On Dec. 12, Pete Grannis, commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation, penned a letter to the Federal Environmental Protection Agency with a request: take over cleanup of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal, using the federal Superfund program.
The canal is heavily polluted, and while some cleanup work is under way, the state requested that the Read More
As environmental advocates and climate change wonks are often quick to note, the vast majority of carbon dioxide emissions created in New York City do not come from cars, trucks or buses. Rather, some 77 percent of the city’s carbon emissions comes from its buildings, in the form of the energy spent to keep them Read More
Pete Grannis resigned from his Assembly seat on the East Side more than a week after the Senate confirmed him as the state’s new DEC Commissioner. As of a few minutes ago, the governor has not called a special election to fill that vacancy.
Not that there’s much of a race at Read More
A reader emailed to say Pete Grannis has officially resigned today — finally — from his Assembly seat on Manhattan’s East Side.
His resignation was delayed because of the prolonged process of confirming Grannis as the state’s DEC Commissioner. While that process unfolded, the list of Democrats vying for his seat swelled, then shrunk. Read More
Susan Chamlin, the aide to Senator Liz Krueger who was running Assemblyman Pete Grannis’s not-yet vacated seat, has sent out a letter to say she’s dropping out.
From the letter:
Upon Pete Grannis’ confirmation to head the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Governor Spitzer will call a special election to fill this vacancy. Read More
Eliot Spitzer announced today that special elections will be held on March 27 for the vacancies created by the election of Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli as state Comptroller and by the death of Assemblyman John Lavelle.
Which leaves us to wait on the possible announcement of an a third election — to succeed Read More
Okay, so maybe there is a real race on the East Side.
After a number of stalwart East Side Democrats have rallied around Micah Kellner for Assembly, Senator Liz Krueger is announcing an endorsement of her aide Susan Chamlin, who is running in the Democratic primary but hasn’t ruled out running on a third Read More
Council member Jessica Lappin today endorsed Micah Kellner, providing another indication that the race for Assembly seat being vacated by Pete Grannis on the East Side may not turn out to be much of a contest at all.
Kellner also has the backing of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, and a prospective Democratic opponent, Barry Klein, Read More
Democratic candidate Barry Klein, who is Assemblyman Jonathan Bing’s chief of staff, is about to drop out of the race for the Pete Grannis Assembly seat, according to a source familiar with the campaign.
– Azi Paybarah
Upward-aspiring Democrats in Manhattan have long had to navigate between rank-and-file party loyalists and good-government reformers.
The candidates running for the East Side Assembly seat being vacated by Pete Grannis were given a chance over the weekend to express their theoretical willingness to go against the party leadership in Albany by Read More