Category Archives: Bill de Blasio

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 full photo gallery from the City Hall ceremony is available here.

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

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: 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: King Day at the House of Justice



The Rev. Al Sharpton drew  a large contingent of elected officials to his annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at National Action Network’s House of Justice.  Headliners included U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Reps. Jerry Nadler, Hakeem Jeffries, Yvette Clarke and Carolyn Maloney.  NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Speaker and Acting Public Advocate Corey Johnson, NYS Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and NYS Senate Temporary President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins also spoke.

Several of the public advocate candidates participated, including Assembly Members Latrice Walker, Michael Blake and Danny O’Donnell, Council Members Jumaane Williams and Rafael Espinal, former Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Dawn Smalls.  Walker, Blake, O’Donnell and Smalls were given speaking slots.  Former mayor David Dinkins and former congressman Charles Rangel appeared, sitting onstage in the front row for the full program.

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Special Election Date Set



Hear ye, Hear ye …. Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a proclamation today setting February 26th as the date for the special election for public advocate.  de Blasio held a brief signing ceremony at City Hall for the special election proclamation and Intro. 1288, which amended parts of the campaign finance law.

Former public advocate Letitia James resigned on December 31st to take office as the New York State Attorney General on January 1st.  The City Charter provides that upon James’ resignation the mayor is to, within three days, set the date for a special election in a narrowly prescribed window.   With the proclamation issued prospective candidates now have until January 14th to submit petitions.

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2018 Year In Photos



New terms, lots of candidates, fiercely fought elections, victories and defeats both surprising and not.  Lots happened in 2018 New York politics and we’ve distilled the year into our 2018 Year in Photos.

NYS senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Jeff Klein join hands following a press conference with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. 4/4/18

Our full 2018 Year in Photos gallery is available here.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wrapping his family in a hug after taking the oath of office. 1/1/18

Photo Gallery: Flight #587 Memorial



Mayor Bill de Blasio joined mourners in Rockaway for the 17th anniversary of the crash of American Airlines flight #587.  The crash killed all 260 people on board and five people on the ground.  The flight was headed from JFK to the Dominican Republic and the deceased include many Dominicans and Dominican Americans.

Mayor de Blasio was late to the ceremony in 2014, drawing heated criticism for missing the bell tolling the exact moment of the crash.  This year, as in each year since 2014, he arrived early and greeted mourners ahead of the ceremony.  de Blasio, who did not take press questions, was the only elected official to attend.

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Photo Gallery: de Blasio at Park East Synagogue



Mayor Bill de Blasio made a supportive visit to the Park East Synagogue a few hours after the Tree of Life synagogue massacre in Pittsburgh.  Joining Rabbi Arthur Schneier for remarks in front of the synagogue, de Blasio offered both emotional support and promises of strong police protection.  Mayor de Blasio and Rabbi Schneier were joined by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NYS Senator Liz Kruger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan.  Mayor de Blasio did not take press questions.

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Photo Gallery: Columbus Day Parade 2018



The Columbus Day Parade drew a large contingent of elected officials and candidates to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Monday for the annual celebration of Italian heritage.  Headlining the group was Governor Andrew Cuomo, with his Republican opponent Marc Molinaro and frequent nemesis Mayor Bill de Blasio among the attending politicians.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo Post Primary Rally



Governor Andrew Cuomo marked his primary victory over Cynthia Nixon and the start of the general election campaign with a Midtown rally featuring a large group of Democratic elected officials and candidates.  Headlined by Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul, attendees included New York City’s three citywide elected officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate and attorney general candidate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer,  as well as Council Speaker Corey Johnson.  House members attending included Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Hakeem Jeffries, Joe Crowley, Jose Serrano, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat and Tom Suozzi.

Some of the successful challengers to state senate IDC members attended, including Alessandra Biaggi who defeated IDC leader Jeff Klein and Robert Jackson.  Notable candidates not spotted included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in the June primary, and incumbent NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  Additionally, Cuomo’s and Hochul’s primary challengers Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams did not attend.

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