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Old 11-04-2015, 09:47 AM
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Fans blast ‘disingenuous’ de Blasio’s ‘fake’ Mets tweets

By Rich Calder and Madison Iszler
November 4, 2015 | 1:11am

Mets fans came out swinging at Mayor de Blasio on Tuesday after learning the Red Sox rooter had a staffer post a series of personal tweets about the Amazin’s as they battled Kansas City in the World Series.

“[The tweets] made him seem more relatable to Mets fans,” said Aaliyah Dominguez, 20, of Manhattan. “It’s hard enough to trust him as my mayor. Now I have to unfollow him on Twitter.”

George McDonald, founder of the DOE Fund, said he’s not surprised the mayor is being “disingenuous” through his use of Twitter, because he “definitely shaded the truth” during his mayoral run.

The faux tweets were exposed as de Blasio’s ratings hit an all-time low. A poll issued Monday night showed only 38 percent of New Yorkers approving of the job he’s doing.
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De Blasio staffer, TV reporter clash over homeless question
By Michael Gartland
November 5, 2015 | 12:35am

Mayor de Blasio’s spokeswoman got into a heated confrontation with a TV reporter Wednesday after the mayor refused to answer questions about a homeless encampment in Soho.

The showdown between Karen Hinton and WCBS/Channel 2 reporter Marcia Kramer came in the Blue Room of City Hall, once the mayor rushed out following a bill-signing ceremony and ignored questions Kramer directed at him.

She then approached Hinton to ask why she had been told the homeless encampment had been removed when it was still there.

“It was not true information, was it?” Kramer demanded.

“It was inaccurate information,” Hinton responded. “There’s a difference between inaccurate information and a lie.”
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De Blasio spends an hour talking to reporters, vows not to do it again
By Yoav Gonen
November 7, 2015 | 12:17am


Bill de Blasio fields questions from the press on Friday. Photo: William Farrington


Accused of ducking the press, Mayor de Blasio opened himself to an unprecedented 54 minutes of grilling from reporters on Friday — but warned not to expect a repeat.

Instead, the mayor said he’d continue with a recent shift from fielding questions from reporters on any topic toward more radio, TV and town-hall appearances where he can speak directly to the public.

“I know you know this: I have a job to do. Much more important than giving the answers to questions is actually doing the work,” the mayor said at City Hall when asked to explain the new strategy. “I’m paid to get the job done, and that’s where I’m going to put my time and energy.”

Friday’s unusual exchange with dozens of reporters came after the mayor reduced his availability to the media — when he’s forced to publicly explain the administration’s actions, beliefs and agenda — from an average of twice to once a week.

The issue burst into the public eye on Wednesday with an on-air confrontation between veteran WCBS TV reporter Marcia Kramer and Hizzoner’s press secretary over a perceived lack of transparency from City Hall.

Since August, the mayor has taken an average of five to eight questions a week where the topics aren’t limited to issues he’s trying to promote.

On Friday, he took roughly 40 on matters ranging from homelessness to the police-union contract to affordable housing and the small black brace on his left wrist, which he said he injured playing softball.

The mayor also defended the work of his political nonprofit, the Campaign for One New York.

The group, which boosts his administration’s agenda, has accepted donations as large as $500,000 from individuals, corporations and unions that have business matters before the city.

Critics say the nonprofit serves as a slush fund and is at odds with de Blasio’s condemnation of the US Supreme Court decision on Citizens United in 2010, which effectively opened the floodgates to unlimited corporate contributions into politics.

“I would like to see a very, very different world, but we’re not in that world, yet,” the mayor said when asked about the apparent contradiction between his beliefs and his behavior.

“In a dynamic where millions and millions of dollars multiple times have been spent to attack things that I’m trying to do, it makes sense that there’s going to be other people who try and push back and say this agenda’s important.”
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De Blasio-Cuomo feud is Republican ammo for 2016
By Fredric U. Dicker
November 9, 2015 | 12:04am

Mayor de Blasio is so reviled across the state that Senate Republicans are planning to use criticism against Hizzoner to boost their candidates in next year’s campaigns — and they’ll use critiques leveled by Gov. Cuomo to help demonize him, The Post has learned.

Some GOPers have started describing Cuomo — involved in a bitter feud with de Blasio — as “our secret weapon’’ to offset the feared larger-than-normal Democratic turnout likely to occur from having Hillary Rodham Clinton at the top of the Democratic ticket.

“De Blasio is probably the most unpopular political figure in the state and Governor Cuomo is helping us by reinforcing that with his attacks on the mayor,’’ one of the state’s best-known Republicans told The Post.

De Blasio will be the target for Republicans in districts throughout the state — and especially on Long Island, where the GOP is expecting problems maintaining control of the Senate.

“We’ll be saying, ‘Given all the decay and crime going on in the city, do you want to turn the state over to Bill de Blasio?’ And if you don’t, if you agree with us and with Cuomo, elect a Republican,’’’ the well-known figure continued.

Republican state senators on Long Island, where Cuomo is relatively popular — as opposed to upstate, where he is not — are planning to use the governor’s image in campaign materials attacking de Blasio.

“Where Cuomo is popular, he’ll be able to help us with our anti-*de Blasio theme, since he’s already given us so much material to use,’’ said a Republican strategist.

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox has been regularly “praising’’ de Blasio in recent speeches as “the one person in New York City who is really working harder for us than anyone else, doing the best he can to help us.’’

“I tell the audiences that it’s Mayor de Blasio, and they really get it because they know what his policies are doing to the city,’’ Cox said.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP candidate for governor last year, said he expected de Blasio’s handling of city affairs would even bring Democrats to the Republican ticket.

“One look at what’s happening in New York City should convince a lot of voters, of all parties, to vote Republican next November,’’ Astorino told The Post.

Cuomo, much to the chagrin of other Democratic leaders, including de Blasio, has worked for years to keep the Senate in GOP hands in order to prevent the high-tax and anti-business, left-wing, “progressive’’ policies of the Democrats who control the Assembly from dominating the state.

Just last week, Cuomo’s “hand-picked” candidate was crushed in a special Senate election in the Southern Tier after the governor failed to mobilize support for her campaign.


Furious Republicans are pointing fingers of blame at state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-SI) and, indirectly, at Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk) for last week’s lopsided loss by Joan Illuzzi in the closely watched race for Staten Island district attorney.

“Lanza really hurt Joan in the state,’’ said a GOP activist involved in the campaign.

“He hemmed and hawed until the very last minute on whether he was going to run himself, and then he didn’t endorse Joan until the very end.

“His sitting out the race sent a signal to many potential donors who might have otherwise helped Joan,’’ the source continued.

Flanagan, who took over the top Senate post from the indicted Dean Skelos in the spring and began worrying that an “open’’ Staten Island seat would be won by Democrats, convinced the popular Lanza to stay out of the DA’s race with promises of added power and influence, undermining the GOP’s chance of recapturing the seat that had been held by Republican Daniel Donovan Jr., elected to Congress in May, a GOP insider said.

“Staten Island is the only pro-Republican borough in the city and the GOP, including the Senate GOP, should have gone all out to make sure we had at least one DA in the city on our side,’’ the insider continued.

Republican Borough President James Oddo was also blamed for contributing to Illuzzi’s loss, since, caught up in a typical Staten Island intra-party feud, he refused to endorse his party’s candidate.
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De Blasio’s pre-school-for-all initiative takes toll on private schools
By Melkorka Licea
November 9, 2015 | 4:09am

Mayor de Blasio’s pre-school-for-all push has been so successful it is putting a financial crunch on pricey private schools, according to a new report.

Some 65,000 4-year-olds have been signed up for de Blasio’s program in its second year, causing schools such as Mozarts and Einsteins Preschool in Park Slope to re-evaluate their strategies in order to stay afloat, Crain’s New York Business reported.

“This is our lowest enrollment, and we lost about 50 percent of last year’s class,” the school’s co-director, Dylan Glanzer, told Crain’s, adding that the drop cost her school close to $100,000.

Tracey Mina, founder and headmistress of Stuyvesant Heights Montessori School, said it had lost 30 percent of its students this year — and other institutions are losing even more. She blames City Hall for overlooking the benefits of private schools.

“There was no thought about businesses doing well or those that have supported the community for decades when there were no other options,” Mina said.

Though private schools are given the choice to become contractors for the Department of Education’s program, Glanzer said the agency only offered $7,000 per child.

“That wouldn’t cover cleaning costs ,” Glanzer said.

The average annual cost for a 4-year-old enrolled in a private pre-K program in New York City is about $12,280.
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De Blasio cancels Iowa forum after candidates snub invite
By Michael Gartland and Yoav Gonen
November 10, 2015 | 5:13pm

Mayor de Blasio’s attempt to play kingmaker in the Democratic presidential race fizzled Tuesday, when a forum he planned in Iowa next month was abruptly canceled.

The event — touted as a bipartisan forum to discuss income inequality — generated no interest, with not one presidential candidate from either party committing to attend.

The cancellation by the mayor’s Progressive Agenda Committee comes just 11 days after de Blasio endorsed Hillary Clinton, a move that came after she jumped in the polls and no longer needed his help.

De Blasio formed committee to much fanfare at an April press conference where he proclaimed that it would tackle major national issues.

The committee’s executive director Geri Prado said Tuesday that instead of holding the forum, it will “refocus its action on new plans that channel the voices of everyday people to impact candidates, leaders, and elected officials at every level of government.”

Immediately before the announcement, de Blasio wouldn’t say whether he’d attending his own long-planned event.

“That situation we’ll have more to say on soon,” he said when asked twice about whether he’ll travel to Iowa next month.

Formal invitations to the forum went out last week, but no RSVPs were returned.
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De Blasio holds secret meeting to boost minority real estate developers
By Carl Campanile
November 11, 2015 | 3:44am

Mayor de Blasio had a secret meeting Tuesday with minority real-estate developers and told them he’s considering rewriting city contracts to give an advantage to projects that use minority firms.

De Blasio also discussed setting aside six development projects, valued at $200 million, for minority developers, sources said.

During the City Hall meeting, which was kept secret from the press , the mayor also agreed to create $10 million to $20 million in revolving loan funds that minority developers can tap into to cover start-up costs.

The powwow comes as de Blasio faces criticism for failing to significantly boost minority participation in city contracting.

Allies last month even accused City Hall of fudging figures in a recent report on minority contracting.

During the meeting, the business representatives complained that banks were too stingy in lending money to minority developers , and urged de Blasio to use his leverage to pressure them to do more.

De Blasio said he’d talk to bank CEOs about lending.

One business representative said he was pleased by the mayor’s commitment to reworking the rules to give a leg up to minority contractors. Under current rules, the city must select the lowest qualified bidder.

But he complained the money set aside to aid minority firms was a pittance in New York’s expensive construction market.

“This is good for maybe Charlotte, North Carolina,” the participant said.

Prominent black real-estate developer Don Peebles, who is considering running against de Blasio in 2017, slammed the mayor’s program as puny.

“The $10 million fund offer is consistent with the crumb approach this administration has towards minority- and women- owned businesses. This time, he is offering less of a crumb,” said Peebles, who had a rep at the meeting.

Another attendee, Bertha Lewis of The Black Institute, confirmed the mayor discussed ways to “level the playing field,” but added, “The devil is in the details.”
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De Blasio: Iowa fail won’t keep progressive agenda down
By Yoav Gonen
November 12, 2015 | 2:49am

Undaunted by the crash of his presidential forum in Iowa , which not a single Democrat wanted to attend , Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed on Wednesday to plow ahead with his national progressive agenda.

Even with the embarrassing setback and criticism for his out-of-state travels back home, the mayor said his Progressive Agenda Committee will continue to beat the drum on income inequality across the nation.

“Something is changing in this country. This is Round One of many rounds to come,” de Blasio said at a press gaggle following the Veterans Day parade in Midtown.

“Get ready for the long haul,” he said of the coalition’s pending efforts.

“We’re going to be working in every corner of this country to change this nation to address income inequality.”

This week, the committee cancelled the Iowa forum, which would have given de Blasio the national spotlight. The mayor acknowledged that not one candidate had RSVP’d to the planned December event.

“The forum was one of many ideas . . . It didn’t work, because we reached out to the candidates and they weren’t willing to participate,” he said. “But we have a lot of other approaches that we’re going to use that we think will work.”
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