When it comes to the pay-to-play allegations that have dogged Mayor de Blasio for much of his first term, the mayor’s approach is simple:
Become Donald Trump.
Like Trump, de Blasio never admits culpability and, when confronted with contrary facts, immediately blames the questioner (the press).
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.
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.
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 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.”
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.