Photo Gallery: de Blasio 1st Day of School Visit

Mayor Bill de Blasio marked the first day of school with a five stop round of school visits Thursday, with his final stop at East Harlem’s PS 146.  He was joined for part of his 45 minute visit by Chancellor Richard Carranza.  Student reactions ranged from complete excitement to indifference but parents and faculty/staff/administrators reactions appeared quite positive, with many wanting photos with the mayor.  There were not any discernible negative reactions from the assemble parents or faculty/staff/administrators.

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Photo Gallery: Women’s World Cup Celebration

New York City celebrated the U.S. Women’s National Team World Cup victory with a ticker tape parade up Broadway and a ceremony in front of City Hall.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray hosted the ceremony, with TV personality Robin Roberts joining them as the MC.  Several thousand adoring fans welcomed the team for the hour long ceremony, varying between roaring their approval and chanting “equal pay.”

Many city and state legislators were in the audience, but Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Corey Johnson and NYS Senate Temporary President/Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins were the only elected officials on stage.  Governor Andrew Cuomo rode on a float in the preceding ticker tape parade but did not attend the City Hall ceremony.

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(Our coverage of the 2015 ticker tape parade and City Hall ceremony is available here.)

Photo Gallery: Caban Primary Night

Tiffany Caban appeared to prevail in the Democratic primary for Queens District Attorney Tuesday night, with an election night preliminary lead of just over 1,000 votes out a total of approximately 85,000 reported. Those election night results will be finalized and paper ballots (absentee and affidavit ballots) counted with a final result expected next week, but it appears likely that Caban’s lead over Queens Borough President Melinda Katz will hold.

Caban’s insurgent candidacy and apparent victory over a candidate supported by much of New York’s and Queens’ Democratic establishment drew support from a small but active group of elected officials.  Those electeds include NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYS Senators Jessica Ramos, Mike Gianaris, James Sanders, Luis Sepulveda and Julia Salazar, NYS Assembly Members Yuh-line Niou and Ron Kim and NYC Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander, all of whom joined Caban on primary night.  Other New York supporters included Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cynthia Nixon.  Caban was also endorsed by U.S. Senators and current presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

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Photo Gallery: Caban GOTV Rally

Queens district attorney candidate Tiffany Caban held a GOTV rally Sunday, two days ahead of the hotly contested Democratic primary.  Caban is one of seven candidates on the ballot (although one of the seven has stopped campaigning and endorsed rival Melinda Katz).  The rally, held in Travers Park in Jackson Heights, was organized by NYS Senator Jessica Ramos.  Caban was also joined by a large group of endorsers and supporters, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, NYS Senators Mike Gianaris and Luis Sepulveda, Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and activist/former candidate Cynthia Nixon.

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Photo Gallery: Borelli Calls For de Blasio Resignation

Council Member Joe Borelli held a City Hall press conference Tuesday calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign.  Borelli, a Staten Island Republican, was joined by Nick Langworthy, the incoming chairman of the NYS Republican Party.  They framed their resignation demand as primarily driven by de Blasio’s presidential campaign distracting him from fully discharging his mayoral duties, but also referenced a variety of what they view as policy failures during de Blasio’s term.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo Touts Penn Station Entrance Design

Governor Andrew Cuomo, joined by NYS Senator Brad Hoylman and NYS Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, gave a speech touting design renderings for a new entrance to Penn Station.  Penn Station and Madison Square Garden are in Assm. Gottfried’s district while Sen. Holyman’s district surrounds, but doesn’t include, Penn Station and MSG.  Cuomo’s speech was, perhaps coincidentally, at the same time as Mayor de Blasio separately spoke about his nascent campaign for president.

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Photo Gallery: 100th Anniversary of the 1st Transatlantic Flight

Council Member Eric Ulrich hosted a ceremony Wednesday commemorating the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic airplane flight.  That first flight was not Charles Lindbergh’s Roosevelt Field to Paris flight in 1927, but an effort by U.S. Navy and Coast Guard pilots that hopscotched from Rockaway to Lisbon eight years earlier.  The ceremony was held at Riis Landing on Jamaica Bay, just west of the departure point for the three seaplanes that were part of that first transatlantic flight.

Just one of the three seaplanes succeeded in reaching Lisbon after planned stops in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and the Azores and an unplanned stop in Massachusetts.

The commemoration featured flyovers by the Coast Guard and the NYPD and an appearance by an FDNY fireboat.  The program included speakers from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, historians and descendants of the primary planner of the 1919 flight.  It was mc’d by CM Ulrich’s Deputy Chief of Staff Robby Schwach, who organized the commemoration.  Marching bands from the Channel View School for Research and the Scholars Academy performed.   The commemoration concluded with the unveiling of a street sign marking renaming a section of Beach 169th Street in honor of U.S. Navy Seaplane Division One.

Council Member Ulrich was the only elected official to attend.

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Photo Gallery: de Blasio Early Voting Advocacy

Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference to draw attention to the Board of Elections’ preparations for early voting.  de Blasio is highly critical of the initial steps taken by the Board of Elections as it moves to implement early voting under recently enacted changes in state law and he is mounting a public campaign to push the Board to expand its early voting arrangements.

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Photo Gallery: Sharpton Hosts Buttigieg

The Rev. Al Sharpton hosted presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for lunch Monday at Harlem’s Sylvia’s Restaurant.  The menu was more talk than food, however, as they walked through a press gauntlet on arrival, sat with a pack of photographers snapping their table time and held a packed sidewalk press conference.

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Photo Gallery: Bronx Dems For Williams

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams’ apparent glide path to his June primary and November general election was smoothed with an endorsement from the Bronx Democratic Party and several prominent elected Bronx Democrats.  With the petitioning period ended, Williams will not face any well-known primary opponents.

Electeds joining Williams included Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Assembly Member and Bronx Democratic Chairman Marcos Crespo, Assembly Members Latoya Joyner, Jeff Dinowitz, Victor Pichardo and Nathalia Fernandez and Council Members Andrew Cohen and Ritchie Torres.  Assembly Member Michael Blake, who ran against Williams in the February special election, did not attend the rally but appeared immediately afterward and expressed his support for Williams.  That special election put Williams into office through the end of 2019 and the November general election will fill the remaining three years of former public advocate and current NYS Attorney General Tish James’ unexpired term.

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Photo Gallery: Maloney Rally

Rep. Carolyn Maloney held a rally outside the Upper East Side’s Asphalt Green condemning anti-semitism, shortly after anti-semitic graffiti appeared in an Asphalt Green locker room.  Maloney was joined by Assembly Members Dan Quart and Rebecca Seawright, Council Members Ben Kallos and Keith Powers, the Rev. Al Sharpton, JCRC Executive Director Michael Miller and Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park East Synagogue.  A group of 10-15 counter-protesters joined the approximately 200 people attending, protesting what they characterized as Maloney’s insufficiently aggressive response to Rep. Ilhan Omar.

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