Yep, that’s Tom Ognibene, the Republican who ran a primary against Michael Bloomberg in 2005 (and more recently lost a City Council primary), at this morning's campaign kick-off event for Eric Ulrich, who is running for City Council.
Ulrich, also a Republican, is running for the seat being vacated by Joe Addabbo, Read More
Yesterday the largest union in the state, 1199 SEIU, endorsed Republican State Senator Serf Maltese of Queens, leaving Maltese’s Democratic challenger, City Councilman Joe Addabbo, at something of a disadvantage.
But the state’s second largest union, 32BJ, an affiliate of 1199 in the SEIU apparatus, just said they will support Addabbo. Read More
Republican State Senator Serf Maltese will be endorsed tomorrow by one of the state’s most powerful unions, 1199 SEIU, according to a campaign media advisory.
Democrats have considered Maltese’s district a place where they could pick up another State Senate seat, since Maltese won his re-election two years ago with only a handful of votes, Read More
The proposed change to the city’s term limit law may “sail” through the City Council, but it poses a complication for City Council members who are currently campaigning for higher office.
If they support the change, they risk, at least theoretically, angering voters they’ll be facing very soon—and raising questions about their real level Read More
The State Senate campaign of City Councilman Joe Addabbo seized on the comments Michael Bloomberg made yesterday in defense of the 18.5 percent property-tax increase that the City Council approved in 2002. Addabbo’s opponent, the Bloomberg-endorsed Republican incumbentSerf Maltese, criticized the vote in a recent mailer.
In a statement just now, Addabbo Read More
Michael Bloomberg’s tax policy is giving his political allies a headache.
At a breakfast in midtown last week, State Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos tried to send a clear anti-tax-increase message to business leaders.
“As I said before, the Senate is ready to do what’s appropriate to reduce spending, but we should not raise Read More
Democratic City Council members now challenging Republicans for State Senate seats are facing criticism over a 2002 vote to raise city property taxes by 18.5 percent.
Michael Bloomberg supported the increase in property tax.
At his press conference just now, I asked Bloomberg–who has been supportive of State Senate Republicans--if that’s fair to Read More
Here’s a mailing that voters in Serf Maltese’s State Senate district got this week, hitting his challenger, Council member Joe Addabbo, on the issue of taxes.
Addabbo campaign spokesman Alexis Grenell disputes the claim, and says that in fact Maltese voted against cutting the Personal Income Tax in 1995, which, she says, makes Maltese the Read More
For those of you closely following the competitive State Senate races this year, here’s a list I compiled of forums and debates in two of them.
Republican incumbent Serf Maltese versus Democrat Joe Addabbo (neck-and-neck in the latest poll):
-Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m. Junior High School 93, 4th Avenue and Madison Street, Read More
A couple of interesting observations I heard on today’s Siena poll of key State Senate races.
The first has to do with Republican incumbent Serf Maltese, who is currently running even with his Democratic challenger, Joe Addabbo. Consultant Joe Mercurio said he found that “surprising,” since that’s basically how Maltese’s 2006 race ended Read More