As the seven candidates for City Council Speaker jockey for the city’s most powerful legislative post, much attention has been paid to their agendas, their temperaments and their stances on various issues.
Far less attention has been paid to their legislative records in the body they’re hoping to lead. But an analysis of City Council records shows the candidates have had vastly different levels of success when it comes to passing bills–arguably a crucial indicator of the kind of legislative leaders they might be.
Adventures in Social Media
The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.
In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime.
Councilwoman Inez Dickens is openly jockeying to be the next speaker of the City Council, but it appears one Twitter account has already beat her to the punch.
Ms. Dickens recently revamped her re-election website, embedding a Twitter account called “SpeakerDickens.” The only problem is that the account is a parody feed that skewers Ms. Dickens.
ALBANY—At the end of his remarks at a holiday fund-raiser last night, David Paterson made a simple declaration: “I am running for governor in 2010.”
“If it doesn’t work out, I’m going to go on The View. They need a little affirmative action on The View,” Paterson said to laughs, according Read More
I ran around the City Council chambers chatting with members about the primary elections on Tuesday, the impact term limits may have had, and the upcoming mayor’s race. Here’s are some quick highlights:
Oliver Koppell, said, “I got 64 percent. Last time I got 76 percent. I think the difference was largely term limits. But Read More
This dedicated supporter on 135th Street and Lenox Avenue is inserting Inez Dickens palm cards into copies of AMNew York and Metro, the free daily newspapers.
Which is one way of getting ads into the hands of readers without those pesky advertising fees. Read More
City Councilwoman Inez Dickens endorsed Cy Vance for Manhattan district attorney, and went after Leslie Crocker Snyder for keeping an accused man in jail despite fingerprint evidence exonerating him because, Dickens said, “sometimes they say we all look alike.”
The issue Dickens raised had been brought up earlier in the race, Read More
The City Council just held a moment of silence for Michael Jackson.
Apparently in protest, several council members quietly walked out of the room just before it began.
Republicans Jimmy Oddo and Eric Ulrich, along with Democrats Peter Vallone Jr. and Lew Fidler all left the Council chambers just before Inez Dickens and Helen Diane Read More
Every year the political class pays homage to the gay community at the Pride Parade, and yesterday’s was no different. Read More
At a big breakfast event tomorrow morning, Charlie Rangel will endorse Bill Thompson for mayor, John Liu for city comptroller and Bill de Blasio for public advocate.
Above is a flier for the event, which starts at 7:45 a.m. (on a Saturday!?).
A number of other elected officials from Harlem, like Read More