Azi Paybarah

Fossella: 'Very, very difficult' for Grimm to win:

The former congressman said Grimm's indictment hampered fund-raising

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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Video briefing: In southeast Queens, ‘corruption’ edges ‘conspiracy’

For more than two hours last Friday night, an audience in southeast Queens heard a debate about why the recent tide of corruption allegations in New York has so disproportionately affected officials and operatives who are black or Latino.

May. 13, 2013

 
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Bill Thompson in a Bloomberg-free market

Among the campaign assets that former comptroller Bill Thompson didn't have four years ago, when he narrowly lost to Michael Bloomberg, is the support of Rev. Floyd Flake, the pastor of the largest church in Queens.

May. 13, 2013

 
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On teacher evaluations, Quinn wants a ‘minimal’ role for test scores, and a sunset provision

"There is no parent or community input in the current administration," said Randi Weingarten, the former UFT president who leads the union's national organization. "People are actually more angry when the mayor is as duplicitous as he is with this. When you pretend to talk to people when you actually don't. [Former mayor Rudy] Giuliani was actually more forthright because he would say he's not listening to people."

May. 11, 2013

 
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I.R.S. targets conservatives, Karl Rove targets Hillary Clinton

Headline: At a female real estate event, Quinn talks of harmony between the income brackets" [Dana Rubinstein]

"Hillary Clinton is officially back as a target for Republican rancor," thanks to an ad from Karl Rove's group. [Reid Pillifant]

There's new momentum for a plan to build a dune forest in the Rockaways. [Dana Rubinstein]

May. 10, 2013

 
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‘A conversation that goes on at everybody’s kitchen table’

State Senator James Sanders had planned an event called "Attack on Black Leaders: Corruption or Conspiracy?" long before the names of seven more black and Latino elected officials, plus two operatives, surfaced in connection with a corruption case.

May. 10, 2013

 
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The price of talking to Shirley Huntley

Former state senator Shirley Huntley was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for stealing public money meant to go to nonprofit organizations to serve her constituents.

May. 10, 2013

 
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Janette Sadik-Khan announces a bike-share date; Chirlane McCray talks to Essence

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lived up to his promise to support Senator Pat Toomey on gun control. [Reid Pillifant]

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said the city's bike-share program will launch on May 27 for members and on June 2 for everyone else. [Dana Rubinstein]

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand attended a "high level" White House meeting to discuss sexual assaults in the military. [Reid Pillifant]

Col Allan's memo seeking buy-outs from Post staffers, to avoid layoffs. [Joe Pompeo]

May. 9, 2013

 
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Carrion opposes voting rights for non-citizens

Adolfo Carrion Jr., the Independence Party mayoral candidate who often reminds voters he would be New York City's first Hispanic mayor, came out against a bill allowing non-citizens the right to vote in municipal elections, calling it, "well intentioned" but "one of the dumbest things I've ever heard."

May. 9, 2013

 
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Video briefing: A debate about ‘community policing’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has strongly denounced critics of his public safety agenda, and suggested that New York City could see a return to high crime rates if the New York Police Department is saddled with a new office of inspector general, and if their proactive policing strategies, like stop-and-frisk, are curtailed.

May. 9, 2013

 
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A report on wrongdoing in Albany, checked by lawmakers

Amid what feels like a sudden overload of information about rotten dealing in Albany, there's one notable information shortage.

May. 9, 2013