It Takes a Village
New York University is working fervently to win support for its major campus expansion in Greenwich Village. The school has lined up the support of the mayor, the real estate industry, construction unions, local businesses, even most of the city’s editorial boards, including a powerful vote of confidence from The Times. Still, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has expressed skepticism toward the project, which he would like to see reduced in size, and the community panned the rezoning outright.
To help makes its case, NYU recently retained Ed Wallace and Melinda Katz, two land-use attorneys who have helped shape a number of important development projects as they wended their way through public review—not least because both of them also once spent time as members of the City Council, the body that will have the ultimate say on NYU’s rezoning.
Melinda Katz, the slender former City Councilwoman who surprised the city one day in 2008 with a story about being “nearly eight months pregnant” just had her second child, Hunter.
The Queens Tribune:
”You can attribute the name to ex-football player Fred Dryer for acting in one of Ktaz’s favorite TV shows – Read More
Political-Real Estate Complex
When former councilwoman and one-time chair of the land-use committee Melinda Katz ran for comptroller, she got a lot of flack for being too close to the real estate industry.
Now she’s working as an adviser to the real estate industry, as an attorney at real estate law firm Greenberg Traurig.
The Real Deal Read More
Kathleen Rice, the Nassau County district attorney who is running for State AG, announced she’s hired a few key campaign aides (doesn’t seem like they’re putting much stock in the Cuomo campaign talk of a re-election campaign).
Shams Tarek, spokesman. He most recently worked for the NYS Senate Democrats (and, full disclosure, Read More
In a City Hall News story about Anthony Weiner, this line caught my attention: “he sends a note to everyone who loses a primary in New York City.”
I contacted a couple of Democrats who’ve lost primaries to see if they’d heard from Weiner. Turns out, not many had. (One got a present, though.) Read More
Last week, Crain’s put out the names of two people from Brooklyn vying for the Finance Committee Chairmanship: Lew Fidler and Domenic Recchia.
There’s apparently another name to add to the mix: Simcha Felder, who I’m told has sent word to the speaker that he’s interested in the position.
The current Finance chairman is David Read More
Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. said about 100 ministers met with him and Bill Thompson in the Bronx this morning, vowing to help get him elected. Afterward, they went to a senior center.
“The enthusiasm, you should have seen it,” said Diaz. “A standing ovation. Ministers chanting Bill-y! Bill-y!”
I had to rely on Diaz’s account Read More
Melinda Katz endorsed David Yassky for comptroller on the City Hall steps this morning, saying he "has the honesty and integrity to watch the city taxpayer dollars."
Katz, who is from Queens, said the endorsement was not a dig at Yassky's opponent, John Liu, of Queens, whose claims to have worked in a sweatshop Read More
It’s sometimes hard to find policy differences among the comptroller candidates, but the audience at a forum in East Harlem last night saw one.
The question was whether any of the candidates would create a “paid clergy position” within their office.
Melinda Katz said she’d consider it. David Weprin said absolutely. John Liu said no Read More
The latest (from Friday night) numbers from Survey USA show John Liu jumping nine points in nine days, and leading the pack of comptroller candidates, with 34 percent.
Melinda Katz, the only woman in the race, has 23 percent, slightly ahead of David Yassky, who has 19 percent. David Weprin is back with 7 Read More