Tag: Mayors

Bill de Blasio Drops Out of Democratic Presidential Contest

Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York City who entered the Democratic presidential race on the premise that his brand of urban progressive leadership could appeal on a national scale, said on Friday that he was ending his candidacy. Mr. de Blasio’s announcement came as it became clear he was unlikely to qualify for […]

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What Mayors in California Say About Trump’s Effort to Fix Homelessness

ImageTents and tarps erected by homeless people in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles in late June.CreditPatrick T. Fallon/Reuters Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today by email, here’s the sign-up.) My colleague Thomas Fuller wrote about in-state reactions to some news out of Washington on Tuesday: The news that Trump administration […]

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Was Michael Bloomberg New York City’s Greatest Mayor?

THE MANY LIVES OF MICHAEL BLOOMBERG By Eleanor Randolph No one is more closely associated with New York City’s 21st-century renaissance than Michael Bloomberg. A self-made multibillionaire (current valuation: $56 billion), the Boston-born technocrat transformed the city in his 12 years as mayor. Crime plummeted, schools improved, racial tensions eased, the arts flourished, tourism boomed […]

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In Siberia, a First Female Mayor Builds a National Profile

YAKUTSK, Russia — Admirers call her the “Terminator,” the “Iron Lady” and the “Queen of the North.” But that is hardly the only unusual thing about Sardana V. Avksentieva. She is the first female mayor of Yakutsk, the capital of Yakutia, a sprawling region in eastern Siberia that constitutes 20 percent of Russia. What’s more, […]

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When de Blasio’s Daughter Moved, His Security Detail Carried the Futon

It was not so long ago when Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke eloquently about New York being a “tale of two cities,” a place where the privileged had all the advantages, and the working class and poor had none. Mr. de Blasio aimed to change that, using his office to create and expand universal prekindergarten […]

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Why Not Cory Booker?

If you were cooking up a candidate in a lab to take on Donald Trump, you might come up with someone a lot like Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. (Well, except for the unmarried vegan part.) Like Pete Buttigieg, Booker was a Rhodes scholar and the dynamic mayor of a city afflicted by industrial […]

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Mt. Vernon Has 2 Mayors, and Its Police Commissioner Was Just Arrested

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. — On one side of City Hall, Richard Thomas, the former and possibly still-current mayor of Mount Vernon was in his office on Tuesday, the door guarded by two police officers. On the other side of City Hall, another possibly current mayor of Mount Vernon, Andre Wallace, occupied a different office. And […]

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The Power Went Out. Where Was de Blasio?

In a union hall lobby in Waterloo, Iowa, Mayor Bill de Blasio slouched down into a corner, his presidential stump speech safely delivered, but with a more pressing issue at hand. About 1,000 miles away, large swaths of Manhattan’s West Side were still enveloped in darkness by a massive power failure, and Mr. de Blasio […]

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Stop Sneering at Bill de Blasio

A common type of viral news story in our age of American decline involves school lunch debt. School employees have seized lunches from students whose parents fall behind on their bills and thrown them in the trash. Kids who owe lunch fees have been branded with stamps and markers and served inferior cold meals. Recently, […]

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As Downtowns Prosper, Voters Ask Mayors: What About My Neighborhood?

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The resurgence of downtown Kansas City, Mo., radiates from the luxury apartment towers with floor-to-ceiling windows and a rooftop pool. It is visible in the art galleries and clothing boutiques flanking the new 2-mile streetcar line, and in the open-air bar and restaurant promenade that is packed with people when the […]

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