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The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
In yet another dreary Mets season, Matt Harvey did give fans a number of thrills, such as throwing two scoreless innings as the starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star Game played at Citi Field this past July. You would have to go back nearly 30 years to Dwight Gooden’s heyday to find a Mets pitcher who could dominate opposing hitters at will.
Harvey was such a big story that Jimmy Fallon used him for a hilarious “man in the street” bit to see how many New Yorkers could recognize him. ESPN Magazine put him on the cover in the buff for its July “body issue” while Men’s Journal ran a feature on him that made it clear he was thoroughly enjoying the trappings of being a handsome, young New York celebrity.
The homecare workers at the First Chinese Presbyterian Church Home Attendant Corporation in Lower Manhattan will keep their healthcare benefits now that the FCPC and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union representing the workers, have negotiated a settlement.
“I’m so glad and I’m so proud of 1199,” said Maximina Delgado, a caregiver at FCPC for 14 years. “This is for our health. If we don’t have medical insurance, we can’t work for the clients. If we don’t have medical insurance, how can we see the doctors? We don’t make a lot of money. At any moment we can get sick. Our job is very serious and very dangerous. There can be an accident at any moment.”
It’s been done before, he says. A longshot candidate can win the mayoralty of New York City. Just look at the race in 1977.
At this point in that year, former City Councilman Sal Albanese says, there were two candidates polling about where he is now —in the single digits. But their name recognition improved, and in the end, one of them won. That was Ed Koch. The other lost that election but did all right in politics in the end. His name was Mario Cuomo.
A new proposal would add a second Queens stop to the popular East River Ferry route.
On Monday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) called on the Federal Highway Administration and the New York State Department of Transportation to add five more stops on the East River Ferry, including one in Hallets Point, Astoria, where developers have proposed two 2,000-unit complexes to open in 2015.