Anthony Weiner began his first day on the campaign trail this morning by greeting voters on 125th Street and Lenox Avenue, talking to commuters on the No. 2 express train heading downtown, and then interacting with reporters and people on the street as he walked the several blocks to the WNYC offices on Varick Street for an interview with Brian Lehrer.
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)
"His is one of the names that listeners know and tune in for – testimony to his boundless energy, immense productivity and selfless commitment to meeting the news demands of WNYC’s audience," Schacter wrote in a memo obtained by Capital.
An interactive map showing where donations are coming from. [John Keefe]
Where the mayoral candidates stand on the bus strike. [Beth Fertig]
Christine Quinn is leading in money and public opinion polls. [Anna Sale]
The mayor's race has "no clear front-runner…" [Hunter Walker and Colin Campbell]
Mohney recently spent a week in Taipei reporting out a forthcoming profile on the Taiwanese video spoofsters (and Tumblr users) Next Media Animation. (If nothing else, it illustrates the type of money Tumblr is willing to sink into its nascent editorial venture.) And a human interest piece about the people responsible for mending the cracks and crevices in New York's pavement was inspired by The Daily Pothole, one of the city's 22 official Tumblr blogs. "Normally, nobody would be interested in pot-hole fillers," said Bennett.(2)
"I always get a chuckle when people start talking about congestion pricing as if it's a new idea," said M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota today, on WNYC. "It's implemented in New York State. It's over 40 years old."
Times columnist Michael Powell finds anecdotal evidence of racial profiling by the New York Police Department, quoting eight black community college students in Manhattan who said they had, in total, "been stopped 92 times" by the police.
Chris Smith has a compelling 5,800-word cover story in New York magazine about the psyche of police officers under the data-driven leadership of Ray Kelly that offers, among other things, a possible explanation for the department's application of the stop-and-frisk technique as part of a never-ending effort to canvass the streets for illegal weapons.(1)
Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to invigorate New York's economy with revenue he expects the state to raise, and jobs he expects to create, from legalizing table gambling. This new stream of money would help pay for health care and education-spending increases he's promising, while also keeping his promise not to impose any new taxes or fees.
"Read Andrew's Lips" has been a constant feature of the New York Post editorial page for weeks now, a reminder (and implicit warning) to the governor, and everyone else, that he has committed to kill a high-earner tax.
Cuomo's acknowledgment today that he's considering an overhaul of the tax code which could include tax increases on the rich will not go unnoticed by the Post or anyone else, is the point.
This is the fifth in a five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.
Today, a look at Lillian Roberts, leader of the city's largest public-employee union, at the end of what has been a particularly tough electoral cycle for organized labor.
>> Watch the video and read the story here: An old-school labor leader girds for the Age of Cuomo (WNYC.org)
This is the fourth in a five-part series called "The New York Vote," a partnership between WNYC and Capital New York. We will be painting a portrait of the New York electorate in 2010, as explained by a diverse cast of political players.
Today a look at how Mickey Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, became a believer in polling.
>> Watch the video and read the story here: A Professional Reader of Voters' Minds Discusses His 'Blunt Instrument'
The conventional wisdom in public radio would run something like: If your programming is really good, your devoted listeners will pay to help sustain it. But what if the fact that you ask for sustenance from your listeners actually makes them stakeholders, makes them into devoted listeners?