Azi Paybarah

De Blasio: Postpone protests until after police funerals:

"I call upon everyone to focus on these families"

Bio: Azi Paybarah is a reporter for Capital. He has covered politics for The New York Observer, WNYC, The New York Sun and the New York Press.

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Lhota quotes Quinn, Thompson and Liu, from before they endorsed de Blasio

Republican Joe Lhota is finally making use of the footage from the Democratic primary, where Bill de Blasio's rivals repeatedly called him a liar and accused him of flip-flopping.

This two-and-a-half minute video features Christine Quinn, John Liu and Bill de Blasio attacking de Blasio during televised debates. They all later endorsed him after the primary.

 

 

Oct. 21, 2013

 
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Cuomo’s poll numbers rise; Clintons campaign in New York

POLL: Andrew Cuomo has reason to smile this morning: a new poll by the Siena Research Institute shows his job approval rating has moved back into positive territory after a one-month slip to 49-50. The same survey confirms that the controversially rosy ballot language to allow up to seven casinos in the state still tips the scales in favor of more gambling (while Siena's regular question still shows, basically a split just outside the margin of error, the actual language polls at 56-40) and allowing natural gas hydrofracking, considered statewide, is opposed 43-38 (about the same as it's been).

Oct. 21, 2013

 
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Cuomo 2014 mail, today

Here are copies of a mailer Governor Andrew Cuomo's reelection committee began sending out. They were passed along by a reader who did not want to be identified.

Oct. 18, 2013

 
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In New York, O’Malley boosts de Blasio and tweaks Cuomo

Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland sided with Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio in a disagreement with Governor Andrew Cuomo over taxing the rich to pay for early education.

Oct. 18, 2013

 
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Briefing: O’Malley in Cuomo’s backyard, another bad sign for Silver

Good morning! Happy almost weekend. It will be sunny in New York City but rainy in Albany, with highs of 66 and 63. We're still playing with the format of this newsletter, which we're making for you. So please tell us what you think. On Twitter: @Azi and @JimmyVielkind; by email: Azi@CapitalNewYork.com and Jimmy@CapitalNewYork.com

Oct. 18, 2013

 
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In a new ad, de Blasio’s daughter dismisses a Lhota attack

The new ad from de Blasio features his daughter, Chiara, and and some light jingle music in the background. "Now that my dad is on the move, his opponents are on the attack," she says, as the words "Lhota launches nastiest campaign attack yet," flash across the screen, attributed to a New York Post yesterday.

Without directly addressing the substance of Lhota's ad, Chiara rattles off a quick list of her dad's priorities

Oct. 17, 2013

 
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Briefing: De Blasio plans Day One review, casino backers conduct a poll

It's becoming clearer that the first 100 days of Bill de Blasio's mayoral administration will be busy dismantling Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiatives. Just this week in Manhattan he said he would "review everything" about recent charter school co-locations recently approved, and in Brooklyn yestreday said "will review all current policy and determine what is appropriate" when asked if he woud keep the NYPD's demographic unit.

Oct. 17, 2013

 
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De Blasio says Cuomo’s anti-tax comments don’t apply to his proposal

Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo seemed to rule out the possibility of creating the tax hikes necessary for one of the signature proposals of Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign.

Oct. 16, 2013

 
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Briefing: De Blasio puts Lhota on defense, Cuomo squashes a de Blasio tax

From Capital

EXCLUSIVE — "Lhota on Bloomberg-Cuomo: 'It's about two men and their egos'" by Dana Rubinstein: "'If the governor of New York gives one dollar to a project in the City of New York, I would fire my staff person if they don't invite the governor to the ribbon cutting,' the Republican nominee told members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors at a meeting last Friday, according to a recording of the event made available to Capital.

He also said, "What's going on over who's in charge over Sandy? It's about two men and their egos. And I'm telling you, it doesn't work that way. I mean, this is how countries have revolutions." http://goo.gl/k4hY3F

 

Oct. 16, 2013

 
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A pro-Hynes poll says Clarence Norman ‘wants revenge’

Paul Swibinski, the pollster who did the survey, provided me a copy of it yesterday and said the race is "either about corruption or partisanship."

Oct. 15, 2013