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Congratulations, Bill de Blasio, on a fine primary showing.
You were out on the streets to save crucial institutions like Long Island College Hospital before it was cool. You were one of the first to pick up on the city’s considerable case of Bloomberg fatigue.
You didn’t stuff our mailboxes full of fliers. Your son Dante was a television sensation — and you had the wonderful luck to...Read more »
New York City Comptroller John Liu likes to portray himself as a populist, a modern-day Fiorello LaGuardia—always on the barricades, fighting for the little guy, standing up for immigrants, doing whatever he can to push back against the smug one-percenters who would rather he just disappear.
Even this morning, an hour before the city Campaign Finance Board voted to withhold up to $3.53 million...Read more »
At this point -- as it's becoming clear that part of Anthony Weiner's personal life exists in a dark place most of us can't really relate to, but his wife seems able to smilingly accept -- what I want from Weiner has changed.
I'm not asking him not to send photos of his various body parts to make-believe sexual partners all over the planet. I'm not asking him to stop sexting, or using his...Read more »
So how much patience do we have left for Anthony Weiner?
This afternoon’s press conference—following the revelation of another salacious exchange with another woman online, apparently after he resigned from Congress -- was bizarre, cringe-inducing, maddening.
He’s a smart fellow. But he’s doing a terrible job of faking humility, decency and sincerity. Instead he’s trying to walk us yet...Read more »
New York’s voters aren’t looking so much for a leading man or woman this year as for a best friend.
They want a mayor who feels their pain—who knows what it’s like to wait for an eternity in a subway station the temperature of Venus, who knows what it’s like to spend most of your paycheck on an apartment that makes an ordinary motel room seem like Versailles.
As for Michael Bloomberg?...Read more »
New York City "makes up for its hazards and its deficiencies by supplying its citizens with massive doses of a supplementary vitamin -- the sense of belonging to something unique, cosmopolitan, mighty and unparalleled," wrote the incomparable E.B. White in 1948. On good days, I think he's still right. On others, I think his notion is a cruel joke.
Consider the taxi wars.
Here's...Read more »
We've always known New York City is not a normal place. Minneapolis is normal. Omaha is normal. New York is a town whose lurid eccentricities have a disturbing way of massing into destructive madness -- like Sandy roaring into town under a full moon at high tide. The resulting chaos is not a sight for the squeamish or for tiny school children or for civics teachers.
As the city's election...Read more »
The No. 1 issue on the minds of likely voters in New York City’s upcoming elections is not the stop-and-frisk imbroglio. It’s not the tough, elusive struggle for better outcomes in programs for the homeless and mentally ill. It’s not the shockingly sorry status of more than a few city parks. It is education, said a speaker at a Manhattan Institute forum this morning, citing a recent Zogby poll the...Read more »
Anthony Weiner, the congressman who tweeted himself out of a job two years ago with a photo of his bulging underpants, is considering jumping into the New York City mayor's race.
Mark Wilson is a New York political cartoonist and illustrator who lives in the Adirondacks. He publishes under the pen name Marquil.
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In firing scandal-tarred lawyer Joseph Savino, Clarkstown leaders acted swiftly in dealing with a potentially explosive situation.
But let's not break out the good government awards just yet.
Savino is the Bronx Republican Party boss whose White Plains-based law firm was hired by Clarkstown last year to handle tax-challenge cases even though he apparently had little expertise in that...Read more »