NEW YORK (Reuters) – At “Madiba,” a South African-themed bar in Brooklyn named for Nelson Mandela, mourners responding to news of the anti-apartheid champion’s death on Thursday gathered to launch giant white lanterns and to consider how they would pay tribute.
The bar, which takes its name from Mandela’s Xhosa clan name and is decorated with huge Mandela posters and Zulu designs, has long been a home away from home for South Africans in New York. Many patrons said it was the natural place to come when they heard of Mandela’s death.
DANBURY, Connecticut (Reuters) – Audio recordings from the Connecticut school shooting a year ago that killed 20 children and six educators reveal a mixture of calm and anguish from the callers, and gunshots from the assailant are heard in the background.
Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, were due to release recordings of 911 emergency phone calls from the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. The Connecticut Post newspaper posted the recordings about a half hour before the scheduled release time.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Raising taxes on New York City’s highest earners to pay for early education programs, a signature proposal of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, has the backing of more than six in 10 New York state voters, according to a poll released on Wednesday.
De Blasio, a liberal Democrat who takes office in January, is expected to face strong opposition to the plan from the politically divided state legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who is up for re-election next year and has committed to keeping tax rates in check.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mark Barden liked to call his son Daniel the “custodian of all living creatures,” the sort of 7-year-old who would comfort someone sitting alone or looking sad or who would help another child with a stuck jacket zipper.
Daniel was shot to death last December 14 along with 19 of his classmates and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. After the massacre, his relatives started a Facebook group, “What Would Daniel Do”, to encourage people to show kindness to others.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to victory on Tuesday in the race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, was leading Republican rival Joe Lhota 73 percent to 24 percent after a campaign in which he railed against economic inequality in America’s most populous city, with 56 percent of precincts reporting.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Liberal Democrat Bill de Blasio cruised to victory on Tuesday in the race to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the first time a Democrat has captured City Hall in two decades, local media reported.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, beat Republican rival Joe Lhota after a campaign in which he addressed economic inequality in America’s most populous city, CNN, New York 1 and the New York Times reported.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Yorkers began voting for their first new mayor in 12 years on Tuesday with early public opinion polls giving Democrat Bill de Blasio a 40-point lead over Republican rival Joe Lhota.
De Blasio, the city’s public advocate, has campaigned as much against the legacy of departing Mayor Michael Bloomberg as against Lhota, who was a deputy mayor under Rudolph Giuliani and later the head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio, who has campaigned as an advocate for those left behind by the economic prosperity that has made the contrast between the have’s and have not’s increasingly stark, is poised to win a landslide victory on Tuesday to follow Michael Bloomberg into City Hall.
The victory would be a huge boost for New York Democrats, who have been locked out of City Hall since 1994 despite a six-to-one voter registration advantage over Republicans, and could be the biggest margin of victory since 1985, when Democratic Mayor Ed Koch won a third term with a three-to-one margin.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Leading New York City mayoral contender Bill de Blasio, a longtime critic of the police stop-and-frisk tactic would drop the city’s legal challenge of court-ordered reforms to the program if elected, a person close to the campaign said on Friday.
That would make Thursday’s move by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to freeze court-ordered reforms to the controversial program a fleeting victory for outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has defended the practice, saying that it has led to a steep decline in crime.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Anthony Weiner, the New York City mayoral candidate undone by a sexting scandal, stands in a schoolyard – the butt of his classmates’ jokes. A chorus of reporters breaks out into a sexually charged dance number during a Weiner press conference.
A new play about the misbegotten campaign of Weiner, the former Congressman whose political ambitions were crushed by revelations he sent women lewd pictures of himself, is based on actual texts and modeled on Greek tragedy.