The leading candidates for City Council Speaker faced off for the first time tonight at a public forum, laying out their cases and weighing in on a host of issues, including a package of major rules reforms that would dramatically scale back the speaker’s power.
With his overwhelming victory in the mayor’s race, Bill de Blasio is set to shake up the traditional way the city’s second most powerful position, City Council speaker, is crowned.
The speaker’s race is traditionally dominated by the county Democratic organizations, the leaders of which could easily impact the inside-baseball contest to cobble together the necessary 26 of 51 council members.
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is calling for a time-out in the public advocate’s race, which has grown increasingly hostile ahead of next Tuesaday’s Democratic primary runoff.
Ms. Mark-Viverito, a supporter of Brooklyn Councilwoman Letitia James, recorded a video criticizing Ms. James’s rival, State Senator Daniel Squadron, for waging new “heights of personal and petty attacks” against her candidacy.
Supporters of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio gathered last night in the back room of an Upper West Side bar to cheer on their candidate in last night’s first televised broadcast debate, hours after the stunning news that he had unexpectedly shot to the top of the polls.
For a mayoral campaign that many had discounted as doomed just a few weeks ago, the atmosphere at the event was one of euphoria.
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.
Bill de Blasio organized a number of elected officials to support reforming charter schools in New York State. In doing so, he got 25 lawmakers to sign a letter in support of it. When he released the letter publicly, he went a step further, adding to it his own statement about a slightly more controversial Read More
Here’s City Councilwoman Melinda with a bunch of City Council members who are endorsing her campaign for city comptroller.
The Katz campaign gathered outside City Hall for a very public photo-op in an effort to offset the notion that John Liu is the only candidate in the race with diverse support. Read More
Attending Michael Bloomberg’s press conference inside a restaurant on 106th Street in Spanish Harlem this afternoon were two members of the City Council and John Ruiz, who the mayor noted is retired from the F.D.N.Y. and “a vice chairman of the Manhattan Democratic Party.”
Afterward, Ruiz was approached by Read More
When Bill Thompson called fellow Democrat Carmen Arroyo at her Albany office to discuss his race for mayor, she ended the conversation abruptly.
“I had to hang the telephone on him because he was calling my office in Albany,” Arroyo, an Assemblywoman from the Bronx, said in a telephone interview from her home. “He has Read More
General Growth Properties reportedly has until Friday to reach an agreement regarding $900 million in debt, casting further doubt on the firm’s plans to redevelop the South Street Seaport and, to a lesser extent, its plans to take part in a $700 million mixed-use development in East Harlem.
“I guess the entire community is Read More