Anthony Weiner appears poised to jump into the mayor's race any day now, after he was spotted filming on Thursday what appeared to be a campaign video outside his childhood home in Brooklyn. That same day, several Democratic candidates tried to win over the city's largest municipal workers union, District Council 37, at a Manhattan debate. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Anthony Weiner seems ready to pull the trigger on a bid for City Hall. The former congressman was spotted outside his childhood home in Park Slope with a film crew that appeared to be making a campaign video.
Weiner has been reluctant to talk about his political plans. When NY1 ran into him and his wife at a store in the neighborhood, he said he was visiting family. It seems he was there for another reason entirely.
Should Weiner take the plunge, he will be diving headfirst into a Democratic primary battle that is already well underway, with many of the battle lines drawn.
Several of the Democratic candidates faced off at a Thursday debate in TriBeCa hosted by the city's largest municipal union, DC 37.
"There was not supposed to be a third term for Michael Bloomberg. And look at every candidate," said candidate Bill de Blasio. "Some people, who chose not to be here tonight, helped the mayor get the third term."
The public advocate was referring to his rival, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who declined to appear at the debate.
One of the biggest concerns for the union is whether the next mayor will be willing to sign off on retroactive pay raises for city workers. The candidates were asked whether they opposed the concept.
John Liu answered, "I am absolutely not opposed to it."
Sal Albanese said, "I have committed to making it a top priority, to provide retroactive pay."
De Blasio said, "I am not opposed to the concept of retroactivity in principle. I think every union has the right to put anything they need on the table."
Four years ago, DC 37 backed Bill Thompson for mayor, John Liu for city comptroller and Bill de Blasio for Public Advocate. This time around, all three are competing for the same job.