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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Weiner takes the fight to Grandpa, Quinn attacks Thompson

"Bloomberg: The next mayor could give New York a Detroit-style problem" [Dana Rubinstein]

Christine Quinn responded to Bloomberg's warning about the city's fiscal problems by saying, basically, trust me. [Dana Rubinstein]

Quinn attacked Bill Thompson's record as New York City Comptroller, thanks to Michael Powell's story. [Dana Rubinstein]

Little-known Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald once again proved that attacking Anthony Weiner for his scandal will get you booed at a mayoral forum. [Reid Pillifant]

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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Weiner: My moral authority trumps Quinn’s because term limits

Asked if he has the "moral authority" to govern New York as mayor, former congressman Anthony Weiner said yes, and argued that the front-runner in the Democratic mayoral primary, Christine Quinn, did not. That's because she extended term limits in late 2008, going against two earlier voter referendums.

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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Spitzer gets his first labor endorsement, from a union that clashed with Cuomo

Eliot Spitzer is about to announce the endorsement by the Civil Service Employees Association of New York, which will be the first union to endorse his bid for New York City comptroller.

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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Running on a connection to John Liu

At the event yesterday, Rajkumar showed me a flyer she is circulating in the district. It's written in Chinese and features photographs of Rajkumar and Liu. She also gave me a rough translation of the text, which quotes Liu saying something positive about Rajkumar, though, she also told me Liu has not endorsed anyone in the race.

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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A polling call about Spitzer (and Stringer, and Weiner, and Bloomberg)

The reader, a registered double-prime voter in Manhattan, took notes about the call but did not record it. Based on those notes, the poll was looking to measure what kind of impression voters had of Spitzer, the well-known former governor. According to this reader, callers were asked to describe Spitzer in one word. Also, who did they trust more to deal with Wall Street, Mayor Michael Bloomberg or Spitzer?

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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Comptroller Thompson, upon further review

Former comptroller Bill Thompson's investment record is coming under new scrutiny, with a critical story in the Times detail his fruitless plan to invest in Northern Ireland in 2010. The deal collapsed, but an associate who donated to Thompson's campaigns got a big payout notwithstanding.

Aug. 6, 2013

 
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A Liu ally promises to make up for lost matching funds, without regard for city restrictions

One of Liu's supporters, Arthur Cheliotes, president of Local 1180 of the Communication Workers of America, said his union would look to supplement Liu's campaign spending, and not heed spending restrictions and disclosure requirements set out by the New York City Campaign Finance Board, whose board unanimously ruled against Liu this morning. Cheliotes, speaking to reporters after the press conference said, "If John is in the race, and the benefit of this race was to give small donors the opportunity to have voice, and that voice has been taken away from them, then what are small contributors to do? They're not going to be restricted by rules that obviously don't apply fairly to all." He added, "We're not going to take this bullshit. It's enough of this bullshit. What we have here is a classic example of the Empire Strikes Back. And the Empire is the Wall Street interests in this city, the real estate interests in this city, the whole gambit."

Aug. 5, 2013

 
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Liu’s campaign gets a ‘death sentence,’ Weiner rolls out a ‘Keys to the City’ sequel

Kirsten Gillibrand is heading back to "The Daily Show." [Reid Pillifant]

"De Blasio targets homegrown New York tech talent with a development 'windfall'" [Dana Rubinstein]

The NYCCFB said they received "substantial evidence of noncompliance" from John Liu's campaign. [Azi Paybarah]

Bill Thompson sided with John Liu on his eligibility for matching funds. [Dana Rubinstien]

Aug. 5, 2013

 
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Did John Liu’s campaign just get the ‘death penalty’?

The loss of matching funds "doesn't change his strategy, it only limits his ability to execute it," said Thies. Liu's "strength is on the stump and in the church and on the street, not in the news." He said, "It never was going to be a campaign that was won in the media; it was going to be won despite the coverage of him."

Aug. 5, 2013

 
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John Liu blocked from getting millions in matching funds

New York City Comptroller John Liu's mayoral campaign was blocked from getting matching funds by election officials which said they received "substantial evidence of non-compliance" of fund-raising rules and that they believed "serious and pervasive" violations had occurred" across the campaign's fundraising," by current aides on Liu's campaign.

Aug. 5, 2013