Azi Paybarah

City Hall Pro: Firefighters up pension pressure; Vance eyes East Village charges:

City Hall Pro: Firefighters up pension pressure; Vance eyes East Village charges

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: How to not talk about a government shutdown

The federal government is now shut down, after the House proposed to tie funding to a delay in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the Senate refused.

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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A $13 million run-off comes down to the small stuff

The federal government shut down at midnight last night, but in New York City, an election is underway, which will cost the city $13 million, for a citywide post with a $2 million annual budget.

The race for public advocate has been mired in a discussion about which candidate is lodging personal attacks, and who went negative first.

Oct. 1, 2013

 
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De Blasio talks about his father, and Bloomberg warns Washington

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said it would be "a sin not to try" Obamacare "and see whether it works." [Dana Rubinstein]

Bill de Blasio tried getting out ahead of a Post story by announcing his father committed suicide while suffering from terminal cancer in 1979. Warren Willhelm Sr.'s death was first reported in a Connecticut paper that ceased publishing this June. [Dana Rubinstein]

De Blasio sees "openness" from Governor Andrew Cuomo on raising taxes on the rich to pay for pre-kindergarten classes. [Azi Paybarah]

 

Sep. 30, 2013

 
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Before a media report, de Blasio acknowledges his father’s suicide

“While this has been a private part of my family’s life, it is now clear a media story will soon emerge," said Bill de Blasio today. "My father tragically ended his life while battling terminal cancer in 1979.”

Sep. 30, 2013

 
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De Blasio sees ‘openness’ from Cuomo on a pre-K tax

Bill de Blasio expressed some measured optimism this morning that Gov. Andrew Cuomo might support his plan to raise taxes on wealthy residents of New York City.

Sep. 30, 2013

 
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De Blasio avoids a run-off, officially

The instant run-off idea is being pushed by a trio of progressives: Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, Councilwoman Gale Brewer and Citizens Union's executive director Dick Dadey. One progressive though is raising concerns about it: de Blasio. "There's a certain incompleteness to it," he said, "a certain cursory nature to it that worries me."

Sep. 30, 2013

 
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Bloomberg and de Blasio question the press

Back in the 1980s, Ed Koch would sometimes pop into Room 9 before he left City Hall, just to see if reporters needed one last comment from the mayor before they filed their stories. 

That practice doesn't appear to be coming back anytime soon.

Sep. 27, 2013

 
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Tish on the radio, Lhota on the dangers of talking stop-and-frisk

The making of the New York Times documentary about Christine Quinn. [Joe Pompeo]

Hillary Clinton's fund-raiser for de Blasio will be her first in New York since leaving the Obama administration. [Reid Pillifant]

"Joe Lhota believes the Sandinistas are 'a murdering, racist, anti-Semitic organization' and that Bill de Blasio’s support for them is deeply problematic, but he’d really like to talk about something else." [Dana Rubinstein]

Sep. 26, 2013

 
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When overwhelming favorites get matching funds

Melinda Katz, who won a tough primary to become the Democratic nominee for Queens borough president, was approved to get $28,000 from the NYCCFB. A spokesman for the Katz campaign said they are evaluating what to do with the money. "If there is not a viable campaign on the Republican side, then of course we will not use taxpayer dollars," the spokesman said in a statement.

Sep. 26, 2013

 
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After a consultant meeting, Weiner makes a comeback joke

Former congressman Anthony Weiner met today with political consultant Jef Pollock, at Tarallucci E Vino, an Italian restaurant at on West 18th Street today, according to a source.

Sep. 26, 2013