Assemblyman Danny O’Donnell of Manhattan: “She knocked it out of the park” and her call for party unity was “as clear as she can make it.”
City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito of Manhattan: “It was inspiring. What she was doing was giving us a charge” and “telling us we’ve got a job to do.”
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City Hall Chatter has an interesting item about Diana Reyna, a Democratic councilwoman from Queens, heaping praise on Republican state Senator Serf Maltese recently. Reyna’s council colleague, Joe Addabbo, is challenging Maltese in what is sure to be a high-profile race.
"Let’s make sure that our friend Serf continues to remain in our community Read More
The City Council’s budget negotiating team stayed late last night at City Hall, trying to hammer out a budget before the June 30 deadline. A handshake agreement is expected today or tomorrow.
In the meantime, it’s a scene. Lobbyists have been a permanent fixture on the City Hall steps and in the City Hall Read More
Councilman Eric Gioia grilled the city’s budget director about the slush fund scandal during a heated Council hearing in City Hall just now.
Gioia asked, pointedly, whose job is to make sure there are no phony organizations in the city budget and what guarantees exist to ensure there are no fake groups in this year’s Read More
A couple of developments to watch as City Council Speaker Christine Quinn gets closer to her likely mayoral bid, potentially affecting her relationships with the mayor and her members.
Today, the council Sanitation Committee is set to approve an electronic waste bill that Quinn supports, but Michael Bloomberg opposes. The mayor and Quinn Read More
City Clerk nominee Hector Diaz is testifying right now in the City Council Rules Committee hearing, and this is easily the most well-attended committee meeting I recall (although I’ve missed a few).
Among the onlookers in the house is Bronx Democratic Leader Jose Rivera, who got himself a front-row seat by sitting next Read More
That’s Bronx Democratic County Leader Jose Rivera talking to one of Christine Quinn’s top aides, Chuck Meara, by the side staircase in City Hall a few minutes ago.
Rivera is here, primarily, to oversee the vote on city clerk nominee Hector Diaz. The nomination is being considered by the Rules Committee, whose chairwoman, Diana Read More
The city’s Independence Party, which is currently rallying around Lenora Fulani’s 2009 citywide race, is looking for fund-raisers. A reader passed on this help wanted ad from Craigslist, which says, “The New York City Independence Party is seeking energetic callers for 6 week fundraising drive, with possibility of long-term Read More
More from that Young Democrats meeting about women in politics…
Here’s panelist and City Council member Diana Reyna pondering the rectitude of voting for Hillary Clinton based the fact that she’s female:
“And then we would feel guilty because then, maybe, we want to vote for her because she is a woman,” she said. Read More
The green outline shows Speaker Christine Quinn’s proposed 421-a exclusion zone in northern Brooklyn–the area within which developers would need to include on-site affordable housing in order to qualify for tax breaks.
Currently, the exclusion zone covers only well-established neighborhoods (West Village, the Upper East and West Sides), where an automatic 421-a tax Read More