In order for his proposal to extend term limits to become law, Michael Bloomberg needs the support of 26 members of the City Council. At the moment, only 14 members are on record saying they will vote in favor of the bill. Five of the undecideds—Alan Gerson, Jessica Lappin, James Oddo, Helen Sears, and Peter Read More
By katharinejose 9/26/08 7:10pm
Yesterday morning about 30 people gathered outside of the Warner Brothers corporate office in midtown to protest the new TV show starring several-times-disgraced Republican Jeanine Pirro.
“I don’t think people want to watch a show of a woman involved in putting innocent people in jail,” said Sam Zherka, perhaps optimistically. Zherka, owner of Read More
By katharinejose 9/19/08 4:13pm
“There’s something lonely about Obama’s universe,” said philosopher Simon Critchley at a lecture titled “Barack Obama and the American Void."
Speaking to a crowd of more than 100 at the New School last night—standing room only—Critchley, a professor of philosophy, decided to present an argument that Obama’s beliefs are not, in fact, Read More
By katharinejose 9/11/08 3:19pm
"Unfiltered forever!" City Councilman James Gennaro, the water supply’s self-appointed ombudsman, nearly shouted at an emergency Council hearing yesterday, where officials and citizens discussed fracking—the unfortunately named and controversial method used to extract natural gas. (It’s short for hydraulic fracturing).
For the moment, New York City is among the few places where a supply of Read More
By katharinejose 7/24/08 2:22pm
Democracy for New York City’s Fourth Annual "Summer Cocktail Reception" was all about Barack Obama.
Held at the downtown bar M1-5, the event’s theme was "Unity ’08," a reference, apparently, to bringing Democrats together (and not to the group that wanted Michael Bloomberg to run for president).
As the guests trickled Read More
By katharinejose 7/24/08 1:20pm
Niall Stanage thinks that the real problem with John McCain’s candidacy is that he’s failed to answer this question: "Why does he want to be president?"
Steve Kornacki debunks the idea that massive media coverage of Barack Obama‘s trip overseas indicates a raging liberal bias. Read More
By katharinejose 7/14/08 2:39pm
Yesterday afternoon at City Hall, Congresswomen Yvette Clarke and Nydia Velazquez announced jointly that they are endorsing Bill de Blasio for Brooklyn borough president.
These early endorsements follow announcements of support for de Blasio from UNITE-HERE and The NY Hotel Trades Council. Combined with the campaign’s announcement yesterday of having raised "nearly $1 million Read More
By katharinejose 6/27/08 6:34pm
Last night at the New York Blood Center auditorium on the Upper West Side, Assemblyman Micah Kellner moderated a panel on post-congestion-pricing solutions for city transportation that reached a general consensus but no real solution: Congestion pricing is not a bad idea, the proposal was just executed poorly, and right now the M.T.A. is, as Read More
By katharinejose 6/27/08 3:37pm
Since Dean Skelos, the new State Senate majority leader, has said he will make addressing property taxes a major priority, and it’s likely that taxes will be an issue in the upcoming election, I recently asked both candidates in the 25th Senate District about their positions on the issue.
Incumbent Marty Connor favors Read More
By katharinejose 6/26/08 7:17pm
Earlier this afternoon, a diverse cast of politicians gathered in front of the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue to protest the Bloomberg administration’s plan to reopen and expand the downtown jail. (It was the Bloomberg administration that closed it back in 2003, due to high costs).
Councilman and Read More