Today the Jewish Community Relations Council hosted a press conference aimed at condemning the government of Iran and calling for continued action to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. The press conference, held in front of the United Nations, is an annual event timed for the start of the United Nations General Assembly session. Among the many New York elected officials and candidates participating were mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and Bill de Blasio.
Lhota Media Availability:
Following his remarks at the press conference, Joe Lhota spoke with the press on the topic of Iran, as well as several other topics. Among the questions he addressed were his view of the recent diplomatic initiative by the United States towards Iran (he seems to be in favor, although it’s “not enough”) and his view of Jonathan Pollard, the Israeli spy imprisoned by the United States (he seems to be in favor of considering his release). Lhota’s full press availability is here.
de Blasio Slow Speed Press Chase:
Bill de Blasio declined to answer any questions following his remarks at the press conference, leading the press on a several blocks-long, low-intensity, slow speed chase. It was not as dramatic as some of the Anthony Weiner press chase/avoidance episodes (such as this or this), but it was a notable change for de Blasio. It’s important to note that he and his staff said several times during the walk that de Blasio intended to answer questions at a 2:00 p.m. endorsement press conference in Queens, and he did so. Here’s a portion of the chase.
Lhota/deBlasio Remarks at Press Conference:
Here are Lhota’s and de Blasio’s full remarks at the JCRC press conference.