Azi Paybarah

Police supporters, detractors clash outside City Hall:

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.

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De Blasio grows his lead, as Lhota advertises their similarities

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.

Oct. 3, 2013

 
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After a costly, low-turnout election, advocates press for instant run-offs

"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.

Oct. 2, 2013

 
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Public advocate predictions: Not as close as you thought

But predicting yesterday's public advocate run-off was, in the words of one person I corresponded with, " like farmers almanac voodoo."

Oct. 2, 2013

 
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Letitia James makes history

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."

Oct. 2, 2013

 
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Giuliani takes a shot at de Blasio, Lhota and King frown on Republicans

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]

 

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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In federal court, city attorneys defend NYPD surveillance tactics

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.

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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Video briefing: How to not talk about a government shutdown

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.

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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A $13 million run-off comes down to the small stuff

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.

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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De Blasio talks about his father, and Bloomberg warns Washington

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]

 

Sep. 30, 2013

 
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Before a media report, de Blasio acknowledges his father’s suicide

“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.”

Sep. 30, 2013