Author: Sal 2017

In Sharp Tones, de Blasio and Albanese Spar Over New York’s Future

With cross talk, barbed remarks and few moments of camaraderie, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his main Democratic opponent, Sal F. Albanese, engaged in a bitter debate on Wednesday before an occasionally rowdy audience less than three weeks before the primary election.

Their encounter, at a packed theater space on the Upper West Side, was the first of two Democratic debates to be held before the vote on Sept. 12. It provided the most contentious moments of a 2017 race for City Hall that, with few established political figures running and only one Republican candidate, has at times struggled to find a pulse.


De Blasio fends off attacks in first Democratic debate

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent most of Wednesday night’s 90-minute primary debate fending off a barrage of attacks and accusations from Democratic challenger Sal Albanese, a former City Councilman with a long-simmering disdain for the incumbent mayor.

Albanese, who has struggled to gain traction in the race, came ready to scrap on Wednesday, attacking the mayor for the investigations into his fundraising, a perceived lack of transparency, an increase in homelessness and the ongoing subway crisis.


De Blasio, Albanese Spar Over Mass Transit, Homelessness, Other Issues

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio defended his record on making New York more affordable and fighting for the city’s residents in the first Democratic mayoral debate Wednesday, while opponent Sal Albanese said de Blasio has failed at handling the homelessness crisis and mass transit woes.

The debate was held Wednesday at Symphony Space, at 2537 Broadway on the Upper West Side. Albanese was the only other Democratic contender who raised enough money to qualify for the debates.


First debate heats up Democratic mayoral primary

The first Democratic debate in the primary for New York City mayor highlighted a range of issues facing city residents, as well as two different governing styles. Incumbent Mayor Bill de Blasio sparred with former City Council member Sal Albanese on topics ranging from government transparency to affordable housing and development in New York City.

Here are some of the issues the Democratic candidates addressed.


At first mayoral Democratic debate, rival focuses on de Blasio’s ties to real estate

Bill de Blasio’s underdog Democratic primary opponent used the first televised mayoral debate Wednesday night to paint the mayor as having “turned the city over to big developers” to make good on his promise of building record amounts of affordable housing.

Former Brooklyn Councilman Sal Albanese also sought to make an issue of the now-folded probes into the mayor’s political fundraising. Albanese alluded to recently disclosed email exchanges between de Blasio and JSR Capital founder Jona Rechnitz, who pleaded guilty in a separate police corruption investigation—as well as correspondence between City Hall and a prominent lobbyist, James Capalino.


Albanese slams de Blasio as ‘least transparent’ in city history at debate

Democratic mayoral challenger Sal Albanese tagged Mayor de Blasio with a series of body blows Wednesday night, jabbing his administration as the “least transparent” in city history and suggesting de Blasio should have been indicted for corruption. 

The two sparred for an hour and a half at the first Democratic primary debate, which was held on the Upper West Side and featured several testy exchanges over affordable housing, homelessness and government corruption.


City Hall Wannabes Troll de Blasio with Red Sox hat on stick, Big Bird costume

Mayoral hopeful Robert Gangi couldn’t debate Bill de Blasio — so he settled for a stick wearing a Boston Red Sox hat.

Gangi, who is running on a police reform platform, staged the face off with a stand-in repping the mayor’s favorite baseball team, after being frozen out of Wednesday night’s primary debate because he didn’t raise enough money.


News Closeup: Sal Albanese runs for NYC mayor — why he hopes third time is the charm

NYC Councilman Sal Albanese is running for mayor of New York City for the third time. He says he’s running because the incumbent mayor, Bill De Blasio, is not addressing the major issues that are important to the city’s future. Marvin Scott and Albanese discuss his campaign, the issues he feels are most important and what his plan is to improve the lives of all New Yorkers.


Mayoral hopeful pitches pied-à-terre tax, says real estate interests “own” de Blasio

Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese on Wednesday renewed calls for pied-à-terre tax, saying that absentee property owners should pay two or three times more in property taxes.

Albanese said that such a tax could bring the city billions of dollars in revenue, which could then be dedicated to the creation of affordable housing, Politico reported. A tax on pieds-à-terre — often owned by wealthy overseas investors looking for a safe place to park their cash — has been floated before. Mayor Bill de Blasio considered a proposal by State Senator Brad Hoylman in 2014, but the tax ultimately didn’t go through.


Mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese pitches foreign landlord tax to subsidize affordable housing

Sal Albanese, the Democratic mayoral primary hopeful, proposed a tax on wealthy foreign landlords to pay for affordable housing Wednesday.

“I’m proposing a pied-a-terre tax, which would tax foreign investors who park their money in luxury real estate all over the city,” Albanese said outside City Hall, saying 15% of the city’s luxury housing was owned by foreign investors who often let them sit empty.