Boogie Down Battle
The Boogie Down
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito may have secured all of the votes she needs to become the next City Council speaker, but her staunchest opposition now lies in one of the boroughs she represents: the Bronx.
The Bronx Democratic Party backed Bill de Blasio for mayor yesterday, hoping their seal of approval would carry Mr. de Blasio further than the last Bill they endorsed–vanquished contender Bill Thompson–who conceded the race on Monday.
And here comes the Democratic backlash to Steve Levy, courtesy of Keith Wright and Carl Heastie, who put out a joint statement denouncing Levy as divisive.
“It is no secret that many of us who have worked with Steve Levy in the Assembly or are aware of his actions as the Suffolk County Executive Read More
The Bronx Democratic County Leader says it’s premature and unfair for people to call for Governor David Paterson’s resignation, since the investigation into his administration is not complete.
“There’s an investigation,” Carl Heastie wrote in a text message to me. “Can’t we wait for that to conclude? What happened to the presumption of Read More
ALBANY—Here’s an very friendly Jose Rivera with the man who deposed him as chairman of the Bronx Democratic County Organizatino, Carl Heastie.
The two ran into each other in the concourse of at the capitol, and parted ways in high spirits. I happened to be walking by at the same time and photographed Read More
A spokesman for Carl Heastie pushed back on Fred Dicker’s reporting today, which said the Bronx Democratic County Chairman is “open” to supporting Harold Ford Jr. for the U.S. Senate.
Here’s a statement from Heastie spokesman Patrick Jenkins:
The insiders who report that Chairman Heastie as being open to endorsing Harold Ford are Read More
Carl Heastie, the Democratic leader in the Bronx and an influential member of the Assembly, who is also African-American, is moving closer to supporting Kirsten Gillibrand, according to a Heastie spokesman.
“Sh’s been a really good senator,” said Heastie spokesman Patrick Jenkins, “and attentive to the needs of the Bronx.”
“Carl thinks she’s Read More
ALBANY—Assemblyman Keith Wright wasn't at last week's meeting in Kingston, but in a phone interview the Harlem Democrat, who is on track to become chairman of the Manhattan organization, had his own spin to offer:
"The way I thought about the meeting was that the new–notwithstanding what was reported–was that the Read More
Former state senator Olga Mendez of East Harlem, whose 26-year career ended when she switched parties and tried running as a Republican, has died, according to an aide to the Bronx Democratic County leader Carl Heastie.
Mendez’s passing was first reported by Gerson Borrero.
Mendez was defeated in 2004 by Jose Serrano, Read More
ALBANY—Labor leaders told Democratic Party officials of concerns they are being overlooked during a meeting today in Kingston.
"It was more a general opportunity to put on the table people's frustrations and feelings that they're, in a sense, taken for granted. I have to say I was somewhat surprised by some of the Read More