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Before he died in February, Ed Koch made it clear: He wanted Christine Quinn to be the city’s next mayor.
And while he didn’t get the chance to campaign by her side, his old friends tried to do the next best thing with an invitation to join them for Mr. Koch’s weekly luncheon club–a tradition that dates back to the 1960s.
“This group of gentlemen–and perhaps a few others–used to have lunch just about every Saturday with Ed Koch,” explained Ms. Quinn, as she sat around the circular wooden table at the upscale City Hall Restaurant in Lower Manhattan, a frequent spot for political fund-raisers and events.
The circumstances of Martha Stark's departure from the Bloomberg administration had nothing to do with race. But two Democrats took the occasion to raise the issue of racial diversity in the administration.
City Councilwoman Helen Foster of the Bronx, who, like Stark, is African-American, said, “I think it’s clear there is a lack Read More
David Paterson is coming under fire from 1199 SEIU and Greater New York Hospital Association over his proposed cuts to health care.
But the “doomsday” budget proposed by Michael Bloomberg on Friday has yet to prompt a similar backlash–at least, not one in the form of an expensive advertising campaign–from labor Read More
Here’s a clip from this morning’s panel at the New School about Eliot Spitzer’s political prospects for the rest of his first term.
In the clip, consultant George Arzt shares a not-so-public moment from a V.I.P. reception at a fund-raiser for Denny Farrell. Read More
This morning, the New School hosted a panel discussion on whether Eliot Spitzer can regain his political capital. (The answer is already looking quite different in light of yesterday’s special election.)
Panelist Wayne Barrett of the Village Voice said “hallelujah!” about yesterday’s results and said Democrats should be given a chance to control Read More
Last night at David Weprin’s fund-raiser for his city comptroller campaign, I learned that the City Councilman’s long-time chief of staff, Jack Rubin Friedman, is leaving in January to become the head of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. One attendee told me that Rubin might run for Weprin’s seat in 2009. (Rubin was standing nearby Read More
Tonight’s “Party in the Garden” at the home of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney might be about more than raising money for Democrats and for her congressional reelection. According to one close Maloney supporter I spoke to, tonight also serves to build her election war-chest for a 2010 Senate run if Hillary Clinton wins the presidential election. Read More
After years in which one architect–Costas Kondylis–has dominated the 13-block-long Riverside South development, the new kid in town, Gary Barnett (Extell Development), has commissioned the Pritzker Prize-winning French architect Christian de Portzamparc to design the next three buildings, according to George Arzt, a spokesman for the developer.
Monsieur de Portzamparc’s Web Read More
Predictions this morning from George Arzt, former Post-man, current friend of Spitzer:
“I think Hevesi wins. I think that Spitzer wins overwhelmingly, giving the Working Family Party the 50,000 they need to stay on the ballot. I dunno if they move up from the “F” line*. Kirsten Gillibrand will upset Sweeney. I think Reynolds will Read More
Citizens Union‘s Dick Dadey emailed over revenue numbers for the top New York political consulting and lobbying firms for the past five years that give a strong sense of how political consultants’ main product line is increasingly…lobbying. It’s not a new trend, but it’s a worrying one for good-government groups, as the question Read More