With the mayoral and comptroller candidates chosen, only one Democratic primary contest remains to be settled: the race to become the city’s next public advocate.
Affordable Housing or Lack Thereof
Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.
The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.
Will the 13th try be the charm at the SPURA?
After five decades, the latest plan for the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area has been agreed upon, according to The Times. After much debate, a plan that sets half of the thousand or so planned apartments aside for affordable housing, as opposed to 70 percent Read More
One of the biggest debates surrounding the recently opened Brooklyn Bridge Park — besides whether it or the High Line is the city’s nicest new park — is deciding if condos should be built within its boundaries or not. The idea is that the new development will help fund the parks maintenance. Neighbors in Read More
Michael Bloomberg, Sheldon Silver and David Paterson unveiled plans to build a $148 million esplanade and refurbish two piers along the East River Water Front.
“This design, without any question, is as innovating and exciting as the High Line,” said Amanda Burden, chair of the city planning commission. She said it “will not Read More
Every year the political class pays homage to the gay community at the Pride Parade, and yesterday’s was no different. Read More
It’s hard not to notice Dan Squadron these days. Voters are hearing the voice of Michael Bloomberg. They’re seeing Chuck Schumer’s name. And more than a few have had their hands shaken by Anthony Weiner.
The 28-year-old Democratic State Senate candidate, who has never held public office and whose experience has been largely under Read More
As noted earlier, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer threw his support behind Dan Squadron, becoming one of the most prominent Democrats to back him in his Democratic primary challenge to state Senator Marty Connor.
Connor has responded with this statement:
On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Senate candidate Dan Squadron, and this morning, several City Council members came out with their endorsement of Squadron’s opponent, incumbent Marty Connor. Among them was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has an extremely close working relationship with the mayor.
Marty Connor no longer has Chad Marlow as a spokesman.
Marlow’s company “terminated its consulting relationship with the Connor For Senate 08 campaign,” he said in an email to reporters just now.
But he added, “The Public Advocacy Group wishes to express it continuing belief that State Senator Martin Connor remains the only qualified candidate Read More