As 2019 comes to a close here’s our photographic recap:
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to “end long-term street homelessness in New York City over the next five years” with a presentation and press conference at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. de Blasio was joined by more than a dozen religious and civic leaders, including Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Rev. Al Sharpton, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center Rev. A.R. Bernard, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Imam Dr. Tahir Kukaj of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Michael Miller, Catholic Charities executive director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan and the Rev. Que English.
Mayor de Blasio was also joined by Deputy Mayor Raul Perea-Henze and Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks. After a presentation which included remarks by Rev. Sharpton, Rabbi Potasnik, Rev. Bernard and Cardinal Dolan, the Mayor held a lengthy press conference.
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.
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.
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.
Newly elected Council Speaker Corey Johnson visited the Rev. Al Sharpton Saturday, joining Sharpton for his weekly rally and radio broadcast at the National Action Network. Council Members Jumaane Williams and Robert Cornegy also appeared.
Sharpton expressed disappointment that none of the African-American candidates for speaker succeeded, but nonetheless gave Johnson a warm welcome. Underpinning that welcome was Johnson’s active support and campaigning for Sharpton in his 2004 presidential campaign.
Mayoral candidates fighting and occasionally smiling, a governor working his fellow electeds and the cameras, a hometown president passing through. Those are among the images in our 2017 photo retrospective.
Shot entirely in the five boroughs, our photo retrospective reflects our 2017 focus on the mayoral election and particularly on challengers looking to defeat Mayor de Blasio. There’s more, however, with a mix of light moments, conflict and loss.
Sunday’s African American Day Parade drew elected officials to Harlem, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and Republican/Conservative mayoral candidate Nicole Malliotakis. de Blasio, accompanied by his wife Chirlane McCray, received an extremely warm welcome. Steadily working the sidelines as the parade worked its way up Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, de Blasio was showered with smiles, handshakes and hugs. Malliotakis worked her way through waiting marchers ahead of the parade, but did not march in the parade. She was well-received, with many people interested in her candidacy, but her reception did not match de Blasio’s.
Mayoral candidate Bo Dietl had mixed results as he sought out Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio ahead of the West Indian Day Parade this morning. Cuomo and de Blasio lined up separately for the parade, with Cuomo doing a brief press Q&A before marching.
As Cuomo walked toward the waiting press Dietl called out “we love Governor Cuomo”, drawing a finger point and “ohhh, Bo.” “Democrat Bo” replied Dietl. As Cuomo and the Rev. Al Sharpton stood waiting to march Dietl moved in, drawing a “what’s up Bo” from Sharpton as they exchanged a handshake and kiss. (“I know Al Sharpton 40 years … I regard him as a friend” Dietl said afterwards.) A smiling Cuomo looked toward Dietl, shook his hand and kept smiling as he turned away.
Dietl moved on to de Blasio, waiting for a moment as the mayor posed for a picture. “Mr. Mayor, no Columbus, come on, no Columbus” he called out, drawing a mayoral smile and quick handshake. A silent Chirlane McCray, Mayor de Blasio’s wife, smiled wanly and gave a small flick of her flag as Dietl reached past her to take the mayor’s hand.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and many other New York City elected officials joined a Harlem rally Saturday demanding the renewal of rent regulations. Hosted by Assembly Housing Committee Chairman Keith L.T. Wright, the rally drew a modest crowd of about 200 people. Speakers included the Rev. Al Sharpton, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Charles Rangel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, Assembly Members Brian Kavanagh and Guillermo Linares, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Council Members Inez Dickens, Vanessa Gibson, Ben Kallos and Jumaane Williams.
With the legislative session rushing toward conclusion next week, expiration of the soon-to-sunset state laws governing rent stabilized and rent controlled apartments is an ever-increasing possibility. While it’s still likely that they’ll be renewed, the prospect of expiration is driving City Democrats into increasingly frantic efforts to renew and expand those laws. For Mayor Bill de Blasio it’s both an essential part of a core focus of his mayoralty and yet another chapter in the story of his friction-filled relationship with Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Here are the remarks of selected speakers:
Mayor Bill de Blasio:
Governor Andrew Cuomo called in to the Rev. Al Sharpton’s Martin Luther King Day celebration today. While other elected officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Sharpton, Cuomo participated by phone. His call suffered some technical troubles, with a first attempt scrubbed. Here is his second attempt, which began with technical problems but which eventually worked.
Update: Here are photos from the National Action Network King Day celebration.