Members of New York City’s Congressional delegation, long relegated to the sidelines of local politics, are increasingly filling the void left by the declining influence of political party apparatchiks.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in Brooklyn, home to Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio and his GOP rival Joe Lhota, as well as public advocate runoff contenders Letitia James and Daniel Squadron. The latest trend from the borough of hipsters, Hasidim and Caribbean homelands is the toppling of incumbents with the help of U.S. Representatives Hakeem Jeffries and Nydia Velázquez.
According to the New York Times, 42 members of Congress had part or all of their speeches about the federal health care bill written by health care lobbyists.
The story identified only a handful of those members, including Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn. She, like other Democrats, praised the bill’s job-creation potential, saying, Read More
Here’s Yvette Clarke earlier today, complaining about Michael Bloomberg’s push to extend term limits. Her remarks are followed by my question about the guy who voted for it, Kendall Stewart, standing behind her. Read More
Bill Thompson, who has made his opposition to Michael Bloomberg’s extension of term limits a major campaign theme, was endorsed today by one of the City Council members who voted for it.
That member, City Councilman Kendall Stewart, said it was a “mistake” for Thompson to campaign on that theme.
Stewart was speaking to reporters Read More
Here’s a robocall and mailer Bill de Blasio is sending out highlighting his African-American support.
The robocall was recorded by Kirsten John Foy, director of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the National Action Network. Foy says, “Reverend Sharpton, various clergy, community activists, advocates and I are supporting Bill de Blasio for Read More
Al Sharpton had just stepped out of a meeting with Barack Obama.
It was January 2007, and he was down in the Obama Senate office during a trip to Washington to meet with a number of Democratic presidential contenders. Mr. Obama had been almost uncannily pitch-perfect, Mr. Sharpton thought, hitting every talking Read More
According to Jose Serrano, Kirsten Gillibrand is going after the low-hanging fruit first.
In the days since Representative Steve Israel decided not to consider a primary against Gillibrand, following calls from President Barack Obama and Senator Chuck Schumer, other members of the New York Congressional delegation have quickly lined Read More
Steve Israel’s decision to abandon a potential primary challenge to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was apparently the trigger for some members of the New York Congressional delegation to coalesce around the incumbent, as Gillibrand’s campaign rolled out endorsements today from representatives Yvette Clarke and Michael McMahon (as well as from State Senate Read More
In Washington, Democrats won the White House and expanded their control of Congress. Albany is run by a Democratic governor, Democratic Assembly leader and a Democratic Senate majority leader. Everywhere New Yorkers look, Democratic dominion is spreading.
Except in New York City.
The city may be a bastion of American liberalism, where Read More
Everything is looking up for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo as he enters early-campaign mode by and continuing to capitalize on his position to create headline after laudatory headline.
This morning brings news of yet another positive indicator: a Siena college poll showing him with a garish 67-17 point Read More