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Today in Politics: De Blasio Fends Off Complacency

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Democrat Bill de Blasio continues to poll nearly 40 points ahead of Republican Joe Lhota in the race for mayor, with only five days left until Election Day. That's leading the de Blasio campaign to combat complacency in the final days, while making sure to carefully manage his message.

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Adolfo Carrión Jr.'s Independent Streak

Monday, October 21, 2013

Adolfo Carrión Jr. was once a rising star in the Democratic Party. But after switching to the Independence Party to run for mayor, he's barely registering in the polls.

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For Candidates, Columbus Day Parade Is Full of Politics

Monday, October 14, 2013

At the Columbus Day parade, mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota celebrated their Italian heritage and participated in some political pageantry.

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Schoolbook

Charter Schools Push for Continued Growth Under New Mayor

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

With a friend like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the charter sector has greatly expanded over the last decade, from 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office to 183 now. But future growth under a new mayor is uncertain — especially if that new mayor is Bill de Blasio.

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Questions Raised Over U.F.T. Campaign Filing

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Government watchdog groups are questioning why a political action committee run by the United Federation of Teachers gave money to a consulting firm that does not seem to exist, during a mayor's race in which the union aimed to play a kingmaker role.

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Parent Input and Schools: Where the Candidates Stand

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Parent empowerment has become a hot topic in this year's mayoral campaign, with both Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota promising parents they would have a bigger say in decisions surrounding the public schools. Specific plans? Not so much.

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NYMag's Adam Moss on the Bloomberg Legacy

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Moss says that Bloomberg came in "as a manager and as an engineer, not as an ideologue" but that he became "an autocrat for the people."

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Many Undecided as Voters Head to the Polls

Monday, September 09, 2013

After months of pitches from a crowded field of candidates, almost a fifth of voters say they could change their minds.  As they puzzle over a group of Democrats with largely similar credentials — including five former council members and two comptrollers — voters feel obliged to make a choice, but many say they're not sure how they're going to do so. 

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In the Mayor's Race, the Cat Man Cometh

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gristedes owner and philanthropist John Catsimatidis is running against former MTA chairman Joe Lhota and Doe Fund founder George McDonald in next month’s Republican primary for mayor. It’s been an unconventional path to politics for the Greek immigrant-turned-billionaire grocer. 

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Transportation Nation

Transpo Policy Survey: Where NYC Mayoral Candidates Stand

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Bike lanes and express buses are hot with the candidates hoping to lead New York City. The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives surveyed seven of the 12 mayoral candidates on transit, biking, walking, and traffic safety policies. Here's what they said. 

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De Blasio Campaign Goal for Traffic Safety: Zero Deaths

Thursday, August 08, 2013

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NYC mayoral candidate Bill De Blasio has released the most ambitious transportation safety targets of any candidate: zero deaths in car crashes. 

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In the Bronx, Voting Is the Exception, Not the Rule

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Voter turnout in New York City elections is abysmal. The predictors of low participation are varied, from high residential mobility to language barriers and lower education levels. Turnout is lowest in the Bronx, where fewer than 20 percent of adult citizens voted in the last mayoral election, in 2009, across almost two thirds of the borough.

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Transportation Nation

Weiner on Wheels: From "Ripping out F*ing Bike Lanes" to 'Expand Citi Bike to Five Boroughs'

Monday, August 05, 2013

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NYC Mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner wants to expand Citi Bike to all five boroughs, according to a new list of policy proposals issued by his campaign.  He also wants to require landlords to offer bike parking. 

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In Williamsburg, Looking for a Political Entree

Friday, August 02, 2013

Turnout in New York City municipal elections has been on a steady slide for the last sixty years, even in the midst of national elections that engaged new rounds of voters. In Williamsburg, even voters with a clear stake in city policy are just getting organized.

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Thompson, DeBlasio Seek Black Voter Support

Thursday, August 01, 2013

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Mayoral candidates Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson have been reaching out to black voters this week as support for Anthony Weiner continues to decline in the polls.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mayor's Race; Astronaut Wives; Balanchine, Ballet, and Revolution; Beach Erosion and Protection

Monday, July 29, 2013

Andrew Meier explains why Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office may be the biggest issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Lily Koppel looks at the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, who became national celebrities as their husbands launched into space. We’ll find out about the working and personal relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and his childhood friend, ballerina Lidia Ivanova. Kate Sheppard talks about how coastal communities from Maine to Miami are adapting to rising sea levels and the threat of flooding.

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The NYC Mayor's Race

Monday, July 29, 2013

The New York mayor's race is heating up. Andrew Meier looks at the candidates and surveys the political climate after three terms of Mayor Bloomberg. His article “Smile! One of You Will Be the Next Mayor” is the July 28 New York Times Magazine’s cover story.

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Strange Ties in Bill Thompson's Brooklyn Backyard

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Thompson’s paid ties to Kurron – during a period when he was planning a second run for the mayor’s office after his near-victory over Michael Bloomberg in 2009 – raise important questions about his attentiveness to detail, his judgment and his choice of associates.

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Weiner's Support Slumps Even in Old District

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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Anthony Weiner's support is draining away. Once leading the Democratic field for mayor, a new poll out Thursday shows Weiner now trails City Council Speaker Christine Quinn 25 percent to 16 percent. Even constituents in his old congressional district are walking away.

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Weiner Slips in Poll as Unfavorability Peaks

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The survey also found Weiner’s unfavorability is at its highest levels of the campaign season, and that’s helping Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She is now the frontrunner among Democratic voters, up nine points over Weiner, who still leads Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio. The poll’s margin of error is 4.2 percent.

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