Local Politics Round-Up: De Blasio's First Big Moves

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bill de Blasio at a child care center in Harlem (Brigid Bergin/WNYC)

Azi Paybarah, political reporter for Capital New York, discusses headlines in the local news and checks in on two major campaign promises made by Mayor Bill de Blasio: paid sick leave, and keeping the doors of Brooklyn hospitals open.



Azi Paybarah

Comments [11]


@Mr. Bad from NYC

Jaywalking has replaced gun violence as top priority. It's payback time.

Jan. 20 2014 06:19 PM
John from Brooklyn

"Well I think work was always scarce..."

Ummmmm, NO! It's just not true, and you can't compare the economic/jobs climate in the 70's/80's to the year 2014.

Jan. 20 2014 11:29 AM
DickeyFuller from DC

Hi Brian -- it has nothing to do with the tabloids!

Ms. Smith was going to be the public face of a fresh new administration that's trying to effect change.

There was no way that a press secretary who was, or recently had been, dating a married man, was going to work. Society really frowns on that. And there is still a TON of sympathy for Ms. Spitzer.

Certainly Ms. Smith knew that it wouldn't work. And the Governor, a very smart guy, should have know that he was basically walking her into a career-limiting mistake.

If they were really "in love" and expected it to last, they should have kept it totally under wraps until 1) the new mayor was settled in (8-9 months) and 2) he was officially divorced.

It's too bad that's the way things go.

Jan. 20 2014 10:56 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

@ pliny from soho

Productivity = output per hour. Over the course of a year the difference in salary is statistically irrelevant and unmeasurable. But way to be petty, silly and crass. Hope some flu addled wage slave sneezes on your takeout.

Jan. 20 2014 10:52 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Brian: SUBJUNCTIVE!!! "If Martin Luther King WERE alive today..."

Jan. 20 2014 10:48 AM
pliny from soho

a healthy person gets paid less than a sick one
if the sick days are not part of the wage package

Jan. 20 2014 10:44 AM
Mr. Bad from NYC

Year Zero has arrived. The NYPD is managing Diblasio's rep and if you don't toe the line you will be pulped. It don't matter if you're 84. It doesn't matter if you don't speak the english.

Jan. 20 2014 10:42 AM
john from office

We are becoming France. These new rules will result in abuse and the creation of an administrative system to enforce this rule. More city workers.

Jan. 20 2014 10:40 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

@ Ed from Larchmont: You are a radical anti-abortion person; Bill DiBlasio is simply pro-choice. Pro-choice doesn't mean one advocates abortion, but that one keeps the option open for those who need it.

Brian: Is it true that Mayor DiBlasio's wife wants an office in City Hall and a paid position? Is that not a conflict of interest?

Mayor DiBlasio campaigned on a particular platform, but, as with all politicians, we have to wait and see whether he follows through. We voters vote for a general platform - that is, we don't necessarily agree with ALL the items on the platform, but a majority of them - so some people will be happy and some unhappy with each item on the Mayor's agenda. "You can please some of the people some of the time..."

Jan. 20 2014 10:39 AM
RJ from prospect hts

In the state we've been fighting for paid *Family* and Medical leave for nearly 10 years.

Jan. 20 2014 10:36 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Mayor DeBlasio is a radical pro-abortion person. How much more do you need to know?

Jan. 20 2014 08:08 AM

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