Tag: Mayors

The Candidates: Pete Buttigieg

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Today we launch Part 1 in our series on pivotal moments in the lives of the 2020 presidential front-runners. In conversation with Michael Barbaro, Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., spoke about why the […]

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Catherine Pugh, Former Baltimore Mayor, Indicted on Fraud Charges Over Book Scandal

Catherine Pugh, the former mayor of Baltimore, has been indicted on corruption charges connected to money she received for a series of children’s books she wrote, prosecutors made public on Wednesday. Ms. Pugh, who resigned as mayor in May amid state and federal investigations over the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to companies that […]

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Former Baltimore Mayor Indicted on Fraud Charges Tied to Children’s Books

Catherine Pugh, the former mayor of Baltimore, has been indicted on corruption charges connected to money she received for a series of children’s books she wrote, prosecutors made public on Wednesday. Ms. Pugh, who resigned as mayor in May amid state and federal investigations over the sale of her “Healthy Holly” books to companies that […]

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230 Years and Zero Presidents: Why Mayors Haven’t Jumped Straight to the White House

ImageCalvin Coolidge in 1924. A decade and a half before becoming president, he was mayor of Northampton, Mass. But he had some other jobs in between, like governor and vice president.Credit…Library of Congress In the history of American politics, one fact distills the nation’s enduring suspicion of cities: Voters have never elected a sitting mayor […]

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Why N.Y.C. Mayors Have White House Dreams (and Voters Dash Them)

It’s easy to get an inflated sense of self when you’re running New York City, with an avid press corps chronicling your every utterance and the city’s global prominence providing a bully pulpit on topics from international terrorism to President Trump’s immigration policy. That ego, however, has often been rapidly deflated when mayors decide — […]

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Montgomery, a Cradle of Civil Rights, Elects Its First Black Mayor

[Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a polling place not far from the intersection of avenues named for Jefferson Davis and Rosa Parks, Laura Minor spent a scorching afternoon on a folding chair […]

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Afghan Town’s First Female Mayor Awaits Her Assassination

MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan — Zarifa Ghafari, who at 26 became one of Afghanistan’s first female mayors, has said that she fully expects to be assassinated. Not that she is keeping a low profile. After taking office in March in Maidan Shar, a town of 35,000 in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province, she had a banner hoisted with […]

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How Does It Feel to Be Impeached? These Mayors Can Tell You All About It.

Not many Americans can tell you what it feels like to be impeached, but Dana Williamson knows. And along with the rest of the country, Mr. Williamson, a former mayor of Raceland, Ky., has had impeachment on his mind a lot recently. To be clear, he was never tarnished with an accusation of soliciting help […]

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Atlantic City Mayor Stole $87,000 From Youth Basketball Program

The mayor of Atlantic City had already been caught in an unflattering moment — surveillance cameras had recorded a late-night fistfight he was involved in outside a casino last November. His troubles took a more ominous turn less than a month later, when F.B.I. agents raided his home, lugging away computers and more than $40,000 […]

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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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