Azi Paybarah

author of The Empire blog


Azi Paybarah appears in the following:

FAQ for the Primaries

Thursday, September 13, 2018

As New Yorkers go to the polls, the hosts of FAQ NYC discuss the candidates.

The IDC, Explained

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

With a month to go until the New York State Senate primaries, here's a refresher on the recently-disbanded Independent Democratic Conference, and its challengers from the left.

New York's Local News Landscape

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

After the owners of the Daily News cut about half the newsroom staff, a look at what it means for local news coverage in New York City -- and how local news is faring nationally.

Anything But Election News

Friday, March 18, 2016

What recent news stories (local, national, or international) have been overshadowed by election news? Listeners and journalists report back.

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What to Know Before You Head to the Polls

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

From the New Jersey State Assembly races to a medical marijuana bill in Ohio, we break down what's at stake in today's elections.

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Jeffries Keeps de Blasio Accountable

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has been openly criticizing de Blasio for his policies concerning the NYPD -- leading what some see as a movement of black leaders who have cooled on the mayor.

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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 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 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 the...

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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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