Azi Paybarah

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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A joke about Cuomo’s Christie-esque ambition

Here's Republican state senator Andrew Lanza, making a 2016 joke in the run-up to Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech on Staten Island yesterday.

So much for scripting introductory remarks.

 

Feb. 26, 2013

 
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A Lhota ally resigns, creating a possible opening for Carrion

Robert Scarmadella unexpectedly resigned this morning as chairman of the Republican county organization on Staten Island, providing a potential opening for Adolfo Carrion Jr. to get into the Republican primary contest for mayor.

Feb. 26, 2013

 
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A question about Adolfo Carrion, and a contemptuous response

Later this evening, Adolfo Carron Jr. is formally launching his mayoral campaign.

Feb. 26, 2013

 
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Dov Hikind is sorry if you were offended by his blackface costume

Assemblyman Dov Hikind apologized. Sort of.

Feb. 26, 2013

 
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Dov Hikind, blackface, and an apology gone wrong

Hikind is "sorry people were offended," by his blackface costume. [Celeste Katz]

Hikind said he didn't mean to offend anyone. [David K. Li, Lorena Mongelli and David Seifman]

A Times editor thinks Hikind's apology is weak. [Eleanor Randolph]

"Dov Hikind Under Fire for Blackface Purim Costume" [Josh Nathan-Kazis]

Flashback: "New Look for Purim in Obama Era" in Borough Park. [John Del Signore]

Feb. 25, 2013

 
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Cuomo says his asymmetrical fight with a state engineer is a D.O.T. problem

During a speech on Staten Island this morning, Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke about needing to govern with "simpatico," and having the heart balance the mind when making decision. After the speech, I asked Cuomo how that squared with the recent events involving D.O.T. engineer Michael Fayette

Feb. 25, 2013

 
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Reaction to Dov Hikind’s blackface costume

Assemblyman Dov Hikind decided to dress up as a black basketball player for Purim, provoking a swift backlash that he seemed surprised by, for some reason.

Feb. 25, 2013

 
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Nothing to see in Cuomo’s high-profile fund-raising schedule

Andrew Cuomo is planning a string of high-profile, high-dollar fund-raisers, as reported by Maggie Haberman: two in Florida, one at a Paul Simon concert with a $100,000 "chair"-level spot and another with a $15,000-a-seat price.

Feb. 25, 2013

 
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Quinn, alone, stands firm on an East Side waste station

Four of the five Democratic mayoral candidates said on Saturday that the marine transfer station slated to open on the Upper East Side should be reconsidered because the area was flooded during Hurricane Sandy, casting doubt on a major piece of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's citywide plan to have each borough collect and dispense of their own garbage.

Feb. 23, 2013

 
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Why Andrew Cuomo is losing a fight with an engineer named Mike

Andrew Cuomo's administration forced the resignation of a state employee, a longtime engineer with the transportation department, who had spoken to the press, for a positive story in a small upstate paper, without first getting permission.

Feb. 22, 2013