Azi Paybarah

Capital Playbook: Assembly Election Feb. 10:

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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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In Queens, an editorial board sides with Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer received his first newspaper endorsement today, in an admittedly counter-intuitive editorial in The Queens Chronicle.

Aug. 22, 2013

 
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A pro-styrofoam, non-campaign mailer for Robert Jackson

The mailer doesn't actually say what "Int. No. 1060" is about, but they make a oblique references to it. Two people in the mailer are seen using styrofoam containers.

Aug. 22, 2013

 
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The stress-testing of Bill de Blasio’s stop-and-frisk campaign

At a mayoral debate last night, Bill Thompson accused Bill de Blasio of "lying" about the candidates' positions on stop-and-frisk by claiming in a television ad that only de Blasio has fought to end the practice

Aug. 22, 2013

 
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A Frankenstein quote and Quinn’s powers

Christine Quinn didn't think Chirlane McCray's statement was corrected all that much. [Reid Pillifant

Bill de Blasio defended his stop-and-frisk ad during a phone-banking event with actor Steve Buscemi. [Reid Pillifant]

A slew of elected officials criticzied Eliot Spitzer for appearing at an event where Thomas Lopez-Pierre was also present. [Azi Paybarah]

Aug. 21, 2013

 
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Eliot Spitzer’s appearance with a hatemonger

Lopez-Pierre, who sent racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic screeds to reporters in a desperate attempt to get attention for his quixotic and short-lived City Council race, was photographed today standing next Eliot Spitzer during a campaign event uptown. It's because he helped host Spitzer's campaign event uptown today.

Aug. 21, 2013

 
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Katz agrees with Vallone: He’s a character

Here's a mailer from Melinda Katz, the Queens borough president candidate who is running against Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., chairman of the public safety committee and self-described tough-on-crime, law-and-order type of Democrat.

Aug. 21, 2013

 
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A flammable attack on Quinn by de Blasio’s wife, with a Maureen Dowd correction appended

Quinn released a lengthy statement saying the remark was an unfair and personal attack. Politically, the effect of the response was the neutralize what has up until now been de Blasio's strongest weapon: his family.

Aug. 21, 2013

 
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McCray attacks Quinn, and Quinn attacks ‘two de Blasios’

Today's mayoral debate has already started.

Aug. 21, 2013

 
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Thompson says de Blasio lies, Cuomo proxy-dings DiNapoli

What's the difference between Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn on hospitals, other than power? [Reid Pillifant]

Bill Thompson asserts himself as the civil rights candidate, during a discussion about stop-and-frisk. [Dana Rubinstein]

The return of the New York City plastic-bag fee. [Dana Rubinstein]

 

Aug. 20, 2013

 
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Few public details of a threat against Christine Quinn

During an interview with the Daily News, Christine Quinn's wife revealed that the City Council Speaker and mayoral candidates has "gotten threats for being gay." Quinn's campaign confirmed the existence of the threats, and provided no further info.

Aug. 20, 2013