Top Democrats and organized labor celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address this afternoon, hailing the new mayor’s repeated calls for more affordable housing, expanded science education and a tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten.
Little of Mr. de Blasio’s speech actually broke new ground–the new mayor stuck mainly to the campaign themes that he repeated in his victory and inaugural addresses–but Democrats were more than happy to offer praise.
The city’s future corridors of power suddenly look very inviting to Vincent Alvarez.
The president of the Central Labor Council–an umbrella group for the city’s million-plus union members–is getting ready to grapple with a government that is expected to be far friendlier to organized labor than the recent years of frayed relations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And he hopes his work bolstering some of this year’s winning candidates will help to open the door.
Practically every major Democrat in the city was at the corner of 14th Street and First Avenue yesterday afternoon to announce the formation of a what they say is the largest housing coalition in the city’s history.
The group, New York Is Our Home, includes labor and tenant groups, the Working Read More
The Central Labor Council just suspended the remainder of Brian McLaughlin’s paid leave of absence, which was worth about $90,000, one source said.
Looks like labor leaders aren’t waiting for a verdict.
Here is a statement from the CLC’s executive committee, whose 32 members voted unanimously to cut its financial ties to McLaughlin:
“After careful Read More
I was kind of waiting for the Voice’s Tom Robbins to weigh in with a definitive explanation what Central Labor Council chief Brian McLaughlin is actually accused of. He does that and throws in a mafia-ties bonus in this must-read online dispatch.
Here’s his explanation of why McLaughlin would have been part of Read More
Statement from the New York City Central Labor Council:
“This morning, government authorities came to our office requesting, reviewing and collecting certain documents. There are currently no charges or allegations against the Central Labor Council or any of its officers, directors or employees. The Central Labor Council is fully cooperating with this investigation.” Read More
FBI Special Agent Jim Margolin tells The Poliitcker that this morning’s raid on Central Labor Council headquarters was “a search in connection with an ongoing investigation,” and that’s all he has to say about that.
Also, he says council chief Brian McLaughlin has not been arrested. Read More
The Politicker’s Azi Paybarah was turned away from the Central Labor Council’s West 15th street office after seeing at least three FBI agents combing over the third-floor headquarters, other agents in the building, and a blue FBI van pulling away out front.
Azi reports that he was kind enough to open the door for three Read More