Public Advocate Bill de Blasio officially announced his campaign for mayor this afternoon on the front porch of his home in Park Slope.
De Blasio said he intends "to sweep into City Hall a spirit that all boroughs were created equal and that all our residents matter. And that's why today here on my block in Brooklyn, I proudly declare my candidacy for mayor of New York."
At a memorial lecture for the brother of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver this morning, public advocate Bill de Blasio told a roomful of doctors that the city should "crystallize the lessons" from Hurricane Sandy, and could learn from rural areas of Nicaragua.
"As humans we have an uncanny ability to think about things when they're happening very clearly and then immediately forget them because something else came up," de Blasio told a packed auditorium at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, with doctors in lab coats and stethoscopes filling 100 or so seats, and lining the walls.
Peyser wrote, "Lesbians don’t simply get cured, as if homosexuality were a temporary disease. Someone (de Blasio? McCray? Both?) isn’t being honest."
The four major Democratic candidates for mayor denounced a New York Post cartoon depicting the sex life of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who was revealed last week to have written an essay 33 years ago titled "I am a lesbian."The four candidates appeared at Al Sharpton's National Action Network on Saturday morning (before Saturday Night Live made a similar reference to the de Blasio's during their Weekend Update segment). Here's some video from the Sharpton event.
It's a testament to the seriousness with which M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota's potential mayoral candidacy is taken, maybe, that we're no longer talking about whether it can happen, but about "hurdles" to him winning the whole thing.
Cuomo doesn't plan on getting involved in the New York City's mayoral race next year. [Ken Lovett]
Bill de Blasio's wife, Chirlane, once wrote an essay for Essence magazine titled "I am a Lesbian." [Hunter Walker]
Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer was endorsed by 32BJ. [Celeste Katz]
Carolyn Ryan, Rupert Murdoch, Mort Zuckerman and Eleanor Randolph are among the people on this power list. [City and State]
Before meeting de Blasio when they worked in the Dinkins administration, Chirlane wrote an essay for Essence magazine identifying herself as a lesbian, according to the Observer.
Through a de Blasio campaign spokesperson, Chirlane released the following statement. "In the 1970s, I identified as a lesbian, and wrote about it. In 1991, I met the love of my life, married him, and together we've raised two amazing kids. I'm reminded every day how lucky I am to have met my soulmate."(1)