The major Democratic mayoral candidates said they would list Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on cell phones in public schools if elected. Speaking at a technology forum this afternoon.
Alec Baldwin went on the offensive, with a lengthy piece on the Huffington Post attacking one of de Blasio's main rivals, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.(1)
At Lucky's Cafe this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to fight big soda even after he leaves office.(2)
Mark Levine, who is running in a crowded City Council race in Northern Manhattan, has hired The Advance Group to be his lead consultants.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn increased her lead in the race for the Democratic mayoral nomination, towering over a field that remains largely unknown to voters, according to a new NY1-Marist poll released this evening.(1)
A coalition of advocacy groups that focus on unemployed and low-wage workers announced today they want the next mayor to create an office of "Labor Standards" in the next City Hall administration, and for the city to have a higher minimum wage than the rest of the state.(1)
In a statement, Stringer said he sided with Bloomberg. He called the viewpoint of the lecturers "repugnant" but said it was wrong for elected officials to express their concerns by "demanding that the event be cancelled or by threatening funding."
Former M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota thinks New York State should resurrect the commuter tax, arguing that those who live elsewhere but routinely benefit from city services should help pay for them.(3)
Bill Lynch, a former deputy mayor under David Dinkins who is consulting for Liu, told me Liu "put down the marker," and set the narrative for his campaign.
Back when Scott Stringer was running for mayor, he was a certain thing: the generally well-regarded liberal without a firm base, significant establishment support, or a realistic way forward.
Here's City Council candidate Mark Levine, formally kicking off his campaign by emphasizing his desire for a racially diverse coalition.(1)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has one prediction for the 2013 mayor's race: The next mayor will not be John Liu, the scandal-adjacent city comptroller who is expected to run for mayor, and who Stringer wants to replace.
Councilman Dan Garodnick will announce tomorrow he is dropping out of the city comptroller's race and seeking reelection to his East Side district, according to two sources who spoke with the two-term Democrat.