Azi Paybarah

De Blasio declines to explain Banks' departure:

'Obviously he was going to be [in] a very very central role. But he made a decision else-wise.'

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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Few public details of a threat against Christine Quinn

During an interview with the Daily News, Christine Quinn's wife revealed that the City Council Speaker and mayoral candidates has "gotten threats for being gay." Quinn's campaign confirmed the existence of the threats, and provided no further info.

Aug. 20, 2013

 
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Vallone, touting a police union endorsement, vows to ‘take back boro hall’

Earlier today, Vallone, who chairs the Council's public safety committee, announced he was endorsed by the Patrolmen Benevolent Association. On Facebook, Vallone wrote, "They stand in front lines against crime and terror and we are so proud they are standing with us as we take back boro hall for the people!"

 

 

Aug. 20, 2013

 
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Spitzer ad plays musical chairs to recall serious budgetary influence

The first ad Eliot Spitzer's campaign released after the Times, Daily News and Post endorsed his rival, seeks to remind people about one of Spitzer's achievements during his brief time as governor: increasing education funding.

Aug. 20, 2013

 
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Quinn’s campaign gets more explicit about ‘history’

The media has long described Christine Quinn's campaign in terms of her identity, and how she stands to become the first female and first openly gay or lesbian mayor of New York. Now, her campaign has become more explicit about discussing the history-making potential of her candidacy, too.

Aug. 20, 2013

 
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Another strong poll showing for Bill de Blasio

For the second time in a week, a poll is showing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio at the front of the Democratic mayoral pack. This one has him neck-and-neck with Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Aug. 15, 2013

 
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Bloomberg prepares for a court fight, candidates attack mail boxes

Christine Quinn was on "Morning Joe," downplaying the significance of Bill de Blasio's lead in the most recent Quinnipiac poll. [Reid Pillifant]

Asked about 'tolerance,' Weiner spoke about stop-and-frisk and metzitzah b'peh. [Dana Rubinstein]

Abner Louima endorsed Ken Thompson for Brooklyn district attorney against incumbent Charles Hynes. [Azi Paybarah]

Aug. 15, 2013

 
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Squadron’s Hurricane Sandy ad

By focusing on his work with Schumer, and the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the Squadron campaign is betting that voters will reward him for delivering results, rather than be motivated by compelling personal narratives or anger about City Hall, which some of his rivals have underscored during the campaign.

 

 

Aug. 15, 2013

 
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Abner Louima endorses Ken Thompson for Brooklyn D.A.

Thompson's campaign sent out this mail piece featuring Louima, and it's the fist time Louima has publicly announced his support for Thompson.

Aug. 15, 2013

 
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Reshma Saujani’s blooming mail piece

Sometimes, the most important thing a campaign says in a mail piece isn't actually printed on the page you hold in your hand.

Aug. 15, 2013

 
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Hynes takes credit for a historic drop in crime

The chart shows how crime rates dropped sharply between 1990, when he first got into office, and 2012. The message is clear, as the headline above the graphic states: Hynes "cut crime".

Aug. 15, 2013