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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Sharpton hosts de Blasio in Harlem, and declares a new ‘identity politics of policy’

On Saturday morning, the Rev. Al Sharpton welcomed Bill de Blasio to his weekly rally in Harlem, and did his best to explain de Blasio's strong showing among black voters in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Sep. 14, 2013

 
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Bill Thompson prepares to blow a deadline that doesn’t mean much

Barring a sudden turn, it looks likely Thompson's name will appear on the run-off ballot. Whether he actively campaigns is another matter.

Sep. 13, 2013

 
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De Blasio readies for a run-off, cites ‘Clinton family’

In his only public appearance on Friday, Bill de Blasio said he was prepared for a potential run-off election against Bill Thompson, and touted his closeness to the Clintons.

Sep. 13, 2013

 
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Bloomberg deprives de Blasio of a punching bag, and Lhota of validation

A week ago, the New York Post ran a story headlined "Set to endorse Lhota," citing information from City Hall insiders.

Sep. 13, 2013

 
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Thompson camp makes a voting-rights argument against an early de Blasio win

Bill Thompson is vowing, for now, to proceed with his campaign and is looking to wrest the Democratic nomination away from Bill de Blasio, who received around 40 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results on primary night.

Sep. 13, 2013

 
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Bill Thompson and ‘friends’ meet to discuss his end-game

Bill Thompson's top supporters met tonight at the Manhattan headquarters of the United Federation of Teachers as their candidate discussed with them the possibility of ending his bid for the Democratic mayoral nomination before all the votes are counted.

Sep. 12, 2013

 
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‘Nightmare scenario’: Time is working against Bill Thompson

It's not impossible, even now, for the numbers to go Bill Thompson's way, and for Bill de Blasio to have fallen short of the 40 percent threshhold he'd need to win the primary outright, without a run-off.

Sep. 12, 2013

 
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De Blasio holds a rally to show off ex-Thompson and Quinn supporters

On the steps of Brooklyn's Borough Hall this afternoon, Bill de Blasio thanked supporters new and old, but did not directly address the prospect that the Democratic nomination could still require a run-off.

Sep. 12, 2013

 
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Decision time: As de Blasio rallies, Thompson retreats behind closed doors

A spokesman for Bill Thompson said the second-place finisher in Tuesday's primary has no public events today, and is spending the day attending private meetings.

Sep. 12, 2013

 
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Pressure builds for Thompson to make way for de Blasio

Election officials may not be able to determine if de Blasio won the nomination outright until Wednesday. Can Thompson, who has seen a slew of union leaders endorse de Blasio, wait that long?

Sep. 12, 2013