It’s been two years since the chairman of the New York State Independence Party, Frank MacKay, cut his hair and removed his earrings. At the time, he was traveling around the country, trying to lay the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign, and he realized that he’d be taken more seriously if he looked less Read More
Add Lynn Schulman to the list of people who have received subpoenas as part of the federal probe of the Working Families Party, according to her lawyer.
Schulman ran for City Council in Forest Hills, but lost to former City Council member Karen Koslowitz. Schulman is being represented by Read More
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York subpoenaed the Working Families Party in connection with work done during the 2009 elections, Liz reported earlier tonight .
“We welcome this inquiry,” said Dan Cantor, the head of the Working Families Party, in a public statement. He said the Read More
Michelle Obama was sent a letter by city lawmakers inviting her to testify here in favor of requiring paid sick days for workers.
The first lady recently embraced paid sick days in a talk with the business leaders, according to the Times.
In the November 12 letter, the lawmakers said, “We believe Read More
The Working Families Party announced they’ve hired Skadden Arps and former Chief Judge Judith Kaye to review their business structure in hopes of clarifying what critics have said are questionable arrangements designed to skirt the city’s campaign spending laws.
“Now that Election Day is behind us, the firm will begin that Read More
The person who got the most votes in yesterday’s election?
No, not Michael Bloomberg. It’s Comptroller-elect John Liu.
According to unofficial results, Liu got 696,330 votes, with 652,511 on the Democratic line, and 43,819 on the WFP line.
The second-highest total belonged to Bill de Blasio, in the public advocate’s race. He got Read More
What an elected official does immediately after losing a primary is frequently a valuable clue as to what they plan to do in the future.
Case in point: Eric Gioia hammered away at Bill de Blasio for his ties to the Working Families Party, and ran several television Read More
On Oct. 1, the labor-backed, ascendant Working Families Party helped organize a rally in Foley Square, ostensibly to urge city lawmakers to pass a law requiring employees to get paid when they call out sick to work. It was also a show of brute force: the party’s first high-profile rally since the Sept. 15 primaries, Read More
The Working Families Party’s growing dominance in city elections has been, for the most part, an inside game, as Michael Oliva explained last week. The goal isn’t to elect people on their own line, but rather to get their preferred candidates to win Democratic nominations, which, in New York, is usually all that Read More
It’s easy to lump Bill de Blasio and John Liu into the same category: they’re both progressive Democrats who won their primaries with support from the Working Families Party.
But some of Liu's advisers are now taking pains to say that their victory was not attributable to the W.F.P.'s help. (There is an obvious Read More