Azi Paybarah

author of The Empire blog


Azi Paybarah appears in the following:

This Week in Politics: Viva l'Italia?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Mayor is in Italy on vacation — while there was a controversial death in police custody. 


Local Race Check-In

Monday, July 29, 2013

Over the weekend, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson gave a fiery speech about "Stop and Frisk" policy, comparing it to George Zimmerman's actions in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Anthony Weiner spoke with the Staten Island Advance about his sexting scandal, and Christine Quinn appeared on Meet the Press. We check in on the local races with Ruby Cramerbuzzfeed reporter covering Weiner, Spitzer and other local candidates, and Azi Paybarah, political reporter from Capital New York.

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Is it Sexist to Talk about Quinn's Temper?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Azi Paybarah, Capitol New York reporter, and David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for the New York Times, discuss the latest in the Mayor's race, and the fallout from Chen's piece on Christine Quinn's temper.

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Albany Power Struggles

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, to discuss the "power-sharing" agreement among the Democratic caucus in Albany, and the effect it will have on key legislation.

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Shooting At the Empire State Building

Friday, August 24, 2012

A shooting at the Empire State Building has left two people dead, including the suspect. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speak at a press conference from the scene. Then, professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Eugene O'Donnell and Capital NY reporter Azi Paybarah react to what's known about the incident.

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Haggerty Trial: Inside Politics

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Reporter Azi Paybarah from capitalnewyork.com discusses the trial of John Haggerty, the man accused of spending the $1 million he was paid by the Bloomberg campaign for "ballot security" on a house.

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Open Seating

Monday, July 11, 2011

Azi Paybarah, politics reporter for the New York Observer, and Bob Hardt, political director at NY1, discuss the decided field for the NY-9 special election and the early field for the 2013 mayoral seat.

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Weiner Politics

Thursday, June 09, 2011

City Hall News reporter and blogger at The Brooklyn Politics.com Colin Campbell and New York Observer reporter Azi Paybarah look at the politics, national and local, around the continuing Anthony Weiner scandal.

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Schumer, Bloomberg Call for Stricter Gun Control Penalties

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed a plan to increase federal penalties on states that are not enforcing background checks for prospective gun buyers.

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In Budget Address, Bloomberg Says Cuts Loom for Teachers, Services

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, outlining his budget plan, said on Thursday that the city will eliminate more than 6,100 teaching positions.

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Bloomberg Budget Proposes Teacher Layoffs

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Although $2 billion more than expected was collected in taxes, Bloomberg administration officials said the mayor will propose shrinking the size of the teacher workforce by more then 6,000 in his budget released Thursday, cuts due largely to slashes in state education funding.

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How to Control (and Cash In On) the Sarah Palin Brand

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Adding Sarah Palin to any event makes it bigger, more high profile and, for one restaurant owner in Manhattan, more litigious.

Padriac Sheridan wanted to draw customers into his restaurant, Murphy & Gonzalez, on Waverly Place near NYU, by showing the 2008 Vice Presidential debate, featuring Palin and Senator Joe Biden.

So, as he did with other big television events that he hoped would draw customers into his restaurant, Sheridan put a note about it on his restaurant's web site. For this occasion, he Googled a little bit, found what appeared to be official portraits for the governor and the senator, and downloaded them. Then, Sheridan inserted them onto his web site, along with details about the October 2 debate.

Customers came. They watched, they ate, and the one year-old restaurant did brisk business that night. Sheridan considered the whole thing a success and didn't think much about it — until two years later.

On September 13, 2010, Sheridan received a letter from an attorney representing a company claiming that Sheridan's web site stole their photograph of Palin, and they wanted him to pay for it.

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Speaker Quinn's New York City: More Communication, Less Red Tape

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Contradictory regulations, Kafka-esque bureaucratic mazes, and a financial cliff crumbling the foundation of where we stand. 

The New York City as described in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's State of the City Speech is one in need of changes — big, small, and at times, absurdly obvious.

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Union Leaders say Bloomberg 'Lying' about Pensions

Wednesday, February 09, 2011


Mayor Michael Bloomerg is being called a "liar" who is trying "steal" pension benefits by the leaders of the police and firemen's union, who rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday morning.

"He's unhappy with the deal that was struck 23 years ago. Too bad. That was the deal," said Steve Cassidy, president of the Uniformed Firefighter's Association. "A deal was struck. It's a defined benefit. It goes on forever…if he doesn't like it, too bad. He cannot lie about it and pretend it's not a deal."

Bloomberg, for his part, told reporters earlier in the day "We certainly didn’t put out anything that is to the best of my knowledge not accurate and true." He added, "Nobody wants to get cut back, I understand that, we have to make a decision. Do we want to send out Christmas bonuses or have more teachers?"

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Bloomberg in Albany

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg testified in Albany on Monday about the effects on New York City of Governor Cuomo's budget proposals and the changes he wants to make to pensions. Azi Paybarah, WNYC political reporter and author of The Empire blog discusses the Mayor's comments.

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Bloomberg Visits Albany, Seeks Money

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


Michael Bloomberg came to Albany on Monday asking for money, and painting a grim picture of what New York City would look like if he didn’t get it.

One third of all senior centers, shuttered; thousands of public school teachers, laid off. city government, inefficiently down-sized.

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Bloomberg: Cuomo's Budget 'Will Hurt All Parts of the City'

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


Mayor Bloomberg kept up pressure on Governor Cuomo on Wednesday, saying the newly elected executive's budget will cost the city more than a billion dollars in education aid, and force the city to layoff "thousands" of workers.

"The cut for education is $1.4 billion no matter how you phrase it," said Bloomberg at a City Hall press conference, rebuffing comments made by the governor's staff that the city's loss was smaller. 


Cuomo's Budget: The Day After

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo proposed a $132.9 billion budget with a promise to cut spending. Errol Louis, host of NY1's Inside City Hall joins Azi Paybarah, WNYC political reporter and author of The Empire blog, to give us a closer look.

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Cuomo Tries to Reinvent Albany With Bold First Budget

Wednesday, February 02, 2011


By the end of his hour-long budget presentation Tuesday, Cuomo had cast himself as a transformer: changing Albany's decades-old budget habits, and repositioning the state "nationally" as an economic destination for the private sector.

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Cuomo Proposes Across-the-Board Cuts in First Budget

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Governor Andrew Cuomo's first budget presentation to state lawmakers includes across-the-board cuts, a consolidation of 11 state agencies, a warning of 9,800 layoffs and "one new fee" on horse racing. 

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