Growing up in The South Bronx, I learned early on that no matter how close some things are, they may remain out of reach.
The Grand Concourse is a mere 30 minutes north of Wall Street, but it is light years away for those who ride the subway downtown to work low- and moderate-wage jobs five and sometimes six or seven days a week. While much has changed for the better in The Bronx, millions of hard-working low income families in New York and around the United States still live without a bank account and other basic financial tools that are essential for upward mobility. They see the American Dream; but it remains just beyond their grasp.
Basking in the glory of having beat expectations in the 2009 mayor’s race, Bill Thompson is now announcing plans for another bid in 2013. It’s easy to consider him the front-runner, but running from his position is difficult.
Just ask Jef Pollock, who advised the another former Democratic mayoral candidate who did well Read More
In an auditorium at Hunter College last night, in front of a few hundred supporters waving “Eight is Enough” signs, Bill Thompson delivered what his campaign was billing as a Major Speech on Term Limits.
But the event felt more like a rally than a Major Speech. Before Mr. Thompson appeared, a surrogate prepped the Read More
Michael Bloomberg announced he was endorsed by more newspapers, including Black Star News, Image magazine and the local chain of papers run by Manhattan Media.
A Thompson spokesman said their candidate was not invited to interview with Black Star News or Image, but did speak with Manhattan Media editors.
The most intriguing line Read More
Here’s a pie chart Bill Thompson’s campaign is sending out in an effort to dispel the notion that Michael Bloomberg is independent.
The chart purports to show that 88 percent of Bloomberg’s political contributions since 2002 has gone to the Republican Party.
The Thompson campaign also sent out a video, subtly entitled Read More
Fernando Ferrer endorsed City Council challenger Peter Gleason on the City Hall steps just now, saying he won’t be just another “go-along-to-get-along face in the crowd.”
It seemed like a clear dig at Alan Gerson, the affable incumbent who was in court this morning trying to get back on the ballot after filing Read More
Bill Thompson’s campaign announced they were endorsed by the Out People of Color Political Action Committee.
“The vote was overwhelming,” said the club’s spokesman, Bernard Tarver, who declined to give a vote total.
I heard a rumor that supporters of another candidate may have tried to win the club’s support by joining the club Read More
Jeff Dinowitz, who endorsed Anthony Wiener when he ran for mayor in 2005, said if Weiner's not running this year it will help the Democratic Party avoid "a divisive primary."
"Not having a primary I think is not a bad thing this year," Dinowitz, an assemblyman from the Bronx, said in a Read More
For Eric Gioia, there are signs of major institutional support coming from one Kennedy family member, a Schumer aide, and the new city clerk (who landed the job in no small part because of the Queens County Democratic Organization.)
Bill de Blasio got money from Fernando Ferrer and City Councilman Domenic Read More
The Working Families Party is enlisting help to put pressure on Michael Bloomberg for his refusal to accept an invitation to participate in a debate.
The WFP, one of the debate organizers, has launched an online petition saying the mayoral campaign is “already overloaded” with sound bites, and notes that Read More