Nearly 200 square off in dueling protests
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.
Bill de Blasio's big lead is getting bigger.
De Blasio, the Democratic mayoral nominee, came out of the primary with a 41-point lead over his Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, and it's now swelled to a 50-point advantage, according to a poll of likely voters released by Quinnipiac University today.
"The good news is we can achieve better, smarter, fairer, more inclusive, higher participation, less devisive elections for less costs, by moving to instant run-off voting," said Councilman Brad Lander.
But predicting yesterday's public advocate run-off was, in the words of one person I corresponded with, " like farmers almanac voodoo."
City Councilwoman Letitia James won a big victory in yesterday's run-off for public advocate, capturing about 60 percent of the vote in a bare-knuckle race against State Senator Daniel Squadron.
"Today you elected me the first, the first--" James said, struggling to compose herself during her victory speech, "the first woman of color to hold citywide office."
Joe Lhota on Capital New York, and David Koch: "If I'm tied to the Tea Party, so's Andrew Cuomo." [Dana Rubinstein]
Rep. Peter King on his party's shutdown problem. [Reid Pillifant]
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand oppose a shutdown tax concession, on principle. [Reid Pillifant]
Lawyers for the city defended the New York Police Department's controversial counter-terrorism program this morning, at a hearing that revives questions about the agreement that has guided the city's surveillance programs for four decades.
The federal government is now shut down, after the House proposed to tie funding to a delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the Senate refused.
The federal government shut down at midnight last night, but in New York City, an election is underway, which will cost the city $13 million, for a citywide post with a $2 million annual budget.
The race for public advocate has been mired in a discussion about which candidate is lodging personal attacks, and who went negative first.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be "a sin not to try" Obamacare "and see whether it works." [Dana Rubinstein]
Bill de Blasio tried getting out ahead of a Post story by announcing his father committed suicide while suffering from terminal cancer in 1979. Warren Willhelm Sr.'s death was first reported in a Connecticut paper that ceased publishing this June. [Dana Rubinstein]
De Blasio sees "openness" from Governor Andrew Cuomo on raising taxes on the rich to pay for pre-kindergarten classes. [Azi Paybarah]
“While this has been a private part of my family’s life, it is now clear a media story will soon emerge," said Bill de Blasio today. "My father tragically ended his life while battling terminal cancer in 1979.”