Azi Paybarah

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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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Briefing: Cuomo robocalls for casinos, Working Families Party rises with de Blasio

Don't forget to vote! Voting begins at 6 a.m., and polls remain open until 9 p.m. (Cuomo will vote in Westchester County, but aides did not immediately say when.) New York City public schools closed for students but open for staff development, no garbage or recycling collection, no street cleaning, alternate side parking suspended but all other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect, D.M.V. and other government offices open.

Nov. 5, 2013


Briefing: High hopes for de Blasio, Klein spreads some money around

MONEY MOVES — Why is Jeff Klein sending money to Buffalo? — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: The Bronx senator who heads the chamber's Independent Democratic Conference sent $10,000 to the Erie County Democratic Committee this week, causing some puzzlement and speculation in the political class because the IDC has no members, or natural ties, to greater Buffalo. Klein has boasted of hoping to grow his breakaway caucus, and in the 2012 cycle helped finance Shawn Morse's primary challenge to Democratic senator Neil Breslin, who represents Albany. There may be another pick-off possibility in Buffalo: Democratic Sen. Tim Kennedy. LINK TK

Nov. 4, 2013


At church with de Blasio, Belafonte compares Kochs to the Klan

At a church service with mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio on Sunday, Harry Belafonte, the singer and civil rights activist, denounced the conservative donors David and Charles Koch, calling them "white supremacists" and likening them to the Klu Klux Klan.

Nov. 3, 2013


De Blasio rallies supporters, who raise expectations

With a more than 40-point lead over his Republican opponent heading into Tuesday’s mayoral election, there is giddiness among de Blasio supporters is palpable. So are the expectations being hoisted onto the Democratic mayoral nominee, who spent the day at two Get Out the Vote rallies in Manhattan.

Nov. 2, 2013


Giuliani robocalls for a Vallone and against a ‘deceptive’ Republican

Former mayor Rudy Giuliani has a released a robocall in Queens to make clear he's supporting the Democratic candidate, Paul Vallone, for an open City Council seat, and not the Republican challenger who has used Giuliani's name.

Nov. 1, 2013


A pro-casino robocall that doesn’t mention casinos or gambling

Casino supporters are robocalling New York City residents urging them to vote "yes," on Proposition 1 without mentioning the word "casino" once.

Nov. 1, 2013


Briefing: ‘Game Change 2012’ exclusive, a stop-and-frisk stay, Mercury rises

EXCLUSIVE — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: Mercury Public Affairs will re-establish its Albany office with lobbyists who have recently left Patricia Lynch Associates, Capital has learned. Patrick McCarthy, Jim Quent and Lisa Reid are all signing on to Mercury, a firm founded by Pataki administration veterans that has diversified and grown, over time, to include 120 employees in six states.

McCarthy and Reid will work from a new office at 11 North Pearl Street, while Quent — who had worked for Patricia Lynch Associates in New York City — will stay in the Big Apple, according to Michael McKeon, a Mercury partner.

It's unclear whether any of the lobbyists clients will migrate with them. Patricia Lynch Associates — founded by Pat Lynch, a former top aide to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — said last week that it was in the middle of a “restructuring” after several indications of financial troubles, including a federal lien for unpaid payroll taxes. LINK TK

STOP-AND-FIX — Capital’s Reid Pillifant: “A federal appeals court today stayed a lower court decision that found the city's stop-and-frisk policies in violation of the Constitution, and removed the district court judge who ruled against the city.

Oct. 31, 2013


Briefing: Cuomo versus breakaway Dems, and rabbis against casinos

CONFLICT — Capital's Jimmy Vielkind: Tension between an anti-corruption commission and legislators has metastasized into an escalating war between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the GOP-led coalition that runs the state Senate, with one of the governor's top political aides telling a Republican-allied Democrat to “register Republican.”

Oct. 30, 2013


Briefing: Following the anti-Quinn money, and Ray Kelly gets booed at Brown

EXCLUSIVE — De Blasio backer bankrolled Quinn foe — Capital’s Sally Goldenberg: “Communications Workers of America poured more than half-a-million dollars into the ‘Anybody But Quinn’ effort, a campaign that ran TV ads condemning Quinn and staged protests against her candidacy throughout the year. … De Blasio's campaign on Tuesday said the candidate … did not know one of his most loyal unions was driving the effort.

Oct. 29, 2013


Briefing: Remembering Sandy, and a post-election trip for Team de Blasio

BEYOND ELECTION DAY — De Blasio Plans a Trip, With Staff — The Democratic nominee is sitting on a forty-point lead heading into next week’s election and has taken pains not to appear like he’s assuming he has the election won already. But on October 21 — the night he raised more than a $1 million at a fund-raiser featuring Hillary Clinton — de Blasio’s campaign spent $5,048.60 on “SOMOS staff ticket” for the post-election conference in Puerto Rico where New York’s political elite depart immediately following the November 5 election. The Somos el Futuro conference runs November 6-10 at the Condado Plaza Hilton, in San Juan.

Oct. 28, 2013