Posted: November 17th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted by The New York Times and Siena College. Nearly half say that the city is a worse place to live under his watch — only 9 percent say it is better — and 51 percent say New York is now less safe, even as crime statistics reach historic lows.
Over all, 52 percent of New Yorkers say the city is on the wrong track, including 62 percent of whites and 51 percent of Hispanics. Black residents are evenly split.
Mr. de Blasio’s support among white residents has descended to a level so dismal that it has challenged a core assumption of his political strategy: that in a diversifying city, moderate white voters had lost much of their electoral influence, and that the mayor’s path to re-election runs through nonwhite communities.
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The mayor’s advisers are now making concerted efforts to recapture the support — or, at least, tamp down the opposition — of a group that, aides fear, could rally around a potential challenger in 2017.
In recent weeks, Mr. de Blasio has paved roads on Staten Island; toughened his remarks on crime; become a regular presence on the radio station WNYC, a gathering point for white liberal New York; and scrapped his acidic criticism of his predecessor, former Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
The actual headline is “A Year After His Late Arrival, de Blasio Is on Time to Flight 587 Memorial”:
Posted: November 12th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
The announcement on his public schedule was simple enough: Mayor Bill de Blasio was to deliver remarks on Thursday at the annual memorial service for Flight 587, the American Airlines jet that crashed in the Rockaways.
Last year, that task proved daunting for the mayor. This year was different.
Mr. de Blasio arrived on time — a few minutes early, even — to the service in Queens, taking a small step toward repairing his reputation for tardiness among attendees still angry about his late appearance a year ago.
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“I was surprised he showed up on time,” [a local resident] said. “That’s not something you expect given his history.”
Posted: November 11th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
The liberal advocacy group founded by Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York has abandoned its plans to hold a forum in Iowa focused on income inequality, bringing an abrupt and anticlimactic end to his initial efforts at shaping the economic debate in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Geri Prado, executive director of the Progressive Agenda Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday that the forum had become unnecessary, because inequality had already moved to the center of the campaign conversation.
The committee had circulated invitations to leading Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, asking them to participate in a public event at the University of Iowa on Dec. 6. The deadline for candidates to respond to the invitation was to be Thursday, according to a copy of the invitation.
As of Tuesday, the University of Iowa had not received notification that any candidate had accepted the invitation, Jeneane Beck, a university spokeswoman, said.
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The cancellation was met with expressions of relief by some members of Mr. de Blasio’s inner circle, which was deeply divided over whether the mayor should continue pursuing a forum that many had come to view as a folly.
Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, had been engaged in hourslong discussions with advisers over how to handle the forum, according to a person familiar with the conversations who requested anonymity to speak frankly about the mayor’s political pursuits.
Posted: November 7th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In recent days, Mr. de Blasio has also raised concerns with his aides about leaks, frustrated that details of his private conversations have turned up in news reports, according to several people told of the discussions who requested anonymity to describe private conversations.
Posted: November 4th, 2015 | Filed under: Things That Make You Go "Oy"
In the first half of 2015, real-estate developers and firms gave about $800,000 to the Campaign for One New York, a nonprofit advocacy group run by de Blasio allies — an amount more than any other industry has contributed and much more than they gave in 2014, according to disclosure reports.
The 2015 period coincides with Mr. de Blasio’s work in Albany with the Real Estate Board of New York, an industry group, to get state lawmakers to renew — with some changes — a city subsidy for developers known as 421-a.
Over the same months, the Campaign for One New York spent about $700,000 on political consultants, national travel and research as the mayor worked to bolster his progressive agenda — and profile.
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The mayor’s advisers said people are giving to the group because they support Mr. de Blasio’s positions on issues like affordable housing and prekindergarten. They emphasized the group is limited to issues advocacy and can’t directly support a re-election bid by Mr. de Blasio.
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At least some entities contributed to the Campaign for One New York as they also paid representatives to lobby City Hall, a practice that is legal but also has been criticized by [representatives of New York Public Interest Research Group] and others. Toll Brothers spent $32,000 to lobby City Hall, but also gave $25,000 to the Campaign for One New York. In a statement, a spokesman said the firm gave because it supported affordable housing.