Newly declared mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner said he has seen no evidence that the New York Police Department's anti-terrorism surveillance program focusing on Muslim groups has done anything illegal or unconstitutional.
And with Weiner in the race, Quinn's formidable (albeit early lead) over the field of Democratic rivals, is diminished, keeping her well below the 40 percent she'd need to avoid a run-off with whomever comes in second. But that second place challenger may not be Weiner.(1)
Anthony Weiner launched his mayoral campaign with a video posted after midnight last night, late enough to avoid being on the front page of the New York daily newspapers (thereby avoiding the tabloids' requisite wiener-entry headlines).(1)
The head of the powerful health care worker union said his organization has "the largest political action fund in the country" and will do "what is necessary" to help elect Public Advocate Bill de Blasio mayor.
When I reported last month on the potential inner circle of advisers who might still be available to work on an Anthony Weiner mayoral campaign, the names of two experienced operatives came up in every conversation.
"There is no parent or community input in the current administration," said Randi Weingarten, the former UFT president who leads the union's national organization. "People are actually more angry when the mayor is as duplicitous as he is with this. When you pretend to talk to people when you actually don't. [Former mayor Rudy] Giuliani was actually more forthright because he would say he's not listening to people."(3)
This past weekend, for the first time I can recall, mayoral candidate appeared at a forum organized by Muslim and Arab groups. It took place at N.Y.U. on Sunday and lasted more than an hour.
On Monday night, seven candidates for mayor cycled through a synagogue in Park Slope to talk about polarizing issues affecting south-central Brooklyn: Barclays Center, affordable housing and, of course, the Prospect Park bike lane.(2)
"And I still say, put up or shut up. They got something and they want to come after me? Fine," New York City Comptroller John Liu said, referring to federal prosecutors one day after the convictions of his campaign treasurer and a donor.(2)
The state's highest ranking Republican has a new argument for opposing the public financing of campaigns: John Liu.
It took a federal jury yesterday only seven hours of deliberation before convicting two associates of New York City Comptroller John Liu forattempting to defraud the New York City matching funds program by using "straw donors" to circumvent donation limits.(1)
Here's a new radio ad Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis released this morning, warning of other candidates who are soft on street crime and terrorism.
The people who are advising Anthony Weiner, or not. [Reid Pillifant]
WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly is leaving as the station deals with a digital divide. [Joe Pompeo]
Democrats would lift Bloomberg's cell phone ban, and Carrion is open to use drones for surveillance. [Azi Paybarah]
Video: Bill de Blasio impersonates Arnold Schwarzenegger. [Azi Paybarah]
Two major Democratic mayoral candidates defended current New York laws prohobiting the kind of short-term apartment rentals like the ones found on AirBnB.com.