New York City Marathon
“My first instinct was sure, we’re going to be ready for the big event. We can do anything in the world. We’re New Yorkers and that’s what New Yorkers do,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. “But after visiting shelters around the city, seeing the devastation in Staten Island and Breezy Point and knowing that people are trapped in buildings on the Lower East Side and we cannot get to them, this is not the time.”
On Friday, Mr. Stringer voiced his opposition to holding the marathon this Sunday, joining a growing number of politicians who feel that the city should not host a major event while so many residents are struggling for access to electricity, food and water.
Early this morning, a handful of city park advocates, a trio of council members, and a smattering of curious onlookers gathered on the steps of City Hall to talk parks, budget cuts and leafy green things.
“Funding for our parks must be restored,” cried City Councilmember Brad Lander, who was joined at the rally by park-loving compatriots Melissa Mark-Viverito and James Oddo.
The last few years have not been kind to the Department of Parks and Recreation, which has been the victim of a number of heavy-handed budget cuts since 2008. This year, the Parks Department faces a proposed budget cut of $33.4 million that, if approved, would lead to a cumulative loss of $62 million in funding—or 17 percent—over the last five years.
Jimmy Oddo, the Republican leader in the City Council, sees Rudy Giuliani’s reported decision to run for Senate instead of governor as an inevitable decision to take the path of least resistance.
“I don’t see him at this point in his life getting sucked into the mire of Albany,” said Oddo. “The balance Read More
When Michael Bloomberg visited the Flushing Mall the Saturday before Election Day, supporters crowded around him on stage, yelled wildly when he spoke, and encircled him and his security detail as they left.
Dennis Gallagher didn’t. The former city councilman, who resigned his seat last year after admitting he sexually assaulted a woman in his Read More
So, where are local the Republicans on this historic day?
City Councilman Jimmy Oddo texted to say he’s in his district office on Staten Island “with the tv tuned (yes to Fox), watching this historic event.”
Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos’ only major plan of the day is to travel from Long Island to Albany, Read More
When asked about the legality of rescinding the $400 rebate check to homeowners, Michael Bloomberg said this morning, “There’s a judge that’s going to decide that, but in any case, it doesn’t have to go out right now.”
Bloomberg, speaking during his weekly radio appearance with host John Gambling, went on to say, “Even if Read More
Jimmy Oddo and Charles Barron, two of the more outspoken City Council members, got into a yelling match during a Council hearing at City Hall, according to a witness.
The dispute occurred during a hearing on a bill that would strengthen laws that govern protesters who demonstrate in front of women's health clinics that Read More
[img_assist|nid=133|title=Bloomberg and McMahon|desc=mikemcmahonforcongress.com|link=none|align=left|width=267|height=179]City Councilman Michael McMahon, the Democratic congressional candidate for the 13th district, who was endorsed not long ago by Michael Bloomberg, just issued a statement saying he'll vote against extending term limits.
McMahon said, "After attending hearings, speaking with constituents, and considering the legislation, I have come to the decision that I cannot Read More
In order for his proposal to extend term limits to become law, Michael Bloomberg needs the support of 26 members of the City Council. At the moment, only 14 members are on record saying they will vote in favor of the bill. Five of the undecideds—Alan Gerson, Jessica Lappin, James Oddo, Helen Sears, and Peter Read More
Citizens Union has posted online its study on how City Council members spend taxpayer dollars to raise their profiles.
I’m not sure what benefit top spenders like Michael Nelson and Helen Sears got for their expenditures, but others at the top of the list are widely known to be eyeing races Read More