a bronx tale
For Bill Thompson, the Bronx is burning–for his attention.
Just four days before the September primary, the Democratic mayoral candidate is in the midst of spending his full Friday–from dawn until dusk–shuffling between at least a dozen publicized events in the borough, visiting seniors, public school parents, union members, African leaders and capping it all off with a block party with Willie Colon later this evening.
Perhaps the best way to describe Angela Pinsky’s advocacy for the real estate industry is by saying that when she joined the Real Estate Board of New York almost two years ago, she didn’t see her job as much different from the one she was leaving in the mayor’s office.
“I work on a lot of the same issues,” said Ms. Pinsky, who married Economic Development Corporation head Seth Pinsky last summer. “The thing about the real estate industry, it’s very civic minded. Many owners are family businesses and there’s this strong tradition in the industry of wanting projects and policies that are best not just for the industry’s own interests, but for the entire city.
Bronx Democratic Senator and leading same-sex marriage opponent Ruben Diaz, Sr is out with a release today urging the Gov. Andrew Cuomo to give up his legislative push for marriage equality and put the issue before the voters instead.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened the New York State Legislature that if we do not pass Read More
She’s gone, but she is not forgotten.
Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz released today the content of a Freedom of Information Law request for information regarding the salary, benefits and other compensation that Cathie Black received during her time as chancellor of the New York City public schools, including any benefits or compensation she Read More
Bronx State Senator Ruben Diaz took to the floor of the State Senate yesterday to decry in typical Diazian terms his colleagues’ acquiescence on the budget.
First he took his colleagues to task for giving Governor Andrew Cuomo all the authority to close prisons–an issue which is more of a concern for upstate Republicans–and then, Read More
ALBANY—Apparently, the court decision that both sides in the State Senate leadership struggle were waiting for has changed nothing.
Both sides claimed victory when Justice Thomas McNamara dismissed a suit filed last week by the Democrats, a suit which would have declared Malcolm Smith (still!) the majority leader and Read More
Today, it should be noted, is the special election for Bronx borough president, and Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. is expected to win by a landslide.
Diaz will fill out the remainder of the term of his predecessor, Adolfo Carrion, and then almost surely run for re-election (and almost Read More
ALBANY—Unable thus far to agree on what steps to take in order to avert an impending public-transportation catastrophe, Albany’s leaders emerged from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol shortly before noon on March 31 confident, at least, of what wasn’t going to happen.
“The framework I see is that the Senate has really eliminated Read More
ALBANY—Sitting next to a pile of this week's edition of the Village Voice – which featured a story about his elevation by David Paterson on its cover – Jonathan Lippman watched as some of the state's top judges and representatives of the mainstream legal community testified on his behalf, and some members of Read More
ALBANY—The political reality of David Paterson implementing his proposed cuts may be difficult.
Both of the key Democratic legislative leaders – Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Minority Leader Malcolm Smith – issued statements saying they supported Paterson's proposals, but the Senate may prove a stumbling block.
Majority Leader Dean Skelos said he would Read More