Occupy New York
“What’re they going to tell us next? Are they going to get in the bedroom?” asked 19-year-old Zach Huff. The spokesperson for NYC Liberty HQ, barely tall enough to reach the microphone, was cheekily addressing a small group of rather tame demonstrators amassed in front of City Hall Monday for the Million Big Gulp March, a rally protesting Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas.
If passed, the ban would prevent restaurants, delis, movie theaters and street carts from selling sugar-laden drinks that exceed 16 ounces. The protesters were, in a sense, advocating on behalf of beverages that contain 25 percent of one’s recommended daily caloric intake.
We stood waiting for some small eruption of jeering or whistling from the crowd in reaction to Mr. Huff’s aside. Nothing. Perhaps the lackluster response was a result of his bizarre logic leap from soda ban to bedroom play. Or maybe he hadn’t quite lowered the microphone enough to be heard above the slurping.
Normally we’d say that there is no way New York City Republican Councilman Dan Halloran just happened to be at the Occupy Wall Street protests today, and just happened to run into his Democratic coworker Ydanis Rodriguez, and those two just happened to break out with an impromptu civil argument about taxes. But that’s what both of these elected officials” spokespeople are saying to Capital New York, so who are we to argue that this was a pre-planned event?
The Chief-Leader captures some good vitriol at a recent UFT protest aimed at reversing Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to lay off thousands of teachers.
Democratic City Councilman James Sanders said “we need to take this surplus” and “make sure we save the teachers.” The surplus, as I and other people have noted, don’t Read More
“If people want to buy their kids a Happy Meal, it is their right to make that choice.”
Republican Councilman Dan Halloran, in a public statement, pushing back against Democratic colleague Leroy Comrie’s latest bill.
A reader sent this picture of newly elected City Councilman Dan Halloran, using his laptop during a Land Use Committee hearing in City Hall this afternoon.
Most members get by using only their Blackberrys during these meetings. Read More
Here’s Michael Bloomberg with the five-member City Council Republican caucus he swore into office today in the City Council chambers. The photo was sent over by a spokesman for newly elected member Dan Halloran (far right), who said he wants to stand up for those who have been “ignored and overtaxed for so long.”
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Michael Bloomberg will be swearing in the new Republican City Council members tomorrow in the Council chambers, according to press release from those members.
Peter Koo from Flushing and Dan Halloran from Bayside will join the three Republican members already in the Council: Eric Ulrich of Howard Beach, Vinny Ignizio from the South Shore of 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
Somehow, Queens Republican Dan Halloran survived a lot of talk about his pre-Christian religious beliefs to capture Tony Avella’s City Council seat last night.
Mr. Halloran, reported to be the “First Atheling” of a neo-heathen tribe, beat the Democratic nominee Kevin Kim 53 percent to 47 percent in a campaign marred by a Read More
Mario Cuomo endorsed fellow Democrat Kevin Kim in Bayside, who, if elected, would be the first Korean-American in the City Council. Cuomo referenced what he said was an ethnically motivated attack by unnamed critics, and called it “the worst kind of politics.”
Kim has accused opponent Dan Halloran of stoking racial fears. Read More