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Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, the new chair of the council’s transportation committee, is hoping to bring more Citi Bikes and ferries to the five boroughs. But first he wants to override a mayoral veto.
Of course, it’s not Mayor Bill de Blasio’s veto Mr. Rodriguez will attempt to overturn tomorrow, but rather Michael Bloomberg’s. At the end of last year, the outgoing mayor moved to block a bill that would force the NYPD to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which the driver left the scene.
Bill to Bill
The baseball world may not be going to bat for the scandal-scarred Alex Rodriguez, but a few elected officials penciled themselves into the ex-superstar’s dwindling lineup of backers today.
Even Bill Thompson’s supporters are now saying publicly that it’s time for him to end his campaign and rally behind Bill de Blasio as the Democratic Party’s nominee for mayor.
“In an election year with so many tough decisions on crucial issues, we must begin a new chapter today by uniting behind our Democratic nominee for New York City’s next mayor,” Assemblyman Walter Mosley, a former Thompson endorser, announced in a statement this afternoon. “I am proud to support Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.”
Occupy Wall Street
It’s been six weeks since the apartment building at 2 Thayer Street in Washington Heights had gas or hot water—ConEd shut it off as a safety precaution because of leaks in the pipes. The walls are cracked, pieces of plaster crumble from the ceilings and as of a week ago, the 47-unit building had 94 open violations with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. But on paper, at least, 2 Thayer Street doesn’t number among the city’s worst buildings. Not even close.
In the past, a building with only two violations per apartment would have had a hard time attracting the city’s attention. In the wake of the housing crisis, as hundreds of multi-family buildings fell into disrepair, HPD relied on individual tenant complaints to gauge the level of building deterioration, focusing their energies on the most egregious violators, the city’s “worst buildings,” which often have 10 or more violations per apartment.
Hundreds more were also in bad shape, of course, and getting worse, as tenants became the victims of real estate speculation gone bust, but inspections and intensive intervention efforts started only after the the building’s racked up an appalling number of violations.
But in late April, not only did a team of HPD inspectors come to check out 2 Thayer Street, but so did deputy commissioner Vito Mustaciuolo, who spoke to a group of tenants gathered in the lobby.
Occupy Wall Street
This weekend 49 protesters were arrested in an effort to occupy Duarte Square Park: a vacant lot owned by Trinity Church (aka Hudson Square Properties). Although the turnout wasn’t quite as big as last month’s OWS anniversary (that mayhem in the streets known as the “Day of Action”), the attempt to claim the half-block in Tribeca by scaling and cutting the fence surrounding the area was nonetheless inspiring in its imagery. But was Occupation 2.0 a success?
Occupy New York
New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez has been arrested at the NYPD raid on Occupy Wall Street. David Segal, a spokesperson for Councilman Rodriguez, told the Observer he confirmed the Councilman's arrest through a staffer at City Hall.
"City Hall knows that he's been arrested, they've put in calls with the NYPD to see his status," Mr. Segal said. Read More
Normally we’d say that there is no way New York City Republican Councilman Dan Halloran just happened to be at the Occupy Wall Street protests today, and just happened to run into his Democratic coworker Ydanis Rodriguez, and those two just happened to break out with an impromptu civil argument about taxes. But that’s what both of these elected officials” spokespeople are saying to Capital New York, so who are we to argue that this was a pre-planned event?
A long-simmering dispute between two uptown City Councilmembers spilled into the open today as Robert Jackson of Harlem accused two Dominican lawmakers of attempting to turn Dominican residents of his district against him.
According to sources present at a Zoning Committee hearing today regarding Columbia University’s plan to expand their athletic facilities in Inwood, Jackson Read More
The City Council’s Standard and Ethics Commitee will meet tomorrow behind closed doors as part of their ongoing invesetigation into Washington Heights councilman Ydanis Rodriguez’s so-called “touching incident.”
Last month, Rodriguez allegedly assaulted a member of the Council’s central staff during an argument about council budget negotiations. According to news accounts at the Read More
Election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder sent over this legal paperwork which, if successful, could leave only one Asian candidate in the race for the Lower Manhattan district which includes Chinatown.
Goldfeder is the election lawyer for P.J. Kim, who is fending off a 57-count petition objection from another candidate in the race, Margaret Chin.
Goldfeder Read More