Between losing his leg in WWII and his tragic suicide in 1979, Bill de Blasio's father forged a career with think tanks and multinational corporations aimed at blocking the spread of communism. A decade after his death, his son was in Nicaragua, working in support of the kind of socialist government his father's old colleagues tried to prevent in Latin America.
Mayoral candidate Joe Lhota said this week a "Grand Canyon" separates him and Bill de Blasio in the polls. The latest Marist poll shows more than 40 point between the candidates. The race for New Jersey Governor has a similar, yawning gap. But the polls are surprisingly close in the U.S. Senate race between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan. In this edition of "This Week in Politics," WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Brigid Bergin, and New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon break it all down.
The MTA has gotten involved in the citywide search for an autistic boy who disappeared from his school last week. Straphangers now can hear subway announcements seeking help in finding Avonte Oquendo.
Bloomberg has maintained that it's his job us to make people healthier and safer, and he has frequently declared, “Being mayor is about saying, 'No.'”
New York City mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio has come a long way since his days of opposing the Prospect Park West bike lane. At a speech Tuesday afternoon before a group of urban innovators, de Blasio said, "We see the success of the New York City’s bicycling program. Biking is up 60 percent since 2008. The designs innovated for the streets of Chelsea and the East Village are now seen in protected bike lanes on the National Mall in Washington DC, on Market Street in San Francisco and in cities across the country."
The Chair of the New York Taxi and Limousine gets it. He's out. So in an email to staff he's pretty direct: we "want to work like the dickens to finish as much of our projects as we can in the remaining 100 days."
You may think that stop and frisk as a political issue has been with us forever. But you'd be wrong. It's only been two years since the issue has been a mainstream controversy — one that threatens to tarnish Mayor Michael Bloomberg's considerable positive achievements in reducing crime. This is the story of how that happened -- the next installment in our series "New York Remade: The Bloomberg Years"
A report by The Record is contradicting Governor Chris Christie's recent account of why NJ Transit moved hundreds of pieces of rail equipment into a flood zone prior to Sandy. [To listen to an interview with The Record reporter Karen Rouse, click on the audio player above.]
In the New York City mayor's race, polls this week showed Republican Joe Lhota has enormous ground to make up before the November 5th election. He's trailing Democrat Bill de Blasio by a 50-point margin. Still, both candidates are employed a similar strategy this week as they tried to paint the other as a radical outside the political mainstream.
We also learned more about Bill de Blasio's family life, with a peek at his wedding video, and an exclusive interview on WNYC about his father's suicide.
Governor Christie is changing his story on why NJ Transit moved its trains into a flood zone during Sandy. According to The Record newspaper, Christie is now blaming the decision on a low-level employee, whom he refuses to name.
A new report by U.S PIRG is linking a decline in car ownership among young people to smart-phone enabled sharing services, like car sharing and bike sharing. Young people are getting licenses later and later, and buying cars less and less often.
Metro-North, the nation's largest commuter railroad, is still running at half capacity Tuesday. And Con Ed says its own work may have led to the power disruption that is vastly reducing service for tens of thousands of beleaguered commuters.
Mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's father committed suicide in 1979, shooting himself while suffering incurable cancer, the New York Post revealed Monday. For the first time in nearly 35 years, de Blasio discussed the event publicly with WNYC's Anna Sale. "We knew his life was going to come to an end. We didn't expect it to be this way. And there had been such sorrow around it," de Blasio said.
A survey by the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives has found that some 70 percent of voters get around mostly by subway, bus, bike, taxi, or walking -- as opposed to by car.
As two Democrats readied for the Tuesday run-off of the Public Advocate, the New York Times released a new documentary that chronicles the end of Speaker Christine Quinn's long run for mayor. Meanwhile, the mayoral candidates still aiming for the 2013 win debated Latin American politics in the 1980s, with some red-hot rhetoric. Marxist playbook, anyone?
Mayor Bloomberg likes to take credit for transforming New York City into the second biggest technology economy in the country. Does he deserve it?
Thompson said it was important to return a true "progressive" to City Hall and that "the path to getting there depends on Bill de Blasio walking through those doors."
Thompson met with supporters Thursday night, declaring he will wait until the Board of Elections counts the votes from machines this weekend before taking further action.
It was quite a primary election. The powerful City Council speaker who led the mayoral race for much of the summer came in a distant third. Three famous -- and famously disgraced -- politicians begging for a second chance were defeated. And a Brooklyn liberal skyrocketed out of nowhere to grab 40 percent of Democrats' votes for mayor.
With three quarters of Democratic voters saying they wanted change, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio just edged over the 40 percent needed to avoid a run-off in the Democratic primary. But former Comptroller Bill Thompson, who came in second with 26 percent, vowed to plow on. The vote was a sharp rebuke to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to City Council Christine Quinn, who ran as a nicer, gentler Bloomberg. Quinn came in a distant third.