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 that 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 review and 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 672,383 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 ads making the 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 matters. 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
The Working Families Party cleaned up in the run-off last night, with its candidates Bill de Blasio and John Liu each winning handily.
The party only has 11,800 registered voters in New York, but it’s been able to craft an oversized role thanks to an effective, if controversial, Get Out The Vote operation. Read More
Dan Cantor was standing in the lobby of 80 Pine Street behind a giant statue of Sampson, looking supremely relaxed.
It was 1 p.m.—eight hours before the polls closed in the poorly attended citywide run-offs for public advocate and comptroller. But he already knew his guys were going to win.
The polls for the run-offs are now closed.
Earlier, a few readers offered their predictions. Most expect Bill de Blasio and John Liu to win, on an expected turnout of fewer than 200,000, with Working Families Party organizational support overwhelming endorsements and earned-media buzz (such as it is).
As Ben Smith noted, race and Read More