In a last-ditch effort to block two bills from passing the City Council, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and top law enforcement officials said city police officers will be disincentivized from doing police work and keeping the public safe if those bills became law.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's last budget does not raise taxes or include increases in fines or fees, he said. At a press conference announcing the deal with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and some Council members, the mayor also said it does not include more money to increase the size of the New York Police Department.
Senator Chuck Schumer is raising money for one of his favorite former staffers. [Reid Pillifant]
Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign raises the question of whether you need to hire political consultants in order to run for mayor. [Reid Pillifant]
Weiner and Bill Thompson say they support building a soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. [Dana Rubinstein]
Republican John Catsimatidis talks about his wife becoming New York's first lady and wades into the Queens Republican civil war. [Dana Rubinstein]
Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota released a statement this afternoon saying that Assembly Speaker Silver "must resign his speakership immediately" and calling on "all other candidates in the race — Democrat and Republican -- to join me in showing a unified front against sex abuse cover-ups in state government."
Remember last year, when Rep. Charlie Rangel had back problems, forcing him to miss votes in Congress and take time off from campaigning?
What happens when you try talking about the leader of the New York State Assembly, and his inadequate response to sexual-harassment allegations against a former member, on the floor of the chamber he leads?
A progressive gay Democratic club based in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's Chelsea district announced today they endorsed one of her rivals in the Democratic mayoral primary.
State lawmakers in Albany rushed to finish their work last night before the end of the legislative session. Or most of them did, anyway.
Anthony Weiner defended his reaction to a 'dyke' remark, and his LGBT record. [Reid Pillifant]
Joe Lhota praised Michael Bloomberg's accomplishments on education and said more people aren't rallying about the mayor because they're afraid of the teacher's union. [Dana Rubinstein]
John Catsimatidis put another $1 million into his campaign and released his second television ad. [Azi Paybarah]
After endorsing Bill Thompson for mayor, the president of Teamsters Local 237, Greg Floyd, said, "I don't negotiate in public and I'm not going to say what a fair contract means." [Azi Paybarah]
After endorsing Mayor Michael Bloomberg four years earlier, Teamsters Local 237, which represents public housing and other municipal workers, endorsed Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson today.