Azi Paybarah

Ray Kelly on de Blasio, shootings and cameras:

'It’s a shame Mayor de Blasio did that because I think people will suffer.'

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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Thompson, who backs a modified stop-and-frisk but not Kelly, wins support from some police and fire unions

This afternoon, former comptroller Bill Thompson — who warned about an "overreaction to stop and frisk" — was endorsed by 18 of the 20 unions that make the United Uniformed Workers of New York, representing police officers, fire fighters and first responders.

Jun. 5, 2013

 
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The cost of New York City education, and the benefit of a U.F.T. endorsement

The cost of education in New York City, to the city, has gone up by $1 billion over the last fiscal year.

Jun. 5, 2013

 
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Vito Lopez’s portrait, Robert Jackson’s pressure

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie avoids a Cory Booker problem by calling for a special election to fill the unfinished senate term of Frank Lautenberg. [Reid Pillifant]

How Colin Myler is remaking the Daily News. [Joe Pompeo]

A look at Ken Thompson, one of the challengers to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. [Reid Pillifant]

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is adjusting her strategy, now that Anthony Weiner is in the race and the polls have shifted. [Dana Rubinstein and Azi Paybarah]

City Council Education Chairman Robert Jackson vows to make Bloomberg administration officials testify under oath. [Azi Paybarah]

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Christine Quinn isn’t flinching yet

As soon as last night's mayoral-candidate forum in Midtown ended, all the candidates stood up to take photographs with the organizers. Except Christine Quinn, who headed for the door along with her entourage.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Video briefing: When Weiner wasn’t talking

Weiner remained seated during last night's hour long mayoral candidate forum in East Midtown, but he didn't seem all that engaged.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Council asks Walcott to testify under oath, then calls for a breather

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott momentarily balked at testifying at a City Council budget hearing after he was told he would be sworn in under oath.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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While Thompson stays mum on alternative garbage sites, an assemblyman fills in the blank

In the debate over the reopening a garbage plant on East 91st Street and York Avenue, the rhetoric of the mayoral candidates has overshadowed the substance of the argument.

Jun. 4, 2013

 
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Frank Lautenberg’s seat; Merryl Tisch’s approval

From Capital

In replacing Frank Lautenberg, Chris Christie will have to balance the political imperatives of 2013 and 2016. [Reid Pillifant]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a detailed plan to help homeowners rebuild from Hurricane Sandy. [Dana Rubinstein]

Bloomberg said Ray Kelly has been "a phenomenal" police commissioner and "a very good manager." [Dana Rubinstein]

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Catsimatidis blankets New York media in ads

In announcing Lhota's ad, the campaign said their 30 seconds spot will be airing "on cable stations across New York City." In an email exchange with me today, a Lhota spokeswoman confirmed the ad is not running in Manhattan.

Jun. 3, 2013

 
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Anthony Weiner’s racially divisive attack, and apology, unearthed and broadcasted

This weekend, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki took another look at a professionally crucial episode in Anthony Weiner's past, producing a piece of literature Weiner distributed in his 1991 Council race which helped him capitalize on racial tension from the Crown Heights riots to win.

Jun. 3, 2013