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De Blasio fails to draw support for 2020 bid — even from longtime allies
By Julia Marsh
August 28, 2019 | 7:37pm | Updated

Even Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most loyal allies aren’t sold on his long-odds presidential bid.

Leaders of an ultra-orthodox Jewish sect in Brooklyn asked their followers to donate to the mayor’s struggling 2020 campaign on Aug. 6.

Three weeks later they’ve recruited just 670 contributors — a far cry from their goal of 10,000.

“The mayor has personally asked to support him,” reads the pitch, translated from Yiddish, on the fundraising website ActBlue.

The unsigned appeal came from leaders of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn Satmar community via a WhatsApp message, according to sources.

The Satmar leaders asked for donations as small as a dollar to help de Blasio meet the 130,000-donor threshold for the September debate by the Aug. 28 deadline.

Their pitch brought in just $868.

De Blasio ultimately didn’t make the cut for the debate, but he’s vowed to stay on the campaign trail.

Campaign spokeswoman Jaclyn Rothenberg said the mayor’s looking forward to upcoming stops in early primary states including Nevada for a labor gathering and New Hampshire for the Democratic party convention.

Political consultant Menashe Shapiro explained the dismal result of the Satmar’s fundraising drive.

“Like all communities the end of August is still the end of August and a lot of people are away,” Shaprio said, adding, “Coupled with that is the fact that it’s not clear what they are getting” in exchange for donations, Shapiro said.
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In 2017, federal prosecutors and FBI agents probed the mayor’s ties to a leading Satmar rabbi named Moishe Indig who had hosted a fundraiser for de Blasio in 2013. Investigators were looking at whether Indig received any special treatment from city officials as a result of his largesse. Prosecutors eventually declined to charge de Blasio or Indig.

“It’s not like they believe in de Blasio’s message. It’s not like they believe in de Blasio’s progressive policies,” Shapiro said of the traditionally politically conservative group.

His ties to the Satmar sect go back decades.

“The mayor has a relationship going back with the Hasidic community since he managed Hillary Clinton’s senate campaign” in 1999, said former New York City Councilman David Greenfield, who now leads the Met Council on Jewish poverty.

“He literally brokered the détente between Hillary’s campaign and the Hasidic community and that was before he ran for City Council. So he has a deep relationship with this community and he certainly has a lot of friends and there’s a general sentiment that, ‘The guy’s a friend and if he’s only asking for a dollar why not be helpful?’” Greenfield said.
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Bill de Blasio doesn’t make cut for third round of Democratic presidential debates
By Kenneth Garger
August 29, 2019 | 2:06pm

It’s official — Mayor Bill de Blasio will be on the sidelines for the third round of the Democratic presidential primary debates.

ABC — which is hosting the Sept. 12 affair in Houston — made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.

The network confirmed that 10 candidates — the smallest debate field yet of the 2020 campaign season — met the Democratic National Committee’s entry requirements for the next showdown.

The presidential hopefuls include: Former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Entrepreneur Andrew Yang.

Ten other candidates in the slowly-shrinking primary field were left out.

Next month, candidates will have the opportunity to give opening statements, but unlike the first two debates, there will be no closing statements.

They will also be granted a one minute and 15 second direct response time to questions — and 45 seconds for rebuttals.

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and David Muir will join ABC News Correspondent Linsey Davis and Univision’s Jorge Ramos as moderators.

Houston’s debate will be held at Texas Southern University and will air from 8 to 11 p.m. eastern time.
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Bill de Blasio ‘campaigns’ in Nevada desert after failing to make Dem debate
By Julia Marsh
August 29, 2019 | 7:50pm | Updated

Greetings from — anywhere but the Big Apple.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wandered back onto the campaign trail Thursday, hitting the dusty Nevada desert after failing to make the third round of the Democratic presidential primary debate.

The mayor, who’s spurred a snide political watcher to put “MISSING” posters with Hizzoner’s face on them around the city, posted a video of himself on Instagram rambling around Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas around noon pacific time.

“I love being here in Nevada at Red Rock National Park. Those aren’t so red,” de Blasio says with an awkward laugh, gesturing to the dung-colored mountainside behind him. “But there are some real red rocks in other parts of the park and it’s an incredible place.”

“Everyone check it out!” de Blasio says in the video, sounding more like a hospitality ambassador for the western state than the mayor of America’s greatest city.

The video drew a rebuke from a former staffer.

“It must be getting awfully hard for staff working hard in City Hall only to look up and see the mayor merrily wandering some mountainside in the middle of the day on the other side of the country,” the source steamed.

De Blasio is refusing to take a permanent vacation from the campaign trail even though he’s one of 10 candidates who did not make the Sept. 12 debate in Houston. To qualify they had to draw 130,000 donors and 2% in at least four polls.

The presidential hopefuls who will face off next month include former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; California Sen. Kamala Harris; Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar; former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
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De Blasio is still angling to make the October debate that includes the same criteria as the September affair.

“We started this campaign late, but we’re pushing hard to qualify for the debate in October,” his campaign wrote in a desperate fundraising email to supporters Thursday. He was the 24th Democrat to join the crowded field when he jumped into the race in mid-May.

After Nevada, where he attended an AFL-CIO Labor convention post-hike, de Blasio heads to Los Angeles to tape an episode of the political podcast Pod Save America, and then he’ll likely watch the Angels play his hometown favorite Boston Red Sox before finally returning to New York Saturday.

But not for long — next week he leaves the city again for the New Hampshire Democratic Convention, according to his campaign.

The term-limited pol’s insistence on forging ahead to 2020 is driving his closest supporters bonkers, a source said.

“People on the campaign and people close to him think the campaign is lunacy, but I can’t tell you for certain if someone has said to him, ‘Hey boss, time to throw in the towel, this is quixotic.'”

“I can tell you they think the whole thing is silly and they wish it was over,” the source said.
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De Blasio logged a 7-hour work month at City Hall
By Nolan Hicks
September 2, 2019 | 9:47pm | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio spent a mere seven hours — less than one full workday — at City Hall during the month he launched his bid for the White House, records reviewed by The Post show.

Hizzoner showed up at his office on just six occasions in May, taking part in two meetings, four events and five phone calls, one of which was his weekly appearance on WNYC radio, according to entries on his official calendar.

The 11 appointments amounted to a meager one-fifth of the 50 meetings, calls and other events at City Hall on de Blasio’s calendar for May 2018. He had a total 152 city events scheduled for the month.

One former aide said de Blasio’s virtual disappearance from the Big Apple’s official seat of power sent a troubling message.

“If he’s trying to show New Yorkers that he’s over doing the job, he’s doing a good job of it,” the ex-aide said.

Another former de Blasio insider called the mayor’s job performance “real bad.”

“At this point, you’ve got to wonder how much of his heart is really in it,” the source added.

De Blasio and first sheboon Chirlane McCray kicked off his presidential campaign with a May 16 appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that drew raucous protests from groups as diverse as the Police Benevolent Association and Black Lives Matter.

This year’s schedule shows 66 calls or meetings while de Blasio was “en route” — meaning that he was being driven around New York City or on the campaign trail.

De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein downplayed the importance of his whereabouts, saying, “Whether at City Hall, Gracie Mansion or on the road, the mayor consistently delivers for 8.6 million New Yorkers.”

A city resident apparently disagreed: A “wanted poster” appeared in Midtown last month.
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Nearly 30% of de Blasio’s campaign funds came from New York hotel industry
By Julia Marsh
September 2, 2019 | 10:16pm | Updated

Politics may make for strange bedfellows, but few are cozier than Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Big Apple’s hotel industry.

After getting a big boost during his first mayoral race from a cousin tied to the city’s hotel workers union, de Blasio has been buoyed by a flood of contributions from both labor and management that amounts to nearly 30% of the $2.3 million fueling his bid for the White House, records show.

A chunk of cash came from nearly 5,000 members of the New York Hotel Trades Council, which represents housekeepers, front-desk clerks and other workers and is the only labor organization to endorse de Blasio’s struggling presidential campaign.

The hotel employees — who gave a combined $89,000 — constitute 70% of de Blasio’s individual donors, according to his latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

De Blasio and two political action committees he established also received about $300,000 from hotel owners and execs, records show, and two hotel industry PACs have paid for $256,000 in pro-de Blasio advertising, according to Issue One, a campaign finance reform group.

The favors flow both ways, with hotels benefitting from de Blasio’s battle against Airbnb and other services that offer tourists short-term apartment rentals in violation of state law.

De Blasio has boosted the annual budget for the city’s Office of Special Enforcement, which investigates civil quality-of-life complaints, by more than $6 million, leading to more than 4,000 inspections and 2,600 violations issued for illegal sublets during 2017.

“Generally, that’s seen as a positive for the hotel industry in that if people want to visit New York City they need to stay somewhere, and that is an alternative accommodation that is decreasing in terms of its availability based on the mayor’s crackdown,” said Sean Hennessy of the Lodging Advisors consulting firm.

City Hall is also fighting a federal suit that challenges a 2018 law requiring apartment-sharing “hosts” to register their homes with the Office of Special Enforcement.

The law has the potential to cut the number of Airbnb listings in the city in half, based on the results of a similar measure enacted in San Francisco.

De Blasio first got in bed with the hotel industry during his 2013 mayoral campaign, thanks to the help of John Wilhelm, a paternal first cousin and former president of UNITE HERE, the Hotel Trades Council’s parent union.

“It’s hard to overstate the role that Wilhelm played in de Blasio’s win. He picked up the phone and opened a lot of doors for Bill,” said a source close to de Blasio and the HTC.

The HTC endorsed then-Council Speaker Christine Quinn over de Blasio in the race, but her refusal to back a ban on Central Park carriage horses prompted UNITE HERE to donate $175,000 to an animal rights group that used the money to fund a barrage of negative ads against Quinn.

“Since the Mayor was Public Advocate, he has fought for thoughtful hotel development to maintain strong neighborhoods. To claim this is a newfound effort and not the continuation of years of dedication to this issue is revisionist history,” said mayoral spokeswoman Jane Meyer.
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De Blasio says he may drop out of 2020 race after Oct. 1

By Julia Marsh
September 4, 2019 | 2:54pm

Mayor Bill de Blasio finally admitted Wednesday that it would be “really tough” to stay in the 2020 race if he doesn’t make the October Democratic primary debates.

“I think the logical thing to say is, I’m going to try to get into the October debates. If I can I think that’s a good reason to keep going forward and if I can’t I think it’s really tough to conceive of continuing,” said de Blasio at an unrelated Manhattan press conference.

“That deadline is Oct. 1,” he added.

The term-limited pol did not make the cutoff for the Sept. 12 debate in Houston as he failed to get at least 2 percent in four polls or 130,000 donors.

“I don’t think the debates are the end-all-be-all,” de Blasio said. “But they are kind of the main street of dialogue,” he admitted.

Still, the mayor is not giving up on his White House dreams just yet.

“We’re one of the most unpredictable environments we’ve ever been in. Anything is possible,” he said.
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De Blasio claims he’s running NYC full-time as he campaigns for president

By Nolan Hicks
September 4, 2019 | 12:47pm | Updated

Well, that didn’t age well.

Mayor Bill de Blasio claimed to a liberal podcast host in a pre-recorded interview that he is putting in full days running New York City even as he mounts a quixotic presidential bid — a claim later undercut by a Post examination of his calendars.

“There is no question that if you’re running a campaign, you have to put energy into it and attention into it,” he told Pod Save America’s Jon Lovett during an interview taped on Friday.

“I don’t mean this to be pretentious, but it is true,” he added. “Yes, I do wake up every morning; in fact, start with a whole slew of emails with a whole bunch of updates and give instructions from the very beginning of the day to the very end of the day.”

But an examination of de Blasio’s official calendars published by The Post on Tuesday — just four days after the interview was taped and the day before its release — revealed Hizzoner’s absence from City Hall.

De Blasio spent just seven hours at City Hall participating in 11 meetings, calls or other activities for the entire month of May, during the two weeks before and after he launched his campaign.

Overall, there were just 152 entries on his calendar this May, down from 194 the year before, The Post’s analysis found.

One casualty of the schedule cuts was City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who scored just one meeting with de Blasio this May — a key time for negotiations over the city’s $92 billion budget. That was down from three meetings the year before.

However, de Blasio made time for an hour-long sitdown at Gracie Mansion with the mayor of the tiny South Carolina town of Orangeburg, Michael Butler. Butler later became the only city executive in the country to back Hizzoner’s presidential campaign.
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Jokesters set up concession stage for de Blasio at Brooklyn YMCA

By Julia Marsh
September 5, 2019 | 3:56pm



For some New Yorkers, October won’t come soon enough.

A political comedy duo set up mock concession speech stages for Bill de Blasio outside his Park Slope gym and at City Hall Thursday — a day after the mayor said he’ll likely end his quixotic presidential campaign by the end of the month.

“I’m dropping out- Bill de Blasio,” read a large poster festooned with red, white and blue balloons next to a microphone. Taped to the mic was a twist on the mayor’s blue and green 2020 campaign sign. It read ‘de Blasio for Resident’ instead of ‘de Blasio for President.’

“We just are trying to get the mayor to end his disastrous presidential bid and focus on the job he’s got,” said Jason Selvig, who with his partner Davram Stiefler make up the comedy duo The Good Liars.

Selvig, Stiefler and a cameraman waited outside the Brooklyn YMCA where de Blasio works out most mornings and then by the west gates of City Hall — where the mayor spent just seven hours in May, according to a recent Post analysis.

“We were hoping to get he mayor to read off cue cards his concession speech,” Selvig said.

Instead, Hizzoner was traveling around the boroughs Thursday, visiting students on their first day back to school.

Selvig read the speech to a Post reporter.
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“I, Mayor Bill de Blasio, am announcing that I am dropping out of the presidential race. I would like to apologize to New York for the embarrassment my campaign has brought to the city I will now focus on my job as mayor of the greatest city in the world.”

Selvig, a 34-year-old Brooklyn resident, said he wants the mayor to drop out of the race where he’s polling at less than 1 percent to improve the subways, build more affordable housing, and “just pay attention to the city.”

“Optics are a lot of it,” Selvig said. “He’s out of the city all the time and he’s applying for a job even though he’s not excelling at the job he’s got,” he added.

If that doesn’t work, the pair has a workaround — trying to lure the mayor to City Hall by disguising it as the Iowa State Fair.

They temporarily converted the park by City Hall with an “Iowa” sign and basket of with cornhusks and corndogs so the mayor could feel like he was back campaigning in the early primary state while still tending to his day job.

Selvig and his comedy partner were behind two other recent political stunts sassing the absentee mayor.

They tagged lampposts with “MISSING” posters with the question: “Have you seen this man?” under a photo of de Blasio.
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De Blasio: I may scrap gifted and talented testing for 4-year-olds
By Julia Marsh and Selim Algar
September 6, 2019 | 12:27pm | Updated

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday he’s considering abolishing tests for 4-year-olds to get into the city’s gifted and talented program — then was criticized for the position by a caller who said she’d leave the city if the exams were cut.

“That could be part of the process, I think it’s a great question,” the mayor answered WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer when asked about eliminating those tests.

“If we think of isolating a small group of kids and calling them gifted and talented and then leaving a whole bunch of other kids without the opportunity to display their gifts and have them supported, something’s wrong there,” the mayor said.

Until Friday, de Blasio had been reluctant to give an opinion about a controversial recommendation by a diversity panel to scrap the gifted and talented program systemwide.

De Blasio said he’s going to take a year before making any changes.

The mayor convened the School Diversity Advisory Group in 2017 to “reshape citywide policies and practices such as admissions and program planning.”

Panel members want the Education Department to replace gifted schools with an unspecified system that expands *“enrichment.”

That is not sitting well with Brooklyn Councilman Robert E. Cornegy Jr., who is on the education committee. He said he doesn’t trust the DOE to overhaul the Gifted & Talented program.

“What the School Diversity Advisory Group is proposing offers a pretty utopian view of the Department of Education,” Cornegy said.

“In the DOE’s current iteration, Gifted & Talented has provided the best tool for success for high- performing students in the city,” he said.

“It is hard for me to consider other proposals from the group when we have a broken system. It’s a vote of no confidence from me on implementing this in any time frame that a parent could be satisfied with,” Cornegy said.

A few minutes later, Lianne, an Upper West Side mother of two public school kids, called in to the radio show to blast the mayor for his position.

“If my son had not tested well I would be living in New Jersey,” the caller said, adding that she’s worried about her second child’s education.

“I feel like your’re educating kids in pre-K then dropping them at K” she said.

“You feel that, but I disagree with that,” the mayor answered.

“I’m one of those middle-class families that’s on the fence about moving out of New York because I have a son that I’m now applying to middle school and I have no faith that he’ll get into a good school,” Lianne said. “Do you want to lose families like me?”

De Blasio conceded that city middle schools need “to be stronger” and pledged to connect the caller with a Department of Education official to help her navigate the admissions process.
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