Very Special Elections
More than three years after developer Sharif El-Gamal faced a firestorm over plans for an Islamic prayer and community center in lower Manhattan, the head of Soho Properties is searching for temporary space for Park51, Commercial Observer has learned.
Yesterday afternoon, Aziz Friedrich from Soho Properties was spotted touring a 2,000-square-foot second-floor space at 44 Trinity Place, being marketed by Eastern Consolidated’s James Famularo and Ravi Idnani. The asking rent for the Trinity Place space is $100 per square foot and the lease term is 10 years, according to the listing. It seems an unusual space for a center since it is above Wogies Bar & Grill. Messrs. Famularo and Idnani declined to comment.
More news out of the 54th Assembly district–a seat left vacant when Darryl Towns was named Andrew Cuomo’s housing commissioner.
According to several sources, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is backing Jesus Gonzalez, a community organizer with Make the Road New York who also has the support of the Working Families Party. Velazquez has a longtime rivalry Read More
Back in January, after an unsolicited email defending Andrew Cuomo, Hank Sheinkopf told The Observer to “keep wondering” if he might sign on to work for the presumptive governor.
Well, the wondering is over.
The State Democratic Party–an extension of the Cuomo operation–just announced they’ve hired the longtime consultant, who delighted in Read More
One more thing about the point Jake Menges raised in his affidavit, alleging that Debi Rose got an unfair advantage when received discounted help from the Working Families Party.
Menges, a political operative who worked for Rudy Giuliani, wrote to the court that “in my years as a political consultant, I have Read More
Probably nobody has spent as much time working to derail Andrew Cuomo’s political ambitions as Hank Sheinkopf, the consultant who opposed Cuomo during his 2002 gubernatorial campaign, and again during his 2006 attorney general campaign.
These days, Sheinkopf is more supportive.
He sent an unsolicited email to me this morning, saying, Read More
A reader pointed out to me that David Paterson is in the unenviable position of most likely needing to rely on a high turnout among African-American voters to boost his chances of winning a competitive primary, but opposing the Senate candidacy of Harold Ford Jr., who would be running against Paterson’s appointed senator, might be Read More
One thing that disappears along with Rudy Giuliani’s threats to run for governor: an excuse for Democrats to get rid of David Paterson.
Paterson’s poll numbers are low, and his fund-raising is anemic, but much of the talk about getting Paterson out of the race was, at least publicly, premised on the notion that a Read More
How did Queens end up electing three Republicans on Tuesday?
The first was Eric Ulrich, who held his seat in the Howard Beach, Rockaway section, which is pretty blue-collar and the kind of place Rudy Giuliani did well. Which is why the former mayor campaigned there with Republican Eric Ulrich. But Ulrich could have held Read More
Here’s a little bit more about Norman Siegel beefing up his campaign operation by signing on with Hank Sheinkopf.
“Michael Oliva will act as Sheinkopf’s senior strategic adviser to the Siegel campaign,” the campaign said.
That’s the same Michael Oliva who recently parted ways with another public advocate candidate, Eric Gioia, Read More
Not for the first time, Hank Sheinkopf is attacking Melinda Katz for what he says is an overly cozy relationship with New York’s landlords and real estate community.
He points to an invitation to a fund-raiser she’s having at the home of Howard Milstein, described alternately as a Read More