIU 32BJ's office, 25 West 18th Street, Manhattan. @ManhattanDems @JohnLiu2013

7 p.m. On "The Road to City Hall": A debate between City Council candidates Yetta Kurland and Corey Johnson. [NY1] @RoadToCityHall #CD03@YettaKurland @CoreyinNYC

7 p.m. Albanese participates in the Community Board 17's Education Committee and East Flatbush Mayoral Forum, at the Top Civic Center, 1098-1100 Utica Avenue (between Beverly Rd and Clarendon Rd.) in Brooklyn. @SalAlbanese2013 #FlatbushForum

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7:30 p.m. Liu participates in the Community Board 17's Education Committee and East Flatbush Mayoral Forum, at the Top Civic Center, 1098-1100 Utica Avenue (between Beverly Rd and Clarendon Rd.) in Brooklyn. @JohnLiu2013 #FlatbushForum

8:45 p.m. Liu attends a meeting of the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, at Tosca Marquee, 4034 East Tremont Avenue, in the Bronx. @JohnLiu2013

Mayor's Race

More on yesterday's Quinnipiac poll showing de Blasio in the lead. [Michael Howard Saul]

"De Blasio began building momentum after he launched an ad campaign this summer featuring his interracial family, most especially his son, Dante, whose distinct afro has been a star of the campaign." [Mara Gay and Annie Karni]

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"Our vision is the opposite of de Blasio’s." [New York Post]

One host on Hot97 endorsed de Blasio. [@Azi]

A third of voters in the Quinnipiac poll said there's a "good chance" they'll change who they're supporting. [Yoav Gonen and Sally Goldenberg]

A close look at de Blasio's plan to tax the wealthy to pay for early childhood education. [Javier Hernandez]

"Hedge fund titans" donated $170,336 to Christine Quinn. [Alexandra Stevenson]

Bill Thompson aides say the polls are inaccurate and they're running a strategy the chattering classes don't understand. [Andrew Grossman]

"The upbeat and scrappy ads could set Mr. Weiner apart from his rivals, who are now attacking each other relentlessly." [David Chen]

Joe Lhota said the cost of John Catsimatidis' plan to assign cops to high crime public housing buildings would be "extraordinary." [Jennifer Fermino]

The Republican mayoral candidates' responses to questions about stop-and-frisk and the NYPD "offered a stark contrast" with the Democratic candidates. [Thomas Kaplan]

The long-shot candidates are still running. [John Surico]

Quotes from the mayoral candidates about improving the lives of commuters. [Dan Rivoli]

Comptroller's Race

Quinn and Chirlane McCray are signed onto a pro-Stringer letter being released today. [Page Six]

A critic is shocked to hear Eliot Spitzer claim credit for warning the public about the 2008 financial collapse. [Charles Gasparino]

Down Ballot

City Council candidate Igor Oberman got $30,000 in donations from vendors he hired while acting as co-op president of Trump Village in Coney Island. [Tripp Whetsell]

Former paterson aide David Johnson is volunteering on City Councilwoman Inez Dicken's campaign. [Glenn Blain]

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City Hall / City Council

A short Post story about NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly's criticism of the Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman book detailing the NYPD surveillance tactics. [Jamie Schram]

Crime is up in the city's largest parks. [Timothy O'Connor]

Washington

Video of President Obama's speech at the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington yesterday. [New York Times]

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