More from intern Glenna Goldis at the Council term-limits hearings: The second set of testimony on term limits today included Comptroller Bill Thompson, who yesterday said he would run for mayor even if it meant challenging Bloomberg. Several times, the audience began to clap but then stifled itself to avoid censure from the chair. Read More
At a Crain‘s business breakfast in Midtown this morning, Christine Quinn said she doesn’t think her career as City Council speaker will be "defined" by the "problem" the council has in the slush fund scandal.
Quinn said she, and others, will be judged by the solutions they propose to problems as they arise. Read More
Here’s an invitation for a May 4 fund-raiser for City Councilman Kendall Stewart, who had two staffers indicted for stealing taxpayer money meant for a nonprofit in their Brooklyn district, .
Stewart had steered money to the group in the past; he was not named in the indictment.
And he is apparently Read More
A little more than a year ago, Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched his pathbreaking "PlaNYC 2030" urban sustainability plan. According to the city’s own progress report on the plan’s first year:
The implementation of PlaNYC’s 127 initiatives requires the effort of more than 20 City agencies; the help of our Sustainability Advisory Board; partners Read More
Charles Barron isn’t the only member of the City Council who regards Christine Quinn’s discretionary-fund shell-game as a grave offense. Barron is generally outspoken and has been critical of Quinn in the past, but another member, who has had a considerably more collegial relationship with the speaker, said on background that her conduct was Read More
More than 70 major corporations will meet with environmental scientists at The Wild Center in the Adirondacks in June to “produce a slate of possible policy and regulatory options to overcome market and other barriers that are inhibiting implementation of substantial low-cost greenhouse gas emission reductions.” [usclimateaction.org]
“The Federal Energy Regulatory Read More
If you live in Brooklyn, or any outer-borough really, I’m sure you’ve seen it before: the requisite post-work grocery bag getting lugged home on the train. Often it’s the ubiquitous Whole Foods and Trader Joe bags bouncing along the platform awaiting voyages across the East River.
Recently, the City Council passed a bill – Read More
Take a look in the back of your closet and haul out that old laptop running on Windows 95 with less computing power than your Blackberry.
In fact, go ahead and open your sock drawer and take out that first-generation Ipod that stopped working after it went through the rinse cycle in your blue jeans. Read More
In a speech that will inevitably be viewed through the lens of her mayoral ambitions, Christine Quinn has embarked on a State of the City address touching on her ability, as Council Speaker, to get involved in parts of the city outside her home borough of Manhattan. “Instead of governing from City Hall, we’ve gotten Read More
Perhaps legislators all received new gavels for the holidays, as there seems to be a whole bunch of hearings in the next few days relevant to economic development.
A list for those that like sitting in the uncomfortable chairs of City Hall and elsewhere:
Jan. 3 – Assemblyman Richard Brodsky holds Read More