"I call upon everyone to focus on these families"
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.
The first televised mayoral debate of the general election will take place Oct. 9 at John Jay College, and is being hosted by NY1, WNYC, Citizens Union, Gothamist and Capital New York.
On Wednesday afternoon, following a lecture at New York University's Stern School of Business, former police commissioner Bill Bratton explained to reporters why he might consider serving again in his old job.
"Apart from being an optimist, I guess I’m a glutton for punishment," Bratton said.
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.