It’s hard not to notice Dan Squadron these days. Voters are hearing the voice of Michael Bloomberg. They’re seeing Chuck Schumer’s name. And more than a few have had their hands shaken by Anthony Weiner.
The 28-year-old Democratic State Senate candidate, who has never held public office and whose experience has been largely under Read More
As noted earlier, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer threw his support behind Dan Squadron, becoming one of the most prominent Democrats to back him in his Democratic primary challenge to state Senator Marty Connor.
Connor has responded with this statement:
On Tuesday, Michael Bloomberg endorsed state Senate candidate Dan Squadron, and this morning, several City Council members came out with their endorsement of Squadron’s opponent, incumbent Marty Connor. Among them was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has an extremely close working relationship with the mayor.
Although it sometimes seems like 30-year incumbent State Senator Marty Connor is playing the underdog role in his race against young, Schumer-backed challenger Dan Squadron, Connor certainly has his share of establishment backing.
And here’s more! On Monday, a number of members of Congress will endorse Connor at City Hall.
Superintern Bharat Ayyar has a report from a protest against reopening the Brooklyn House of Detention, where a hearty collection of elected officials pointed out that "people live here now."
He also sent in this dispatch on a delicate situation that unfolded there:
There was an unexpected guest at this afternoon’s rally to stop Read More
Earlier this afternoon, a diverse cast of politicians gathered in front of the Brooklyn House of Detention on Atlantic Avenue to protest the Bloomberg administration’s plan to reopen and expand the downtown jail. (It was the Bloomberg administration that closed it back in 2003, due to high costs).
Councilman and city comptroller Read More
State Senator Marty Connor announced he got the endorsement of UFCW Local 1500, a union that backed his opponent in 2006.
The union picked Connor without conducting an interview with either the senator or his opponent, Dan Squadron.
According to an email from a Connor spokesman, union president Bruce Both explained: “You will notice that Read More
Democracy for New York City’s decision to endorse neither State Senator Marty Connor nor his challenger–former Chuck Schumer aide Dan Squadron–has sparked an interesting debate among some stalwarts of the progressive Democratic community.
(It should be noted how the decision came about: neither Connor nor Squadron got 60 percent of votes from DFNYC voting Read More
Ken Diamondstone, who recently abandoned a bid to try for the second time to unseat State Senator Marty Connor, just announced this morning that he will run for City Council in the 33rd district.
The district, which includes Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO, is currently represented by term-limited David Yassky.
In the announcement, Read More
Last night, Dan Squadron won the endorsement of the Downtown Independent Democrats, one of the major clubs in the district.
That’s a blow to his opponent, incumbent State Senator Marty Connor (especially since the club voted to endorse other local incumbents seeking reelection: Jerry Nadler and Sheldon Silver).
In a brief chat this morning, Read More