We spoke briefly with Fernando Ferrer, former mayoral candidate, former Bronx Borough President and current Chairman of the MTA, about how he’s enjoying the 24 hour Thompson campaign odyssey that he is part of. We spoke during hour #10.
Mayoral candidate Erick Salgado held a rally on the steps of City Hall today together with Adolfo Carrion, a Democrat now running for mayor on the Independence Party line in November’s general election. Together, Salgado and Carrion called for latino Democratic voters to vote for Salgado in tomorrow’s primary. Salgado addressed what he views as racist exclusionary tactics deployed against him during the race. He also weighed in on Michael Bloomberg’s recent characterization of Bill de Blasio’s campaign as “racist.”
Republican mayoral candidates Joe Lhota and John Catsimatidis participated in a televised debate today, hosted by WNBC-TV and co-sponsored by NBC 4 New York, The Wall Street Journal and Telemundo Nueva York. It was a friction-filled face-off, with the candidates down to the last 48 hours of the campaign.
We have video from the candidates’ post-debate media availabilities.
This afternoon, as he made his way to an outdoor post-debate press conference in support of mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, Rudy Giuliani spotted a would-be jaywalker and sprang into action. The would-be jaywalker happened to be the chairman of the New York State Conservative Party. All with a smile. But with this as background.
We spoke with John Catsimatidis this afternoon concerning the comments of Mayor Michael Bloomberg published today in New York Magazine. That’s Matthew Chayes of Newsday you’ll hear questioning Catsimatidis.
Bill de Blasio campaigned on Manhattan’s Upper West Side Thursday evening, talking with voters and the press outside the 72nd & Broadway Subway station. He had star power with him; actors Steve Buscemi, Kathleen Turner and Peter Jacobson accompanied him. He also had his son, and media campaign star, Dante with him.
Bill de Blasio acknowledges that he’s been living in, yes, a hair shadow.
Star Meet Star:
A Golden Globe winning/Academy Award nominated actor meets a star.
John Catsimatidis has aggressively used the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in his campaign advertising. His ad, Got It, features a former Port Authority Police Inspector attacking Joe Lhota for recently referring to the Port Authority police as “Mall Cops”, while invoking the memory of the 37 Port Authority police officers who died on September 11th. Catsimatidis uses a similar attack in his ad Not Even Close.
Catsimatidis’ use of September 11th is the most aggressive of any New York political ad and is a marked departure from the practice of most candidates over the past 12 years. I asked Catsimatidis whether he thinks it’s troubling or problematic for candidates to use September 11th in political advertising.
Catsimatidis’ ads have some additional layers of irony. First, Joe Lhota was Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayor during the attack and it’s aftermath, going to the World Trade Center before the second plane hit and accompanying Giuliani that morning. Giuliani, of course, was lionized for his response. Catsimatidis professes to be “friends with Rudy”, but attacks his rival on a topic that his rival’s former boss is widely acclaimed for. Second, Giuliani and his administration had a long history of tangling with the Port Authority. The PA is an agency that mayors love to hate as it operates major parts of New York City’s infrastructure with no mayoral control and a shared gubernatorial control (with the New Jersey governor) that provides only partial power to the New York governor. Should Catsimatidis become mayor, he may find himself in an adversarial relationship with the Port Authority. Finally, although Catsimatidis professes to “love all people”, the former Port Authority Police Inspector featured in his ad has been reported as making hateful statements on Facebook and elsewhere.
At the press conference, Courtney Gross of NY1 asked Catsimatidis about the news that David Koch and his wife Julia have contributed $290,000 to a PAC supporting Joe Lhota. (David Koch (pronounced “Coke”), and his brother Charles, are major funders of right-wing political groups.) Here’s how Catsimatidis responded.