In Their Battle Cuomo 3 - De Blasio 0

O.K. Historically whenever there is a battle between Mayors of New York, and Governors, its never a fair fight. The heavy advantage always goes to the Governor.

First, mayors must go hat in hand to ask Albany for Budget Money, and perhaps as equally important, Mayor's must ask Albany for additional powers, which legislators can veto for all sorts of reasons. In other words, mayors must ask for home rule in some areas, so that they have the authority to control local entities.
Perfect example,  the NYC Department of Education, which played a major role in starting this Cuomo/DeBlasio battle. Albany only gave De Blasio control for one year of the NYC Department of Education.

Officially, the state senate got in De Blasio's way, but then De Blasio publicly accused fellow democrat Cuomo of actually being behind the entire effort to block him..

Memo to NY Mayor Bill Deblasio: Gov. Cuomo is a master politician. He has been around Albany a very long time,  and will continue to outmaneuver you for credit on almost each and every issue.  That was my point on TV Monday night.  You can see the segment below.

Case in point - Have you seen the new Cuomo TV ads that are already up and running, giving the governor credit for delivering the 15 dollar an hour pay for fast food workers.

Whitney Houston Daughter is Dead

It's all very sad.  Whitney Houston's Daughter is dead at 22. Bobbi Kristina, who battled many of the same demons as her seven-time Grammy-winning parent, died at Peachtree Christian Hospice in Duluth, Ga., almost six months after she was found unconscious in a water-filled bathtub at her home on Jan. 31, the Houston family told Entertainment Tonight.

Rest in Peace Bobbi Kristina.

Join me on WABC Radio 10:00 AM to Noon for Geraldo today

Join me filling in for my man Geraldo Rivera at 10:00 AM-noon this morning on WABC. (770 AM) First topic out the gate is some Hip Hop Music destroying Urban America?  Call in from around the country. 1-866-Geraldo. I would love to hear from you

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Join me today noon-3 WABC Radio with Curtis Sliwa​, 770 AM and next Thursday I will be filling in for Geraldo Rivera. You can listen in from around the country.

Did you say David Dinkins, the Actor?

I will remember Saturday Night for a long time.

In honor of Nelson Mandela's Birthday, which was this past Saturday, I decided to go see the play "Mandela," and it was the title that intrigued me for several months. The play was at the National Black Theater at 125th, and 5th Ave.

"Mandela starring David Dinkins, " the promotional material said.

It just couldn't be, I thought.

David Dinkins, the Former Mayor of New York City?  The giant gracious man that is now in his 80's?

Yes, it was that David Dinkins.

Well Saturday Night turned out to be a delightful experience that was quite emotional for me.  The play took me all the way back to 1990 when Dinkins was the city's new mayor, Mandela had just been released from Prison, and Mandela in a historic trip came to New York.

That interview that Mandela gave me during that trip in 1990 changed my life forever. After all I had only been a working journalist for four years at that time.   You can see some of the photos here.

I also thank community activist, and great actor John Ruiz for inviting me.

Ruiz, who is a gentle man, reminded me before the show that he played a horrible prison warden in Mandela's life, and boy, he was not joking. The play was also written by Ruiz, and Mandela is played by Audelco Award Winner Lloyd Goodman, and sounds just like Mandela.

Mandela is a play that all New York City School Children should be required to see. The actors are just that good.

At the end, the real life scene where Mandela was presented the key to New York City by Mayor Dinkins is reenacted with the real mayor in the play.

It was all remarkable, and well done using technology.

Tragedy to Triumph. Mother from The Howard Beach Case Retires

After being thrown into the national spotlight 30 years ago, I'm glad this story ends with a beautiful ending.

Jean Griffith, the mother of Michael Griffith who lost his life in the Howard Beach Incident has retired, and I was deeply honored to be invited to her retirement party from the Brooklyn D.A's office Saturday night.  

Mrs. Griffith Sandiford was always a woman of tremendous Grace and Class.

I'm sorry we met under the circumstances that we did 30 years ago, but It has been my honor to know you.

I will never forget you Mrs. Griffith. Enjoy your retirement.  I hope and pray you can finally have peace of mind.

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Eric Garner's Mother Speaks Out After 5.9 Million Settlement

Thursday night, I'm going one-on-one with the Mother of Eric Garner.  Gwen Carr speaks out. She vows it's not about the money, and does not believe NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo was really sorry with his apology. Interview airs Thursday night at 6pm.  FiOS News/RNN-TV.

You can click here to find out the TV Channel in your area to see the interview. Put in your zip code and hit enter.