Members of New York City’s Congressional delegation, long relegated to the sidelines of local politics, are increasingly filling the void left by the declining influence of political party apparatchiks.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Brooklyn, home to Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio and his GOP rival Joe Lhota, as well as public advocate runoff contenders Letitia James and Daniel Squadron. The latest trend from the borough of hipsters, Hasidim and Caribbean homelands is the toppling of incumbents with the help of U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velázquez.
Planes Trains & Automobiles
How many buses must be plodding along the streets of New York right now, showing up late, freezing out their riders as the weather turns toward winter? Too bad for those riders they do not have warmhearted elected officials preparing reports on their behalf. A pack of Brooklyn pols convened at a B61 bus stop at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope this morning to take the M.T.A to task for failing riders of this lonesome shuttle.
“The results are clear and dramatic,” said Councilman Brad Lander, whose office produced the report. “More than half of B61′s don’t arrive on time during rush hour, that’s unacceptable and is failing riders.” The report, entitled “Next Bus Please” harnessed a gang of volunteers to gather the information during the three month period of July to September this year, surveying the peak hours.
Very Special Elections
More news out of the 54th Assembly district–a seat left vacant when Darryl Towns was named Andrew Cuomo’s housing commissioner.
According to several sources, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is backing Jesus Gonzalez, a community organizer with Make the Road New York who also has the support of the Working Families Party. Velazquez has a longtime rivalry Read More
Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Velazquez are asking for the National Transportation Safety Board to expand their investigation into the fatal bus accident that killed 15 people after it rolled over and was sliced in half.
“We need more regulations,” said Velazquez, on the steps of City Hall.
Schumer said the need to look Read More
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is endorsing three candidates for state committee spots in Brooklyn who are running against candidates backed by the local Democratic establishment.
The three are Lincoln Restler, Katie Zidar, and Esteban Duran.
“I am humbled and honored to have the support of Brooklyn’s most beloved elected official,” said Restler. “Congresswoman Velazquez is a Read More
Sean Coffey’s campaign for for attorney general is out with a new Spanish-language radio ad:
The script (in translation) goes:
Sean Coffey remembers what it was like to struggle. His dad out looking for work. His mom doing her best raising him and his seven brothers and sisters. His parents were immigrants; new Americans looking Read More
Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez gives a long noncommittal answer. Read More
Rep. Mike McMahon was called “the Judas from Staten Island” by Communications Workers of America International Vice President Christopher Shelton, for voting against the health care reform bill.
Shelton and others, including Rep. Charlie Rangel and Nydia Velazquez, spoke at a rally on the City Hall steps to “celebrate” the passage of the controversial bill. Read More
A reader sent in this photograph of a Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at a house party in Boerum Hill this weekend [location fixed].
Attendees, according to the reader, included Representative Nydia Velazquez, Assemblyman Jim Brennan, and District Leaders Jo Anne Simon and Alan Fleishman. Read More
Representative Nydia Velazquez, who is not shy about discussing race and politics, said David Paterson does have some reason to gripe about the way he’s being treated.
Economic anxiety nationwide, plus voter dissatisfaction with Albany is “making it very difficult for the governor to get the bull by the horns.”
Valezaquez, Read More