Austin Shafran is leaving Hank Sheinkopf’s office to become a spokesman for Malcolm Smith, the embattled leader of the Senate Democratic conference, according to two people with knowledge of the move.
While at Sheinkopf’s office, Shafran was working on the Democratic transition, and has been accompanying Malcolm Smith at numerous events.
Here’s part of the invitation for City Councilman Leroy Comrie’s April 19 fund-raiser, geared to female supporters. Comie is considered a likely candidate for Queens borough president.
Comrie is trying to close a fund-raising gap with the fund-raising leader in that race, Peter Vallone, Jr. (who got help from Michael Bloomberg). He’s Read More
Can there be another Tom Manton?
He brought his county organization back from the wreckage of the Manes era, managing to impose something resembling unity on a wounded organization. And he did it in the face of massive change, staying ahead of Queens’ radically changing demographics by supporting candidates from emerging ethnic communities.
Speculation has Read More
Thirty years ago, eight city officials-the Mayor, the Comptroller, the City Council president and the five borough presidents-would sit around a solid oak table on the second floor of City Hall every other Thursday, deciding how to spend tens of millions of dollars on city services.
The table was in the hearing room of Read More