New York taxpayers got two with the election of one. What an article in the New York Post does not make clear is, if it is two for the price of one. Rudy Guiliani’s former wife Donna Hanover had a staff of four at a cost of $300,000 annually, but her office was inside Gracie Mansion, not City Hall and she was not involved in setting policy. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray wants her own office, Al Sharpton says she will get it. She wants a staff and already has a “portfolio of issues” she plans to work on.
McCray will join megachurch pastor Rev. A.R. Bernard — who, as we first reported on Daily Politics, considered a GOP run for mayor himself — next Wednesday for an “interactive town hall forum” at The Christian Cultural Center on Flatlands Avenue in Brooklyn.
The first lady will discuss “immigration policies, reform efforts, and their impact on black immigration” on a panel moderated by TJ Holmes and also including MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, Bishop Orlando Findlayter of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Define Americans Founder Jose Vargas and Grammy Award winner Pras. Source: New York Daily News
De Blasio used the word “progressive” seven times during his inauguration. Outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended the ceremony and sat “stone-faced” as speaker after speaker derided his administration. Brooklyn’s Rev. Fred Lucas referred to “the plantation called New York City.” Bill Clinton introduced the new mayor and said the de Blasio family is “the future of our city and our country.
and are the “real Modern Family.”
“We will require big developers to build more affordable housing. We’ll fight to stem the tide of hospital closures,” de Blasio said. Source: New York Post
De Blasio’s first bold move was to require all businesses within the city with five or more employees give five sick days a year, which can also be used if a family member falls ill.
Historian Ron Radosh describes de Blasio as: (a) “a far left radical whose ancestors are the New Left and the Communists”; and (b) “a bona fide red diaper baby” who, “like many of his generation … kept his parents’ … pro-Communist politics not far from his heart.” Both de Blasio’s parents were far leftists—most likely, members of the Communist Party USA or some of its numerous front groups. His mother, Maria de Blasio, worked in the early 1940s at the Office of War Information—a U.S. government agency staffed largely by pro-Soviet leftists who depicted the USSR in a positive light. More here
Roiling question: Will Michelle Obama and Chirlane McCray do lunch?
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