Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference today to criticize the MTA and it’s scheduled increase of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll.
In this report, we cover what Catsimatidis had to say about some of his rivals, including one who was chairman of the MTA, and his suggestion as to how two of those rivals could help the Republican Party.
We’ll have more about their press conference in a later report.
In our Mayoral Mashup we talk with voters, as well as political and policy leaders, about what they see as the most important issue facing New York City’s next mayor.
For this Mayoral Mashup we spoke with Rockaway voters participating in the 31st Council District special election and asked one simple question: What do you see as the most important issue that our next mayor will face upon taking office? Watch to find out what they had to say.
You can watch previous Mayoral Mashups here (with voters at a mayoral candidate forum) and here (with Dick Ravitch).
As the Republican mayoral primary heats up, the candidates face a fundamental challenge: finding their primary voters in overwhelmingly Democratic New York City. To develop a more detailed understanding of the Republican search for primary voters, we’ve been doing some analysis of voter registration and voter activity (as well as answering candidate robocalls). This first step in our analysis focuses on registered voters. We will discuss voting patterns, likely voters and turnout in a later post.
As he was about to begin a press conference this morning (focused on expanding vocational education programs), John Catsimatidis previewed a possible new campaign slogan. Perhaps he was responding to a critical review of other mayoral candidates campaign logo’s. Or, perhaps he just likes campaigning.
As we noted last week here at NYTrue.com, he has already adapted well to the new 140 character universe.
Update #2: I received an email this evening from the Catsimatidis campaign advising that the twitter handle I referenced in item 1) below “is not affiliated” with the Catsimatidis campaign. I’ve therefor deleted item 1). I understand that @Jcats2013 remains as the campaign’s twitter handle. My apologies for any confusion.
2) It is interesting that the candidate formerly known as John Catsimatidis chose to reveal his new persona to leading political reporter Azi Paybarah. Both of them have recently undergone life changing Twitter-shorteningsTwitter-trimmings. They also crossed paths in a previous NYTrue.com special feature.
In our “5 Minutes With …“ feature we spend 5 interesting minutes with leading elected officials and policy leaders. In this “5 Minutes With …” segment we speak with New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
Join us as we discuss the structure and role of the Public Advocate’s office and look ahead to January 2014 and the challenges that the next Public Advocate will face.
Be sure to also watch our report on the first candidate forum in the 2013 Public Advocate race.
In other words, the 2013 race for Public Advocate is underway. This week featured the first candidate forum including all five Democratic candidates, and we spoke with each of them. Here is your first chance to meet all five candidates.
In this Report from Rockaway we talk with Graybeards president Steve Stathis.
Graybeards is a Rockaway-based group of approximately 200 members. Originally an informal group of friends and neighbors, Graybeards formally organized after the September 11th attacks and the crash of American Airlines Flight #587 in Belle Harbor. Graybeards is dedicated to helping friends and neighbors in need, while promoting friendship and community. In the post-Sandy recovery, they have responded to an exponential expansion in the need for their help.
We spoke with Steve about Graybeards, the work they continue to do and the state of recovery in the Rockaways.
This is our sixth Report from Rockaway. You can view our previous reports here, here, here, here and here.
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