At one of her final campaign stops of the public advocate’s race, Councilwoman Tish James repeatedly downplayed the historical nature of her candidacy.
If Ms. James triumphs in the runoff today, she will become the first black woman elected to citywide office. Throughout her campaign her supporters have both celebrated that fact and noted that her opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, would be the third white male on the Democrats’ citywide ticket if he wins. But Ms. James insisted this afternoon that history was not on her mind.
Hundreds of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s supporters gathered outside the Stonewall Inn this evening to rally in support of the woman who is vying to be the first female and openly gay mayor.
Just four days before the primary, Ms. Quinn is increasingly pointing to the historic nature of her candidacy. The local LGBT officials, minor celebrities and gay rights activists assembled to tout that very point, trying to boost Ms. Quinn’s once front-running campaign as it sags the polls.
At press conference today in West Harlem, the first openly gay New York State assemblyman, Danny O’Donnell, endorsed the woman who is vying to be the city’s first openly gay mayor.
But he had more than his endorsement to offer.
In addition to touting her record and agenda, Mr. O’Donnell handed down some advice–as a fellow LGBT official–for Ms. Quinn if she wins.
Firsts, Legal Matters
The first-ever guilty plea to theft charges related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program is in. Reuters reports that Ex-Park Avenue Bank president Charles Antonucci today said he had taken $6.5 million from his employer and invested it for himself.
According to prosecutors, Antonucci also lied in his bank’s application for $11.2 million Read More