For Lhota, the key figure will be how much money he has left over, after paying start-up costs to launch his campaign, on top of fund-raising costs. One Republican operative not associated with any campaign said if Lhota has $500,000 left on hand after those costs, he's in great shape.
Joe Lhota, the Republican frontrunner in the race for mayor, this morning disputed the notion that income inequality is an issue particular to New York City.
I asked Joe Lhota if Republican primary voters were as supportive of LGBT rights as he was. "It is evolving rapidly, no matter where I go. The law has been changed on same-sex marriages and it's really opened up everyone's eyes. They're all our brothers and sisters. It's as simple as that."
Last night at a mayoral forum about poverty, comptroller John Liu said the city's minimum wage should be $11.50 an hour.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the frontrunner in this year's mayoral election, on Friday night called for the restoration of a commuter tax to benefit the city's mass transit, a system over which she believes the city should exert more control.
Adolfo Carrion Jr., the former Bronx borough president and White House urban policy director, is now officially the mayoral candidate of the Independence Party, giving him a spot on the ballot in November.
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)
Here's the robocall that Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis is sending out to voters. He's among the least known, and best funded, so, it makes sense going into the field early. In the 35-second call, he mentions his name four times.(1)
Have 11 years under Mayor Michael Bloomberg improved education in New York City?(1)
Unger made the pitch during a lunch at the Four Seasons for which Portwood, Koch's editor, was also in attendance. Summner Redstone and Les Moonves were seated at nearby tables, and Liz Smith was there lunching with Barbara Walters, who came over to shake Koch's hand. He told Unger and Portwood that he refused to talk about his personal life in the column.
"My answers are based on reality, and how do you fix the problem, not based on a cookie-cutter approach, and that's what the city has been doing," Lhota told me.(3)
Rev. Al Sharpton is hosting a mayoral debate on January 15 in Harlem, part of Sharpton's annual Martin Luther King Day celebration.
The only gun control policy over which the mayor of New York City exerts complete and total control is a controversial one whose efficacy remains in dispute: stop and frisk.(2)