Election 2013


Allies No More? Bloomberg and Quinn Split on NYPD Issues

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Is a rift opening up between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? The two have worked closely but are disagreeing sharply over council legislation that would create an independent monitor for the New York Police Department. It’s one of a number of issues that are showing a rift between the mayor and the woman who hopes to replace him.

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State of Mayoral Race; New Pope; Relaxed TSA; Pi Day

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Candidates continue to emerge in the 2013 mayoral race. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale analyze the current field of hopefuls. Plus: Bob Garfield of On The Media explains why some businesses prosper by eschewing social media; the significance of the first Jesuit pope; the future of South Street Seaport; the TSA's new, relaxed stance on small knives; and your calls about Pi(e) Day.

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Christie Urban Strategy Has Perils

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

At a town hall in Paterson -- only the second out of 102 to be held in an urban church, Gov. Chris Christie criticized Speaker of the Assembly, Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) for blocking his school voucher bill.  Oliver called the comments a racial provocation.



With a Tweet, Quinn Launches Mayoral Run

Sunday, March 10, 2013

It's been a candidacy months, if not years, in the making, and with a tweet, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn threw her hat in the ring for mayor Sunday morning.


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John Liu's Challenge to U.S. Attorney

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Michael Saul, reporter covering City Hall for The Wall Street Journal, talks about mayoral hopeful John Liu's challenge to the U.S. attorney's office to "put up or shut up."

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Candidate Lhota; Defeating Bullying; Geithner's Legacy

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Former MTA chair Joseph Lhota discusses his campaign to become this year's Republican candidate for mayor. Plus: Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon talks about her new book on bullying; Steven Rattner on Timothy Geithner's legacy; continued exploration of idiomatic phrases; and a call-in on what class you'd be particularly well-suited to teach.


Roiling Race, MTA Chief Makes Plans to Run for Mayor

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


UPDATED. MTA Chief Joe Lhota is preparing to step down from his job to enter the race for mayor of New York City.  The decision, which has been privately and publicly backed by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, roils both the 2013 race and the future of the MTA as it faces $5.2 billion in reconstruction costs after the devastation caused by Sandy. 



Councilman Says He Won't Run for NYC Comptroller

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

The City Council's Finance Committee chairman says he's decided not to run for city comptroller so he can devote himself to helping his heavily damaged Brooklyn district recover from Superstorm Sandy.



Mayor Is Hurting Small Business With ‘Trivial’ Violations, De Blasio Says

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio claimed the systematic "overzealous” enforcement of what he calls "trivial" violations by city regulators is hurting small businesses.