Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese said Wednesday that the best way to solve the city’s homeless crisis is by slapping a hefty tax on foreigners who own prime real estate in the Big Apple.
Saying that Mayor de Blasio has failed miserably in trying to resolve “a crisis on steroids,” Albanese suggested an extra tax on luxury real estate owned by people whose primary residence is outside the US.
The revenues going towards building affordable housing.
Mayor Bill de Blasio will have to appear in two debates before the September primary now that his chief Democratic rival, Sal F. Albanese, has crossed the threshold of fund-raising and campaign spending needed to qualify.
Mr. Albanese, according to his most recent campaign filing, which was disclosed Friday, has so far raised more than $191,000 and spent almost the same sum. The debates, which will take place on Aug. 23 and Sept. 6, are organized by the city’s Campaign Finance Board under its rules for disbursing matching funds. To meet the requirements, candidates must raise and spend at least $175,000.
Mayor de Blasio and former City Councilman Sal Albanese will face off in the first Democratic primary debate Wednesday — giving the long-shot challenger a chance to introduce himself to an electorate the mayor is heavily favored to win. (more…)
The New York City mayoral contest—which so far has been about as interesting as a cup of day-old coffee—just got a jolt of caffeine. Former New York City councilman and Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese unveiled yesterday the first of a series of blistering (and comical) digital ads that take aim at the increasingly unpopular incumbent, Bill de Blasio.
The race for mayor is heating up — at least according to Democratic primary hopeful Sal Albanese’s “de-Blah-meter.”
The longshot candidate is rolling out a new interactive digital ad that allows people to rank their displeasure with Mayor de Blasio — on a scale of “NYC Deserves Better” to “”Aaaugh! Mayor from Hell!” — when it comes to a number of issues.
“What I’m finding is either people really don’t like de Blasio, deeply don’t like him, or other folks are just blah about it — so that’s why it’s called the de-Blah-meter.”
At 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, former City Councilman and Democratic mayoral hopeful Sal Albanese came barreling up 9th Street toward the Prospect Park YMCA and a group of reporters who’d been waiting for a press conference that was supposed to start at 9 a.m.
“The city’s paralyzed!” Albanese yelled as he walked, waving his arms up and down.
There were plenty of seats on the uptown C train as it creaked its way from Pennsylvania Station to Times Square. But one patron, standing 6-foot-5 in a shiny blue suit and clutching a leather folder, opted to stand.
No one offered much of a greeting to the man, Mayor Bill de Blasio, as he rode quietly in the train’s final car, traveling with one staff member and a small security detail.
Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese headed for Mayor de Blasio’s Park Slope gym Wednesday to try to goad Hizzoner into finally taking the subway.
But de Blasio — who often works out in the late morning at the YMCA after being driven in city SUVs the 12 miles there from Gracie Mansion, a routine that has drawn mockery — opted instead to rise early and give Albanese the slip, driving off from the gym before he arrived.
His primary challenger nonetheless brandished a MetroCard he had brought for the mayor and said de Blasio should try getting around like regular New Yorkers — noting it’s just a 25 minute ride from the gym to City Hall.
Today, June 1st, Sal was endorsed by NY’s Reform Party. Here’s what everyone had to say:
Albanese Wins Reform Party Endorsement for NYC Mayor
The Reform Party of NY announced today that it has formally endorsed Sal Albanese for NYC Mayor in this year’s race.
“I’m thrilled that the Reform Party has endorsed me and the progressive reform principles that drive this campaign,” said Albanese. “People in NYC have had it with business-as-usual politics, and with lobbyists, billionaires and big real estate corrupting our election system. It’s one of the primary reasons I’m running,” said Albanese.
“Throughout his entire career in public life, Sal Albanese has had a reform message. I’m excited to campaign with him in all five boroughs of this city. The contrast between him and DeBlasio, whom I’ve nicknamed ‘the dope from Park Slope,’ couldn’t be more clear. He has a winning message and if voters care about the future of New York City, they’ll vote for him on the Reform Party line,” said Reform Party Chairman Curtis Sliwa.
“Sal Albanese is truly the best of both worlds. He has a reform program that will be transformative for city government and truly diminish the role of special interests and end the pay-to-play culture. But he also has the governing experience necessary to know how to do it,” added Reform Party spokesperson Frank Morano.
“I think this endorsement proves that people are hearing and responding to our message and that our campaign continues to generate more and more interest and excitement. I look forward to working with the Reform Party and with all NYers who are interested in taking back our democratic process,” added Albanese.
Our campaign is on the move…more and more people are coming on board. Stay tuned!
Here in the city, a fight for City Hall! Former councilman Sal Albanese officially throws his hat in the ring, joining the growing pack of mayoral candidates trying to unseat Bill de Blasio. Albanese will be here to make the case for why he’s the best person to occupy Gracie Mansion, and will share his thoughts on a possible run against Hillary Clinton.