The Working Families Party’s growing dominance in city elections has been, for the most part, an inside game, as Michael Oliva explained last week. The goal isn’t to elect people on their own line, but rather to get their preferred candidates to win Democratic nominations, which, in New York, is usually all that matters. Read More
The New York County Democratic Committee will formally install Assemblyman Keith Wright as the Manhattan organization’s new county leader tonight.
The event is taking place at 6 p.m. tonight at Yorkville Gardens (225 East 93rd Street).
The outgoing leader, Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell, is leaving the post after more than two decades, “but I’m Read More
During a scrum with reporters in Albany earlier today, David Paterson referred to some Albany lawmakers as “bloodsuckers."
He is now trying to clarify that remark.
When I asked his office for comment, they emailed audio the full conversation with the press, which includes the governor’s attempt to soften the language.
At Read More
In a July 28 letter to New York County Democratic Leader Herman "Denny" Farrell, Surrogate’s Court candidate Milton Tingling said, if elected, he won’t let people who hold positions in the Democratic party to get work through the court.
The letter, which was forwarded to me by the campaign, says: “Public confidence in the Read More
Democratic Assemblyman Herman Denny Farrell is set to announce his reelection on May 31 at the Tioga Carver Democratic Club, and he sent a letter to his friends and supporters asking them to attend the event.
This copy of the letter, sent to me by a recipient, was sent out on official Assembly letterhead, Read More
Assemblyman Michael Gianiaris, who is running for reelection to the Assembly in 2008, says in this week’s City Hall News that he is "going to seriously consider" running for City Council in 2009 and seeking the speakership.
The same article also quotes an unnamed aide to Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, the former chairman Read More
State Democratic Party co-chair Dave Pollak is leaving his position, the party announced a few minutes ago (right when most people are heading out the door for the weekend).
Pollak had previously run the group Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, which brought political leaders in front of young professionals and provided a Read More
The Brooklyn Courier ran an article earlier this week on the race to succeed City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who will be term-limited in 2009. I didn’t see the article online, but a reader faxed me a copy of it, which gives (of course) special prominence to the Brooklyn candidates for the job, including Read More
The confetti is flying, and some Rolling Stones song is blaring and on stage right now are Eliot Siptzer, Hillary Clinton, David Paterson, Andrew Cuomo and their family members.
None of the institutional players like Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, state party Chairman Herman Denny Farrell, are on stage. That’s a bit different from the scene Read More
One of the longest-running themes among New York Democrats at this point is the notion that Sheldon Silver just isn’t that helpful when it comes to helping his party win elections outside the Assembly.
Ray Hernandez refers to the latest iteration of that lament this morning in a story about despairing Senate Dems. Here’s Read More