New Yorkers really want to meet and greet the next mayor in his own home.
Bill de Blasio's office said that 7,000 people applied for the Jan. 5 tour of Gracie Mansion in the first three hours that it offered registration on its website Wednesday.
The free event includes a room-by-room walk-through of the first floor of the mansion, where the first family will reside. The tour ends with...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday that his Jan. 1 inauguration at City Hall Park will be open to the general public via a number of tickets that will be available online this week.
Gabrielle Fialkoff, the chair of the inauguration ceremony, said de Blasio didn't want his swearing in to be limited to the political elite and media.
"We really wanted to make certain, and...Read more »
UPDATED 12/11/12, 7:45 P.M.: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his family are moving to Gracie Mansion, trading the modest Park Slope row house where they share one bathroom for the opulent Yorkville mayoral residence and its eight bathrooms.
While some Brooklynties who shared pizza slices and barbs with the family over the years say the de Blasios will be missed, Manhattanites welcomed their...Read more »
Minutes after mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced that Bill Bratton will return to the Police Commissioner post, several prominent New Yorkers shared their opinions:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo: "As the former Police Commissioner of Boston, Los Angeles and New York, Bill Bratton took on and successfully reined in historically high crime in some of the nation's largest cities. I commend Mayor Elect...Read more »
UPDATED 12/5/13 at 6:45 P.M.: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced he is returning old law enforcement hand Bill Bratton to the NYPD commissioner post, and the two vowed a “new day” of community policing.
“Public safety and respect for the public aren’t contradictory ideas,” de Blasio said at a news conference in Brooklyn. De Blasio would be the second New York City mayor Bratton,...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Wednesday announced that he picked a veteran in city government with transportation experience to be his first deputy mayor and oversee day-to-day operations.
Anthony Shorris' long resume includes stints as director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under Gov. Eliot Spitzer, director of NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has a powerful perch to implement his vision for transportation in the city.
De Blasio, who controls four votes on the MTA board, laid out a transportation agenda during the campaign that focuses on better transit service for outerborough neighborhoods to meet growing demand there; improving pedestrian safety through his "Vision Zero" plan for eliminating...Read more »
Higher taxes for wealthy New Yorkers? Higher taxes on booze? A commuter tax?
These are some of the suggestions that the city's Independent Budget Office offered Wednesday as part of its Budget Options report, which provides ideas on how to balance the city's finances.
Although Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will inherit a balanced budget from Michael Bloomberg, IBO director Ronnie Lowenstein...Read more »
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s signature campaign pledge on raising taxes for education got a boost from a poll Wednesday showing a majority of state voters back the proposal.
A Quinnipiac University poll showed 63% of voters in New York State back De Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on wealthier New York City residents making $500,000 a year or more.
The plan needs approval from Albany in...Read more »
A pedestrian safety group Tuesday released a report offering Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio tips from other cities on how to achieve his "Vision Zero" pledge against street injuries and fatalities.
Transportation Alternatives' report, "Proven Tactics, Better Enforcement," suggests that de Blasio should foster a "general deterrence" so drivers believe they will be...Read more »