Last time Reshma Saujani ran for office, it didn’t go so well. The former deputy public advocate and Girls Who Code founder spent more per vote than billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but finished with just 19 percent in her 2010 primary challenge against Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
And even today, she continues to face flak for taking on a popular incumbent, which was painted most recently by one of her opponents as an anti-feminist move.
But Ms. Saujani, 37, said this time around, as she campaigns for public advocate, it’s a very different story.
Best Laid Plans
Add a few more names to the growing list of people concerned about the speed with which the city is executing the Midtown East Rezoning—ones that carry some serious political clout. In addition to the community boards, a few civic groups and local Councilman Dan Garodnick (who’s vote will be crucial to get the rezoning through the City Council), four new Midtown reps have just sent a letter to the mayor saying the rezoning needs more time to be perfected.
“Because this rezoning is so important, it is critical that it is done correctly the first time and is responsive to the concerns of the area’s current stakeholders even as it lays the groundwork for the area’s future,” Congresswoman Caroline Maloney, Assemblyman Dan Qart and state senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman write. They ask the Department of City Planning to withdraw the plan currently in the works, which is expected to be certified in the coming weeks, “in order to permit sufficient time for community input.”
on the map
So much more fun than a whiteboard video! The Private Equity Capital Growth Council, the buyout industry lobbying group that spent the summer bestowing upon the Internets a series of animated explainers, released an interactive map that’s pretty cool.
The map will tell you, for instance, that the New York State and Local Retirement System socked $14.9 billion of its $147.2 billion in investment dollars into private equity funds last year. You could have dug up that data on your own, but PECGC compiled the same data from the two biggest pension funds in each of the 50 state for which such data was available, and pulled together a handy ranking:
In this week’s Observer, Azi and I looked at Donald Trump’s New York state political contributions, which favored Democrats over Republicans by a nearly two-to-one margin.
Not surprisingly, his New York City donations skew even more toward Democrats, and again, reflect a certain pragmatism more than any discernible political ideology.
Since the 1989 election Read More
A handful of discontented Democrats gathered on the steps of City Hall today to blast the $38 billion budget cut, which they called “draconian” and “morally wrong.”
“The Republicans’ proposed budget cuts for the fiscal years 2011 and 2012 are the most radical I’ve ever seen,” said Jerrold Nadler, who was joined by Anthony Read More
When Carolyn Maloney finally got a word in after her press conference this morning, she added her voice to the chorus of New York congressmen criticizing President Obama’s handling of the military intervention in Libya.
Maloney had summoned the press to the City Hall steps to discuss Republican efforts to terminate federal foreclosure-avoidance programs, but Read More
Vice President Joe Biden is slated to spend this afternoon in New York City, heading to an event for the Democratic National Committee and then a fundraiser for east side Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in two separate events.
The Maloney event at The Sheraton is in honor of her birthday–which was, in fact, February 19–and guests Read More
on the waterfront
It used to be the outerboroughs were entirely ignored, even by the people living in them. But now that Brooklyn has gotten so darn hip and with-it, it gets almost as much—if not more—attention than its more famous sibling across the East River. So what about Queens?
That is what Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney Read More
Tomorrow looks like a big day for politics for the First Couple of New York. Earlier it was announced that Mayor Bloomberg will endorse G.O.P. comptroller hopeful Harry Wilson tomorrow afternoon. Now the Reshma Saujani campaign is out with an announcement that she will be campaigning alongside Diana Taylor, the mayor’s companion.
Taylor’s support of Read More