"I'm not interested in the construct of what you, as an individual, think many New Yorkers think. I say that with absolute respect. I talk to New Yorkers all the time, my colleagues talk to New Yorkers all the time. Let's not get into this concept of any of us will speak for all the people." —Mayor de Blasio isn't gonna play your gotcha games.
CBS and the New York Post have had it with Bill de Blasio, who made it snow endlessly on our city and then had his wee caravan roll on through some stop signs in Queens. They also did some speeding. (The Daily News wood is hilarious.) No one has ever disobeyed the speed limit in Queens. New York's worst monster! The Post has this to add: "The mayor — who vowed a transparent administration — routinely holds secret meetings and keeps events hidden from his public schedule." Like he had a secret cocktail with Obama's keymaster Valerie Jarrett! This city is a monstrosity. Everything is in ruins. [...]
"de Blasio accepts that today’s rich and powerful will continue to be rich and powerful; he just thinks they should do more to help the rest of us. Warren questions the very legitimacy of their wealth and power."
"Bill de Blasio has two transition teams. There's the public one, announced in late November. It's a diverse, 60-person assortment of nonprofit leaders, political types, educators, rabbis, Cynthia Nixon. More than half of its members are de Blasio donors. Then there's another team, a nonprofit group whose participation in the process has never been announced, but which has been playing a substantial role in organizing the transition."
Have you ever gone home with a fellow a little too briskly? Oh sure you have. But did you sign a contract to be together for four years? Of course not! Oh well! Congratulations, now you have a new mayor in your life! What will he be like? Who knows! It's the thrill of the chase and the tumble.
Anyway, shouts to the 4,741 people total in New York City who voted Green Party.
New Yorkers, you might have surprised yourselves. This fall you've voted in one of the most liberal governments to City Hall of… maybe ever. Along with Bill de Blasio, primary voters also put forward a city council far more liberal than it already is. Every sitting member of City Hall’s Progressive Caucus (formed just three years ago) got re-elected, including Letitia James, who won the nomination for Public Advocate. Six out of the seven new candidates endorsed by the caucus won their primaries: Costa Constantinides in Astoria, Ben Kallos in the Upper East Side, Mark Levine in Upper Manhattan, Daneek Miller in Southeast Queens, former ACORN organizer Antonio Reynoso in [...]
Looking for that final push to get on the Bill de Blasio team? Here, mm hmm, here are a ton of billionaires complaining about paying slightly greater taxes so as to fund all-day pre-K for New York City's children! I just climbed entirely off that fence and am about to go to de Blasio campaign headquarters and become one of those crazies who doorknocks and whatnot.
“Anybody who proposes raising taxes in the city of New York is barking up the wrong tree," is the money quote from Peter Solomon—former Lehman Brothers vice-chair. Oh do tell us more about how finance should work, Mr. Lehman Brothers.
New York City's [...]
"Some Observers Say Rookie Mistakes Shouldn't Affect Mayor's Ability to Govern" —I guess the good news for supporters of History's Worst Mayor is that even his critics are forced to concede that maybe 55 days in is a little premature to declare the whole thing a giant disaster from which no recovery is possible.
"New York mayors have almost always been fashion plates — from the jaunty cane and fedora of Jimmy Walker to the dapper tweeds of matinee idol John Lindsay to the custom-made suits of Abe Beame to the twee bowties and pocket squares of David Dinkins. Even Robert Wagner knew how to wear a suit. The dour Wagner held his own in a famous 1957 photo of him next to glamorous Marilyn Monroe at a movie premiere, thanks to his perfectly tailored tuxedo. But de Blasio seems to think that dressing for success is not part of his job description."
"Some people remain skeptical, especially the establishment types who would gladly have handed Bloomberg yet another four years. But, given the skillful campaign that de Blasio has run and the huge mandate that a record-breaking victory would confer, he could well prove to be a more formidable mayor than they suggest. In any case, a de Blasio mayoralty will be widely viewed as a test case for liberal reformers everywhere."
BALK: Choire, will you do something telling us whether the McCray/de Blasios are secret geniuses or, uh, other?
CHOIRE: Haha fuck if I know. Omg we might be so fuckkkkked. But it'll be fun! We're going to have an amateur government! What's freaking you out?
BALK: It started with the suicide Dad thing. Like, "I had never even told Dante." It did not occur to you that once you won the nomination this kind of thing was going to come out? I do not enjoy being put in the position, BEFORE THE GUY HAS EVEN BEEN ELECTED, of having to hope he was lying to us because [...]
"It is not clear why the mayor was in a rush, but he is often behind schedule."
"An article last Thursday about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s preference for New York designers referred incorrectly to the blue Corneliani suit that he bought at Rothmans in the spring of 2013 during his mayoral campaign. Mr. de Blasio wore it at his inauguration, but not on primary and election nights."
Bill de Blasio, who is very tall, opened his new home at 88th Street and East End Avenue to the public this Sunday, shaking hands and taking pictures with the citizens of the city of which he is the newly-inaugurated mayor.
Four thousand tickets were released for the open house; scalpers immediately took to Craigslist to hawk their holdings. Despite the cold, rain, and ice, New Yorkers were lined up to see their new mayor as early as ten a.m. (The doors wouldn't open until noon.) Volunteers passed out handwarmers called "Little Hotties."
Susan Krakenberg, formerly of Brooklyn Heights and currently of Midtown East, is happy to have de [...]
"If a revived urban liberalism is possible, then its time is now, while cities like New York can take advantage of their privileged position as highly desirable places to live. Not all cities are in that enviable position. Many cannot afford what Mayor de Blasio proposes. But if New York City’s new mayor succeeds, he will advance an idea that has mostly gone out of fashion: that cities can play a significant role in creating an urban middle class by providing the kinds of resources necessary for upward mobility."
"R u editorializing, Juan Manuel?": @deBlasioNYC when I ask abt his 'skinny' post-primary schedule. Mentions 2 unlisted Sunday church visits
— Juan Manuel Benítez (@JuanMaBenitez) October 14, 2013
It's debate night! It's a bit of down-home tomfoolery, when Bill de Tall-io has to come out and dance on the grave of Mayor Smaug and disregard the terrible gruesome presence of much-hated Republican contender Joe Lhota. All while being peppered with questions from random journalists! Including, we hope, the hot guy from NY1 Noticias.
Hey, you know who hates Joe Lhota? The staff of the MTA. Which he used to run. Funny story.
"Mr. de Blasio’s answering machine greetings in those days seemed to reflect a search for meaning. Every few weeks, he recorded a new message, incorporating a quote to reflect his mood — a passage from classic literature, lyrics from a song or stanzas of a poem." —I'm sorry, was this supposed to [...]