Azi Paybarah

De Blasio defends city's handling of Rikers, cites limits:

'We inherited an incredibly problematic situation at Rikers Island'

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.

Latest Articles:

Article

De Blasio gets arrested, Thompson offers a Cuomoesque plan

From Capital

Bill de Blasio was arrested at an event this morning, which was not listed on his public campaign schedule. [Reid Pillifant]

Another bus company gets into the business of servicing young Brooklyn residents heading to the Rockaways. [Dana Rubinstein]

Christine Quinn: "I never said that I was absolutely going to ask" union members to pay more for their healthcare. [Azi Paybarah]

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

Quinn: ‘I never said that I was absolutely going to ask’ unions to pay more


After the rally in City Hall Park this afternoon, I asked Quinn if her story about her father today signaled any change in her position about seeking give-backs from union workers in terms of health care. She said no.

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

Please don’t stare at the Spitzer petitioning operation

Yesterday, I asked Eliot Spitzer's campaign spokeswoman if there were any petition collectors I could follow for a while, to see what it's like to gather signatures for the most famous comptroller candidate in America.

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

Video briefing: Stringer and Spitzer on national TV, not being friends

In back-to-back appearances on "Morning Joe," Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer spoke about the race for New York City comptroller, which mostly meant talking about the scandal that led to Spitzer's resignation as governor.

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

An explanation from the Times‘ Weiner heckler, who was also the Post’s ’Ass Haul'

Right before the July 4 holiday, the Times reported on an incident in which Anthony Weiner was accosted by a heckler at 72nd Street and Broadway. The heckler was photographed by the Times, but wasn't identified in the article.

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

When voters are asked to compare Weiner and Spitzer, who wins?

A "White House insider" told the Post that New York "has officially entered the Twilight Zone," thanks to the concurrent post-scandal candidacies of Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer.

Jul. 10, 2013

 
Article

Catsimatidis stacks his petitions, Spitzer parties for his

From Capital

Scott Stringer, not a steamroller. [Reid Pillfaint]

Bill de Blasio's campaign has a new web site dedicated to tying Christine Quinn to Michael Bloomberg. [Azi Paybarah]

Again, Quinn linked Anthony Weiner to Eliot Spitzer. [Dana Rubinstein]

On national television this morning, Quinn took a shot at Weiner and defended her record on term limits. [Azi Paybarah]

Weiner said he's not concerned "one whit" about the renewed focus on the scandal he had seemingly put behind him. [Dana Rubinstein]

Tomorrow, Spitzer is having a petitioning party. [Azi Paybarah]

Jul. 9, 2013

 
Article

De Blasio campaign aggregates Quinn’s relationship with Bloomberg

Bill de Blasio's campaign is out with a new web site hitting Christine Quinn for her close working relationship with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

 

It's called QuinnBloombergRecord.com, and is a Tumblr site aggregating anything that connects Quinn and Bloomberg, which de Blasio's camp thinks is a winning argument.

De Blasio, the public advocate who has cast himself as the progressive alternative to the pragmatic City Council Speaker, also cut a video contrasting Quinn's statements about term limits, then and now.

Jul. 9, 2013

 
Article

Spitzer, short on time and professional help, organizes a petitioning party

A reader passed along this invitation to a "petitioning party" for Eliot Spitzer, whose comptroller campaign has already lost its communication team and has just two days left to gather the nearly 4,000 signatures needed to appear on the ballot as a Democratic candidate.

Jul. 9, 2013

 
Article

Eliot Spitzer and the John Liu model of running for comptroller

There's someone else whose candidacy is likely more instructive in understanding why Spitzer sees an opening for himself in the New York City Comptroller's race. John Liu.

Jul. 9, 2013