Al Sharpton had just stepped out of a meeting with Barack Obama.
It was January 2007, and he was down in the Obama Senate office during a trip to Washington to meet with a number of Democratic presidential contenders. Mr. Obama had been almost uncannily pitch-perfect, Mr. Sharpton thought, hitting every talking Read More
Three campaigns from the 2005 election–including that of then-Manhattan borough president candidate Margarita Lopez, who now works for Michael Bloomberg–are fighting the obligation to return unspent public campaign funds.
From the Campaign Finance Board’s public statement:
Viviana Vasquez-Hernandez, a City Council candidate, challenged the obligation to repay $10,165 in unspent Read More
When is a club’s endorsement not really an endorsement?
On June 7, Ken Diamondstone’s campaign put out a press release announcing his endorsement by CoDA, a Lower East Side Democratic club, over his incumbent opponent, Martin Connor, for the 25th State Senate district. (Soon after, Diamondstone received the backing Read More
… Oh yes he did.
Embattled developer Gregg Singer filed a $100 million lawsuit against the city last week, says The Villager. As we reported earlier, Mr. Singer claims that Mayor Bloomberg and former Councilmember Margarita Lopez worked out a backroom deal to quash his plans for P.S. 64 on East Ninth Street. Read More
At a press conference celebrating arts in the East Village today, former councilwoman Margarita Lopez said that Mayor Bloomberg “has become part of the group of people that I am part of: The gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, community. And I make him an honorary lesbian today here.”
“Let the record show the Mayor moved right Read More
The Democratic primary for Mayor of New York is just a month away, but none of the four candidates running for the job has spelled out his or her vision for the city, or fully explained how they would improve upon the job done by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. While each of the Democratic hopefuls—Freddy Ferrer, Read More
Muddied by a scandal over a City Council member’s alleged sexual harassment this spring, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller did what any leader in his position would: He bought a $60,000 computer program. The city purchased a computerized training course for his staff and for the 51 members of the City Council, complete with tests Read More
This last terribly bright Sunday, around the time church would let out, people in dark clothing began to loiter at the corner of Bowery and Second Street. The focus of their sun-glassed attention was a black T-shirt tied around a street sign on the northeast corner. A few hours later, that T-shirt would be removed, Read More