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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Schumer as a sarcastic Sherman; James presses for diversity

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John Catsimatidis' ads "felt more like outsider art than political advertising. These ads were more forthrightly puzzling than anything the paving-stone guy or awning lady could have come up with." [David Roth]

David Yassky responds to Bill de Blasio saying he wants to get rid of him. [Dana Rubinstein]

De Blasio gives a full-throated defense of the labor movement, and tries offering a modicum of moderation when asked about retroactive raises. [Azi Paybarah]

 

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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Poll: De Blasio leads little-known Lhota and lesser-known Carrion

The biggest impact this poll may have is to depress Lhota's ability to raise money for his campaign, and attract donors to fund independent expenditure groups which can spend unlimited amounts of money attacking his opponents and promoting his candidacy so long as it is not coordinated with the any campaign.

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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A race for Council speaker takes shape, sort of

The New York Times weighed in this afternoon with its unofficial list of candidates for City Council speaker, which includes Dan Garodnick, Inez Dickens and Melissa Mark-Viverito from Manhattan; Jumaane Williams, James Vacca and Annabel Palma from Brooklyn; and David Weprin from Queens.

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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Bill de Blasio’s digital outreach wasn’t just for young voters

Here's a little bit more about the digital strategy of the Bill de Blasio campaign, which Annie Karni wrote about this morning and will talked about a lot at a panel discussion tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Baruch College, featuring me and other digitally-obsessed politicos.

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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De Blasio wants to do ‘something’ about retroactive pay

In a brief scrum with reporters at a labor event this morning, Democratic mayoral nominee Bill de Blasio reiterated that he would not seek full retroactive pay for municipal employees who worked under expired contracts, which would cost the next administration an estimated $8 billion.

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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De Blasio and labor, together again

Back in August, Bill de Blasio said he was "unburdened by the support of the municipal labor unions," most of which had chosen to back his various rivals in the Democratic primary.

Sep. 19, 2013

 
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A preliminary tally keeps de Blasio above 40

Bill de Blasio maintained the large lead that allowed him to avoid a run-off, as the Board of Elections announced it had concluded a count of voting machines and emergency ballots.

Sep. 18, 2013

 
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The Clintons and the de Blasios

The Clintons endorse Bill de Blasio's "thoughtful, creative" campaign for mayor. [Reid Pillifant]

It was national news. [Catalina Camia]

De Blasio leads on Lhota's issues too. [Azi Paybarah]

 

Sep. 18, 2013

 
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Video: Sharpton and Lhota, after a non-endorsement meeting

Here's what it looks like when a former Rudy Giuliani aide meets with the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sep. 18, 2013

 
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De Blasio leads on Lhota’s issues too

There's very little good news for Republican mayoral nominee Joe Lhota in the Marist poll released yesterday, commissioned by the Wall Street Journal and NBC New York 4.

Sep. 18, 2013