Rich People Can Solve All Your Problems,The Jack Hidary Story

Jack Hidary is a very nice man who speaks in complete sentences and seems bright enough. He also has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be Mayor of New York City . Well, no qualifications other than the fact that he himself is very rich and also has lots of very rich friends.His resume starts with tech companies that went bust after he left them, and continues with a list of virtually every …

Adolfo Carrion Teaches Us That When The Going Gets Tough, Just Change Parties

Elections are hard, especially primaries. You have to run, raise money, build a profile, meet with every ward’s party committee, go to a million forums, and sometimes even appear on stage with Anthony Weiner. You have to say things and do things and comment on things and then there’s a chance you won’t even make it through to the final two. It’s an understatement to say there’s a lot of work …

Joe Lhota Presents Fear and Loathing at the Waldorf-Astoria

Everything about Joe Lhota’s campaign for mayor – positive and negative, full of possibility, humor, and full-tilt ridiculous – is contained within the following two quotes. Observe:“This election will be about moving New York City forward with the right kind of change. Dividing our city, increasing job-killing taxes and handcuffing our police is not the direction we need to take our city.” – Joe Lhota’s statement on De Blasio’s nomination, 9/16/13.And:That …

Bills, Bills, Bills (and A Weiner): Breaking Down Tuesday’s Election And Why It Matters

Tuesday was kind of an insane day. This week has been an insane week. It was the anniversary of 9/11 yesterday! We may or may not bomb Syria, and for answers on that, don’t ask the White House! The House Republicans balked on delaying Obamacare! Drake is coming to the NYU Skirball Center!During any other week, Tuesday night’s Democratic and Republican primaries for virtually every elected office in the City might have registered …

The 7 Craziest Things Michael Bloomberg Told New York Magazine

Over the weekend, New York Magazine published a several-thousand-word interview with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It’s incredible. Click here to read the whole thing. Seriously. Do it. It’s an incredible piece of journalism, an in-depth portrait of a man whose psychological state seems to be that of a feudal lord sitting in his castle counting his money while alternately scolding and weeping at the peasants for not bowing deeply enough.But …

Know Your Candidates: New York City Mayor

We’re not sure if you’ve heard, but New York City has some elections coming up – and word on the street is that they’re a pretty big deal. This election marks the end of the Bloomberg Era, an unprecedented 12-year reign that saw rents skyrocket and soda sizes come under fire. In the first mayoral election AB (after Bloomberg), these are your major-party candidates:Bill de Blasio (Democrat): The current Democratic …

What Happened While I Was Face-Down On A Beach: New York Mayoral Edition

While the corridors of power would really prefer a fourth term of Michael Bloomberg, by last year they’d grudgingly accepted the idea that the Pax Bloombergiana was coming to its end. No Republican would take his place; a Democrat would become Mayor of New York. And they knew just who she’d be: Christine Quinn, speaker of the City Council, a reliable Bloomberg ally when it counted, who changed the law so he could serve …

What To Do When Cynthia Nixon Knocks On Your Door: Celebrities & The NYC Mayoral Race

With the New York City mayoral race in full swing, it’s interesting to watch which candidates have lined up what celebrity endorsers. With her estimated million-vote swing to President Obama through her 2008 endorsement, Oprah reminded us about how powerful the right luminary – and the platform they can bring – can be to any candidate’s cause.It’s been interesting to watch 30 Rock debonair and obstinate Words-With-Friends-er Alec Baldwin buff …

Meet The City Hall Contenders: NYU Local’s Q&A With Mayoral Candidate Sal Albanese

After NYULocal introduced the mayoral candidates last week, longshot Democratic contender Sal Albanese volunteered to speak with us about his candidacy for City Hall and the current state of governance in New York City. Sal Albanese was a City Councilman from 1982-1997 and an NYU grad, having received his Masters’ in Health Science in 1976.This kicks off our series of interviews with every mayoral vier we can get our hands on. He …

Getting To Know The People Who Want To Be The Next Mayor Of New York

Because there must never be an end to election season (ever), this week marks the kickoff of the campaign to be Mayor of New York City starting in 2014. Democratic and Republican primaries will be held in late summer with the general election face-off in November. Municipal elections tend to be dreary low-turnout affairs, but after 12 years of Michael Bloomberg – and 20 of a Republican or independent mayor in this deep-blue city …

No Jewish Mayoral Candidates? What Is This, Not New York City?

Now that Barack and The Happy Warrior are back in office, New Yorkers are turning to the 2013 race for their political fix. But hold on one bagel-with-lox-and-shmeer second here, something’s wrong. To quote the New York Times, “Where are all the Jews?”Now that Mannhatan Bourough President and Hebrew School graduate Scott Stringer is running for comproller, the NYC mayor race has no Jewish candidates.  A survey of the probable candidates — City Council …