Azi Paybarah

Queens attacker had 'extensive social media presence':

'Today the model is mass marketing,' an NYPD official said

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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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

 
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John Liu embraces victimhood, rallies for campaign money

New York City Comptroller John Liu was never charged with a crime or formally accused of any wrongdoing. But his campaign treasurer and one contributor were convicted in a federal trial of breaking fund-raising rules, and that may cost him millions of dollars in matching funds from the city.

Aug. 5, 2013

 
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Thompson won’t stop, Liu won’t quit, Weiner won’t reminiscence

Anthony Weiner is borrowing a move from Chris Christie, and released a video of him talking down a critic at a forum. [Azi Paybarah]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg questioned Harry Reid's multi-tasking skills. [Dana Rubinstein]

Aug. 2, 2013

 
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Capitalizing on scandal-inspired criticism, Weiner does a Chris Christie routine

Anthony Weiner is embracing the controversy that has engulfed his campaign and using it to portray himself as a fighter for under-served New Yorkers.

Aug. 2, 2013

 
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Anthony Weiner scolds the media after an audience scolds his rivals

At a candidate forum in a church in Queens last night, Anthony Weiner was attacked by two of his rivals. And each time it happened, he sat there, practically smiling, as the moderator said the comments were out of order, and the audience booed.

Aug. 2, 2013

 
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De Blasio jabs Spitzer, Steinem recalls Abzug, U.F.T. pushes Thompson

"Colorado senators welcome Bloomberg, brace for consequences of his support" [Dana Rubinstein]

Bill Thompson said he's looking to get 40 percent in the primary and avoid a run-off; supporter Michael Mulgrew of the U.F.T. said Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer couldn't pass a background check to become a teacher. [Azi Paybarah]

Bill de Blasio called Eliot Spitzer a "child of the elite." [Reid Pillifant]

Aug. 1, 2013

 
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Thompson gets aggressive, says he’s aiming for 40

Olivari added, "If they are anti-Bloomberg voter from last time, or, in the last four years, have become further disaffected from the mayor for whatever reason, we can get them, we can get them for Bill." I heard another volunteer at the terminal talking about the 2009 mayor's race. "I didn't say vote for Bill Thompson. I said don't vote for Bloomberg."

Aug. 1, 2013