Azi Paybarah

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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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Rangel holds an event for Dickens, focusing on ‘leadership transition ahead’

Rep. Charlie Rangel is hosting "a breakfast (not a fund-raiser)" for Councilwoman Inez Dickens tomorrow in Harlem for a "conversation about the leadership transition ahead for our city," according to an invitation obtained by Capital.

Oct. 24, 2013

 
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Short on time, Lhota stays on crime

At a campaign stop in Brooklyn this morning, Joe Lhota said a recent uptick in rapes and robberies in East Flatbush is a result of the kind of reactive policing policies supported by his opponent in the mayor's race, Democratic nominee Bill de Blasio. 

Oct. 24, 2013

 
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Briefing: Cuomo stops at the Garden, Ray Kelly goes to Brown

Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed up the harsh criticism of legislators offered by the co-chair of his anti-corruption panel earlier this week, and said they should comply with its requests for records. ”I think they're compounding the public sense that they have something to hide,” Cuomo said after a storm recovery event in Albany. “Perception can become reality. If I feel like I can't trust you, I can't trust you.” The governor said a constitutional amendment to establish a system of public finance for campaigns was “an option,” but doubted that even it could pass the Legislature. (Of course, that might be the point.) The governor is back in New York City today, cutting a ribbon at Madison Square Garden at 11 and making a Sandy-related announcement at 2:30. —Jimmy in Albany

Oct. 24, 2013

 
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De Blasio wants municipal I.D. cards for undocumented residents in ‘early 2014’

Bill de Blasio said if elected mayor, he would seek "right away" to create in "early 2014" a municipal identification card for undocumented immigrants in New York City.

De Blasio — the Democratic mayoral nominee who enjoys a forty-point lead over his Republican opponent — made the comment during a press conference on the steps of City Hall where he was joined by supporters, including members from a number of immigrant rights groups. De Blasio said details about how to create the cards and which agency would issue them still needed to be explored "but we have working models" he said, "from other cities" that "have proven to be effective. So, we'd borrow from them."

 

Oct. 23, 2013

 
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Source: Cuomo and de Blasio may target Independent Democratic State Senators

Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio have had direct talks about supporting primary challengers to Democratic state senators who have blocked progressive legislation in Albany, according a source with direct knowledge of the conversation.

Oct. 23, 2013

 
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Briefing: Legislators play defense, Lhota goes on offense against de Blasio

Good morning! It will be cool and rainy in both New York City and Albany, with forecast highs of 55 and 50. We're still playing with the format of this newsletter, which we're making for you. So please tell us what you think. On Twitter: @Azi and @JimmyVielkind; by email: Azi@CapitalNewYork.com and Jimmy@CapitalNewYork.com

Oct. 23, 2013

 
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Major Owens dies at 77

Former congressman Major Owens, who represented portions of Brooklyn from 1983 to 2007 and was known as the "rapping representative" passed away today. He was 77 years old.

Oct. 22, 2013

 
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Briefing: Cuomo takes Moreland questions, and a host list for Hillary

It will be exciting to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo take questions about public corruption after two events this morning — one in Manhattan, the other on Long Island — to tout his START-UP NY program. These are Cuomo's first announced events since his Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption said it would subpoena a political soft money account he controls, as well as legislators who make more than $20,000 in outside business and legal work. On top of that, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick — the commission's co-chair — will be a guest at 11:30 on WCNY's The Capitol Pressroom, hosted by Susan Arbetter. Listen Live: http://goo.gl/OfCbnn — Jimmy in Albany


Oct. 22, 2013

 
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At the Roosevelt, a possible president lures donors for a likely mayor

"Super happy, super nice."

Oct. 21, 2013

 
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Voters pick de Blasio over Lhota, but split more evenly on issues

De Blasio, the Public Advocate, leads among nearly every demographic group, and has a 65-23 percent approval rating from voters. Only 10 percent say they haven't heard enough about him to have an opinion. Compared to de Blasio, Lhota, the former head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and a former Deputy Mayor under Rudy Giuliani, trails de Blasio across the board, is known by fewer people, and disliked by more.

Oct. 21, 2013